Nine Tips for Your Next Royal Caribbean Cruise

1. Email alerts

Royal Caribbean will send you email alerts on their latest discounted cruises, special fares, and last minute deals. If you are a planner or someone who likes to take off on an impromptu vacation, this is a smart way to save some money.

2. Repositioning cruises

When cruise lines are relocating specific ships to a new port, they will offer deeply discounted travels. You will then have to make accommodations for a return trip (since your ship will not be traveling back to the embarkation port). These types of trips are perfect for staying a few days at the port city prior to returning home.

3. Online check-in

Take advantage of the convenient online check-in services at Royal Caribbean. You can also complete other paperwork such as waivers prior to departure. It will make your standing-in-line-time shorter on embarkation day.

4. Specialty restaurants

Browse through the specialty restaurants on your specific RC ship ahead of time. If you make three reservations, this should qualify you for a ship’s credit in the 30%-40% range. This discount should be available to use at any point throughout your cruise for any item you wish. (As always, read the fine print for specifics.) Also, ask for the children’s discount in specialty restaurants for a flat rate kid’s meal.

5. Group rates

Royal Caribbean honors discounts if you belong to certain groups, such as senior citizens, military, and even residents of some states (Florida). If you use a travel agent, they will be able to quickly check for all types of group rates. You may also be able to receive a cheaper cost for certain shore excursions if you book early and apply your special rates.

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6. Alcohol

This cruise line allows you to bring two bottles of wine (750ml each) per cabin onto the ship only on boarding day. (You are not allowed to bring liquor or beer.) If you buy some delicious spirits at your ports of call, they will be held for you until the end of the cruise. Pinnacle and Diamond Plus passengers get three free drinks each night (soda, water, wine and liquor from a list); and The Diamond Lounge has free drinks from 5PM to 8PM every night.

7. Stand on the bow

If your ship is in the Voyager, Radiance, or Freedom class, you can actually stand on the bow of the ship – just like in the movies! It feels like flying (wind and all).

8. Watch the Aqua Show from above

On the Oasis class of Royal Caribbean ships, you can look down on the Aqua Theatre from deck 14. It’s a neat change of perspective, and you won’t get wet perched way above the show.

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9. Join the club

After your first cruise with Royal Caribbean you may wish to join the membership club called “Crown & Anchor.” This will allow you to get all the latest news, maximize your discounts, and get access to special events and locations on the ships.

Bon Voyage!

Royal Caribbean Announces a Non-Refundable Program

Royal Caribbean has announced a new Non-Refundable Deposit Program that will be launched fleet-wide on July 1, 2017.

However prior to the full launch on July 1, this new program will be seen on select ships and sailings.  So what is this new program from Royal Caribbean?

Cruisers will have the choice to choose the Non-Refundable Deposit Program when booking a cruise more than six months before sailing. Those that do choose this fare will receive up to $100 in onboard credit. The best part is that the early booking credit is combinable with the existing promotional offer available at time of booking, offering you the ability to stack on additional savings for the best deal out there.

  • Cruises 1-5 nights: $25 on board credit for interior/ocean view, $50 for balcony and suites
  • Cruises 6+ nights: $50 on board credit for interior/ocean view, $100 for balcony and suites

When booking a cruise, the Non-Refundable Deposit fare will default to the Best Rate whenever available, as it will always be priced lower than the Regular Brand Promotion.

In an effort to deter continual or late ship/sail date adjustments, a change fee of $100 per guest will be imposed to all reservations booked under a nonrefundable deposit fare that opts to change either the ship and/or sail date originally selected. Such fees will be incurred, without exception, at time of change.

Multiple adjustments to the ship and/or sail date of a booking will result in the assessment of a $100 per guest change fee for each qualifying change made to the reservation. There is no limit on the number of change fees that can be incurred.

Outside of final payment, when a nonrefundable deposit cancellation occurs, you will receive a Future Cruise Certificate in the amount of the designated cruise deposit, less the $100 per guest change fee. Such Future Cruise Certificates can be applied towards your future Royal Caribbean cruise vacation when reserved within 1 year of the issue date. Thereafter, the Future Cruise Certificate will expire and becomes invalid.

Nonrefundable deposit fares are combinable with promotional onboard credit offers, Crown & Anchor discounts, and NextCruise benefits. Such fares are not combinable with any other offer or promotion, including, but not limited to, standard group, interline, travel agent, travel agent friends & family, net as well as weekly sales events and shareholder benefits.


Royal Caribbean Updates Its Dress Code

Royal Caribbean has updated its dress code again to remove shorts from its list of casual attire.

According to the cruise line’s blog, last week the line had added shorts to its suggested dress code for cruise ship guests dining in the main dining room on casual nights.

Today, the latest version of the suggested dress code on the cruise line’s website drops shorts from the list of casual attire, instead listing “Jeans, polos, sundresses and blouses.” Instead, shorts are only “welcomed for breakfast and lunch.”

Other dress code items to note from the line: guests are advised to only wear swimsuits on the pool deck. There are also “smart casual” suggestions – collared shirts, dresses, skirts and blouses or pantsuits – as well as formal nights on certain sailings, which require suits and ties, tuxedos, cocktail dresses or evening gowns.

The change is notable because proper attire – or lack thereof – has been a hot topic when it comes to travel lately. Just last week United Airlines sparked controversy on social media when it denied boarding to two young girls, who were traveling on a non-revenue ticket, because the two girls were wearing leggings.

The incident, which wound up going by the name of “leggingsgate,” drew some discussion from travel agents on our Facebook page. Travel agents who weighed in mostly sided with the airline, pointing out that, as passengers traveling on a non-revenue ticket – a ticket type which offers free or heavily discounted airfare to airline staff and their families – they would have been notified of the dress code requirement.

One reader was against leggings entirely. In response to our Facebook poll, “Should airlines allow leggings as pants on planes,” they simply answered, “No!!!”