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Come explore the many facets of a Royal Caribbean cruise vacation. The RoyalCaribbeanBlog Podcast covers everything from the Royal Caribbean cruise ships to activities, excursions, planning your cruise vacation and more.


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  • Episode 237 - New Years Eve on Liberty of the SeasAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Feb 14, 2018

    Have you ever thought of taking a Royal Caribbean cruise over a holiday like New Years Eve? Each year, Royal Caribbean offers some fun cruises over New Years, which means guests have the opportunity to ring in the new year from somewhere at sea. On this week’s episode, we will talk with someone that recently tried out a New Years Eve cruise on Liberty of the Seas and talk about what it’s like on a New Years Eve cruise.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @t

  • Episode 236 - Scuba diving on Royal CaribbeanAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Feb 07, 2018

    You can try so many new things on a Royal Caribbean cruise. Perhaps it is sampling a food, learning to dance, exploring ancient ruins or even learning how to scuba dive. Royal Caribbean offers scuba lessons, in addition to some great scuba excursions and it is the perfect opportunity to learn how to dive while on vacation. This week, a friend is joining me to talk about how he went from newbie to certified diver while on a cruise.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter:

  • Episode 235 - Brilliance of the Seas cruise reviewAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Jan 31, 2018

    Have you thought about taking a cruise on Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas? On this week's podcast episode, Matt shares a review of his recent cruise on Brilliance of the Seas and talks about what he did onboard.  Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblogPeriscope: @therclblogEmail: matt@royalcaribbeanblog.comLeave a voicemail: (408) 6ROYAL6Show NotesMatt's Live Blog from Brilliance of th

  • Episode 234 - Brilliance of the Seas & Navigator of the Seas Cruise PreviewAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Jan 24, 2018

    Getting excited for your Royal Caribbean cruise, especially when it is right about the corner comes naturally. So when a friend and myself both have a cruise coming up, we had to talk about it together. On this week’s episode, we feature not one but two cruise previews and Michael Poole and I discuss our upcoming sailings on Navigator of the Seas and Brilliance of the Seas. We will share why we booked these sailings, what we have planned, and what will be different for us on this cruise.Share

  • Episode 233 - Casino on Royal CaribbeanAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Jan 17, 2018

    Feeling lucky? If you are on a Royal Caribbean cruise, Casino Royale is the spot for you to try your luck at a variety of games. But what does the casino entail, which games are available, and how do you go about enjoying this venue? On this week’s episode, we talk with a former crew member that worked in the casino to talk about what to expect in Royal Caribbean’s casino.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblogPeri

  • Episode 232 - How to check for price drops on your Royal Caribbean cruiseAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Jan 10, 2018

    Everyone is always looking to get a great deal on a Royal Caribbean cruise, so what happens when there is a price drop? How do you know about a price drop and how can you take advantage of it? On this week’s podcast episode, we discuss the nuances and strategies associated with repricing your Royal Caribbean cruise and what you need to know to lock in the lowest price.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblogPeriscope:

  • Episode 231 - Packing for an Alaska cruiseAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Jan 03, 2018

    Alaska cruises aren’t anything like Caribbean cruises when it comes to what to wear. With that, figuring out what to pack for your cruise will likely result in a vastly different luggage contents than any cruise to Mexico or St. Thomas. This week, we turned to an Alaska cruise and packing expert, Sheri from CruiseTipsTV, to help us figure out what are the essential items to pack for a cruise to Alaska.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook:&

  • Episode 230 - Voyager and Freedom class shipsAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Dec 27, 2017

    When you consider the many classes of Royal Caribbean ships, the Voyager and Freedom class ships stand out as great options for any cruise vacation. Their array of onboard activities, dining, and amenities offer a big ship experience, but at a terrific price. This week, we will discuss the Voyager and Freedom class ships and talk about what they offer and the appeal of these ships.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblo

  • Episode 229 - Three wishesAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Dec 20, 2017

    With the New Year right around the corner, it makes sense to take some time this week and wish for the sort of changes to Royal Caribbean we want to see in the coming year. From policy changes, to new ideas, or just self-serving improvements, this week we are sharing what kind of changes we would hope to see in 2018.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblogPeriscope: @therclblogEmail: matt@royalcaribbeanblog.co

  • Episode 228 - The SolariumAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Dec 13, 2017

    For many cruisers, the opportunity to go somewhere for adults only is a welcome sight. Royal Caribbean’s Solarium is one such area, which offers a kid-free area of the pool deck. What is the Solarium all about, who can go there, and what differences are there are the sort of questions we will tackle in this week’s episode.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblogPeriscope: @therclblogEmail: matt@royalcaribb

  • Episode 227 - Choosing between inside and balcony stateroomsAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Dec 06, 2017

    Every single person taking a Royal Caribbean cruise has to answer this simple question: inside or balcony room? It is a debate every cruiser has, and it boils down to considering the merits of price, space, itinerary and more. This week, we share the considerations you ought to look at before booking the right room for you.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblogPeriscope: @therclblogEmail: matt@royalcaribbean

  • Episode 226 - Independence of the Seas cruise reviewAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Nov 29, 2017

    Matt is back from his 4-night Independence of the Seas cruise, and is sharing his thoughts and experiences from his recent Royal Caribbean cruise.  Matt talks about what he did onboard, shares anecdotes, and talks about what he liked and did not like about the cruise.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblogPeriscope: @therclblogEmail: matt@royalcaribbeanblog.comLeave a voicemail: (408) 6ROYAL6Show No

  • Episode 225 - Honeymoons on Royal CaribbeanAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Nov 22, 2017

