If you are planning to set sail on Royal Caribbean anytime soon there are a few things you need to know. Remember to have all your documentation ready for check-in, stay in the port city the night before and take advantage of online check-in. To really maximize your Royal Caribbean cruise, check out our Royal Caribbean 101 tips.

Take the quiz

With so many amazing destinations, choosing just one can seem overwhelming. Take the “What Type of Adventurer Are You” quiz created by Royal Caribbean to find your perfect destination.

Get the RC Cruise Planner App

Make the most of your vacation by preplanning shore excursions, dining and more with the RC Cruise Planner App. It also features a calendar which auto-populates your daily activities, giving you a snapshot of your week.

Make Show Reservations

Don’t miss out on Royal Caribbean’s spectacular shows. Make reservations prior to the performance. While this doesn’t include reserved seating, it does ensure you have a seat to the often fully booked shows.

Get the Deluxe Beverage Package

If you plan on enjoy adult-beverages, make sure to get the Deluxe Beverage Package. For $55 per day per person, this package includes everything from freshly squeezed juices to wines and spirits. As a bonus, it gives you a 40% discount on bottles of wine $100 and under. If you choose to forgo the package and only plan on drinking a couple of cocktails, opt for the drink of the day, which is typically a few dollars cheaper than most cocktails. RC does allow guests to bring two 750 ml bottles of wine or champagne per stateroom onboard the day of embarkation only – no beer or liquor is permitted. If you open your bottle at the restaurant as opposed to your stateroom, there is a corkage fee, so don’t forget to bring along a corkscrew.

Become a Crown & Anchor Society Member

Once you have completed one RC cruise you are eligible to become a Crown & Anchor Society member. Crown & Anchor Society members not only gain access to exclusive offers and promotions but also receive matching status with Celebrity Cruises Captains Club and Azamara Club Cruises Le Club Voyage. Other benefits include priority seating at the theatre, ice show, and aqua theatre events.

Avoid the Buffet For Breakfast or Lunch

Royal Caribbean’s specialty restaurants are often less crowded and offer exceptional choices. Check out one of the complimentary locales like The Solarium Bistro, Johnny Rockets, and Café Two70 (Quantum Class Ships).

Check Out Hidden Gems

The Owner’s Box VIP room in Playmakers Sports Bar and Arcade on Navigator of the Sea is a great place to get away from the crowd. There are tons of other hidden gems like this, just explore your ship for tucked away locations.

Get A Casita

Akin to cabanas, these shaded lounge chairs and day beds are available at no additional charge. But snag one early in the day, since they are available on a first come first serve bases.

Book a Suite

For the ultimate luxe accommodations, book one of the ship’s luxury suites. If you are on Mariner of the Seas, the Panoramic Ocean View State Room boasts floor to ceiling panoramic windows offering breathtaking views. Larger families will relish in the Ultimate Family Suite on Symphony of the Seas which sleeps eight guests.

Book Within the Royal Sea Class

These five-star accommodations offer more customized adventures, more inclusive amenities, and more exclusive access for luxury VIP treatment.