Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: December 27, 2015

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27Dec2015

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas holiday earlier this week, and with the holidays around us, it is easy to overlook some of the Royal Caribbean news, so we have gone through and compiled this collection of news in case you missed any of it.

At long last, Royal Caribbean opened up bookings for Empress of the Seas this week for cruises beginning in March 2016.

Empress of the Seas will sail out of Miami, Florida and offer 4- and 5-night getaways from Miami to Nassau, The Bahamas; Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico; Grand Cayman and Key West, Florida.

Empress of the Seas will stand out from other sailings in that she will offer things like "Sunday Brunch" everyday, with a complimentary Mimosa or Bloody Mary, no formal nights and overnight stays in Cozumel.

We have a lot more Royal Caribbean news to share, so jump right in!

Royal Caribbean News

Royal Caribbean Blog Reader Finds

If you are on a Royal Caribbean cruise and spot something cool, new or just fun, share a photo with us on Facebook or Twitter so we can add it to our Royal Caribbean Blog Reader Finds each Sunday!

Barbara Murphy shared this photo of Poinsettias on the glass staircase of Jewel of the Seas.

Nick Weir posted this photo of Santa and his elves arriving to Anthem of the Seas via North Star!

BCaldwell posted this photo of drinks from Jewel of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 125th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available and this week, we are counting down our absolute favorite Royal Caribbean desserts!

In this episode, Matt shares his top five Royal Caribbean desserts of all time and also shares a list of desserts some of you contributed.  As is so often the case on the podcast, it is an episode dedicated to food!

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.

How you can support Royal Caribbean Blog

So many of our readers have reached out to us to ask how they can help the blog and we are introducing the Royal Caribbean Blog Insiders for just that reason.

The Insiders group is a way readers can contribute to Royal Caribbean Blog and help fuel some of the really amazing ideas, projects and new content that we have lined up.

As a way of saying thank you for your contribution, there are some fun rewards for being a member of the Royal Caribbean Blog Insiders.

Becoming a member of the Royal Caribbean Blog Insiders is completely up to you and you can cancel at any time. No questions asked! 

As always, thank you for visiting Royal Caribbean Blog and being a part of our community!

Royal Caribbean Around the Internet

Space Coast Daily reports good progress is being made on the new parking garage at Cruise Terminal 5 in Port Canaveral.

Royal Caribbean shared a look at what it takes to keep it clean and keep it green.

CMO looks at why split-funnel attribution is changing Royal Caribbean's customer approach.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: December 20, 2015

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20Dec2015

Christmas is right around the corner and for many Royal Caribbean fans, we all received an early present this year with some big Royal Caribbean news.

Royal Caribbean revealed the details surrounding its 10 story slide coming to its third Oasis class cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas.

After months of hinting, Royal Caribbean has finally revealed what guests can look forward to trying onboard Harmony of the Seas with the 10 story slide known as, "Ultimate Abyss."

The brand new slide is more than 150 feet above sea level and will send guests plummeting down 10 decks, with spontaneous audio effects within each of the slide's two tunnels that will create a multi-sensory thrill.

The Ultimate Abyss is brand new to Royal Caribbean and we also shared five quick facts about this new slide.

Royal Caribbean News

We have a lot more Royal Caribbean news to share this week, in case you missed any of it

Royal Caribbean Blog Reader Finds

If you are on a Royal Caribbean cruise and spot something cool, new or just fun, share a photo with us on Facebook or Twitter so we can add it to our Royal Caribbean Blog Reader Finds each Sunday!

Tony sent us this fun photo of a towel creation on Anthem of the Seas.

Cruise Diamond UK shared this photo of a beautiful day in the Solarium onboard Splendour of the Seas.

Ron Kozlik sent this photo of Anthem of the Seas in Port Canaveral.

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 124th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available and this week, listener Brian White joins Matt to preview his Allure of the Seas cruise!

In this episode, Brian and Matt talk about Brian's upcoming cruise on Allure of the Seas, including why Brian is trying Royal Caribbean for the first time and what his family's plans are once onboard.

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.

Announcing the 2017 Royal Caribbean Blog Group Cruise!

We are so excited to announce our 2017 group cruise plans for readers and staff of RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com aboardNavigator of the Seas. This is an exclusive group where we are inviting you, our readers, to join us on the beautiful Navigator of the Seas on an 9-night cruise to the Southern Caribbean.

