Save up to 30% off pre-cruise purchases with Royal Caribbean Cruise Planner sale

In:
04Apr2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean is offering up to 30% off pre-cruise purchases with the Slam Dunk Savings sale.

The Cruise Planner sale runs between April 4 and April 11, 2019 and is valid on sailings from April 13, 2019 – October 31, 2019.

It includes discounts on:

  • BEVERAGE: Up to 30% off on select sailings
    • Deluxe Beverage Package + VOOM Surf & Stream 1 Device: Discount varies by ship. (Excludes Charter Sailings).
    • Deluxe Beverage Package. Discount Varies by Ship. (Excludes Charter Sailings).
    • Refreshment Package: 30% off onboard prices. (Excludes Charter Sailings).
  • SHORE EXCURSIONS: Save up to 25% off
    • Save up to 25% on select tours on select sailings. Discount varies by ship. (Excludes Charter Sailings).
  • INTERNET: Up to 60% off on select sailings
    • VOOM Surf + Stream Voyage Package 1, 2, 3, 4 Device(s): Discount varies by ship. (Excludes Charter Sailings).
    • VOOM Surf Voyage Package 1, 2, 3, 4, Device(s): Discount varies by ship. (Excludes Charter Sailings).
  • DINING: Up to 50% off on select sailings
    • 3 Night Dining Package. Discount varies by ship. (Excludes MA, MJ, OA Interporting + Master Sailings and Charter Sailings).
    • Ultimate Dining Package on 3 Night,4 Night and 5 Night. Discount varies by ship. (Excludes AD, AL, EX, FR, HM, LB, MJ, OA, OV, QN, RH, SC, SY + Charter Sailings).
  • ACTIVITIES: Up to 10% off on select sailings
    • All Access Ship Tour. 10% off. Discount varies by ship. (Excludes Charter Sailings).

To check if your sailing has this new offer available, log into the Cruise Planner on Royal Caribbean's web site look for any available offers. Keep in mind that not all sailings may see the sale applicable, nor are all offers significantly cheaper than previously posted.

If you spot a better discount on something you already pre-purchased, you should be able to cancel the purchase and then re-purchase the same item under this promotion.

Video: Creating the Perfect Day: Royal Caribbean Redefines Private Island Destinations

In:
03Apr2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean International’s Perfect Day at CocoCay is set to redefine private island destinations following a $250 million transformation that will introduce the ultimate combination of thrill and chill. On the unrivaled private island, guests of all ages will be able to enjoy an array of distinct adventures and iconic features from, the tallest waterslide in North America, Daredevil’s Peak; and Oasis Lagoon, the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean -- one-of-a-kind experiences that will top any bucket list.

Planning a cruise with friends and family on Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

In:
03Apr2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Our newest podcast episode is out to help give you a quick "audio escape" to a Royal Caribbean cruise!

Episode 296 is available for downloading, where Matt and Rebecca share tips and tricks for planning a Royal Caribbean cruise with a large group.

Going on a cruise with friends and family is a fantastic idea, but there are some logistical hurdles to overcome in the process. This week, Matt and Rebecca share some strategies for ensuring your group sailing goes off without a hitch!

Here’s the podcast page for Episode 296. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast via RSSStitcher or on iTunes!

Take a listen and as always, let us know what you think! Please rate and review the podcast on iTunes and leave your comments below!

Royal Caribbean cancels three Oasis of the Seas sailings due to crane accident

In:
02Apr2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean has cancelled the next three scheduled sailings of Oasis of the Seas, following an accident where a construction crane struck the ship at a shipyard yesterday.

After assessing the damage to Oasis of the Seas, the cruise line found damage to the Aqua Theatre and some suites. As a result, Royal Caribbean has begun alerting guests on affected sailings that the next three sailings have to be canceled in order to make repairs.

Guests on the affected sailings should be sent shortly to inform them about compensation due to the cancellation. According to one tweet, a full refund of the cruise fare and a 100% Future Cruise Certificate is being given.

Oasis will head from Grand Bahama shipyard to be serviced at facilities in Cadiz, Spain. Oasis will resume her scheduled itineraries, beginning with the May 5 sailing from Barcelona.

In an email to guests, Royal Caribbean expressed recognition that personal injuries were limited, "We are very grateful that there were no life-threatening injuries and everyone is recovering, as the safety of our crew and guests is always our number one priority."

The cancellations come after Oasis of the Seas was hit by a construction crane while the ship was undergoing scheduled repairs in Freeport, Bahamas.

No passengers were on Oasis of the Seas at the time of the incident, and media reports indicate only eight non-life threatening injuries from the accident.

Oasis of the Seas was in the Bahamas for a short period of work. 

Video: Is Royal Caribbean's The Key worth it?

In:
02Apr2019
By: Matt Hochberg

We have a RoyalCaribbeanBlog video today, discussing the merits of if The Key program is worth the money!

The Key offers guests premier access to unique experiences and special amenities during your vacation.  It includes a welcome lunch at Chops Grille, Jamie’s Italian or Giovanni’s Table; private hours at onboard activities like the Flowrider, Rock Climbing Wall; access to VIP seating section at shows and more.

Of course, The Key comes with a daily cost and we are discussing if The Key is worth it for your family to buy in our latest video!

If you love this video, we have lots of other great cruise videos to watch on our Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube Channel!

By the way, have you subscribed yet? Be sure to subscribe to our channel and never miss a single episode!

So check out the video and then let us know: What is your best advice for someone planning a Royal Caribbean cruise?

