Staterooms

Royal Caribbean to introduce bid-based stateroom upgrade program

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26Nov2018

Royal Caribbean is introducing a new bid-based stateroom upgrade program, known as RoyalUp.

RoyalUp begins on November 28, 2018. Guests will receive an email if their sailing is eligible and they will have the opportunity to browse through staterooms available for upgrade on their sailing. They will select the dollar amount they are willing to pay for the upgrade and submit their bid.

The RoyalUp offer amount is per person for the entire duration of the cruise. Offers are based on two occupants per stateroom - only the first and second guest will be charged. If there are more than 2 guests in the reservation (between 2 and 5 passengers), the offer amount submitted will be per guest but only for the first and second guest on the reservation.

Guests cannot choose the location or specific features of the upgraded cabin, as it depends on availability.

   

In terms of groups,  Royal Caribbean cannot guarantee that all reservations traveling together will be upgraded. Under the circumstance that all reservations are upgraded, Royal Caribbean cannot guarantee that all the upgraded cabins will be close together.

Guests can make bids across multiple categories to increase your chances of having an offer accepted. If using a travel agent, they can handle the entire bidding process for you.

 

Upgrade bids can be accepted anytime from the moment it is submitted up until 2 days prior to voyage departure. You will receive an email notifying you of the accepted offer.

Guests can modify or cancel the offer up until 2 days prior to departure, provided that the offer has not already been accepted by RCI and provided their credit card has not been charged.

What do you think of this new offer? Will you be using it? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Video: Why book a balcony cabin for your Royal Caribbean cruise

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06Nov2018

We have a brand new Royal Caribbean Blog video today, and we are listing the top reasons to book a balcony cabin on your Royal Caribbean cruise!

There are many great stateroom choices when booking a cruise, and certainly a room with private balcony is one of the most intriguing options. Having your own private space to enjoy the view of the ocean, a gentle breeze and the activities in port are a fabulous way to spend any cruise.

Why would booking this type of cruise room be a good idea? We are sharing some compelling reasons to go for a balcony cabin when you book a cruise.

And if you love this video, there’s plenty more for you to enjoy over on our Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube Channel!

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Video: Why book an inside cabin for your Royal Caribbean cruise

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24Oct2018

We have a brand new Royal Caribbean Blog video today, and we are listing the top reasons to book an inside cabin on your Royal Caribbean cruise!

Is it worth it to book an inside cabin on a Royal Caribbean cruise? Royal Caribbean's ships have plenty of inside cabins to offer and they tend to be the smallest and cheapest rooms, and yet plenty of people book them.  In fact, on most sailings the cruise line will fill every one.

Why would booking this type of cruise room be a good idea? We have a few good reasons why an inside cabin is a great choice.

And if you love this video, there’s plenty more for you to enjoy over on our Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube Channel!

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Secret Royal Caribbean staterooms: Liberty of the Seas stateroom 6305

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25Sep2018

If you are looking for a fun and very different kind of stateroom, there is one on Liberty of the Seas that is a coveted choice among veteran cruisers (especially those that like ice cream).

On Liberty of the Seas, there is a specific Promenade stateroom known as the Ben & Jerry "Sweet".

Photos by Jeanne Fulton

Stateroom 6305 is actually considered a suite by Royal Caribbean despite it being a Promenade room.  The reason is because this particular room is blocked by the signage for Ben & Jerry's ice cream directly below the room.

The stateroom sits directly above the Ben & Jerry's ice cream shop on the Royal Promenade and so, the room has a view of the two cows that are prominently displayed by the shop.  Thus, the view out the window is blocked.

Royal Caribbean decided to embrace the Ben & Jerry's motif by transforming this room into  the "Ben & Jerry Sweet". 

Throughout the entire room, there are cow sheets, pillows, pictures and other cow-related decorations.

Besides the cute design, the room also has its own list of special benefits, which make the room highly desirable.

Guests staying in this particular cabin get:

  • Complimentary Ben & Jerry's ice cream for each guest (seven visits per guest)
  • Access to the Concierge Lounge

Without a doubt, the complimentary ice cream and concierge lounge access make this room a great deal.  Usually, concierge access is limited to guests staying in a suite (or high up Crown and Anchor members).

