Episode 07: The WOW Factor
Updated: Mar 11, 2022
All things Royal Caribbean Cruise Line related
Royal Caribbean International® is a global cruise brand with 25 ships visiting over 269 ports, 75 countries across 7 continents. Itineraries range from 3-nights to 274- nights with worldwide destinations including the first Ultimate World Cruise on the Serenade of the Seas starting December 10, 2023- September 10, 2024. Royal Caribbean is known for being innovators bringing game-changing "Firsts at Sea" such as SMART technology, North Star and RipCord iFly. Royal Caribbean continues to do just that featuring VOOM(SM) fastest internet at Sea.
HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOLS
Royal Caribbean is committed to your peace of mind — both through science-backed protocols designed to keep you healthy, and the flexibility to cancel your plans if you need.
Domestic Sailings: All US guests 12+ must be fully vaccinated + show proof of negative results within 3 days. 6 months-11 must show proof of negative results within 2 days.
International Sailings: All US guests 12+ must be fully vaccinated + show proof of negative results within 3 days. 6 months-11 must show proof of negative results within 2 days. PLUS: Some countries will require a booster to be considered "fully vaccinated". Fill out a passenger locator form for each country and sign up for the EU Digital Health Pass. COVID-19 Testing before coming home to the US.
We can send you a vaccination email based on your sailing. If you do not receive this email, please let us know. Please check out Royal Caribbean's Healthy Panel for the latest updated information.
BEST PLAYGROUND AT SEA
And make the most out of every moment at sea onboard the world’s best cruise ships, loaded from bow to stern with game-changing thrills, dazzling entertainment, next-level dining and activities for all kinds of adventure-seekers. No matter which ship you choose to sail on, this is a fleet filled with incredible feat
Vision Class- Enchantment, Grandeur, Rhapsody & Vision Radiance Class- Brilliance, Jewel, Radiance, & Serenade
Voyager Class- Adventurer, Explorer, Mariner, Navigator, & Voyager
Freedom Class- Freedom, Independence, & Liberty
Quantum Class- Anthem, Odyssey, Ovation, Quantum & Spectrum
Oasis Class- Allure, Harmony, Oasis, Symphony, & Wonder
Icon Class- Icon coming Fall 2023
Each class introduced new features that have become a Royal Caribbean Fleet staple. Vision Class brought the Viking Crown Lounge 360-Degree view lounge for sipping cocktails while enjoying the scenery and the adult-only Solarium. Radiance Class introduced the glass/wood around the ship making it feel open. Royal Caribbean WOW the world with the Voyager Class of ships and set the stage to incorporate multi-generational families onboard with the ice-skating rink, Royal Promenade, mini-golf, and the rock-climbing walls. The Freedom Class was an enhancement of the Voyager Class with a boxing ring and Flowrider. The Quantum Class made daring new features to the ship like the RipCord, North Star, and SkyPad as well as upgraded the dining venues- El Loco Fresh, Coastal Kitchen, and Playmakers. Royal Caribbean went back to the drawing board to up the WOW factor with the Oasis Class brought the outside into the ship with the Boardwalk, Central Park, and the cantilever whirlpools. Waterslides, laser tag, Royal Escape Room, Hooked Seafood, Port Side BBQ were introduced. You didn't need to leave the ship at this point. Everything you could want to do was onboard. Royal Caribbean decided to "Amplified" the ships- some ships throughout the fleet got upgraded with the popular features- waterslide, Playmakers, and Escape Room.
I for one can't wait to see what the Icon Class brings to the table. Icon will be one of three ships powered by LNG (liquefied natural gas) which is to be environmentally friendly boosting efficiency and less carbon footprint. Icon ship is expected to be delivered Fall 2023 with the second ship delivery in 2025, and the third ship delivery in 2026. These ships will be bigger than the Quantum Class but small than the Oasis Class. What features would you like to see on the ship?
ULTIMATE WORLD CRUISE
The Ultimate World Cruise is a never-before-offered Royal Caribbean adventure that takes you on a 274-night journey around the world from December 10, 2023 – September 10, 2024 on the Serenade of the Seas. The adventure begins and ends in Miami, Florida, visiting all 7 continents, 65 countries, over 150 ports of call and 11 World Wonders. More than 40 of the ports you’ll visit are either rarely available on our other itineraries or brand new to Royal Caribbean, so get ready for the exploration of a lifetime. Book The Ultimate World Cruise early to ensure the best accommodation throughout the entire voyage. Expedition or segments of The Ultimate World Cruise just opened and offered).
Starting price $59,999 per person for Inside cabin, $64,999 per person for Ocean View, $82,949 per person for balcony cabins. As of March 7, 2022, suites are sold out with a waitlist. 10% discount if pay-in-full by January 6, 2023. Taxes, fees, and port expenses of $4,667 USD per person are additional and are subject to change at any time. All starting prices listed are per person, in USD, cruise only, based on double occupancy, and are subject to change at any time.
Ultimate World Cruise Itinerary
Serenade of the Seas Deck Plans
CROWN & ANCHOR SOCIETY
The two biggest perks for reaching Diamond and higher Status are the free drinks in the Viking Crown Lounge during Happy Hour (before the pandemic, after the pandemic, you receive 4-6 vouchers depending on status worth $13 each) and the balcony discounts. You do get priority access for shows for Diamond Plus members and access to the Concierge Lounge after March 15th.
You can log in to your Royal Caribbean Account to find out how many points you have.
If you find a lower fare within 24 hours of booking air with Royal Caribbean, a credit of 110% of the difference to spend onboard their cruise. Enjoy peace of mind with 24/7 travel service. If there are any delays or cancellations that jeopardize your travel plans, Royal Caribbean will work quickly with the airline to get you on the next available flight. Book flights now, charge later with the ability to reserve select flights using the “Pay Later” option. This feature enables you to pay for their flights at the same time as their final cruise payment.
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JONES ACT (Back-to-Back US sailings)
Please note that as Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ships are not US-flagged. This means that Royal Caribbean cannot connect more than one sailing without stopping a foreign port of call. This would apply to anAlaska, Hawaii, Pacific/ Atlantic Coastal cruise without stopping in Mexico or Canada as a foreign port of call.
PEACE OF MIND
We know that some reassurance is more important than ever when it comes to your vacation. You’ll enjoy increased benefits, coverage, and non-insurance features with no increase in plan pricing.
CANCEL FOR ANY REASON
If your clients need to cancel, we’ll now cover 90% (formerly 75%) of the unused portion of the cruise, no matter what comes up including COVID-19 related reasons.
MEDICAL EXPENSE COVERAGE
If your clients get sick or injured during their vacation, the plan reimburses up to $25,000 for medical expenses (formerly $10,000) as well up to $50,000 for emergency transportation by air or land (formerly $25,000).
Your clients’ bags are covered. We’ll reimburse their lost, stolen or damaged luggage up to $1,500 and up to $500 for covered replacement items if they’re delayed.
TRAVEL DELAY COVERAGE
If your clients miss the ship, we’ll reimburse them up to $500 for covered travel expenses for them to meet us at the next port.
No matter where your clients are, no matter when they need us, we’re here to help with travel changes, lost documents, cash transfers, and more.
More Details on Royal Caribbean's Insurance
Online Check-In: https://www.royalcaribbean.com/account/signin
Royal App: https://www.royalcaribbean.com/booked/royal-app
Guest Health, Safety & Conduct Policy