This Royal Caribbean Blog group cruise is all about enjoying this brand new ship with other fans who are big fans of Royal Caribbean.  Don't miss this opportunity to check out this fabulous cruise ship as well as be a part of exclusive events for those that book with our group!

For more details on booking the cruise, the itinerary and prices, check out the Royal Caribbean Blog group cruise page and if you have any questions, email me!

Royal Caribbean Around the Internet

Cruise & Ferry wrote about how Royal Caribbean and Eniram are cutting fuel costs and reducing emissions.

Shermans Cruise shared 7 secret off-menu dishes at sea, including a few from Royal Caribbean.

Royal Caribbean is sharing how to sneak in learning while on vacation.

JetSetSarah offers a three minute review of Anthem of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: December 13, 2015

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13Dec2015

Good news, we are all one week closer to our next Royal Caribbean cruise!  In case you missed any of the Royal Caribbean fun from this week, here is our weekly round up!

The one day no one looks forward to is that last morning of the cruise, when it is time to go home.  But that does not mean you cannot do a lot of fun things on your last day!

This week, we listed six things to do on the last morning of your Royal Caribbean cruise to help you make the most of the last few hours onboard.

Frankly, there are some good options including seeing the sunrise, enjoying the benefits of your unlimited drink packages and enjoying one last meal in the Windjammer.

Here is the rest of the Royal Caribbean news you may have missed this week.

Royal Caribbean Blog Reader Finds

If you are on a Royal Caribbean cruise and spot something cool, new or just fun, share a photo with us on Facebook or Twitter so we can add it to our Royal Caribbean Blog Reader Finds each Sunday!

Edwin Wallace boarded Oasis of the Seas yesterday and his first stop was Sabor for some guacamole and drinks.

Shay Lowe reported it is easy to take photos of the Small Wonders art with your phone.

Nick Weir shared this sketch of this addition coming to the Aqua Theater on potentially Harmony of the Seas.

Announcing the 2017 Royal Caribbean Blog Group Cruise!

We are so excited to announce our 2017 group cruise plans for readers and staff of RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com aboard Navigator of the Seas. This is an exclusive group where we are inviting you, our readers, to join us on the beautiful Navigator of the Seas on an 9-night cruise to the Southern Caribbean.

This Royal Caribbean Blog group cruise is all about enjoying this brand new ship with other fans who are big fans of Royal Caribbean.  Don't miss this opportunity to check out this fabulous cruise ship as well as be a part of exclusive events for those that book with our group!

For more details on booking the cruise, the itinerary and prices, check out the Royal Caribbean Blog group cruise page and if you have any questions, email me!

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 123rd episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available and this week, Matt is sharing twenty, yes twenty, tips to have a better Royal Caribbean cruise!

In this episode, Matt shares a slew of tips, tricks and secrets to get you the most out of your Royal Caribbean cruise.

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

Royal Caribbean shared 10 tips for a perfect honeymoon cruise.

AFRWeekend shows how Royal Caribbean's smart ship universe surpasses the real one.

Shermans Cruise has 7 myths about cruising.

Royal Caribbean Ltd shared the story of how its vice president of food and beverage operations got to the top of the Royal Caribbean food chain.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: December 6, 2015

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06Dec2015

Another week has gone by and that means we are all one week closer to our next Royal Caribbean cruise!

This week, the big news was Royal Caribbean's announcement that the Broadway show Grease will be added to Harmony of the Seas and Independence of the Seas in 2016.

The news is unusual, given that in the past Broadway shows have been added to only one ship at a time.

The all-new, never-before-seen stage production, specially adapted by Royal Caribbean Productions, will boast a soundtrack of crowd favorites such as “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin’,” “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” “Born to Hand-Jive,” “Beauty School Dropout” and more.

Here is the rest of the Royal Caribbean news you may have missed this week.

Royal Caribbean News

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 122th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available and this week, Matt reviews his recent cruise aboard Brilliance of the Seas.

In this episode, Matt shares his experiences on Brilliance of the Seas, including dining, activities, shore excursions and entertainment.

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.

How you can support Royal Caribbean Blog

So many of our readers have reached out to us to ask how they can help the blog and we are introducing the Royal Caribbean Blog Insiders for just that reason.