    Many newlyweds look to take a cruise as the perfect way to top off their nuptuals.  When it comes to taking a Royal Caribbean cruise for a honeymoon, we share our tips and experiences for anyone looking to do the same.  This week's episode is all about good ideas for anyone who is planning to take a Royal Caribbean cruise for their honeymoon.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblogPeriscope: @therclblogEm

  • Episode 224 - A look at Royal Caribbean's tech announcementAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Nov 15, 2017

    Royal Caribbean unveiled some of the impressive work they are doing towards radically improving the onboard guest experience with an array of tech advancements. Their vision for what will eventually change how guests will coordinate their onboard experience was at the heart of a media event in New York city, and that gave me the opportunity to take a first-hand look at what Royal Caribbean has in store. This week, I want to share what these changes are all about, and my thoughts on the next gene

  • Episode 223 - Cruising from Port EvergladesAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Nov 08, 2017

    One of the most popular cruise ports to take a Royal Caribbean cruise from is Port Everglades, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Port Everglades is home to some of Royal Caribbean’s most prolific cruise ships, and this week, we are discussing getting to your Port Everglades cruise. We will discuss how to get to the terminal, parking, and everything you should know if you are cruising from Fort Lauderdale.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook:&nb

  • Episode 222 - All about Royal Caribbean salesAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Nov 01, 2017

    If you price out a Royal Caribbean cruise long enough, you will inevitably hear words like “BOGO”, “WOW”, “Black Friday”, and more. These days, there are a variety of promotions and sales offered throughout the year that encourage cruisers to book a Royal Caribbean cruise. But how lucrative are these deals, and which is best? Should you wait for a sale to book? This week, we take a deep dive into the anatomy of Royal Caribbean cruise sales.Share with me your thoughts, questions and c

  • Episode 221 - Reviewing Symphony of the Seas announcementAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Oct 25, 2017

    Royal Caribbean recently announcement of the the activities, entertainment, and dining coming to Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas was full of surprises and changes. So this week, we will look back at the announcement and discuss what we think of what’s in store for Royal Caribbean’s next Oasis Class cruise ship. From where to eat, what to do, and where to say, we will not only review what was announced, but also speculate at what the future may hold with some predictions about what e

  • Episode 220 - Top 5: Harmony of the Seas reduxAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Oct 18, 2017

    Following our latest sailing on Harmony of the Seas, Matt and Billy discuss their top picks from Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblogPeriscope: @therclblogEmail: matt@royalcaribbeanblog.comLeave a voicemail: (408) 6ROYAL6

  • Episode 219 - Discussing the drink package rule changeAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Oct 11, 2017

    Royal Caribbean changes its rules and policies from time to time, and recently made a change to its unlimited alcohol package rules that necessitates a discussion on this week’s episode. I will talk about what the change to the drink package is all about, why Royal Caribbean made the change, and what options we all have going forward.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblogPeriscope: @therclblogEmail: matt@r

  • Episode 218 - Cruise firstsAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Oct 04, 2017

    Whether it's your first or fiftieth Royal Caribbean cruise, there is always something new to try.  It may not be new to Royal Caribbean, but trying something for the first time is a great experience.  This week, Justin and Wendy join us to talk about a number of first time experiences they had on a recent Oasis of the Seas cruise.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblogPeriscope: @therclblogEmail: ma

  • Episode 217 - Harmony of the Seas Group Cruise ReviewAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Sep 27, 2017

    We’re back from an amazing cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas and I got to share this 7-night Western Caribbean experience with my friends from RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com. This week’s episode was recorded live onboard Harmony of the Seas, and we shared our experiences onboard including staterooms, dining packages, activities and more.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblogPeriscope: @therclblogEmail

  • Episode 216 - What to wear on a Royal Caribbean cruiseAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Sep 20, 2017

    Few topics create as much confusion or contention among cruisers as what to wear on your Royal Caribbean cruise. What to pack and what to wear when has become a source of great debate among Royal Caribbean cruisers. Between dress codes for dinner, specialty restaurants and the clothing you will wear during the day, there is a lot to consider. There are plenty of choices, so let’s jump into what you should think about when planning what to wear on a Royal Caribbean cruise.Share with me your tho

  • Episode 215 - Harmony of the Seas Group Cruise PreviewAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Sep 13, 2017

    It is hard to beat that feeling when you know your cruise is just days away, and this week, I’ve got that loving feeling again because my next Royal Caribbean cruise is coming up and I will preview my upcoming adventure of the amazing Harmony of the Seas. In this episode, I will discuss my plans for the cruise, why I picked this ship and talk about the many friends that are joining us for it.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: 

  • Episode 214 - Going from curb to shipAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Sep 06, 2017

    Embarkation day is a very exciting day for any cruiser, and being prepared for what to expect when it is time to get onboard makes for a smooth experience. On this episode, Matt talks about what you need to know in those first few hours leading to getting onboard your Royal Caribbean ship.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblogPeriscope: @therclblogEmail: matt@royalcaribbeanblog.comLeave a voicemail: (40

  • Episode 213 - First timers try Oasis of the SeasAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Aug 30, 2017

    If you have taken a few Royal Caribbean cruises, you have probably found yourself in the situation of trying to convince friends and family to take a Royal Caribbean cruise as well. After all, you enjoy the experience and it makes sense to want to get others to join in too. This week, I’ve brought two friends of mine on the podcast with me to talk about their very first Royal Caribbean cruise after years of cruising another line. We share the hits and misses of their experience on Oasis of the

  • Episode 212 - Cruise industry pricingAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Aug 23, 2017

    Much has changed in the cruise industry over the past number of years, including how Royal Caribbean prices its cruises. The dynamic of how cruise lines price their product, plus the ever-present drive for guests to find a deal go hand-in-hand with looking holistically at the price of a cruise. This week, we take a deep-dive into the economics of cruise pricing and compare and contrast how Royal Caribbean and Disney Cruise Line price themselves, and how the price integrity policy is at the heart

