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A change of heart on Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast ?>

A change of heart on Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

Our newest podcast episode is out to help give you a quick “audio escape” to a Royal Caribbean cruise!
Episode 205  is now available to listen to, where Matt and Michael discuss ways their cruising habits have changed over the years.
As time passes, people discover new experiences and may even change their minds about past ones.  When it comes to cruising, the same basis holds true.  In this episode, the cast discuss how their own cruising preferences have evolved .
Here’s the podcast page for Episode 205. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Stitcher or on iTunes!
Take a listen and as always, let us know what you think! Please rate and review the podcast on iTunes and leave your comments below!
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Harmony of the Seas Live Blog – Day 4 – St. Thomas ?>

Harmony of the Seas Live Blog – Day 4 – St. Thomas

Our second port stop brings us to St. Thomas, a beautiful island in the United States Virgin Islands.
We got up at about 7:30am and got ourselves ready. We knew we had to be ready to go early to take advantage of our time in port.  We grabbed a quick breakfast in Park Cafe, which coincided nicely with Harmony of the Seas arriving into Charlotte Amalie harbor. 

We grabbed some coffee from Cafe Promenade to watch our docking in Crown Bay.  I do not recall if I have ever been on a Royal Caribbean cruise that docked in Crown Bay, and not Havensight.  

Royal Caribbean trademarks two new cruise ship names ?>

Royal Caribbean trademarks two new cruise ship names

Royal Caribbean filed two new trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for what appears to be cruise ship names.
Royal Caribbean filed for new trademarks on Apex of the Seas and Joy of the Seas on June 27, 2017.


Royal Caribbean had registered both trademarks in September 2014, but the trademarks were abandoned on September 14, 2015.
The registration comes just days after Royal Caribbean registered for a similar trademark for Spectrum of the Seas.  The cruise line has not made any announcements of its intentions for these trademarks, if any. Royal Caribbean currently has six ships on order and/or under construction, although tw…

Harmony of the Seas Live Blog – Day 2 – Nassau, Bahamas ?>

Harmony of the Seas Live Blog – Day 2 – Nassau, Bahamas

Our first full day on Harmony of the Seas is also our first port day. It is a bit unusual to have your second day be a port day on a 7-night sailing, but we were looking forward to getting into the swing of the cruise experience.
Harmony of the Seas docked in Nassau around 7am, although there was some kind of a delay with getting the ship cleared by local authorities.  It ended up being a 30 minute delay, so the Captain announced we would be remaining in port for an extra 30 minutes.
My wife and I got off the ship a bit after 8am in search of having breakfast in Nassau. We had no real plans, and figured having breakfast in town would be an easy, but different kind of way to spend our day in town.  Unfortunately, much of the city is closed until at least 9am, so we wandered the streets until we found a restaurant near the Pirate Museum that not only was open, but served Starbucks beverages.

Spotted: In-room coffee maker rentals ?>

Spotted: In-room coffee maker rentals

On Harmony of the Seas, guests can rent in-room coffee makers to enjoy coffee whenever they please.

These Illy Espresso machines were spotted onboard Harmony of the Seas, with pricing depending on how much coffee you want.  These coffee makers might be available for rent on other cruise ships as well, but that can very from ship to ship.

14 capsules: $39
21 capsules: $56
28 capsules: $69
35 capsules: $79



Royal Caribbean does provide complimentary in-room coffee makers fo…

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: July 2, 2017 ?>

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: July 2, 2017

Happy July 4th and Canada Day Weekend to everyone out in blog land! Many of you are enjoying a relaxing and long weekend, and I hope this week’s round up of all the Royal Caribbean news makes it even better!
Royal Caribbean captured the imagination of many fans when news came out that it had registered a trademark for a potential new cruise ship name.
Royal Caribbean filed for a trademark for the phrase, “Spectrum of the Seas” (and then followed that up with two more potential ship name trademarks).
The cruise line has not announced any intentions for the names it registered, but many cruise fans believe these could be the names of the ships Royal Caribbean has on order.
Royal Caribbean News

Royal Caribbean announced the date for its 2018 President’s Cruise.
Guests can now pre-purchase photo packages on Royal Caribbean’s Cruise Planner.
Royal Caribbean began a new BOGO 50% off promotion.
Everything you need to know about Royal Caribbean’s unlimited drink packages for the year of 2017….

Harmony of the Seas Live Blog – Day 1 – Embarkation Day ?>

Harmony of the Seas Live Blog – Day 1 – Embarkation Day

The first day of our Harmony of the Seas cruise is here, and I could not be more excited for our next cruise to begin.
We arrived at Port Everglades right at 10am and found the security line was already letting guests through the lines.  In fact, we got through security and checked in within 15 minutes.  Boarding began shortly thereafter, and we were onboard just before 11am.

As we walked onboard, we stopped at Guest Relations since it had no line and got our WOWbands exchanged.  If you buy WOWbands on another sailing, you can exchange for free at Guest Services.  An added bonus of doing this now (rather than later) is we did not have to solely rely on our SetSail Passes until the room was ready.
We enjoyed lunch in the Windjammer buffet, which is my favorite cruising tradition.  Being one of the first onboard…

Royal Caribbean offering 50% off second guest, plus discount for kids ?>

Royal Caribbean offering 50% off second guest, plus discount for kids

Royal Caribbean is offering a new promotion today, with a BOGO 50% deal, plus 25% off third and fourth guests.

The BOGO50 deal is valid on cruises booked between July 1, 2017 through July 31, 2017 on sailings departing on or after August 1, 2017 (excluding China departures).
The offer includes:

50% off cruise fare of second guest who must be booked in the same stateroom as a first guest who books at full fare (“BOGO”)
25% cruise fare savings for 3rd guests and higher booked in the same stateroom as the first two qualifying guests.
Deck the Holidays Deals offer provides additional savings for guests who book a holiday sailing departing from 12/19/17 through 12/31/17 and 12/18/18 through 12/31/18.

Instant savings determined by category booked and sailing length:

$25 off per stateroom for interior and oceanview on sailings 5 nights or less
$50 off per s…

Royal Caribbean adds photo packages to Cruise Planner pre-cruise purchase option ?>

Royal Caribbean adds photo packages to Cruise Planner pre-cruise purchase option

Royal Caribbean has added photo packages to the Cruise Planner for guest to purchase prior to their cruise.


Thanks to Timothy Brian Krietemeyer for this screenshot
We spotted two options available for purchase on the Cruise Planner:

20 prints package
All digital on USB package
All digital on USB + prints package

Royal Caribbean has offered photo packages for years, but traditionally they have been available for purchase via a third-party website.
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