Royal Caribbean Tips and Money Saving Tricks

Royal Caribbean Tips and Money Saving Tricks

Hey Cruisers! Royal Caribbean is awesome for adventure travelers
of all ages, families with kids, and fun-seekers wanting an adrenaline rush. We’re stoked to share some general tips
with you, and finish off the episode with some expert money saving tips from Matt, the
host of Royal Caribbean Blog. But first a little love for our sponsor If you haven’t checked out
yet, head over there right after this video. You can find reviews, tips and photos from
real, everyday cruisers, no matter what class of Royal Caribbean ship you choose. So much cool stuff there, so be sure to check
it out! Let’s get going with #1. If you’re splurging on a drink package,
book your package EARLY using Royal Caribbean’s cruise planner. Die hard Royal Caribbean fans KNOW that if
you wait to book your drink package onboard, you’ll pay more for it. You could save up to $10 per DAY by booking
early. Of course, the drink package doesn’t always
make sense, so be sure to calculate how many drinks per day you’d have to drink EVERY
day of your cruise to make it worth the cost. If the drink package isn’t your thing, you
should know Royal Caribbean still allows cruisers to bring two bottles of wine or champagne
per stateroom, a great way to save a little cash. Leave the non-alcoholic beverages at home
though, you’re no longer allowed to bring soda or water onboard. #2 You can also make your specialty dining
and activity reservations early using Royal Caribbean’s cruise planner. If you book early, you might even be able
to get a discount. Whether it’s venturing down the rabbit hole
at Wonderland, indulging in a traditional steak at Chops, or booking a show, a little
pre-planning can ensure you get the most from your dining and entertainment experiences
onboard. Insider tip: DON’T book your Aqua show tickets
on the first night of your cruise leaving Florida. Rough seas tend to lead to cancellations. Also, when it comes to activities, showing
up early is always recommended. Great examples of this are the parade and
aqua shows, it’s best to arrive early to find the best seating for you and your crew. #3 Visiting Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s private
destination? We have some tips for you. First, you’ve gotta try a Labadoozie. You can order this citrusy, tropical concoction
with or without rum, and it’s a cult favorite for a reason. Want to know a secret? The recipe can be found on,
but don’t tell anyone. There’s a ton to do in Labadee, including,
shopping, zip lining, an aqua park and even a roller coaster, but renting a cabana, if
you score one early, is a total treat. You’ll enjoy little luxuries like a cooler
full of water, extra towels, privacy, and even a beach attendant. #4 Let’s jump back on the ship for some
dining tips! The Windjammer buffet hides a little secret
that many cruisers don’t catch on to until later in their cruise, and that’s the custom
food stations. You’ll find everything from omelets at breakfast,
to carving stations at dinner, which go way beyond standard buffet fare. That’s not all. Royal Caribbean’s Cafe Promenade offers delicious
coffee, which is considerably better than what you’ll find at the buffet. Café Promenade ALSO offers killer roast beef
sandwiches. They’re a huge fave amongst Royal Caribbean
cruisers in the know. #5 How about some activity hacks? Quantum-class’s North Star is awesome anytime
you can take advantage of it, but you’ll get the best views on sea days, because the rising
glass capsule sometimes can’t extend out as far while in port. Catch the North Star on sea days for a better
chance at the full 300 foot experience. When it comes to activities, one of the best
tips we hear, time after time, is to maximize that first day! Some of the most popular activities on Royal
Caribbean ships tend to be a LOT less crowded on embarkation day, so pack your swimsuit
and sunscreen in that carry-on bag, and check out the FlowRider, Ripcord by iFly, rock climbing
and bumper cars on day 1. While everyone else is getting a feel for
the ship, and hitting the buffet, you can be crossing adrenaline rushes off your list. Now, if you’re super serious about this
idea, you can even sign the waivers for activities like the zip line and flow before you cruise,
so you can save time and hassle on your first day. Just check for them in your cruise planner
on the Royal Caribbean website. #5 Want to get the inside scoop before your
Royal Caribbean cruise, from verified Royal Caribbean cruisers? You always hear us say “know your ship before
you cruise” and in this case, the best way to do that is to check out tens of thousands
of ship, port and even cabin reviews at If you’re looking for a way to connect with
other cruisers before you sail, check out ShipMate App as well, and don’t forget to