  • Episode 211 - Food on a Royal Caribbean cruiseAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Aug 16, 2017

    Food, glorious food! This week’s podcast episode is dedicated to discussing the ins and outs of food available on your Royal Caribbean cruise. From what’s included to extra cost options, we break down what first time Royal Caribbean cruisers can expect to find to eat and drink during their cruise vacation.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblogPeriscope: @therclblogEmail: matt@royalcaribbeanblog.comLeave

  • Episode 210 - Should I upgrade?Author: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Aug 09, 2017

    Have you ever wondered if paying a little bit (or a lot) more for a bigger, larger stateroom made good financial sense?  On this week's episode, we debate a few upgrade scenarios and decide if we would spend the extra cash in that situation.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblogPeriscope: @therclblogEmail: matt@royalcaribbeanblog.comLeave a voicemail: (408) 6ROYAL6

  • Episode 209 - Using credit cards to save on a cruise vacationAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Aug 02, 2017

    There are lots of ways to make a Royal Caribbean cruise more affordable, including leveraging credit card reward programs.  When used responsibly, credit cards can rack up points that can be used towards all sorts of aspects of the cruise experience, including even paying for the entire cruise.  This week, we look at Royal Caribbean's credit card, as well as other credit card options, and how these programs can help save money.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...T

  • Episode 208 - Visiting St. JohnAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Jul 26, 2017

    Every port Royal Caribbean cruise ships visit offer so much to see and do, and in St. Thomas, guests have the option and opportunity to check out a true Caribbean paradise: St. John. St. John is located nearby and this week, I share with everyone my experience visiting St. John and talking about what you need to consider if you want to see it for yourself too.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblogPeriscope: @ther

  • Episode 207 - Last minute Royal Caribbean cruisesAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Jul 19, 2017

    While we often advocate the benefits of planning your cruise months and years in advance, sometimes you just have to get away, and take advantage of a Royal Caribbean cruise at the last minute. Last minute cruising isn’t for everyone, but it is an option for those who want or have to book late in the game and still have a great cruise. This week, we share what to consider for finding a last minute cruise and talk about what you have to do in the short time before sailing.Share with me your tho

  • Episode 206 - Harmony of the Seas cruise reviewAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Jul 12, 2017

    I just wrapped up a wonderful 7-night adventure on Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas and this week, I am sharing with you my thoughts and review from my time aboard. We will discuss every aspect of the cruise, including my stateroom, dining, ports we visited and a lot more.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblogPeriscope: @therclblogEmail: matt@royalcaribbeanblog.comLeave a voicemail: (408) 6ROYAL6

  • Episode 205 - A change of heartAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Jul 05, 2017

    Having a change of heart can happen anywhere, including as it pertains to taking a Royal Caribbean cruise. As we cruise, our ideas of cruising evolve and with time, we get the opportunity to try out new experiences and discover new favorites. This week, we take a look at ways in which our own cruising tendences have shifted over the years.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblogPeriscope: @therclblogEmail: mat

  • Episode 204 - Harmony of the Seas cruise previewAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Jun 28, 2017

    The time of year you cruise has many implications, but summer and fall tend to evoke one common theme: hurricane season. There are a lot of questions about taking a Royal Caribbean cruise during hurricane season, and what it really means to someone going on a cruise. This week, we take a deep dive into cruising during hurricane season and what you need to know before taking a cruise during this time of year.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebo

  • Episode 203 - Using the Cruise PlannerAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Jun 21, 2017

    When it comes to planning a cruise, perhaps the one resource every guest will use the most is Royal Caribbean's Cruise Planner site.  The Cruise Planner allows for reserving a number of experiences, packages and options before your cruise and it is a major part of the planning process.  This week, we will discuss what the Cruise Planner offers, and what strategies you can use to make the Cruise Planner work better for you.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitte

  • Episode 202 - Cruising during hurricane seasonAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Jun 14, 2017

    The time of year you cruise has many implications, but summer and fall tend to evoke one common theme: hurricane season. There are a lot of questions about taking a Royal Caribbean cruise during hurricane season, and what it really means to someone going on a cruise. This week, we take a deep dive into cruising during hurricane season and what you need to know before taking a cruise during this time of year.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebo

  • Episode 201 - Two (wrong) thingsAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Jun 07, 2017

    Have you ever been asked, “what’s your favorite part of a Royal Caribbean cruise?” Surely you went on to describe different part of the cruise experience that you really enjoyed, and odds are, many other guests share that opinion. But this week, we’re discussing the parts of a Royal Caribbean cruise that many people enjoy, but we just don’t agree with. Everyone has their own favorites, and on this episode, we’re sharing a few things many people really like but not us.Share with me yo

  • Episode 200 - Best tips for first time cruisersAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, May 31, 2017

    To celebrate our 200th episode, we recorded this episode live with the Royal Caribbean Blog Insiders, and shared our best tips for someone who is new to cruising and wants to try Royal Caribbean.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblogPeriscope: @therclblogEmail: matt@royalcaribbeanblog.comLeave a voicemail: (408) 6ROYAL6

  • Episode 199 - Harmony of the Seas review with Godmother Brittany AffolterAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, May 24, 2017

    We often feature cruise reviews from our listeners on this podcast, and this week, we are lucky enough to have a cruise review by the Godmother of Harmony of the Seas. Brittany Affolter shares the story of how she became the Godmother to Harmony of the Seas, and a review of her recent 7-night cruise aboard Harmony.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblogPeriscope: @therclblogEmail: matt@royalcaribbeanblog.comL

