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Spotted: Royal Caribbean offers water cans instead of water bottles

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22Jun2020

Royal Caribbean has offered guests for years the option to pre-book a select amount of water to be delivered to their cabin, and now the cruise line has changed that option from bottled water to canned water.

The cruise line's Cruise Planner site, which allows guests to pre-book select add-ons, lists the Dasani Water package that comes in environmentally-friendly cans that are easy to recycle and made of over 70% recycled aluminum. Aluminum is recycled more easily than plastic.

Guests can choose between a package of 12 or 24 Dasani 16-oz. (475 ml.) cans.

More eco-friendly options trend

Norwegian Cruise Line made headlines in 2019 when it announced the Norwegian Encore would offer no plastic bottles to guests onboard.

Instead, it carried a carton-based water product made by Just Water.

NCL's change was part of a cruise line goal to eliminate single-use plastics across the fleet by 2020.

Royal Caribbean took its first step in 2018 when it announced that beginning in 2019 plastic straws and stirrers would be replaced by Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper straws, wood stirrers and bamboo garnish pickers.

In the company's original announcement to eliminate single-use plastics across its fleet, it aimed to focus on other single-use plastics such as condiment packets, cups, and bags.  The overall plan to be completed in phases by 2020.

How to make Royal Caribbean's Grand Sabor Margarita at home for Cinco de Mayo

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05May2020

Happy Cinco de Mayo! While we cannot celebrate this festive holiday on a Royal Caribbean ship (or even at a bar near home), the next best thing is making the world famous Sabor margaritas at home!

The Grand Sabor Margarita is one of the premier beverages available at my favorite Royal Caribbean specialty restaurant, Sabor Modern Mexican.

Margaritas are a great drink to enjoy anytime of the year, but on Cinco de Mayo, it is a must-drink option. 

If you were at Sabor, you could choose between a variety of margaritas, like avocado or jalapeño-cucumber. 

Here is how to "plus" your Cinco de Mayo (and Taco Tuesday) festivities at home with the Grand Sabor Margarita recipe!

Grand Sabor Margarita Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Patron Reposado tequila
  • 1 oz. Cedilla Acai Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Grand Marnier
  • 2 oz. lime juice
  • 1 oz. simple syrup

Suggested music while preparing your Grand Sabor Margarita

  • Tequila Song - The Champs

Grand Sabor Margarita Instructions

  1. Over ice in a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, Cedilla Acai Liqueur, Grand Marnier, lime juice and simple syrup.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Double strain into a prepared glass with fresh ice and garnish.

Recipe: Love Connection frozen drink

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02May2020

The days seem to be blending together to the point weekdays and weekends may not seem to differ all that much, but May is here, and that means warmer temperatures.  If the mercury is rising, then I have the perfect frozen drink to try.

The Love Connection is a blend of two favorite frozen concoctions in one.  It is one of those drinks that if you saw someone order at a bar on Royal Caribbean, you would probably ask the bartender to make one for you as well.

If you leave out the rum, this is also a fun drink for the kids!

Photo by Brian Robinson

If you are ready to welcome in summer, get your blender out and sip on the Love Connection.

Love Connection Ingredients

Suggested music while preparing your Love Connection

  • The Merrymen - Feeling Hot Hot Hot

Photo by Kris Leppien-Christensen

Love Connection Instructions

  1. Blend 1/2 oz rum with each of the mixes and ice.
  2. Layer each blend into a hurricane glass in the following order:
    1. Strawberry
    2. Pina Colada
    3. Mango
  3. Serve with colorful straw

Recipe: Watermelon Lemonade mocktail for the kids!

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11Apr2020

Usually I like to share classic Royal Caribbean cruise cocktail recipes that you can make at home, but with the weekend here, perhaps a treat for the kids is in order.

If your kids are anything like mine, they love to get colorful drinks that look as good as they taste, and the watermelon lemonade fits that bill.

So if you need a tasty distraction for the kids, whip up a pitcher of this for them and let them pretend they are on a cruise (virtual Adventure Ocean staff not included).