upload YOUR review and photos when you return from your cruise. #6 Work that Cruise Compass! Your daily newsletter is the key to making
the most of your Royal Caribbean cruise, so pack a highlighter pen, and a magnetic clip
to affix your daily newsletter to the metal walls in your stateroom. If you’re cruising with kids, they’ll
love being involved in choosing activities for the next day, and you may even minimize
those “what should we do now” situations. Now, we’re honored to bring you “five
money saving tips for getting the best Royal Caribbean cruise deal”, from our friend
Matt Hochberg, the host of the award winning podcast and website, Matt is commonly asked how someone can save
money on a Royal Caribbean cruise or just get a good deal on their sailing. While Matt says there is no silver bullet
solution that will work for everyone, there are some good guidelines Matt can share to
getting you the best possible pricing. #1 Book as early as you can to get the lowest
possible fares. In general, Royal Caribbean rewards those
that book their cruises early with the lowest fares. As more people book a given sailing, prices
tend to rise because there is less inventory available. Matt suggests we place a deposit on a sailing
that can lock in that price until your final payment date. This not only gives you the lowest possible
price, it also gives you the most time to make payments on the cruise. And, that deposit is fully refundable if you
happen to change your mind later. #2 – Use a travel agent. Whether you are brand new to Royal Caribbean
or a veteran, book your cruise with a good travel agent. It is their job to stay on top of the various
deals and promotions Royal Caribbean rolls out and because they are constantly pricing
a variety of sailings across Royal Caribbean’s fleet, they may be aware of deals and savings
that you might not have considered. In addition, even after you book a cruise,
Royal Caribbean is constantly rolling out new promotions that could save you even more
money, and a good travel agent will be there to re-price things for you while you plan
the fun parts of your cruise. #3- Book a cruise during less-busy months. Matt’s first two tips will get you some
great prices, but if you want to find those super low cruise fares, consider taking a
Royal Caribbean cruise when many others are not willing to. What does that mean? Since Royal Caribbean is a family cruise line,
you can save money by avoiding taking cruises when kids are off from school for holidays. Summer, Christmas, Spring Break and Easter
are all times when families have built in vacation time and many look to cruise. In short, book your cruise while school is
in session. Here are the specific times of year when you
will be able to save big: January (except New Years), February (except Presidents Week),
the First two weeks of March, October, November (except thanksgiving), and the first two weeks
of December. #4- Consider ships sailing from alternate
ports: In addition to considering time of year, also consider the ports Royal Caribbean
sails from and which ones can get you a better deal. Royal Caribbean offers cruises from a variety
of ports around the world, but some sailings always seem to be priced lower than other
sailings mainly due to where the cruise departs from. In North America, you can often find great
rates from Galveston, Texas, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Tampa, Florida. #5- Skip the brand new ships. When you watch any of Royal Caribbean’s TV
commercials, you will see scenes from their Quantum and Oasis class ships and they are
absolutely amazing experiences, but they also come with premium pricing. Royal Caribbean has a fleet of 23 cruise ships
and they all offer really fun experiences. The thing is, Royal Caribbean charges a premium
for its newest ships, so some of the best deals can be found with the relatively older
classes of ships. Here are Matt’s five favorite ships that
offer a tremendous value for the money: Independence of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas, Enchantment
of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas, and Brilliance of the Seas. There are plenty of others as well, but the
bottom line is if you can look past the latest and greatest, you can find great deals on
some truly amazing ships. Huge thanks to Matt from
for these awesome money saving ideas. We hope you’ve enjoyed this episode enough
to give it a thumbs up. We have dozens of videos on topics like packing,
dining, and cruise planning, so check out our playlists, and follow CruiseTipsTV on
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cruise travels. Most importantly, leave your Royal Caribbean
tips and tricks in the comments below and until next time, we’ll see you on the high
seas! Cabana boy, bring my Labadoozie! Hey, click me to subscribe


  • Royal Caribbean Blog

    March 30, 2017

    Great work, as always!

