Spectrum of the Seas was the ship that we sailed for our 4 days 3 nights cruise to Penang with Royal Caribbean Cruise! Though we had beforehand coated Spectrum of the Seas, this was our first post-COVID cruise with a port of call. Therefore, we have been notably excited to cowl this Spectrum of the Seas cruise to Penang, with protection on the Deluxe Beverage Bundle, Royal Caribbean VOOM Wi-Fi Web and Specialty Eating Eating places – Chops Grille and Izumi!
What You Want To Do Earlier than Your Spectrum of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise
Earlier than we leap into the cruise correct, there are just a few preparations that you might want to do
1. E-book Your Rooms Early. This time, we booked our inside state room for $930 for two pax or $465 per particular person. This interprets to about $115USD per evening per particular person. As a gauge, in case you’re capable of snag a room for $100USD per evening, that will be actually nice. For us, it was not precisely the most effective worth for an inside state room, however nonetheless not too dangerous for a cruise near the height interval of June holidays.
2. Obtain the Royal Caribbean App and E-book Your Arrival Time. Previous to your cruise, obtain the Royal Caribbean Cruise App (aka Royal App) which can help you make bookings and your arrival time. Be aware that you may choose your arrival time to the cruise centre, 45 days previous to the cruise. Utilizing your Royal App to pick out your arrival time might be some of the vital factor to do previous to your cruise. Thereafter, you’ll be able to declare your well being standing and do the check-in by way of the Royal App to expedite the method throughout arrival day.
3. E-book Your Beverage and Specialty Eating Packages Early. In case your considering whether or not to go for a deluxe beverage bundle or specialty eating bundle, ebook first. It’s because if costs lower, you’ll be able to at all times cancel and rebook to the cheaper charges as you monitor the costs nearer to the date of crusing. From expertise, costs are normally the most affordable a good distance out from the cruise or throughout particular occasions resembling New 12 months’s gross sales. Furthermore, you’ll be able to cancel your beverage bundle 2 days earlier than your cruise or specialty eating bundle 4 days previous to your cruise.
4. Put in a Bid to Improve Your State Room by way of RoyalUp. For this cruise, as we have been booked on an inside state room, we determined to check out RoyalUp – a state room improve programme that’s outsourced by Royal Caribbean Cruise. By means of the programme, we have been capable of improve our state room from inside state room to ocean view state room for $35 per particular person or $70 – bringing our total cruise worth to $1000 SGD. We have been knowledgeable about 3 days previous to our cruise once we have been profitable. On our earlier cruise, we have been unsuccessful and have been solely knowledgeable on the day earlier than the cruise. Fortunately, we managed to snag an improve this time and the general cruise worth was cheaper than buying the Ocean View Room straight.
With all these good things shared, it’s time to share our 4D3N Spectrum of the Seas cruise to Penang correct!
Spectrum of the Seas Overview – Day 1 Cruise at Sea
Examine-In Course of at Marina Bay Cruise Centre
As we booked our arrival time at 11am within the morning, we have been capable of get onboard comparatively early this time. Keep in mind to ebook your arrival timeslots 45 days previous to the cruise when the choice is open!
All the check-in course of is definitely fairly straight-forward. All you want are your passports and the Sea Move accessible in your Royal App. Keep in mind to do all of the check-in course of and well being declaration on-line (by way of Royal App) and also you’ll be proper via. After a fast check-in, we have been led to a ready space to board Spectrum of the Seas in an orderly method. Now, we will cross immigration by doing facial recognition, similar to the airport. This implies, we have been onboard in a jiffy!