The Insiders group is a way readers can contribute to Royal Caribbean Blog and help fuel some of the really amazing ideas, projects and new content that we have lined up.

As a way of saying thank you for your contribution, there are some fun rewards for being a member of the Royal Caribbean Blog Insiders.

Becoming a member of the Royal Caribbean Blog Insiders is completely up to you and you can cancel at any time. No questions asked! 

As always, thank you for visiting Royal Caribbean Blog and being a part of our community!

Royal Caribbean Around the Internet

Writing Horseback blogged about the Carousel at Sea on Oasis of the Seas.

Cruise & Ferry interviewed Royal Caribbean Chairman and CEO Richard Fain.

In the Loop Travel listed seven thrilling shore excursions in the Caribbean (hint: Labadee made the list).

Cruise Currents shared 6 reasons to love Anthem of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: November 22, 2015

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22Nov2015

We are more than halfway through November and this week marked a first, with the opening of first Tiffany & Co. store at sea on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas.

Tiffany & Co. store is available for guests to shop at in the Central Park neighborhood of the ship.

The Tiffany & Co. boutique will extend 875 square feet and feature meticulous attention to detail and noble materials, including marble, glossy lacquers, polished metals, cerused walnut paneling, velvet drapery and upholstered walls.

We have a lot more to share, so let's jump right in!

Royal Caribbean News

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 120th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available and this week, and talk with listener Marc about how he got a free cruise on Liberty of the Seas.

In this episode, Marc shares how managed to get a free Royal Caribbean cruise as well as sharing his thoughts on his recent Liberty of the Seas cruise.

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.

How you can support Royal Caribbean Blog

So many of our readers have reached out to us to ask how they can help the blog and we are introducing the Royal Caribbean Blog Insiders for just that reason.

The Insiders group is a way readers can contribute to Royal Caribbean Blog and help fuel some of the really amazing ideas, projects and new content that we have lined up.

As a way of saying thank you for your contribution, there are some fun rewards for being a member of the Royal Caribbean Blog Insiders.

Becoming a member of the Royal Caribbean Blog Insiders is completely up to you and you can cancel at any time. No questions asked! 

As always, thank you for visiting Royal Caribbean Blog and being a part of our community!

Royal Caribbean Around the Internet

Cruise Dudes interviewed Matt all about his recent Anthem of the Seas cruise.

Creativity Online talks about Royal Caribbean's use of Periscope to show off their cruises.

Cruise Radio shares 7 things to know about Anthem of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean has five of the best ways to Instagram your vacation.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: November 15, 2015

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15Nov2015

We wrapped up a busy week of Royal Caribbean fun, but if you missed any of it, we have it all wrapped up nicely for you in this weekly news round-up!

Royal Caribbean's released construction photos of its next new cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas.

When finished, Harmony of the Seas will be the third Oasis class cruise ship and the largest cruise ship in the world.

The new photos show off progress in public areas of the ship, such as the AquaTheater and Central Park. She still has a few months of construction left, but already it is easy to get excited for her launch!

Royal Caribbean News

Royal Caribbean Blog Reader Finds

If you are on a Royal Caribbean cruise and spot something cool, new or just fun, share a photo with us on Facebook or Twitter so we can add it to our Royal Caribbean Blog Reader Finds each Sunday!

Paul Crow is onboard Liberty of the Seas' first sailing out of Galveston.

Nick Vitani shared this photo of the pool deck from Brilliance of the Seas.

How you can support Royal Caribbean Blog

So many of our readers have reached out to us to ask how they can help the blog and we are introducing the Royal Caribbean Blog Insiders for just that reason.

The Insiders group is a way readers can contribute to Royal Caribbean Blog and help fuel some of the really amazing ideas, projects and new content that we have lined up.

As a way of saying thank you for your contribution, there are some fun rewards for being a member of the Royal Caribbean Blog Insiders.

Becoming a member of the Royal Caribbean Blog Insiders is completely up to you and you can cancel at any time. No questions asked! 

As always, thank you for visiting Royal Caribbean Blog and being a part of our community!

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 119th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available and this week, and we are reviewing our recent cruise aboard Anthem of the Seas.

In this episode, Matt returns from his quick Anthem of the Seas cruise to share what his experience was like onboard, including reviews of dining, entertainment, activities and everything inbetween.