  • Episode 198 - Interview with Puzzle Break's Nate MartinAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, May 17, 2017

    The onboard entertainment available on Royal Caribbean ships is astounding when you consider the array of options and offerings to choose from. Recently, Royal Caribbean partnered with Puzzle Break to bring the escape room experience to a few Royal Caribbean ships. What is an escape room, how does it work and what does it take to bring something as engaging and exciting as an escape room game to Royal Caribbean cruise? We invited Puzzle Break’s CEO, Nate Martin, to talk with us about the escap

  • Episode 197 - Cruising to CubaAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, May 10, 2017

    Have you ever dreamed of visiting Cuba? Royal Caribbean has begun offering cruises to this once off-limits Caribbean country, and that raises a number of questions of what it’s like to take a cruise to Havana. This week, we talk with a listener who just returned from the first Royal Caribbean cruise to Cuba, and discuss what’s different about a sailing there, what to expect in Cuba, and other tips for someone who wants to visit.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitte

  • Episode 196 - Specialty dining packagesAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, May 03, 2017

    The opportunity to enjoy Royal Caribbean’s specialty restaurants without paying a fortune sounds like it might be too good to be true, but dining packages offer guests the opportunity to enjoy the best dining choices available on your Royal Caribbean cruise at a significant discount. Dining packages are a relatively new option for guests, and this week, we will talk all about why the dining packages might be a good way to not just save money, but be able to enjoy some great food onboard your c

  • Episode 195 - Staying in a suiteAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Apr 26, 2017

    Sometimes you just have to indulge a little bit and reward yourself, and one of the best ways to do just that on a Royal Caribbean cruise is by staying in a suite. Suites offer the most space, best benefits and incredible service while onboard. If you are considering moving on up to a suite for a future cruise, I’ll be sharing some of my experiences in a suite and what you should consider before dipping your toes in the Suite Life.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitt

  • Episode 194 - Private Journeys shore excursionAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Apr 19, 2017

    Have you ever wanted to try something new or different in a cruise port but struggled to find a tour that met your exact needs? Or perhaps there is shore excursion that Royal Caribbean does not offer, but you are uncomfortable with going through a third party. On this week’s podcast episode, we will discuss a relatively new option by Royal Caribbean to offer guests exactly the kind of shore excursion they want, customized to their wants and needs.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comm

  • Episode 193 - Australia cruisesAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Apr 12, 2017

    Royal Caribbean offers cruises around the world and one of the hottest cruise markets these days are cruises from Australia. Cruising down under has become a red-hot market for Royal Caribbean, and this week we are shifting our focus to South Pacific cruises to share with you tips and advice for taking a cruise from Australia.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblogPeriscope: @therclblogEmail: matt@royalcaribb

  • Episode 192 - 5 rules for a Royal Caribbean dealAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Apr 05, 2017

    When it comes to the sort of questions people typically have about a Royal Caribbean cruise, one of the biggest of them all is getting the lowest price on their vacation. The price we pay for the cruise fare is the single largest cost, and this week I am sharing five rules for getting the best possible price. There is tremendous value in cruising today, and with these ideas, you might be able to keep a few more dollars in your wallet for spending onboard.Share with me your thoughts, questions an

  • Episode 191 - Anthem of the Seas Cruise ReviewAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Mar 29, 2017

    Few things seem to go by as quickly as Royal Caribbean cruises, including my recent cruise aboard Anthem of the Seas. We had a fantastic time on Anthem of the Seas, and this week, I will review my recent 7-night Bahamas sailing on Anthem and talk about my stateroom, the suite experience, the specialty dining, entertainment onboard and the places we visited.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblogPeriscope: @therclb

  • Episode 190 - Listener EmailsAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Mar 22, 2017

    The Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast was created to help plan everyone's upcoming Royal Caribbean cruises, and we are dedicating this week's episode to all of you because it is time to dive into our virtual inbox to read emails our listeners have sent us. I have also brought on two friends to join me, as we discuss topics like what to do in Cozumel, how those beer buckets work and much more.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribb

  • Episode 189 - Anthem of the Seas Cruise PreviewAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Mar 15, 2017

    Getting ready for your next Royal Caribbean adventure is always exciting because of all of the possibilities that lay ahead, and this week, I’ve got that excitement back because I am going on a 7-night cruise aboard Anthem of the Seas. In this episode, I will share with you why I booked this cruise, what our plans are, and take you through what I have planned onboard and onshore.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblo

  • Episode 188 - How to pack for a cruiseAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Mar 08, 2017

    Regardless of the Royal Caribbean ship you sail on, the ports you visit or the stateroom you reserve, there is one thing everyone has to do and that is pack for the cruise. Packing is something you either relish or relegate to a loved one, but it’s also something that has to get done. On this week’s episode, I’ve brought on a friend who is far more talented at packing than I am to share tips and tricks for bringing it all with you, without the stress.Share with me your thoughts, questions

  • Episode 187 - ABC Islands Live ReviewAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Mar 01, 2017

    While on the Royal Caribbean Blog Group Cruise, Matt and friends shared a review of their activities in Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.  This episode offers a review of which activities stood out and suggestions for anyone visiting the ABC islands on an upcoming cruise.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblogPeriscope: @therclblogEmail: matt@royalcaribbeanblog.comLeave a voicemail: (408) 6ROYAL6

  • Episode 186 - Back to back on Navigator of the SeasAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Thu, Feb 23, 2017

    Taking a back to back cruise can be a great way to have an extended vacation, as well as really get to know a Royal Caribbean ship.  On this week's podcast episode, Matt speaks with a podcast listener who recently took a back to back cruise and shares what their experience was like.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblogPeriscope: @therclblogEmail: matt@royalcaribbeanblog.comLeave a voicemail:&

