Royal Caribbean introduces two big passenger-friendly changes

Royal Caribbean ship

Royal Caribbean ship

It looks as if each main cruise line desires to outpace its competitors by including some main new options to its subsequent ship.

Carnival Cruise Line has added a bodily curler coaster to Mardi Gras and the upcoming celebration, whereas MSC plans to create a digital curler coaster for its subsequent flagship.

Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean provide bumper vehicles on choose ships and escape rooms have grow to be well-liked on many cruise traces.

It is a race to get that benefit that draws prospects and advises them to e book one cruise line over the opposite.

And whereas Royal Caribbean has led the best way on this escalating battle to ship the best options, with its Circulation Rider surf machines, ice rinks, and Aqua theaters, which may not really be what customers are in search of.

Positive, passengers need all types of nice experiences included of their cruise, however a single digital sky dive or VR simulator flip may not be as worthwhile because the modifications made to the core cruise expertise.

That is one thing Royal Caribbean has captured on its final couple of rides, and passengers are prone to be very glad.

Royal Caribbean begins web improve

After a lot hypothesis and inaccurate testing on Freedom of the Seas, Royal Caribbean confirmed in late August that it plans so as to add Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starlink satellite tv for pc web to its total fleet.

The corporate has not offered any particulars on the schedule, however it seems that work has begun, in response to a report from Matt Hochberg on the Royal Caribbean Weblog.

“Over the previous two weeks, groups have been deployed throughout numerous cruise ships within the Caribbean to put in the Starlink. It appears as if Independence of the Seas could be the first ship to function the proverbial change.”

Royal Caribbean Weblog readers additionally stated they noticed crews putting in Starlink on Attract, Liberty and Enchantment of the Seas.

When contacted by TheStreet, Royal Caribbean declined to supply a schedule for the rollout. The cruise line additionally declined to say if it plans to make any worth modifications for its web package deal. In an August 30 press launch, CEO Jason Liberty stated what prospects can anticipate when the brand new service is launched.

This expertise will present game-changing web connectivity on our ships, enhancing the cruise expertise for friends and crew alike. It should optimize and allow extra excessive bandwidth actions akin to video streaming in addition to actions akin to video calling.

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Starbucks Café involves extra Café Promenades

Royal Caribbean has lengthy featured Starbucks kiosks on a lot of its ships. These are primarily separate companies the place you pay for something you order. You can not use your beverage package deal at Starbucks kiosks.

The cruise line’s ships additionally serve espresso at Cafe Promenade, the snack store/café discovered on most of its ships. At these areas, primary espresso is free whereas espresso-based drinks will be had for a charge or with a drink package deal.

These areas did not serve Starbucks espresso, however Royal Caribbean began to alter that when it launched Surprise of the Seas earlier this 12 months.

The Promenade on Surprise of the Seas served Starbucks espresso with specialty drinks to make use of included in beverage packaging. Royal Caribbean later confirmed to TheStreet that it plans to roll out Starbucks espresso on the Promenade (and different onboard espresso stations) throughout your entire fleet, however didn’t present a timeline for the change.

Now, the change seems to have been made on quite a lot of the cruise line’s ships, in response to a number of posts on a Fb group devoted to the Royal Caribbean Deluxe Beverage Package deal.

Members have reported seeing Starbucks at Café Promenade (or comparable venues) in Concord, Symphony, Freedom, Oasis, Liberty, and Hafawa.

The Starbucks menu on these ships features a restricted number of drinks (the identical drinks that have been served earlier than the espresso supplier modified) whereas any ships with a devoted Starbucks kiosk provide the chain’s full menu (roughly).

Nevertheless, the Promenade Café additionally serves alcoholic drinks, enabling passengers to order drinks they cannot get at Starbucks kiosks.

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This story was initially revealed September 20, 2022 at 11:10 a.m.