Sister ships Freedom of the Seas and Independence of the Seas also offer this special kind of room.

Would you want to book this stateroom? Tell us in the comments!

Royal Caribbean adds full suite benefits to Ocean View Panoramic Suite stateroom

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20Sep2018

Guests sailing in an Ocean View Panoramic Suite (category VP) will now be entitled to the same suite benefits guests sailing in a Grand Suite or higher category stateroom enjoy.

A few Royal Caribbean Blog readers have shared they have received indications from Royal Caribbean that their previously booked Panoramic Suite rooms will receive full suite benefits.

Prior to this change, the Panoramic Suite staterooms had the equivalent benefits of a Junior Suite, but with this change, guests in these sort of rooms will now get more benefits.

Panoramic Suites were added to Voyager and Freedom class ships in the past few years.  Most of these rooms are categorized as Spacious Panoramic Ocean View Stateroom (category 1L), but the Ocean View Panoramic Suite offer more space and are the rooms that qualify for these upgraded benefits.

In addition, the VO Class stateroom on Grandeur of the Seas will receive benefits equivalent to Grand Suites.

Royal Caribbean expands triple occupancy staterooms options

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19Jun2018

Royal Caribbean announced to travel agents that it will expand the amount of staterooms across the fleet of ships that offer a capacity of three guests per room with the addition of sofa beds. The cruise line hopes the change will greatly improve the availability of higher occupancy staterooms, particularly beneficial during peak vacation periods such as summer and holidays.

As of June 1, 2018, ten ships in total will have added triple occupancy staterooms.  These ships include

  • Symphony of the Seas
  • Harmony of the Seas
  • Allure of the Seas
  • Oasis of the Seas
  • Independence of the Seas
  • Liberty of the Seas
  • Adventure of the Seas
  • Mariner of the Seas
  • Navigator of the Seas

In order to identify which staterooms have these new sofa beds, deck plans will be updated with the introduction of a "partial triangle" as the symbol to denoate sofa bed staterooms. Digital deck plans were updated on-or-before June 17th, 2018; whereas printed versions of deck plans will be refreshed in advance of the next print run.

Sample deck plan from Mariner of the Seas with sofa bed option showing

Despite the the addition of these sofa beds, Royal Caribbean says the maximum guest counts remain unchanged for each of the impacted ships, "This initiative simply allows the opportunity to further maximize the number of guests on each sailing, as well as offer additional triple staterooms for those in need of higher occupancy accommodations."

Spotted: New Royal Caribbean stateroom attendant magnets

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07May2018

File this change under the "You have to have cruised for a while to notice this change" category.  Royal Caribbean has rolled out a new type of magnet designs for your stateroom attendant.

Royal Caribbean Blog reader Ken "Wolf" Jarvis spotted the new magnet design meant to inform your stateroom attendant if your room is ready to be made up or if you would prefer not to be disturbed.

The magnets are currently on Adventure of the Seas, although others have noted the design is also on Majesty of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas.

Survey reveals possible Infinite Veranda stateroom on Royal Caribbean

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19Jan2018

It is possible Royal Caribbean is considering offering guests a new type of balcony stateroom that offers a convertible indoor/outdoor space.

Email surveys have been sent to past Royal Caribbean cruisers asking them to compare two types of balcony rooms and evaluate interest in each.

The first type of balcony room is a standard balcony room, which is similar to balcony staterooms on existing Royal Caribbean ships.  The other option is something different, described in the survey as follows: 

"Enjoy convertible indoor/outdoor living space with Option Blue.  This stateroom allows you to integrate your balcony to increase overall main living space, if you so choose, thanks to transparent bi-fold doors.  The expansive sea view is enhanced by an operable window, where the top half can be lowered and transformed into a balcony at the touch of a button."

  • ocean-facing balcony with excellent views
  • large picture window that transforms into balcony
  • option to increase indoor living area

This balcony option sounds very similar to Celebrity Cruises' Infinite Verandas feature that was announced last year for the Celebrity Edge cruise ship. It is not uncommon for Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises to borrow from each other, since they are sister companies owned by parent company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

It should be noted surveys sent by Royal Caribbean to the public are means of which to evaluate interest in potential offerings, and do not necessarily reflect a decision made to offer anything yet.

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