  • Stuart Twiddy

    August 1, 2017

    When did they stop allowing water?

  • Stuart Twiddy

    August 1, 2017

    Does anyone say "killer" any more? Lol

  • Jenny Alicea

    August 2, 2017

    Suggested travel agent?

  • Stan Lee

    August 3, 2017

    what is there for singles?

  • tanzania93

    August 6, 2017

    Is cafe prom free

  • Simara Torres

    August 6, 2017

    If cruising from San Juan PR make sure you arrive 1 or 2 days earlier. Stay at any hotel in the Old San Juan area. It's a walkable city so no need to rent a car. Just get a taxi from the airport to Old San Juan and the day you leave you can walk to the pier. No need to spend money on tours. San Juan has great options within walking distance like going to El Morro fort, walking to the Paseo La princesa, Pigeon Park (Parque de las Palomas), shopping and eating at either Barrachina (creators of the Piña Colada) or Raíces for great local food. Have a local beer 🍻 (Medalla) and then a great trip. Enjoy

  • Kasidy Mullins

    August 21, 2017

    This isn't really that related to your video, but I cannot figure out who to ask! we are leaving for our first cruise (Going to coco cays and Nassau), in 11 days. My husband and I are not sure if our 3 year old son will need his carseat in order to ride in taxis etc if we choose to do different excursions? I really don't want to lug it around but obviously want him safe! We live in a small town in Indiana, so public transportation is never something we do, ever lol sorry if this is a silly question I just really am unsure of who to ask!

  • Shavonna Asbury

    August 31, 2017

    Just wondering what cruise line is good with small kids.

  • pradaman307

    September 11, 2017

    Sorry-forgot to ask about the drinks-my partner doesn't drink alcohol at all so we have bought a soft drinks package for her while i am quite a light drinker so i've decided to pay as i go. What i want to know is-where does she collect her glass/tumbler for this and also-are there many drinks machines dotted around the ship because if we are at a show or at the 'bouncing club' ;- ) i wouldn't want to walk miles to find a soft drinks machine-Thanks-Alan

  • Daniel

    October 3, 2017

    I love Royal Caribbean. My Father and I are Emerald and almost Diamond. I booked thee BOGO specialty dining package for $30 per peson. We love the 2 week cruises and booked our April Tamoa Amsterdam cruise on the Brillance.

  • Daniel

    October 3, 2017

    Cruise Critic is also good.

  • For Fun

    October 8, 2017

    Great tips. But this company is trying to steal money from the little guy yet they make 8 billion dollars a year. Read my blog about it and consider promoting another cruise line. They're acting like bullies.

  • Jim O'Reilly

    October 24, 2017

    what's so funny? why can't she talk without giggling?

  • Madilynn Campos

    November 16, 2017

    can kids go in the  suit lounge

  • James Schoonmaker

    November 18, 2017

    This lady is sexy

  • Joshua

    November 20, 2017

    This has got to be a shill for rccl. This reeks of a commercial

  • utubeaf3c0

    November 23, 2017

    We just took two 12-packs of sodas on Allure of the Seas last week.

  • Robert Graham

    December 3, 2017

    Are you medicated?

  • Valerie F.

    December 13, 2017

    You're so full of life. I love ALL of your videos. You have to much useful information and cool backgrounds.

  • Lillie

    December 30, 2017

    Hello… Where do I find the waivers for the zip line and flow rider on the cruise planner? I do not see it. I will be on Harmony soon and would like to sign these already. Thanks!!!

  • dcm727

    January 3, 2018

    Is there a way to get the daily activity letters prior to cruising? I know it wouldn't be 100% accurate as some things may change, but by and large most things will be scheduled the same as the prior weeks sailing. I would like to hear your thoughts.

  • C&L E

    January 5, 2018

    I don't think the deposits are refundable anymore unless you pay extra in the first place for a refundable rate. Bummer if you want to book way early because you never know what will come up in life.