  • Episode 185 - Navigator of the Seas 2017 Cruise PreviewAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Feb 15, 2017

    It is hard to beat that feeling when you know your cruise is just days away, and this week, I’ve got that loving feeling again because my next Royal Caribbean cruise is coming up and I will preview my upcoming adventure of the fabulous Navigator of the Seas. In this episode, I will discuss my plans for the cruise, why I picked this ship and talk about the many friends that are joining us for it.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /r

  • Episode 184 - Guide to Royal Caribbean's main dining roomAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Feb 08, 2017

    Royal Caribbean's main dining room is likely to be somewhere you visit almost every night of your cruise. It's hard to deny the fun experience of dining there as well as the really tasty food you can enjoy. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served here and this week, we take a look at what the main dining room experience is like and what to know before you sit down for a great meal.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblog

  • Episode 183 - Making a memorable Royal Caribbean cruiseAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Feb 01, 2017

    Every Royal Caribbean cruise is the kind of vacation experience that offers so many great things to do during the course of your time onboard. Shows, dining, exotic places to explore and more await you on a Royal Caribbean cruise. And sometimes, there might be a cruise where you want to really make the cruise special. Perhaps it’s for a celebration, like birthday or anniversary, or maybe it is someone’s first cruise. Regardless of why, for those that want to enhance their Royal Caribbean cru

  • Episode 0 - Bonus episode: Previewing the Royal Caribbean Blog Group CruiseAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Fri, Jan 27, 2017

    This week, we have a BONUS podcast episode that is previewing our upcoming Royal Caribbean Blog Group Cruise on Navigator of the Seas.  Matt, Annette and Billy will preview the big cruise and talk about the special events that are planned.  If you are not lucky enough to be joining us for this cruise, it is a good look at what a group cruise is all about and why you should join us for one in the future!Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @t

  • Episode 182 - Dealing with being sickAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Jan 25, 2017

    When you think about a Royal Caribbean cruise, odds are you have a vision of spending time on your balcony, or perhaps at the pool and everyone is smiling, happy and it is the culmination of the best vacation ever.  Unfortunately, sometimes real life hits us while on vacation and people get sick.  In this episode, we speak with a recent Royal Caribbean cruiser who had to deal with her own bout of illness while on a cruise, and we discuss how she handled it as well as share lessons lear

  • Episode 181 - Guide to LabadeeAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Jan 18, 2017

    There is nothing like having your own private oasis to spend the day, and when on a Royal Caribbean cruise, guests can enjoy a day in paradise when visiting Labadee. This private destination in Haiti is a stop many guests look forward to on each sailing, and this week, we share our guide to Labadee, with explanations of what to expect when you arrive, a look at the fun activities offered, and options to enhance your visit.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @t

  • Episode 180 - Guide to cruising with young children on Royal CaribbeanAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Jan 11, 2017

    Family cruises are the core of so many Royal Caribbean vacations, because they afford everyone in the group something to do.  Royal Caribbean has designed their cruise ships to have something for everyone, including the youngest among us. Going on Royal Caribbean with toddlers and very young children is a fantastic experience, bound to create many wonderful memories, but there are some unique challenges as well.  For those going on a Royal Caribbean cruise with young children, this wee

  • Episode 179 - My Favorite Royal Caribbean ShipAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Jan 04, 2017

    Want to know the most difficult question you can ask someone who has taken a Royal Caribbean cruise? What is your favorite Royal Caribbean ship? That question is always a fun debate, and on this week’s episode, we spoke with Royal Caribbean Blog Insiders to share what their favorite ship is and why. It is a fun discussion of what makes for a favorite ship and what aspects of a ship really resonate with us all.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFa

  • Episode 178 - What else to pack for a Royal Caribbean cruiseAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Dec 28, 2016

    When we pack for a Royal Caribbean cruise, there are the obvious choices: shorts, bathing suits, sunglasses, etc.  However, there are some items you might not think about if you are new to Royal Caribbean, and this week, we look at the sort of other items you might consider packing too for the various events, functions and activities onboard.  We also talk about what you definitely do not want to pack because the cruise line prohibits it.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comme

  • Episode 177 - Three Royal Caribbean wishesAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Dec 21, 2016

    The new year is right around the corner, and like so many of us, I started thinking about what I would wish for in the new year, and naturally my mind wandered to considering Royal Caribbean cruises. I started to think about what I would do if I were in charge of Royal Caribbean and what I might wish for in the coming year for the company. This week, let’s wish together for what kind of changes, additions and far-out ideas we would want to see happen if we had our own magic genie.Share with me

  • Episode 176 - Top 5: Harmony of the SeasAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Dec 14, 2016

    With all the fun things to do on Harmony of the Seas, picking out favorites can be a tough decision, but on this week’s episode, I am counting down my Top 5 Harmony of the Seas experiences. From dining to shows to places onboard, this is a look at the five Harmony of the Seas things that I really enjoyed onboard.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblogPeriscope: @therclblogEmail: matt@royalcaribbeanblog.comL

  • Episode 175 - Disembarkation DayAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Dec 07, 2016

    Everyday of a cruise is something to be relished, but the last day of a cruise is a bittersweet day that is filled with plenty to do in the final hours of your cruise vacation. On this week's episode, we discuss the many aspects of disembarkation and share tips for making it as smooth as possible.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblogPeriscope: @therclblogEmail: matt@royalcaribbeanblog.comLeave a voicemail:&

  • Episode 174 - First time Royal Caribbean itinerary recommendationsAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Nov 30, 2016

    Of all the Royal Caribbean questions I am asked, it is very common to hear from first time cruisers who are concerned that they are making a mistake when booking their first itinerary. There are a lot of options, so this week, I am taking some time to go over Royal Caribbean itinerary recommendations for first-time cruisers.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblogPeriscope: @therclblogEmail: matt@royalcaribbea

