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Top things I loved and hated about my Royal Caribbean cruise in Europe

Between the rich culture and history, European cruises provide the ultimate convenience for visiting multiple countries on a vacation without having to unpack and repack your suitcase.

After 30 cruises, I can confidently say that European cruises are my favorite. I love having a comfortable home base to return to each evening, all while getting to experience new cultures and countries every single day. 

Top 5 things I like better about Carnival Cruise Line than Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Line are the two biggest mainstream cruise lines in the industry with millions of passengers setting sail onboard these competing lines each year.

Each cruise line adds their own special flair to the cruising experience. This is how they differentiate from one another in the competitive travel market. Royal Caribbean is known for building mega-ships with onboard thrills and dazzling entertainment, while Carnival places a heavy focus on fun, casual dining, and creating a lively atmosphere onboard.

I crossed the Atlantic Ocean on a transatlantic cruise. Here's what it's like to spend six days at sea

Oftentimes, you can find a great value on transatlantic cruises. This, however, means that you have to be committed to spending many days onboard the ship as it sails across the Atlantic Ocean. 

When taking a transatlantic voyage, the ship that you are on is being repositioned from one homeport to another, marking the beginning or end of a specific cruise season. When, for instance, you sail from Florida to Barcelona or Rome, this is because a ship is getting ready to begin her season in Europe. 

I tried Royal Caribbean's The Key after hearing lots of negative reviews. Here's what I thought about it.

Is The Key worth it? This is a controversial question many cruisers wonder when booking a Royal Caribbean cruise.

There are plenty of negative reviews online about The Key. Some say it’s “too pricey for what it is” or “it sounds good in theory but is a waste of money.” On the other hand, some claim The Key is worth the extra cost.

Needless to say, I wanted to see what it was like for myself. Here's what I thought about The Key on my 7-night Western Caribbean cruise onboard Adventure of the Seas. 

I only cruised with Royal Caribbean for 20 years. This is why I’m branching out to other cruise lines now.

When booking a cruise vacation, there are so many different mainstream and luxury cruise lines to choose from. The possibilities seem endless when trying to narrow down your itinerary search to find the perfect cruise.

It's easy to see how each cruise line has their own unique flair on the cruising experience, which can appeal to certain demographics more than others. Therefore, choosing the cruise line that best aligns with your travel style, preferences, and budget is the one of the most important decision you’ll make while vacation planning.

I only had 4 days in Iceland on my European cruise. Here's why I regret not taking a land-based trip

One of the best parts about cruising is getting to visit incredible destinations with such ease. Once you’re onboard your cruise ship, you can conveniently visit numerous destinations without needing to unpack and repack your suitcase. The logistics and transportation are all taken care of-- all while enjoying fine cuisine and entertainment along the way.

5 things I liked better about Princess Cruises than Royal Caribbean

After 19 cruises with Royal Caribbean, I booked a 7-night Alaska cruise with Princess Cruises, and here’s what I liked better.

Ever since I started cruising, I’ve almost exclusively sailed with Royal Caribbean. Like most cruisers, I tend to stick to the same cruise line in order to rack up loyalty points, which can lead to exclusive benefits like complimentary drinks and private lounge access.

Royal Caribbean ships by age — from oldest to newest

Royal Caribbean International, formerly known as Royal Caribbean Cruise Line when it was founded in 1968, is one of the most popular cruise lines today. Song of Norway, their first ship, was launched two years after the company was founded. 

Having held the title of largest cruise ship in the world since the debut of Freedom of the Seas in 2006, they are known for their innovative, and often, record-breaking ships. 

I upgraded to a balcony cabin for $300 - here's what it looked like and why I might not do it again

I recently returned from a 12-night sailing onboard Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas, one of the oldest ships in the cruise line’s fleet.

I accidentally booked a cruise on one of the world’s most dangerous seas

Beautiful sunsets and crystal blue seas are the quintessential views you expect to find on a cruise. For me, seeing the ocean resemble a sheet of glass never gets old - and always leaves me in awe that something so powerful can also be equally as peaceful.

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