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

Lady and the Blog shared 14 reasons why you need to cruise on Anthem of the Seas.

Skift interviewed Royal Caribbean Ltd COO Adam Goldstein on a variety of topics.

Autism on the Seas launched a non-profit foundation for special needs families to take vacations.

The Baltimore Sun featured a look at Royal Caribbean's impact on Haiti.

Travel By Terry looks at Royal Caribbean's new Royal Suite Class.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: November 8, 2015

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08Nov2015

It’s been an exciting week as we have a front row seat to all the Royal Caribbean news from this week!

Earlier this week, Royal Caribbean announced it ordered a fifth Quantum class cruise ship.

The new and unnamed cruise ship will be ready for deliver in the fall of 2020.

There is also no word yet on where this ship be based out of or any real details other than the ship will be built.

Royal Caribbean News

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas arrived in New York this week and Matt has the chance to cruise on her.

In this episode, Matt offers an in-depth preview of his Anthem of the Seas cruise, including what he has planned to do onboard and why this ship's arrival is so exciting.

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.

Let's cruise together on Allure of the Seas

I want you to join me on Allure of the Seas!

The Royal Caribbean Blog staff are going on Allure of the Seas and we are inviting all of our blog readers to join us!

We will be sailing on Allure of the Seas on February 21, 2016 and there are some fabulous rates available.  Interior staterooms start at only $850 per person (double occupancy)!

Read all the details (and the fun meets we already have planned).  This will be an amazing week with plenty of surprises and exclusive events for those that book into our group!

Royal Caribbean Around the Internet

MEI Travel posted a tour of a Family Junior Suite on Anthem of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean has a list of the top 10 amazing zip lines on the planet.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: November 1, 2015

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01Nov2015

November is here and so is this week's Royal Caribbean news round-up, where we share all the big Royal Caribbean news from this week with you.

The big news this week was the keel was layed for Royal Caribbean's fourth Oasis class cruise ship.

This ship is still unnamed, but formal construction begin with a special ceremony, where a 1,000 ton block was lifted by crane into the building dock.

The significance of this ceremony is that construction officially begins on the ship, and we move one step closer to her becoming a reality.

The fourth Oasis class ship is scheduled for delivery in spring 2018.

We have a lot more to share, so let's jump right in...

Royal Caribbean News

How you can support Royal Caribbean Blog

So many of our readers have reached out to us to ask how they can help the blog and we are introducing the Royal Caribbean Blog Insiders for just that reason.

The Insiders group is a way readers can contribute to Royal Caribbean Blog and help fuel some of the really amazing ideas, projects and new content that we have lined up.

As a way of saying thank you for your contribution, there are some fun rewards for being a member of the Royal Caribbean Blog Insiders.

Becoming a member of the Royal Caribbean Blog Insiders is completely up to you and you can cancel at any time. No questions asked! 

As always, thank you for visiting Royal Caribbean Blog and being a part of our community!

Royal Caribbean Blog Reader Finds

If you are on a Royal Caribbean cruise and spot something cool, new or just fun, share a photo with us on Facebook or Twitter so we can add it to our Royal Caribbean Blog Reader Finds each Sunday!

Nick Vitani sent us this photo of Halloween decorations on Enchantment of the Seas.

Rich Freudenberg shared this photo he got with Royal Caribbean Cruise Director Ken Rush while on Anthem of the Seas.  Loving the beard, Ken!

Royal Caribbean International CEO Michael Bayley posted this photo of Royal Caribbean Ltd Chairman Richard Fain dressed up for Halloween!

Scott Sanders sent us this photo of two Royal Caribbean ships docked in Nassau earlier this week.

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 117th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available and this week, and we are comparing Royal Caribbean to Carnival Cruise Line.

In this episode, Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast listener Anna discuss the differences and similarities between the two cruise lines to give listeners an idea of how the experiences compare.

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

The Jones Family posted a video blog, detailing their cruise on Oasis of the Seas.

Frommers named the 5 best cruise lines for kids (hint: Royal Caribbean made the list).

Condé Nast Traveler shares their experience on Anthem of the Seas.

Cruise Critic has a list of 10 free activities on Anthem of the Seas.

Cruise Dudes have a new podcast out this week, with a review of cruising the southern Caribbean.