  • Episode 173 - A behind-the-scenes look at how Royal Caribbean entertainment is createdAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Thu, Nov 24, 2016

    As guests, we get to see the final production of so many performances on Royal Caribbean ships, but in reality there is so much that goes into how these shows are created. From concept to costuming to rehearsals, substantial time and effort goes into these impressive shows. While on Harmony of the Seas, I was sit down with Royal Caribbean Managing Producer Alex Marchant to discuss how a show like “Columbus, The Musical!” gets created, and share some of the stories behind Royal Caribbean’s

  • Episode 172 - Harmony of the Seas cruise reviewAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Nov 16, 2016

    While I never look forward to the end of a cruise, I do enjoy sharing with all of you my experiences onboard and this week, I have a first-hand review of Royal Caribbean’s newest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas. This massive new ship is as impressive as it is large, and I was literally blown away by the incredible options that are included with this cruise. On this week’s show, I will share what I thought about the ship, review the stateroom I stayed in, talk about onboard dining and discus

  • Episode 171 - Marathon Royal Caribbean runnerAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Nov 09, 2016

    We all take Royal Caribbean cruise vacations for different reasons. Perhaps it is just to get away on a weekend cruise, or visit a new exotic port, or checking out the exciting features of a particular cruise ship. But I am guessing few, if any, guests have booked Royal Caribbean cruises for the reason this week’s guests has. Joe Church has ran a full marathon on 25 out of 27 Royal Caribbean ships. Yes, he has run 26.2 miles on 25 Royal Caribbean ships and this week, we get to hear Joe’s sto

  • Episode 170 - Harmony of the Seas cruise previewAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Nov 02, 2016

    Royal Caribbean is known for rolling out the red carpet for its newest cruise ships, and Harmony of the Seas is on her way to the United States and her new home in Port Everglades, Florida.  This week, I will be sailing on this incredible new ship and I will be offering you a preview of my plans on my two, yes two, Harmony of the Seas sailings.  There is a lot going on during these sailings, and I will preview my plans onboard and how you can join me virtually for all the fun.Share wit

  • Episode 169 - Western Mediterranean listener cruise reviewAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Oct 26, 2016

    Royal Caribbean offers cruises around the world, and when the days get longer and warmer in the northern hemisphere, many ships head to Europe for the season. Once there, Royal Caribbean offers quite a variety of itineraries on some amazing ships that visit incredible ports. This week, we have a review of a recent Navigator of the Seas 13-night Western Mediterranean from Southampton cruise to review. We will discuss what is so fun about this itinerary, as well as the highlights of the ship.Share

  • Episode 168 - Project IconAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Oct 19, 2016

    Royal Caribbean has built a reputation in the cruise industry for offering new game-changing innovations over the years. From adding a rock climbing wall, to offering balcony rooms that did not face the ocean, to robots that serve drinks, Royal Caribbean has been at the forefront of altering the concept of what’s possible on a cruise. This week, we learned Royal Caribbean is doing it all again with the Project Icon class ships, which have been announced as the next class of cruise ships that w

  • Episode 167 - Royal Suite Class on Anthem of the SeasAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Oct 12, 2016

    Royal Caribbean offers onboard experiences for everyone to enjoy, and for those lucky enough to be able to afford it, there is a whole new set of offerings aimed at guests who want a taste of luxury along with their cruise. The Royal Suite Class is a completely new offering on select Royal Caribbean ships, and this week, we have a first-hand look at what the Royal Suite Class is all about on Anthem of the Seas. Let’s look at what amenities are offered, get a glimpse of what the Royal Suite is

  • Episode 166 - Choosing a stateroomAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Oct 05, 2016

    One of the first considerations when booking a Royal Caribbean cruise is the stateroom you will select that will be your home for the duration of the cruise. On any given Royal Caribbean cruise, there are plenty of cabins to consider across a number of stateroom categories. There are many considerations to take into account, but choosing the right cabin for you should not be a daunting task. Staterooms come in different sizes, layouts, views and even benefits. What is important to one person mig

  • Episode 165 - Top 5: Liberty of the SeasAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Sep 28, 2016

    If there is one Royal Caribbean ship that has gotten a lot of people re-thinking their plans, it is Liberty of the Seas. Her recent refurbishment added a number of Royal Caribbean firsts to an already impressive ship and this week, I want to countdown with you some of my favorite parts of this ship. In our continuing Top 5 series of episodes, let’s look at the features, activities and of course food, that make Liberty of the Seas a must-see cruise ship.Share with me your thoughts, questions an

  • Episode 164 - Update to Royal Caribbean's drink packagesAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Sep 21, 2016

    Royal Caribbean is at it again, with a complete overhaul of its unlimited drink packages and this week, we will discuss what the changes are and if it makes sense for you to purchase a drink package for your next cruise. Unlimited drink packages have never been more popular, and if you are wondering if it would be a good choice for your upcoming sailing, or if you are just curious about what the changes are, then you will want to listen to this week’s episode. We also have more of your great l

  • Episode 163 - Freedom of the Seas Group Cruise ReviewAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Sep 14, 2016

    I have been lucky enough to go on many different Royal Caribbean cruises on a variety of ships, but one ship I find myself on the most is Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas. Maybe it is her size, dazzling array of entertainment, impressive specialty dining options or fabulous ports of call she visits, but I think Freedom of the Seas is without a shadow of a doubt, at the top of the list when it comes to the best Royal Caribbean ships in the fleet. This week, I get to share my thoughts on Fr

  • Episode 162 - Serenade of the Seas listener cruise reviewAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Fri, Sep 09, 2016

