Bonus instant savings up to $150 on Royal Caribbean cruises booked this weekend

In:
19Jul2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean is offering bonus instant savings of up to $150 on new bookings this weekend.

The Summer Savings sale is valid on cruises booked between July 19 – 22, 2019 on sailings departing on or after August 19, 2019.

It includes:

  • BOGO50 provides 50% off cruise fare of second guest booked in the same stateroom as first, full-fare paying guest.
  • BOGO50 offer also provides 25% cruise fare savings for third guests and higher booked in the same stateroom as the first two qualifying guests. 
  • Instant savings of up to $150 per stateroom on select sailings departing between on or after August 19, 2019.
    • Savings amount determined by category booked and sailing length:
    • Sailings 5 nights or less, $25 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $50 for Balconies and $75 for Suites
    • Sailings 6 nights or longer, $50 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $75 for Balconies and $150 for Suites
  • Deck the Holiday Deals
    • Instant savings of up to $100 per stateroom on select sailings departing between December 2 – 31, 2019.
    • Savings amount determined by category booked and sailing length:
      • Sailings 5 nights or less, $25 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $50 for Balconies and $50 for Suites
      • Sailings 6 nights or longer, $50 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $75 for Balconies and $100 for Suites

BOGO50 and Deck the Holiday Deals are combinable with each other as well as with Summer Savings, 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, and 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. 

Friday Photos - July 19, 2019

In:
19Jul2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Welcome back to Friday Photos, our weekly showcase of Royal Caribbean photos that were taken by readers of this blog.  

Every week, we ask our readers to send us their best Royal Caribbean vacation photos to be considered for this post. We love to feature photos of the ships, excursions, activities onboard and anything else that reminds you of a great time while sailing with Royal Caribbean.

So without further adieu, here is this week's batch of photos.

Our first photo this week is by Greg Surgeon of Symphony of the Seas in Nassau, Bahamas.

Next up is a photo from a Labadee beach bungalow by Mike Pastore.

Thea shared this photo of Symphony of the Seas alongside other ships in Nassau, Bahamas.

Here is a look at the Grand Canal from the Realto Bridge in Venice, taken by Elaine Scotti while cruising on Rhapsody of the Seas.

Charlotte Whibley snapped this photo of Ovation of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas in Tauranga, New Zealand.

Our next photo is of Empress of the Seas in Nassau, Bahamas. Photo by Adrienne O'Sullivan.

Our final photo this week is by DJ Epstein of a towel animal from Grandeur of the Seas.

Thanks to everyone who sent in their photos this week.  Be sure to send your photos in as well by using this form.

Royal Caribbean schedules second quarter 2019 earnings call

In:
18Jul2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean will hold a conference call on July 25, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. to discuss its second quarter 2019 financial results.

The call will be available on-line at the company's investor relations web site, www.rclinvestor.com. To listen to the call by phone, please dial (877) 663-9606 in the US and Canada. International phone calls should be made to (706) 758-4628. There is no passcode or meeting number. A replay of the webcast will be available at the same site for a month following the call.

Video: Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas to get $165m makeover

In:
18Jul2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean recently announced big changes coming to Allure of the Seas in 2020, and we have a brand new video outlining exactly what the cruise line is adding, changing and enhancing.

Allure of the Seas is set to undergo a $165 million transformation, which will see the addition of new features, before setting sail in 2020. Wondering what exactly is getting changed? We have a full list of what Royal Caribbean has planned in this video.

And 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 video!

So check out the video and then let us know: Which change are you most excited about on Allure of the Seas?

Allure of the Seas docks in San Juan following two cancelled visits by other Royal Caribbean ships

In:
18Jul2019
By: Matt Hochberg

After two consecutive Royal Caribbean ships cancelled scheduled stops in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Allure of the Seas was able to dock in San Juan earlier today.

MarineTraffic and El Nuevo Día indicate Allure of the Seas was able to dock in Old San Juan this morning on Pier 3.

Earlier this week, Empress of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas skipped stops in San Juan due to political demonstrations in the island's capital.Harmony of the Seas was rerouted on Wednesday to its next port of St. Maarten, while Empress of the Seas visited Tortola instead.

The demonstrations are part of a multi-day protest that are calling for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló after sexist private chat messages were leaked.

Harmony of the Seas skips scheduled stop in Puerto Rico due to protests

In:
17Jul2019
By: Matt Hochberg

A second Royal Caribbean ship has skipped a scheduled visit to San Juan, Puerto Rico earlier today due to political demonstrations in the capital.

Yesterday, Empress of the Seas also skipped a visit to San Juan because of the ongoing protests. 

Protests began over the weekend after the Center for Investigative Journalism published nearly 900 pages from Rosselló's private group chat via Telegram. The messages uncovered a vengeful approach to government, attacks on journalists, threats to turn over political opponents to the police as well as homophobic and misogynistic remarks.

The next scheduled visit to San Juan is Allure of the Seas on Thursday.

Video: Royal Caribbean Opens First Standalone Blow-Dry Bar at Sea

In:
17Jul2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean International heats things up with the $115 million transformation of Navigator of the Seas. Among the next-level adventures now on board the newly amplified ship is the first standalone blow-dry bar at sea. To Dry For touts a menu of services, from blowouts to hairstyling and polish changes, perfect for guests looking to sit back and get 

Anthem of the Seas group cruise review on Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

In:
17Jul2019
By: Matt Hochberg

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

Episode 311 is available for downloading featuring a LIVE review from onboard Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas.

Our latest group cruise has just wrapped up and we recorded this week's episode onboard Anthem of the Seas, sharing our stories and tips for anyone going on this ship or itinerary.

Here’s the podcast page for Episode 311. 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 named Top Cruise Line in Cruise Critic Destination Awards

In:
17Jul2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Cruise Critic named Royal Caribbean as the Top Cruise Line in the South Pacific and the Top Cruise Line in the Western Mediterranean in the fourth annual Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards.

Royal Caribbean won both awards in the Large Ship Cruise Line Category.

Royal Caribbean also made the final list for six additional regions, as noted below:

  • Alaska (#2)
  • Australia & New Zealand (#3)
  • Eastern Mediterranean (#2)
  • Southern Caribbean (#3)
  • U.S. & Canada (#2)
  • Western Caribbean & Riviera Maya (#3)

The awards rank the world’s most popular cruise destinations, based entirely on consumer ratings submitted with reviews on Cruise Critic. The awards name the top cruise destinations across 18 regions worldwide. The awards also highlight the best cruise lines to visit each region.

Royal Caribbean cancels ship stop in Puerto Rico due to protests

In:
16Jul2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean canceled a scheduled port stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico for Empress of the Seas over concerns of ongoing protests against Puerto Rico's governor.

Royal Caribbean Corporate Communications manager Owen Torres issued a statement, "In light of current unrest in San Juan, Puerto Rico, we have canceled today’s call to San Juan. Empress of the Seas has been re-routed to Tortola, and our guests will receive refunds for prepaid shore excursions. We continue to monitor the situation closely and will make adjustments as necessary to ensure the safety and security of our guests and crew."

The demonstrations are part of a multi-day protest that are calling for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló after sexist private chat messages were leaked.

Empress of the Seas is scheduled to return to Miami on Sunday.  

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