Because of the workforce at Royal Caribbean Cruise, we have been supplied the VIP Bundle throughout our cruise on Spectrum of the Seas this time. It consists of the Deluxe Beverage Bundle, VOOM (The Quickest Web at Sea) in addition to eating at Specialty Eating Eating places. To get our vacation began, we first visited La Patisserie at Deck 5 the place Putra helped us to substantiate our Deluxe Beverage Bundle (as room key playing cards would solely be accessible from 1pm onwards). Upon affirmation (thanks Putra!), we had our first drinks of freshly-squeezed orange juices…
Lunch at Windjammer (Deck 14)
After embarkation, you’ll be capable to get pleasure from your first meal of the day onboard Spectrum of the Seas at Windjammer, positioned at deck 14 (aft) of the ship. When you’re not sure, comply with others to deck 14 and that’s the place most individuals might be heading to after embarkation. At Windjammer, we continued to benefit from the Deluxe Beverage Bundle by beginning off with Pina Colada and the Final Mai Tai – drinks that convey us reminiscences of an excellent vacation…
Lunch on the primary day was truly fairly good – particularly the roast beef. There was a WHOLE LEG OF Roast Beef on the carvery. Juices flowed because the meat was being minimize – positively an indication of expertly ready meats by Royal Caribbean Cruise. After our meal at Windjammer, we headed to our state room at Deck 3 to take a look at our Ocean View Room on Spectrum of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise…
Ocean View State Room Spectrum of the Seas
Because of the State Room Attendant, we additionally acquired some welcome fruits and canapes…
Inside the room, we additionally acquired some details about the reveals that we are going to expect onboard…
Total, we have been very glad with the RoyalUp improve from inside state room to ocean view state room. Not solely did we pay much less, we have been capable of get a really giant window that enables us to see the views outdoors. The one draw back of this improve was that it was positioned at Deck 3 and as a part of the situation for RoyalUp, we weren’t ready to decide on our room. Views of the ocean at Deck 3 could be a little dizzying as you’re nearer to the ocean. The identical views on the greater decks can be snug. Nicely, the opposite advantage of situating at deck 3 was that we have been simply subsequent to the Primary Eating Room and the On line casino Bar (for utilisation of Deluxe Beverage Bundle) was actually shut by as nicely. Therefore, we had nothing to complain about, particularly when you’ll be able to take photographs resembling this…
Activating VOOM Web Bundle
To arrange your VOOM account, it’s comparatively straight-forward. You may comply with the directions offered in-room in case you have bought the bundle previous to embarkation. All it’s important to do is to create a person title for login and supply the mandatory data as prompted by the Royal App and also you’ll be good to go. For our cruise this time, the Deluxe Beverage Bundle was about $90SGD per particular person per day whereas VOOM prices about $25 per machine per day. Because it was by per machine, you’ll should share utilization by logging out earlier than one other person might login by way of the identical person title. As now we have beforehand shared, in case you intend to go for VOOM web, the Key Programme could possibly be a extra economical approach to take action.
It’s also well timed to take a look at the reveals which might be accessible through the cruise in order that it is possible for you to to plan your actions across the reveals to catch them on time. Throughout our cruise there have been a few new reveals such because the Effectors and Humorous Bones, which have been truly fairly good…
Reveals Out there throughout our Cruise on Spectrum of the Seas
“Be a part of the Effectors; Pixel lovely, horny and assured; Reverb unpredictable and mischievous; Lume a sassy and dynamic supergirl and Captain Viz the chief of the pack and at all times first into the battle as they individually reveal their superior powers, after which come collectively to battle their arch nemesis, Crash as he tries as soon as once more to cease the present and destroy town of Showville.”
“Embracing all the good traditions of silent comedy and vaudeville, Humorous Bones invitations you to a vibrant, action-packed present with gorgeous bodily dexterity, cheeky comedy, climaxing with an astonishing big puppet finale!”
“The extremely wealthy and numerous cultures, types, designs and visuals which might be synonymous with the well-known commerce routes of the traditional Silk Highway, have been mixed and built-in with beyond-state-of-the-art leisure know-how, to create some of the distinctive stay productions on the earth! Two70’s extremely superior know-how, together with 12k video decision and 36-axis robotics, will now be pushed to its most limits, as we as soon as once more redefine the boundaries of what’s doable within the artistic arts.”
“This unbelievable dance spectacular takes us on a shocking journey that focuses on some of the iconic of all stay entertainers. By paying tribute to the previous, the current, and the way forward for the attractive showgirl, this outstanding manufacturing will go away our audiences utterly awestruck. Royal Caribbean Productions has assembled the largest forged of worldwide performers ever assembled within the historical past of the cruise business with a complete of 29 singers, dances and showgirls. It’s going to be fairly a celebration!”
