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Six beautiful photos of Royal Caribbean ships in Port Everglades


We love looking at beautiful Royal Caribbean photos and today we have a handful of great ones to share.

Photographer Rob Starling shared these great shots of four different Royal Caribbean ships coming and leaving Port Everglades, Florida.

Liberty of the Seas

Legend of the Seas

Allure of the Seas

Allure of the Seas

Allure of the Seas

Independence of the Seas

All photos copyright Rob Starling.

Tidal Wave slide on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas remains closed


The brand new Tidal Wave water slide on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas remains closed to guests, despite the ship returning to service following a dry dock nearly a month ago.

The Tidal Wave is the first Boomerang style slide at sea, but has never opened to guests in the voyages since the ship resumed sailings.

At a Captain's Corner talk event on Liberty of the Seas this week, the ship's Chief Engineer commented that their team discovered the variation of guest weight, and the position a person may take on the tube you ride on, makes a wide range of operation. In order to ensure that it is strong enough for all, there is a good chance that people will hit the top of the slide with some regularity. Not hard, but still make contact.

Royal Caribbean has had to design padding for the areas where guests may impact the slide, and that is being built currently.  

The Chief Engineer indicated they hope some pieces of this new padding waiting in Galveston, when the ship returns there on Sunday.

After all padding parts are delivered, the team will install and paint them.  The Chief Engineer estimated that he doesn't see the Tidal Wave running for a few more sailings yet.

The new hair-raising slide features a steep drop that propels riders up a near vertical wall for a moment of weightlessness and into free fall.

Special thanks to Royal Caribbean Blog reader Paul Crow for conveying the update to us.

Photos of new Liberty of the Seas racing water slides


Two of Royal Caribbean's newest water slides opened today on Liberty of the Seas.

The racing slides, known as The Perfect Storm, opened on Liberty of the Seas to guests today to enjoy.  The Tidal Wave slide should be open tomorrow.

Typhoon and Cyclone slides

Tidal Wave slide should open tomorrow.

Photo by Chris Bowers

Guests have the choice between riding the green or orange slide.

Royal Caribbean Blog reader Chris Bowers reported there was an LED light in the green slide and it was a "fast ride."  He also noted that if you have a choice, he preferred gren because it had great visuals.

First look Liberty of the Seas post-drydock photos


Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas returned to service after a nearly month-long refurbishment and offered her first sailing to guests beginning today.

Royal Caribbean Blog reader Chris Bowers is aboard Liberty of the Seas and shared with us photos of the more noticable changes.

Chris noted that the new water slide area is closed until Tuesday.

Water slides. Photo by Royal Caribbean International

Splashaway Bay aqua park

Sabor Modern Mexican specialty restaurant

Giovanni's Table specialty restaurant


Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Chris Bowers

Video: Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas drydock offers guests new water slides, waterpark, dining and more


Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas has undergone an extensive new revitalization in dry dock. Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the construction of new features such as The Perfect Storm water slides, the Splashaway Bay waterpark and new dining options at the Sabor Mexican restaurant, Giovanni's Italian cuisine, and more.

4 photos from Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas refurbishment


Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas is currently in drydock at Freeport, Bahamas undergoing an impressive refurbishment and we found some new photos to share that hint at the changes coming.

Royal Caribbean has divulged the details of the refurbishment, but typically does not share looks at the work underway.

Here are four photos that show off Liberty of the Seas undergoing her revitalization work.  We cannot wait to see the finished work!


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Child drowns on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas


There are multiple reports that unfortunately an eight year old boy drowned in a pool on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas yesterday.

Cruise Critic and Cruise Law News are reporting guests aboard Liberty of the Seas were notified that the child was spotted in the pool by another guest, at which point he was pulled from the pool and the ship's medical team performed CPR for more than 60 minutes to no avail.

In the letter to guests, Royal Caribbean stated, "We extend our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends.  I ask that you join us in keeping the child's family in our thoughts and prayers.".

Royal Caribbean announces details for Liberty of the Seas refurbishment, including new waterslides and restaurants


Royal Caribbean revealed the details of its scheduled refurbishment for Liberty of the Seas that will take place during her month-long drydock in January 2016.

When Liberty of the Seas returns from her drydock in February 2016, she is going to get quite a lot of new aquatic based activities including:

  • Collection of waterslides called the Perfect Storm
    • Two new racer slides called Cyclone and Typhoon which will be located at the aft of the ship alongside the Flowrider surf simulator
  • Tidal Wave, first Boomerang style slide at sea
    • The new hair-raising slide features a steep drop that propels riders up a near vertical wall for a moment of weightlessness and into free fall. 
  • An adult-free zone with the introduction of Splashaway Bay, an aqua park featuring an interactive kid’s play area with water cannons, geysers and much more.

Royal Caribbean had announced in July 2015 it would add a water slide to Liberty of the Seas.

The addition of Splashaway Bay and the Perfect Storm water slides are both features that were originally announced for Harmony of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean did a similar addition when it introduced new features to Navigator of the Seas during her refurbishment in advance of those same features being introduced later on Quantum of the Seas.

There will also be new restaurants added to Liberty of the Seas

Royal Caribbean is also adding 26 new Panoramic Ocean View staterooms, featuring floor-to-ceiling glass walls, providing guests with breathtaking, unobstructed views as well as an additional 53 staterooms throughout the ship.

Liberty of the Seas will sail seven-night Western Caribbean itineraries every Sunday from Galveston starting from November 2015 , visiting exciting warm weather getaways in the Caribbean including: Belize City, Belize; Cozumel, Mexico; Falmouth, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico; and Roatan, Honduras.

Are you excited for these new additions coming to Liberty of the Seas? Tell us in the comments!

Royal Caribbean changes Liberty of the Seas itinerary due to Hurricane Joaquin


Royal Caribbean has altered Liberty of the Seas planned itinerary due to the forecasted path of Hurricane Joaquin.

Liberty of the Seas will not be able to call on Kings Warf, Bermuda as originally scheduled. Instead, the ship will sail to St. John, Canada in an effort to ensure guests have a safe and comfortable cruise.

Royal Caribbean changed Enchantment of the Seas' itinerary earlier today to avoid Hurricane Joaquin as well.

Royal Caribbean will continue to closely monitor weather conditions and will provide updates as soon as they become available.