  • Melody LeBlanc

    January 8, 2018

    Trying to decide between royal Caribbean or Norwegian for western Caribbean 7 day cruise. Can’t decide between the two. Please help who would you recommend over all?

  • Chuck C

    January 25, 2018

    Damn this woman is annoying. Some good info but hard to listen to.

  • Roopa P

    January 25, 2018

    Her hand movements are sooooo distracting!!! Stop!

  • Kelli Cousineau

    January 27, 2018


  • NurseNancy

    January 30, 2018

    Thanks Sherri! Just booked a fun mother/daughter cruise with my daughter, who will be 23 years old when we go on Oasis of the Seas. I appreciate the tips!!

  • Viviana Mantilla

    February 2, 2018

    We are Royal Caribbean cruisers. Thank you so much for all the great tips

  • Emcee Square

    February 9, 2018


  • Dieter Dechant

    February 25, 2018

    we are diamond plus members and have never had a problem bringing a case of water and case of soda on board, took 2 cruises last fall and had no issues(i see this was published 3/17). just put a luggage tag with room # on un-opened case and send with your luggage, will deliver all to your room.. also u cannot just put a deposit down and cancel anymore, the best deals have a non refundable or cancellation policy


    March 4, 2018

    Money $aving tips for cruising:

    1. Book future cruises while ON a cruise. Royal Caribbean has a NextCruise office on each of its ships, and they will usually give you a better deal on a future cruise than if you were to book that same cruise online yourself. Sometimes they'll even throw in small perks like extra cash for on-board spending.
    2. If your schedule permits, try cruising during January or February. Not only is it cheaper because it's not during peak season, but the Caribbean is typically much calmer during the winter (no hurricanes), AND it's much milder than in the summer months (slightly lower temperatures and humidity levels).
    3. $ave $$ by booking an interior room! You'll hardly ever be IN your stateroom anyway. So why waste extra $$ on a balcony that you won't be spending much time on?!
    4. Unless you're buying toiletries or medicine that you FORGOT to pack, don't shop on board until the last day/night of the cruise. Toward the end of every cruise, most merchandise in shops will go on sale by approximately 50%.
    5. Speaking of medicines, bring/buy OTC medicines BEFORE you get on the ship. Cruise lines will charge a premium for Dramamine, Ibuprofen, sun screen, etc..
    6. BINGO: Most RC cruises will have at least two or three BINGO games with the reward of the final BINGO game being a free cruise! Although your chances of winning a free cruise may be fairly low, paying $29-$69 for a cruise won in a BINGO game is a much better deal than paying hundreds of dollars for that same cruise.

  • wascar G

    March 16, 2018

    Your attitude and energy is worth watching this video 👍

  • Alexandra Princehorn

    March 18, 2018

    Do you have any tips for shopping on board and port shopping?

  • Cupcake Kitties

    March 19, 2018

    My family and I booked a year in advance!

  • Angela DeWispelaere

    March 26, 2018

    My family will be on Liberty of the Seas in June. Is it still possible to bring empty water bottles on board and fill them with water from the Windjammer? Things have changed since we cruised last (over 8 years ago). While I will have a soda package we don't want to purchase water because $40 for 12 liters (which we would go through in one day) is expensive for our little family.

  • thecw1931 YT

    April 2, 2018

    25 cruise ships now for royal

  • An Onymous

    April 2, 2018

    So much work she can’t close her mouth fully

  • captainjag12

    April 11, 2018

    Should have mentioned what type of stateroom to book. Why pay 3x as much for a balcony room when ur rarely in the room.

  • Brian Hendricks

    April 16, 2018

    Why are you married?

  • Newzchspy

    April 18, 2018

    The drink package now requires that ALL adults in a cabin get either the drink package or if they dont drink alcohol, at least the 8.95 a day soda package. NO ifs ands or butts about it. If one buys, all have to buy. You can bring soda or water on board, Just carried a case of diet ginger ale on board with no questins asked and no one said a word.