After deciding on the reveals and the timings that we have been going to catch them, we used the Royal App so as to add them to our calender in order that we gained’t neglect which slots we had chosen – keep in mind to reach 30 minnutes previous to the present to get the most effective seats in the home. As with pre-COVID reveals, there’s not a necessity for reservations for reveals on Spectrum of the Seas throughout our cruise this time. We additionally referred to as 7000 to make reservations at Chops Grille and Izumi. For specialty eating, it will be good to make reservations early to get the time slots that you really want in order that present instances gained’t be affected. After these have been executed, we headed to Seaplex (Deck 15) for our first exercise on the cruise – Bumper Vehicles!
Bumper Vehicles at Deck 15 Seaplex
Bumper Vehicles is unquestionably one among our favorite actions on Spectrum of the Seas. At 2pm sharp, there have been already about 20 folks queuing in entrance of us. The advantage of Bumper Vehicles is that it normally goes on for just a few hours and you’ll simply head again to queue once more when you’re executed together with your flip. In fact, in case you’re on the Key Programme, you’ll have devoted time for Bumper Vehicles which lets you have extra tries on the vehicles as nicely. Thereafter, we headed upstairs for Archery. When you’ve got not tried it earlier than, it’s a safer model to check out – particularly for the youngsters, whereas nonetheless sustaining the identical rigidity anticipated on the bowstring.
Solarium at Deck 14 Ahead
Our trip continued at Solarium, one other favorite a part of the ship for us due to the cool drinks that we will get pleasure from from the Solarium Bar (thanks Paquito, Adi, Arlyn for caring for us!). Additionally, post-COVID, now you can convey drinks into the pool and scorching tubs!
As you’ll have recognized by now, youngsters under the age of 16 aren’t allowed into the Solarium. This makes the Solarium a very nice sanctuary to only chill and revel in views of the ocean throughout sea days.
Chops Grille Specialty Eating Restaurant Spectrum of the Seas
For our first Specialty Eating meal, we selected to dine at Chops Grille due to the superb steaks that it provides. Right here’s the complete menu of eating at Chops Grille Spectrum of the Seas…
For Starters, we selected the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, Tuna Tartare together with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. In fact, at Chops Grille, you’ll by no means go flawed with the Wild Mushroom Soup that’s scented with white truffle oil (Lobster Bisque is a no-go for us although). Shopping via the wine menu, we discovered the Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay (695) in addition to the Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc (343) to be glorious whites for the meals…
As for our mains, we went with the 16 oz Prime Bone-In Ribeye in medium nicely and medium uncommon together with with the Robert Mondavi Personal Reserve Merlot (147) and the Kendall Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (877)…
As typical, the bone-in ribeye at Chops Grille by no means disappoint. We loved the medium uncommon rendition with some a lot of the juices locked inside, flowing out as you chop into the tender and flavourful piece of grilled steak. The wines complemented our steaks very nicely. As for desserts, we selected the cheesecake which was served by Wilmar and workforce with slightly anniversary rendition attributable to our sixteenth 12 months anniversary celebration throughout this cruise!
The Effectors Manufacturing Present Time
For Manufacturing Showtime this night, we watched the Effectors – an in-house manufacturing by Royal Caribbean Cruise which turned out to be fairly good. Love the renditions of acquainted tunes resembling Holding Out for A Hero (aka “I want a hero…”) in addition to our favorite character – the humorous and cheeky Reverb.
Additionally, we have been ready to usher in drinks as with pre-COVID for presents as nicely (each at Royal Theatre and Two70). There was a make-shift bar arrange on the entrance the place we had a Corona in addition to Gin and Tonic. After our first present this night, we headed to Primary Eating Room for our second meal this night!
Dinner at Primary Eating Room Spectrum of the Seas
As we have been fairly full from the superb meal from Chops Grille this night, we went with the evergreen of Spaghetti Bolognese (at all times a superb selection in case you’re undecided what to have) and Portobello Mushroom. We additionally had the crab desserts and apple crumble for starters and appetizers respectively…
Silk Highway in Preview
We have been informed by our cruise director Rafael (a woman) that Silk Highway manufacturing was in preview as a result of among the crew had not too long ago joined the ship and nonetheless wanted a while of follow earlier than the complete present with costumes could possibly be placed on. However as a preview, we have been nonetheless handled to a superb present – albeit having some singers and dancers carry out with out the Silk Highway costumes. Nonetheless, we completely loved Victoria on the violin and the drummer dude who had a lot expression! Superior present!