Watermelon Lemonade Ingredients

  • 1 ounce kiwi syrup
  • 1.5 ounces fresh lemonade
  • 4 ounces fresh watermelon juice
  • Fresh watermelon for garnish

Suggested music while preparing

  • Baby Shark
  • Jimmy Buffett - Grapefruit

Watermelon Lemonade Instructions

  1. In a cocktail glass, add ice cubes
  2. Add kiwi syrup
  3. Add lemonade
  4. Top with fresh watermelon juice
  5. Garnish with a small wedge of fresh watermelon

Recipe: Make the Coco Loco official CocoCay cocktail at home!

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04Apr2020

With there being no Royal Caribbean cruises for many weeks (if not months), that also means there are no visits to Perfect Day at CocoCay.

If you want to get that private island feel back at home, you might consider putting on your sunglasses, turning up the reggae music and making yourself the official concoction of CocoCay: the Coco Loco.

The Coco Loco is the kind of frozen concoction that is sure to put a smile on just about anyone's face, and ever since I had my very first one, I was hooked.

While at home, it is easy enough to make a batch yourself so that you can feel like you are sitting on Chill Island.

Photo by Lori Barrett

Coco Loco Ingredients

Makes one cocktail

  • 1/2 oz Orange Juice Concentrate
  • 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice Concentrate
  • 1/2 oz Papaya Juice Concentrate
  • 1/2 oz Coconut Cream
  • 3/4 oz Dark Rum (Or make it a virgin Coco Loco without the rum)
  • 3/4 oz Coconut Rum
  • 1/4 oz Grenadine
  • Crushed ice

Suggested music while preparing

  • Kenny Chesney - No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems

Coco Loco Instructions

  1. Toss all the ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour the potion into a cocktail glass.
  3. Dress it up with a fresh wedge of pineapple.

Recipe: Make your own Lava Flow frozen drinks from Royal Caribbean at home!

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02Apr2020

I am certain that if you close your eyes and start thinking of memories from past Royal Caribbean cruises, you may think of the Perfect Storm water slides, laughing with family during dinner in the dining room, or perhaps sipping on a frosty cocktail.

Ever since I had my first Lava Flow on a Royal Caribbean ship, I have been hooked!

The lava flow is essentially a pina colada with fruit syrup and mixed with a dark rum. If you ask me, it tastes significantly better when you opt for Kraken Rum (which is included with the Deluxe Beverage Package).

While at home, you can make this drink fairly easily and give yourself a bit of an escape back to the Lime & Coconut!

Lava flow Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz. light rum
  • 1 oz. Kraken rum
  • 2 oz. coconut cream
  • 2 oz. pineapple juice
  • 2 oz. fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana

Suggested music while preparing

  • Boat Drinks by Jimmy Buffett

Lava flow Instructions

  1. Mix strawberries and rum in blender and blend until well mixed.
  2. Place contents at bottom of a tall glass.
  3. Mix rest of the unused ingredients with crushed ice in a blender until smooth.
  4. Pour mixture into glass. The strawberry and rum mixture will creep up the sides of the glass, giving the drink its name.
  5. Serve with straw.

Spotted: Royal Caribbean steel Tumbler

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16Dec2019

Royal Caribbean fans can now purchase a stainless steel tumbler that keeps their drinks hot or cold longer, with a Royal Caribbean look to it.

RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com reader Nick Vitani spotted these cups for sale onboard Navigator of the Seas on the Royal Promenade. The cups may or may not be available on other ships in the fleet yet.

The cups cost $44.99 each, unless you have the Deluxe Beverage Package, and then the cups cost $25 each. These cups are not replacements for the complimentary soda cup that comes with a drink package purchase, rather, they are new piece of merchandise to purchase.

If you purchase the cup without a drink package, it does include a complimentary beverage coupon (including alcohol).

Let us know in the comments what you think of this tumbler! Would you want to purchase one for your collection?

Spotted: Royal Caribbean 50th Anniversary soda flavor

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25Oct2019

Royal Caribbean has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the cruise line's founding with drink cups, dessert, a special sailing, and now, its own flavor of soda.