    Royal Caribbean offers cruises around the world, which means guests have the opportunity to visit fascinating cities in Europe, Australia, Asia, and North America. For those that want a great mix of culture, history and scenery, a Royal Caribbean cruise to the Baltic nations is perfect for you. This week, we have a cruise review to share with you from Serenade of the Seas that took place recently and visited historic cities such as St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm and more.Share with me your

  • Episode 161 - Freedom of the Seas Cruise PreviewAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Aug 31, 2016

    The excitement in the days leading up to a Royal Caribbean cruise is one of the best feelings, next to embarkation day. Knowing your cruise vacation is right around the corner gives all of us such a sense of euphoria and a warm feeling, to know it is our turn to go on a Royal Caribbean cruise next. This week, I am one of those lucky people, and I will be previewing my upcoming cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas. This next adventure is a Royal Caribbean Blog group cruise, and I wil

  • Episode 160 - Harmony of the Seas with Dan MooreAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Aug 24, 2016

    When Royal Caribbean builds a cruise ship as impressive as Harmony of the Seas, it gets a lot of attention not just from cruise fans, but from lots of different people. It makes sense, considering the amount of new innovations, incredible venues and “I can’t believe they did that” features found onboard. Harmony of the Seas has made headlines literally around the world, and has caught the attention of the travel community as well. Dan Moore is a travel blogger, Periscope king, and a pionee

  • Episode 159 - Allure of the Seas listener cruise reviewAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Aug 17, 2016

    When you talk about favorite cruise ships, inevitably the one that is almost always near the top of any list is Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas. The massive ship is as large in size as it is impressive in amenities. This week, we get a review of Allure of the Seas from a podcast listener who returned from a fun week-long trip. We will talk about his experiences onboard and discuss what makes Allure such an appealing cruise option.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...T

  • Episode 158 - Empress of the Seas cruise reviewAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Aug 10, 2016

    Royal Caribbean’s fleet of 25 ships means there are lots of great choices to choose from, and the newest ship to join the fleet is actually its oldest. Empress of the Seas is back in Royal Caribbean, and this week, we’re sharing a first-hand review of what Empress of the Seas offers. What Empress may lack in size, she makes up for in unique experiences to some great destinations.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanb

  • Episode 157 - Intereview with Anthem of the Seas Godmother Emma WilbyAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Aug 03, 2016

    There are many important roles in Royal Caribbean, but perhaps no position is as highly coveted or admired as a ship’s Godmother. Every Royal Caribbean ship follows in the maritime tradition of naming someone to the role of ship’s Godmother and this week, we have the honor of having the Godmother of Anthem of the Seas to talk about her experience. Emma Wilby, through a contest, was named Anthem’s Godmother and in this episode, we will discuss the events leading up to her becoming the Godmo

  • Episode 156 - Choosing the best time to take a Royal Caribbean cruiseAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Jul 27, 2016

    Royal Caribbean cruise vacations offer fantastic escapes, across a fleet of amazing ships, but one of the most common questions I get asked is, “when is the best to take a Royal Caribbean cruise?”. It is a simple question, but has major ramifications. We all want to take the perfect cruise vacation for our family, but we can also be limited in our options. If you have also been wondering the answer to when is a good time to take a cruise, here are some helpful guidelines in this week’s epi

  • Episode 155 - Freedom of the Seas Listener Cruise ReviewAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Jul 20, 2016

    With everything Royal Caribbean is doing these days, there are a lot of people considering trying a Royal Caribbean cruise and this week, we have a podcast listener who was so intrigued, he decided to give it a try. In this episode, we talk with someone who just took their first Royal Caribbean cruise after cruising with another cruise line many times, and he shares what it was like cruising with Royal Caribbean for the first time, and what his recent Freedom of the Seas experience was like.Shar

  • Episode 154 - Listener EmailsAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Jul 13, 2016

    This week’s show is all about you, as I will answer more of your listener email. Questions include where to be romantic on a cruise, where the best steak is, Cozumel excursion ideas, how to book a cruise that is not available yet and so much more.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblogPeriscope: @therclblogEmail: matt@royalcaribbeanblog.comLeave a voicemail: (408) 6ROYAL6Show NotesMore information abou

  • Episode 153 - Explorer of the Seas to AlaskaAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Jul 06, 2016

    One of the biggest surprises Royal Caribbean has announced over the years was the fact that Explorer of the Seas would offer cruises to Alaska, beginning in 2016. The prospect of a Voyager-class ship heading to the Last Frontier got a lot of us intrigued and excited and this week, we have a first-hand review of what it is like to take a Royal Caribbean cruise to Alaska. We will discuss what Explorer of the Seas offers, how its size impacts the itinerary and much more.Share with me your thoughts,

  • Episode 152 - Top 5: Royal Caribbean Bars and LoungesAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Jun 29, 2016

    When you start listing some of the things we all love doing on a Royal Caribbean cruise, often you will hear stories about great experiences onboard and for the adults, those memories tend to happen in the bars and lounges on Royal Caribbean ships. Royal Caribbean’s bars and lounges are wonderful spots to hang out, have a drink and enjoy music, entertainment or even a place to get up and dance. This week, we are counting down our Top 5 bars and lounges across Royal Caribbean’s fleet.Share wi

  • Episode 151 - Junior SuitesAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Jun 22, 2016

    Among the many stateroom choices available on a Royal Caribbean cruise are the Junior Suite category, which is a blend of the standard balcony staterooms and some of the added perks that a full suite guest can enjoy. Often, it is difficult to know if booking a junior suite is the right choice and this week, let’s look at these special staterooms that offer more space than most balcony staterooms. This is an in-depth look at what you should know before booking a Junior Suite.Share with me your