Spectrum of the Seas Overview – Day 2 Arriving at Penang Malaysia
Spectrum of the Seas Gymnasium
On day 2 of our cruise onboard Spectrum of the Seas, we began our day on the fitness center at 7am…
Surprisingly, there have been ALOT of individuals on the fitness center from 6am onwards. After we reached there at 7am, nearly all of the treadmills and weight machines have been totally utilised. On the studio room subsequent door, all of the mats have been laid out for yoga and morning stretches as nicely. Therefore, we went on the biking and stepping machine – which had visuals as if your have been jogging via pure sights resembling Yosemite, Sequoia.
Breakfast at Primary Eating Room
After getting our double-shot latte from La Pattiserie, we headed to Primary Eating Room for breakfast. This time, we selected the customary Eggs Benedict with mushrooms, corned beef and hash brown in addition to the Bagel and Ham (Kate swapped Lox with Ham)…
Surprisingly, the yolk of the Eggs Benedict was nonetheless runny once we tucked in. As at all times corned beef and hash browns have been glorious choices. Along with the mushrooms and bacon, made it an atas brunch dish as you’ll be getting from respected eating places on land. After breakfast, we headed to the Royal Esplanade for Dancercise…
Dancercise at Royal Esplanade (Deck 4)
Dancercise was held at 930am on Deck 4 of the Spectrum of the Seas. The trainer would educate us steps to a number of dances after which play a tune to convey us via the dance steps. We went via about 4 songs and so they have been all actually enjoyable with elevated depth. Undoubtedly an excellent work out to begin the day. We then had a fast drinks break at Leaf and Bean…
Leaf and Bean Tea and Drinks
The drinks at Leaf and Bean have been not likely aromatic although it was actually nicer with the “cheese froth” added to the Taiwan Ruby. When you’re inquisitive about espresso, you will get Flat White right here as nicely. This time, we heard Olek taking part in melodies on his electrical guitar as nicely…
Battle for Planet Z Laser Tag (Seaplex Deck 15)
This time, we made reservations for 1030 for a recreation of Laser Tag at Seaplex (Deck 15). The laser tag on Spectrum of the Seas prices $10USD per pax which was moderately respectable, provided that the tools was truly new-ish and capable of shoot at a comparatively far vary. On account of the nice tools, Tom was capable of do a number of snipes on Kate from nearly the opposite finish of the maze. Kate didn’t know what hit her. 😂
For lunch, we went again to MDR (Primary Eating Room) and have been actually full at this level. Nonetheless, we wolfed down the pulled pork sandwich and barramundi earlier than heading to Schooner Bar for Charades!
Charades was actually enjoyable because the clues weren’t actually laborious and nearly everybody will get an opportunity to win the RCL bottle opener – so long as you’ll be able to shout out the solutions loudly and quick sufficient. When it was Tom’s flip, he had “Spiderman” – which everybody acquired nearly instantly and “Michael Jackson” – to which he did a moon stroll and somebody answered inside 5 seconds. Will need to have been some glorious moonwalking from Tom. 🤔
Day Journey to Penang
At about 3pm, we alighted for our day journey to Penang. Because of our associates, the journey was pre-arranged and we walked proper via from the ship (with a latte in hand) all the best way out of Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal – which was a fairly lovely construction. There, our transportation took us to our first cease at 8321 Durian Plantation for some Mao Shan Wang (MSW) Durian…
The journey took us about 1 hour as a result of visitors circumstances in Penang. As soon as there, we have been welcomed to be seated, surrounded by durian timber with nets strewn throughout. The durians are supposed to catch the durians for two causes (aka 没有敲过的). Firstly, for the security of employees and guests within the plantation and secondly, durians that don’t hit the bottom doesn’t activate the “response” which truly seals that flavours of the durians inside…
Thereafter, we returned to Georgetown for Chendol after which 1st Avenue Mall to do some buying…
For dinner, we visited BaBa Phang Peranakan Restaurant Penang…
The meal at Baba Phang was glorious. We specific loved the Sting Ray which was so engaging and appetizing with its tangy flavours whereas the signature pork had a perfume from the darkish soy sauce and sweetness from the honey/sugar. Furthermore, the pork was not “over-braised” leaving a agency texture on each chew. Pig’s Abdomen Soup was glorious as nicely! Yum!