Royal Caribbean’s Australian 2020/21 summer cruise season available for booking

In:
02Apr2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean’s Australian 2020/21 summer cruise season sailings are now available for booking, which include four ships from two home ports – including Sydney and from November 2020, Brisbane’s brand new International Cruise Terminal.

More than 80 sailings are available to choose from, ranging from 2 to 19 nights to destinations in the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia.

After a three year absence, Royal Caribbean will return to home porting in Brisbane with Radiance of the Seas, fresh from a multi-million dollar makeover. Radiance will offer 22 Brisbane sailings, focusing on 7-11 night South Pacific cruises, plus three sampler cruises. 

Serenade of the Seas will sail from Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal for the first time from October 2020 to April 2021, offering 21 Sydney sailings ranging from 5 to 19 nights to a range of destinations, including the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia. 

Ovation of the Seas, returns for her fifth season down under. Ovation of the Seas will offer 19 sailings from Sydney, ranging from 2 to 19 nights to destinations including the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia. 

Voyager of the Seas returns to Sydney in October 2020. Voyager of the Seas will offer 22 sailings, focusing on South Pacific voyages of between 9 and 13 nights, plus three sampler cruises.

Construction crane accidentally hits Royal Caribbean ship

In:
01Apr2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Video appears to show a construction crane has hit Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas while the ship was undergoing scheduled repairs in the Bahamas.

No passengers were on Oasis of the Seas at the time of the incident, earlier today.

A video tweeted by Bahamas Press showed the construction equipment lying against the vessel at the Great Bahamas Shipyard near Freeport.

Oasis of the Seas was in the Bahamas for a short period of work. No passengers were onboard the ship at the time of the accident.

According to police, there were several injuries – none of them thought to be life-threatening. It is unclear if there will be any impact on scheduled Oasis of the Seas sailings.

Royal Caribbean offering 50% off second guest and kids sail free cruise deal

In:
01Apr2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean is offering kids sail free offer once again, along with 50% off the second guest.

The April Offer is valid on new bookings made between April 1 – May 7, 2019 on select sailings departing on or after May 1, 2019.

The offer includes:

  • 50% off cruise fare of second guest booked in the same stateroom as first, full-fare paying guest.
  • 25% cruise fare savings for third guests and higher booked in the same stateroom as the first two qualifying guests. 
  • Kids Sail Free
    • Free cruise fare for 3rd guests and higher who are 12 years old or younger on select 4-night or longer Alaska, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Caribbean, CaribNE, Coastal, Cuba, Europe and Hawaii sailings departing between May 1, 2019 – May 15, 2020.
    • Offer excludes Summer sailings (Sailings between May 15 – August 31, 2019), 2019 Thanksgiving sailings (Sailings between November 23 – 30, 2019), Holiday sailings (Sailings between December 15, 2019 – January 3, 2020), President’s Day sailings (Sailings between February 14 – 17, 2020), Spring Break sailings (Sailings between March 14 – 23, 2020) and Holy Week/Easter sailings (Sailings between April 3 – 17, 2020). 

BOGO and Kids Sail Free are combinable with each other as well as with promotional OBCs, NextCruise offers, Instant Savings, restricted discounts (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military), Promo Code driven offers, Free Upgrades, Crown and Anchor discounts and Shareholder Benefits. Offers are not combinable with any other offer or promotion, including, but not limited to, Standard Group, Interline, Travel Agent, Travel Agent Friends and Family, Weekly Sales Events, Net Rates. Promo Code driven offers are based on select ships and sail dates and must be applied at time of booking, limit one promo code per booking. 

Offer available to residents of United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and select countries in the Caribbean. 

Royal Caribbean UK celebrates April Fools Day with airplane launch

In:
01Apr2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean UK teased the public with the "announcement" of its new airplane, Master of the Skies.

Posted across the UK social media channels, the cruise line touted the mock-launch of its first aircraft in 2022, which includes features as such as:

  • "Slide in the Sky"
  • Bionic Bar
  • Ultimate Family Suite
  • Ripcord by iFly skydiving simulator

Ben Bouldin, Managing Director Royal Caribbean International UK & Ireland, said: “We believe that every step of our guests’ holiday should be extraordinary and when the sky’s the limit, launching an aircraft was the natural next step! Some of our well-known and much-loved favourites have been ingeniously integrated, including the world’s first slide in the sky, and we look forward to the latest addition to our fleet taking to the skies in 2022.”

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: March 31, 2019

In:
31Mar2019
By: Matt Hochberg

This was a busy week with Royal Caribbean news, and we have a summary of all of the news from this week to make certain you did not miss any of it.

Royal Caribbean moved forward with the acquisition of the Grand Lucayan resort, which appears to be part of its plan to redevelop Freeport Harbor.

The letter of intent was signed and an initial $195 million investment. The development will take place over a 24-month period, with $65 million of the purchase price for the Grand Lucayan Resort.

The Bahamas government reports a theme park and five-star hotel will be part of the redevelopment effort.

Royal Caribbean News

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 295th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available, and we are reviewing Matt's cruise on Mariner of the Seas.

In this episode, Matt sailed Mariner of the Seas for a back-to-back group sailing and talks with friends on the sailing about what they thought of the ship, the changes to CocoCay and nore.

Please feel free to subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and head over to rate and review the podcast on iTunes if you can! We’d appreciate it.

Royal Caribbean Around the Internet

Miami's Community Newspapers reported on Royal Caribbean Day at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus.

Seatrade News remembered a former Royal Caribbean executive that passed away.

CNET shared how artificial intelligence has made facial recognition work better, with a Royal Caribbean example.

Reader's Digest provides a look at what Symphony of the Seas looks like.

Cruise Critic interviewed the head of Royal Caribbean's head of food and beverage.

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