  • Big Boi Smug

    April 19, 2018

    Not sponsered by RC

  • Mandi D’s Makeup Station

    April 28, 2018

    You can still bring water onboard. We just went two months ago and brought a whole case of water!

  • Majesty Roberts

    May 12, 2018

    Why cant you bring soda or water?

  • Nikki Turbeville

    May 13, 2018

    What is the dress code for the windjammer ?

  • Andy Guze

    May 13, 2018

    rap video shot on the Harmony of the Seas here:

  • Susan Paulwell

    May 19, 2018

    Pretty sure that roller coaster footage is from mystic mountain in Jamaica🤔

  • Jenny Cundiff

    May 22, 2018

    Good info! I pack bottles of wine in my husband's cowboy boots, which is part of his formal wear!

  • Veasna Wong

    May 24, 2018

    Hate small ships

  • Roberto Rodriguez

    May 27, 2018

    Wife and I have only cruised Carnival (11)but thinking of cruising on liberty of the seas. We added ship mate app and . We love balconies and wanted to know what restaurants are free and which ones do we pay? Is ice skating free?

  • Griff & Alyssa

    May 31, 2018

    uh, We love Labadoozies!! Looking to book a trip back to Labadee soon just for those! 😉 Excellent video Sherri!

  • Kristen Harvey

    June 6, 2018

    Thank you for the helpful information. I cruise next month mariner of the seas.😎

  • TheEverydayPrepper

    June 14, 2018

    So, if someone books a cruise directly with RCCL, is it worth getting a TA involved after to keep an eye on new deals and changes? It is too late?

  • J Shepard

    June 18, 2018

    Thanks for not calling them "hacks".

  • Michael Gonzalez Gonzo’s world

    June 23, 2018

    I love those little Roast beef sandwiches

  • Albert John Nguyễn

    July 2, 2018

    she was salivating during the steak.

  • Glock2201

    July 6, 2018

    Another great video. You are great at these. Keep up the good work.

  • gentle peachy

    July 8, 2018

    Don’t book North Star while at sea, nothing to see just the ocean.

  • RahRah Montenegro

    July 21, 2018

    I love her voice. Wonder if she does voice overs for commercials…too cute

  • Paulina P

    August 1, 2018

    Do you need a drink package for the coffee at cafe promenade?

  • Gina Campbell

    August 4, 2018

    Great tips thank you. I'm new to your channel and I'm enjoying the videos very much.

  • Rosie Tillman

    August 4, 2018

    Saved almost $1500 by calling in and checking the price of my cruise at least once a week for the first couple of months…they change promotions monthly but the prices fluctuate daily

  • quietpianist

    August 15, 2018

    Have you written a book yet?

  • SimpleShar

    August 30, 2018

    My first cruise will be on the symphony in December LOL

  • Kim MacDonald

    September 3, 2018

    Great video !

  • Rohan Papaly

    October 9, 2018

    I've heard many people say, "get a good travel agent," and that is something that I plan on doing now. But how do you know if a travel agent is any good? Or rather, how do you find a good and reliable travel agent?

  • David Peixoto

    October 23, 2018

    Just so you know, we were on a RCI cruise last week and they still allowed us to bring water on board. We brought 16 bottles of water and 2 bottles of wine.

  • Laura hampton

    November 21, 2018

    Do they serve gluten free foods on royal Caribbean cruise?

  • Phillip Curran

    November 25, 2018

    Ok I just brought water and soda onboard…. update your info

  • Beth MacDonald

    November 28, 2018

    I had called RC for my cruise in 2018 – they told me we can bring 12 bottles of water? Have they changed it back?

  • Tirek Matlac

    December 17, 2018

    Is it me or this is the most annoying cruise video you’ve seen… seriously doing too much.

  • Helen Ross

    December 19, 2018

    Well done , thanks for the info 👏🏻👏🏻

  • BeeBee's Funtastic Adventures

    December 28, 2018

    You are really cool, thanks for sharing.

  • Stephen Wong

    January 3, 2019

    Hi sheri, I'm going on the adventure of the seas this april. l've a question for you. Can i bring my own wine to the windjammer restuarant? thank.