Royal Caribbean ships with a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine are serving up the Royal Berry Blast in honor of Royal Caribbean's golden anniversary.

Thanks to CGTLH for providing these photos

The soda selection screen denotes the 50th Anniversary logo alongside the special Sprite flavor.

Royal Berry Blast is available with Sprite or Sprite Zero.

Like all drink flavors in the Coca-Cola Freestyle machine, it requires a special cup to access it, which is only available if purchased with a drink package.

The following Royal Caribbean ships have Coca-Cola Freestyle Machines

  • Adventure of the Seas
  • Allure of the Seas
  • Anthem of the Seas
  • Enchantment of the Seas
  • Explorer of the Seas
  • Freedom of the Seas
  • Grandeur of the Seas
  • Harmony of the Seas
  • Independence of the Seas
  • Jewel of the Seas
  • Majesty of the Seas
  • Mariner of the Seas
  • Oasis of the Seas
  • Ovation of the Seas
  • Quantum of the Seas
  • Rhapsody of the Seas
  • Symphony of the Seas
  • Navigator of the Seas (added in 2019)

Video: How to get free drinks on a Royal Caribbean cruise

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13Aug2019

Did you know Royal Caribbean regularly gives out free alcoholic beverages on their cruise? We have the top seven ways to score a free drink in our brand new video!

We are all trying to save a little bit of money and keep that bar bill down, so this week Matt shares seven tried-and-true methods of getting an alcoholic beverage on a Royal Caribbean cruise.

Did you love this video? We have lots of other great cruise videos to watch on our Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube Channel!

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So check out the video and then let us know: What is your favorite way to get a free drink on a Royal Caribbean cruise?

Celebrate National Margarita Day, Royal Caribbean style!

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22Feb2019

If you have not heard, February 22 is National Margarita Day! 

We are always one to enjoy a great margarita, and rarely need an excuse to enjoy one.  To celebrate this holy of holidays, we have some recipes for how to make the amazing margaritas that Sabor Modern Mexican is renown for right in your own home!

Grab some limes, tequila and salt, and check out these must-drink margs!

Simply Perfect Margarita

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Patrón Reposado tequila
  • 0.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Liqueur
  • 1 oz lime
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 0.25 oz simple syrup

Method:

Rim the glass with Cactus/lemongrass salt. Pour all of the ingredients in a shaker tin over ice and shake well. Double strain over fresh ice.

Grand Sabor Margarita

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Patrón Reposado tequila
  • 0.5 oz Cedilla Acai Liqueur
  • 0.5 oz Grand Marnier
  • 0.5 oz lime
  • 0.50 oz simple syrup

Method:

Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker tin over ice and shake well. Double strain over fresh ice.

Jalapeno-Cucumber Margarita

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Don Julio Blanco tequila
  • 0.5 oz Cointreau Orange Liqueur
  • 1 small piece of jalapeno pepper (approximately 1/2 cm thick)
  • 3 springs of Cilantro
  • 3 discs of Cucumber (approximately 2 cm)
  • 1 oz lime
  • 0.5 oz simple syrup

Method:

Muddle the jalapeno, cilantro together in a mixing glass, combine all remaining ingredients in a shaker tin full of ice. Shake well, double strain over fresh ice.

Bonus: Guacamole recipe

If you are going to make margaritas at home, be sure to compliment it with a bowl of the amazing Sabor guacamole!

Ingredients (for 4 people)

  • 0.5 cup red onion
  • 2 tbsp jalapeno (omit this if you want mild guacamole)
  • 1.5 tsp garlic
  • 2 avocado
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 0.5 lime
  • 0.5 lemon
  • 0.25 cup cilantro
  • 1/3 cup tomatoes

Method

  1. In the molcajete, mix the onion, jalapeno and garlic.
  2. Score the inside of the avocado into small cubes and remove the outer skin with a spoon.
  3. Add the avocado and mash lightly to a lumpy consistency.
  4. Add the lemon and lime juices, salt, cilantro and mash again.
  5. Add the tomatoes and incorporate.

What is your favorite Royal Caribbean margarita? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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