Travel Weekly reports Disney Cruise Line is capping commissions for travel agents but Royal Caribbean is increasing them.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: October 25, 2015

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25Oct2015

October is almost over (how did that happen?) and hopefully that means you are getting closer to your next Royal Caribbean cruise!  We have sifted through all of this week's Royal Caribbean news to bring you what you need to know.

The big news this week is Royal Caribbean announced it is bringing back a cruise ship that left the fleet over 7 years ago, Empress of the Seas.

During Royal Caribbean's third quarter financial results call, Chief Financial Officer Jason Liberty announced Empress of the Seas will return to Royal Caribbean International after spending the last number of years as a part of Pullmantur Cruises.

Empress of the Seas will undergo an, "extensive refurbishment" and be available for service sometime in Spring 2016.

We have a lot more to share, so let's jump right in...

Royal Caribbean News

Royal Caribbean Blog Reader Finds

If you are on a Royal Caribbean cruise and spot something cool, new or just fun, share a photo with us on Facebook or Twitter so we can add it to our Royal Caribbean Blog Reader Finds each Sunday!

Ron Lodowski sent us this photo of a United States Coast Guard helicopter coming to aid a group of Cubans that Freedom of the Seas rescued.

Nick Vitani shared this photo of the sushi available on Liberty of the Seas in the Windjammer.

Let's cruise together on Allure of the Seas

I want you to join me on Allure of the Seas!

The Royal Caribbean Blog staff are going on Allure of the Seas and we are inviting all of our blog readers to join us!

We will be sailing on Allure of the Seas on February 21, 2016 and there are some fabulous rates available.  Interior staterooms start at only $850 per person (double occupancy)!

Read all the details (and the fun meets we already have planned).  This will be an amazing week with plenty of surprises and exclusive events for those that book into our group!

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 116th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available and this week, and we are talking all about the fabulous shows available on a Royal Caribbean cruise.

In this episode, Matt looks at the shows Royal Caribbean offers on its ships and talks about what makes them so enjoyable.  There is a wide array of shows to cover, and there is bound to be a favorite (or two) that you will want to see on your next cruise.

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

Calvirose wrote about her experience on Anthem of the Seas this summer.

AdWeek wrote about Royal Caribbean's new marketing campaign that promises them, "an anti-cruise that won't suck."

AboutCruiseShips has a review of Radiance of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: October 18, 2015

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18Oct2015

It’s been an exciting week as we have a front row seat to all the Royal Caribbean news from this week!

Royal Caribbean gave us all a sneak peak at their new brand marketing, which aims to breakthrough cruising stereotypes and show how exciting a Royal Caribbean cruise can be.

Dubbed, "Come Seek", the new marketing campaign will begin on October 19th and will be a combination of television and web based ads.

The campaign is directed at Millenials, who have certain preconceptions about what a cruise is and Royal Caribbean wants to erase those notions.

The "Come Seek" campaign will also integrate live billboards that use Periscope, a new Tumblr page port recommendations by crew members and ads that promote authentic experiences.

Royal Caribbean News

Let's cruise together on Allure of the Seas

I want you to join me on Allure of the Seas!

The Royal Caribbean Blog staff are going on Allure of the Seas and we are inviting all of our blog readers to join us!

We will be sailing on Allure of the Seas on February 21, 2016 and there are some fabulous rates available.  Interior staterooms start at only $850 per person (double occupancy)!

Read all the details (and the fun meets we already have planned).  This will be an amazing week with plenty of surprises and exclusive events for those that book into our group!

Royal Caribbean Blog Reader Finds

If you are on a Royal Caribbean cruise and spot something cool, new or just fun, share a photo with us on facebook or twitter so we can add it to our Royal Caribbean Blog Reader Finds each Sunday!

Nick Vitani took this photo of the Royal Promenade on Liberty of the Seas from this weekend.

Svenn-Harald Eikenes is on Explorer fo the Seas and enjoyed some time by the pool.

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 115th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available and this week, our friend Susan returns to talk all about her back-to-back Independence of the Seas cruise.

In this episode, Matt discusses what the NextCruise program is, explores the benefits of booking another cruise onboard and why you might want to take advatnage of NextCruise.

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

Fortune has an interview with Royal Caribbean CEO Michael Bayley about the increased bandwidth available on ships now.

Explore with Ed explored Explorer of the Seas.

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