  • George Musick

    January 24, 2019

    Please update the soda and water that you are allowed to bring on board.

  • ozarkcat

    February 2, 2019

    You can take a 12-pack of non-alcoholic sodas or similar canned beverages on board now.

  • Julie Celino

    February 4, 2019

    Do you have to pre book shows???

  • JBuzz Dark Shadows

    February 15, 2019

    Not true. Just confirmed with RCCL YESTERDAY and you can bring up to 12 bottles or cans of non alcoholic beverages per state room

  • graciexlovxly

    February 27, 2019

    I have a question,
    Are you allowed to bring a 12 pack of like coke,Sprite etc. On the brilliance of the seas, Royal Caribbean? You have been helping me alot with my cruise I am going on my first cruise in 20 days so I was just wandering😁 I love this channel 😚

  • Irene Mac

    April 19, 2019

    Can you bring distilled water for hair iron?

  • MIke Gray

    April 21, 2019

    Labadee is not a private island. Royal Caribbean does not own Haiti

  • Jerri Lynn Roth

    May 9, 2019

    I just booked a RC cruise. I asked about the deposit and it is not 100% refundable. Of the $250 deposit $100 is nonrefundable and the remainder can be used on a future cruise but will expire in 1 year.

  • Ceola Page

    May 10, 2019

    Great tips. I love your energy. You man planning a cruise stress free. Your suggestion was very helpful. Thx so much for sharing dear.


    June 26, 2019

    She could be a top car sales gal…excellent marketing choice for having her describe info.

  • Michelle G

    June 27, 2019

    Just double checking, I called Royal Caribbean and they said we can bring up to 12 non-alcoholic drinks (less than 17 oz.) He sounded like he was being trained. Can you please double check.

  • Andrea Nieves

    August 7, 2019

    The deposit is only fully refundable if you book with a refundable deposit. If you book non refundable then you get credit back but they take some of the deposit.


    August 20, 2019

    Only 8 seconds, EIGHT SECONDS, into the video and the word AWESOME comes up. Thumbs down for that reason. Please, grow a vocabulary that surpasses a teenage punk.

  • Nicole Twisk

    September 13, 2019

    Yes, in 2019 water and soda are allowed (12 less than 17oz) per cabin.

  • Sarah Love

    September 19, 2019

    I don’t drink that much. Maybe a glass of wine with dinner.

  • Kelly Ng

    September 28, 2019

    Matt's tip #1 – not true for me. I booked my cruise one year ahead and my parents' interior stateroom cost more than what my friend paid for balcony stateroom. =( my friend booked it 3 months before sailing date while we did a year before sailing date. How depressing to know that. Now RC is promoting the upcoming cruise and I get really upset when I see their deals. =(

  • Jeff Kramer

    October 11, 2019

    You have done Media before! Great job!

  • Fe Almendras

    October 22, 2019


  • Daniel Guerrero

    October 25, 2019

    She has a Emilia Clarke vibe to her lol

  • Ruskin Hardie

    October 26, 2019

    Wait, at 4:50 is that number 5 or 6?

  • Rhonda Broviak

    November 8, 2019

    I'm so confused. I watch other YouTube Channels about Cruising with Royal Caribbean, and the other channels say I CAN bring Water Bottles and Soda (up to 12) on Embarkation Day. Did the rules change recently? Our Harmony Cruise is in a few weeks.

  • Billy Fearon

    November 14, 2019

    My wife is usually waiting for me lol

  • Carl Van Wesep

    November 14, 2019

    You are allowed to bring up to 12 bottles of water, I am going on a cruise dec 2019 and confirmed the water allowance

  • bob o

    November 26, 2019

    WARNING!!!!  DONT BUY JEWELRY ON CRUISE SHIPS!!! don't believe the 75% off LIE! always check online before you buy anything!!!

  • Yosbany Montano

    November 30, 2019

    Nice video

  • Warrior Son

    December 8, 2019

    I would share a cabin with this lady…😍


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