  • Episode 150 - Liberty of the Seas Listener Cruise ReviewAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Jun 15, 2016

    Royal Caribbean has been actively working to revitalize many of its cruise ships over the last few years and each multi-million dollar project has resulted in new and improved experiences for guests across the ship. Perhaps among the most impressive updates any Royal Caribbean ship has received is Liberty of the Seas, which had a lot of work done to her earlier this year. Someone who just on Liberty of the Seas earlier this month joins me to discuss the changes made to the ship, as we review his

  • Episode 149 - How much does a Royal Caribbean cruise cost?Author: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Jun 08, 2016

    What is the meaning of life? How big is space? How much does a Royal Caribbean cruise cost? These are the questions that humanity has pondered and I can at least help with one out of those three questions. Figuring out just how much a Royal Caribbean will cost, or thereabouts, can be challenging to figure out but this week, we will look at what goes into the total cost of a cruise to help you get a better sense of what to expect financially when you want to book your first, or next, Royal Caribb

  • Episode 148 - Alaska: Ships, ports and stateroomsAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Jun 01, 2016

    Glaciers, Bald Eagles, panning for gold, and totem poles are just a few of the amazing wonders to see in Alaska while on a Royal Caribbean cruise. Cruises to Alaska continue to entice and intrigue guests who want to see what this outdoor playground offers. On this week’s podcast episode, we will continue our series of episodes focusing on an Alaska cruise, as we discuss the ships that visit Alaska, talk stateroom choices and list the must-do activities while visiting this dramatic and diverse

  • Episode 147 - Alaska: When to goAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, May 25, 2016

    One of the things Royal Caribbean really does well is it offers cruises to destinations around the world, with sailings that visit so many different ports of call. One of the more popular cruising destinations Royal Caribbean visits is Alaska, and this week, we are going to look at the ins and outs of taking a Royal Caribbean cruise to Alaska. This is such a big topic, that we are beginning a series of podcast episodes focusing on cruises to the Last Frontier, as we consider this week the length

  • Episode 146 - Top Ten Mistakes by First-Time Royal Caribbean cruisersAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, May 18, 2016

    In order to get the most out of your next, or first, Royal Caribbean cruise, there are many pieces to a very fun puzzle that you need to put together. And while we can spend hours upon hours researching our cruise prior to the cruise, there are still some common mistakes that guests should avoid. So this week, we’re going to discuss our Top Ten Mistakes Made by Royal Caribbean guests. Whether you are brand new to Royal Caribbean or have Pinnacle status in Crown and Anchor Society, these are so

  • Episode 145 - Navigator of the Seas Cruise ReviewAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, May 11, 2016

    I just wrapped up an amazing 8-night adventure on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas and this week, I am sharing with you my thoughts and review from my time aboard. We will discuss every aspect of the cruise, including my stateroom, dining, ports we visited and a lot more.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblogPeriscope: @therclblogEmail: matt@royalcaribbeanblog.comLeave a voicemail: (408) 6ROYAL

  • Episode 144 - Previewing Harmony of the SeasAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, May 04, 2016

    New cruise ships are always a very intriguing event, and with Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas, there is so much to be excited about.  This new ship debuts later this month and she has so many Royal Caribbean fans talking about what she has to offer.This week, we join in the conversation and preview what Harmony of the Seas will offer and what makes Harmony of the Seas a very different Oasis-class cruise ship.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: 

  • Episode 143 - Navigator of the Seas Cruise PreviewAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    Taking a Royal Caribbean cruise is something everyone listening looks forward to and I am lucky enough to be embarking on my next Royal Caribbean adventure this week, as I prepare to return to a ship I call home, Navigator of the Seas. I will be previewing my upcoming Navigator of the Seas cruise and talk about why I picked this ship, the stateroom I reserved and what my plans are onboard and onshore.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook:&nbs

  • Episode 142 - Guide to Oasis-class cruisesAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Apr 20, 2016

    There’s a colloquial saying, and even a song, that says, “go big or go home” and when it comes to taking a Royal Caribbean cruise, there is no bigger option than the Oasis-class ships. Royal Caribbean built these ships not only to be the largest cruise ships at sea, but to offer guests the widest range of entertainment, dining and accommodations available on a single ship.If you are new to the Oasis-class or have not been to them in a while, this week’s episode is all about talking about

  • Episode 141 - Brilliance of the Seas back-to-back cruise reviewAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Apr 13, 2016

    I’m always dreaming about taking another Royal Caribbean cruise and even when I am onboard my cruise, I always lament it is not longer. Back to back cruises are a solution to both “problems” and this week, Michael Poole is joining us to talk about his recent back to back cruise on Brilliance of the Seas. We will talk about why he chose to do a back to back cruise in the first place, as well as review everything Brilliance of the Seas has to offer.Share with me your thoughts, questions and

  • Episode 140 - Listener EmailsAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Wed, Apr 06, 2016

    It’s time, once again, to dive into our virtual bag of emails and answer your questions, comments and thoughts on this week’s episode.We will touch on a number of aspects of taking a Royal Caribbean cruise and it is my hope that this episode helps everyone with having a better Royal Caribbean cruise.Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblogPeriscope: @therclblogEmail: matt@royalcaribbeanblog.comLeave a voic

  • Episode 139 - Royal Caribbean PotpourriAuthor: hochmania@gmail.com (Matt)
    Fri, Apr 01, 2016

    On this week's episode, we discuss a variety of Royal Caribbean topics!Share with me your thoughts, questions and comments via...Twitter: @therclblogFacebook: /royalcaribbeanblogPeriscope: @therclblogEmail: matt@royalcaribbeanblog.comLeave a voicemail: (408) 6ROYAL6Show NotesApril Fools!The eBay item

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