I went for the Spectrum of The Seas (5D4N Penang & Phuket) cruise in May 2023.
1) Should you download the Royal Caribbean mobile apps?
YES YES YES.
The Royal Caribbean mobile apps is a must download before you onboard the cruise.
It contain SeaPass (Room number, Emergency gathering location and etc), Directory (Opening hours, Map), Remainder for your calendar which you set and Etc.
You should download it as soon as possible or when you made the final payment for your cruise.
One of the top reason is it will show you when you can select your check in timing (Estimate 45days before your sail date). This is first come first serve.
Tips #1: You should select the earliest check in timing if possible.
Earliest timing is 11am. Priority is given to those who reached within their selected check in timing range.
Board early to avoid the crowd + eat your lunch + settle down + enjoy the facilities (especially swimming pool).
|Queue according to your selected check in timing. You will notice the front few lanes are empty as this photo was taken near to their check in timing.
Tips #2: If you are a swimming pool lover, make sure you pack your swimwear in your hand carry bag
Your chance of having the whole pool to yourself before 2pm is super high 💓💘
|Enjoying my "private" pool
2) Should you purchase The Key (VIP Pass)?
I personally feel that if you have plan to purchase onboard cruise internet OR you hate to be in queue line for more than 20 mins multiple time in single day, the answer will be a big YES.
Spectrum of The Seas full loads is around 5000+++ guests.
I purchased it and I don't regret paying for it.
The Key Private Time Schedule:
Rock climbing: Day 2 9am to 10am
Bumper Car: Day 3 9pm to 9.30pm
Flow Rider: Day 4 9am to 10am
Tips #3: The highest % discount I saw for The Key is 30% off
As The Key is limited, you should buy it asap and if you saw the price dropped, you can cancel it and re-purchase at lower price (Info is correct as of May 2023).
Tips #4: The Key benefits
As the number of The Key is very limited, you need to ownself aware of the benefit. Many times, I need to approach the staff to inform them that I am The Key holder in order to enjoy the benefits instead of queueing up like the rest.
|The Key Welcome Lunch Menu
|6oz Angus Filet Mignon
|The Key departure day Breakfast Menu
3) Eat in Main Dining Room (MDR) @ Deck 3 instead of Windjammer @ Deck 14
Both MDR & Windjammer are complimentary.
MDR is like fine dining while Windjammer is super crowded buffet spread.
To illustrate the differences, I personally will value MDR at more than S$50 per pax per meal while Windjammer at around S$25 per pax per meal kind of quality. Windjammer is great to go maximum twice in your entire cruise because food are 95% same throughout your cruise.
|Looking down from Deck 5 at MDR on Deck 3
Tips #5: Book/Reserve "My Time Dining" time slot ASAP
Everyone love fine dining, especially when it is complimentary.
If you don't reserve a time slot in "My Time Dining" to dine in MDR, happy queuing for more than 1 hour for a table during peak hour (Hungry man is an angry man).
Tips #6: Time diff of 1 hour when in Phuket
The cruise will adjust accordingly to local time. When reserving "My Time Dining" time slot, please take note of the time diff.
Eg: If your usual dinner time is SG 7pm, then you need select 6pm on the day the cruise is in Phuket.
|MDR Menu (Menu are change daily <3 )
|MDR Menu (Menu are change daily <3 )
|Grilled Jumbo Shrimp
Why crack your brain to choose only 1 Starters / Main Course / Desserts when it is unlimited :D
Tips #8: MDR do have kids menu too
|Banana Split in Kids Desserts Menu <3
4) Room Amenities
- Travel adapters
No Type C or 3pin plug in the room :(
- Toothpaste + Toothbrush
- Shampoo + Body Wash if you dislike the 2in1 provided in room
- In room slipper if you dislike walking barefoot
- Big personal water bottle + Thermal flask if you need hot water (only 3 bottles of water provided in room)