Thanks additionally to our tour information Frances, who picked up the Tambun Biscuit (aka child tow sar bing) from Him Heang Penang personally by way of a pal that we have been capable of convey again these souvenirs for our associates and kin again dwelling.
Humorous Bones Spectrum of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise
As we have been again by 9pm and the headliner, Humorous Bones was slated to begin at 10pm, we stopped by Pool Bar for Mojito and Heineken earlier than having a self-concocted drink at Bionic Bar. Seems Mojito Syrup with Soda, Gin and Lime makes for a superb cocktail…
Although we didn’t have any photographs from Humorous Bones, it turned out to be the most effective present throughout our 4D3N cruise onboard Spectrum of the Seas. Chris Peters (British) and Okay-Bow (Japanese) are the comedy-duo behind humorous bones and are actually artistic of their efficiency. Utilizing easy props like masking tape and brooms, Chris and Okay-Bow are capable of creatively re-enact every thing from strolling sticks to standing microphones and even mimicking flying like Harry Potter. Snicker-out-loud humorous, positively a should look ahead to all the household. Tom and Kate have been even frightened by the actors’ puppets whereas seated on the entrance row – beware! For us, watching Humorous Bones was creativity at its finest!
Spectrum of the Seas Overview – Day 3 Closing Sea Day
Dawn as seen from Spectrum of the Seas
On our ultimate sea day on Spectrum of the Seas, we began by catching the dawn earlier than figuring out (as a result of we felt responsible after
pigging out indulging for therefore many days)…
The day began out the place we noticed a row of fishing vessels utilizing inexperienced LED lights to distinguish themselves at sea – in all probability a straightforward approach for the fishermen from the identical group to recognise one another. We then headed as much as deck 15 the place we noticed a ravishing dawn this morning. Many friends have been there this morning as nicely…
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Breakfast at Windjammer and Two70 Cafe
After exercising on the aft of deck 15 (an excellent place to soak up the ocean views), we headed to Windjammer for a lightweight breakfast…
Breakfast at Windjammer was fairly meh this morning because it was the standard eggs, bacon and sausages. Nonetheless, we did have some porridge and bee hoon (which was not that nice). Therefore, we determined to adjourn to Two70 Cafe which had a fairly good “McMuffin Sandwich” in addition to an incredible view out to sea. This time, Two70 additionally screened a fairly humorous Redbull Soapbox Race the place opponents designed their luge with artistic themes.
Chilling at Solarium
After breakfast, we headed to our favorite venue – Solarium to only loosen up and catch a fast nap as we slept moderately late the evening earlier than. Thereafter, at about 10am, we went for wavehouse FlowRider of Spectrum of the Seas…
FlowRider Spectrum of the Seas
Earlier than you go on the FlowRider, you’ll should register and signal an indemnity kind earlier than having the ability to be part of the queue. This time, it was drizzling flippantly. Fortunately, the exercise might nonetheless proceed regardless of the rain. Nonetheless, the instructors needed to name for two security timeouts as friends didn’t know how one can maintain the boogie board appropriately (by tucking elbows in) and to defend their head (and curling right into a “ball” place) throughout a wash-out. In any other case, we noticed a number of friends that have been capable of surf on their knees and a Korean woman who might even pose with 2 fingers whereas mendacity flat on the boogie board! Undoubtedly one other instagrammable second there…
Lunch of Pizza and Beers from Sorrento’s at Solarium
As we have been solely capable of take 4 slices of pizza from Sorrento’s per particular person, we needed to make just a few journeys strolling between the ahead and aft of the Spectrum of the Seas earlier than we tucked in. Discuss working to your meal.
Open Mic Karaoke and Cornhole Event
Within the afternoon at 3pm, we stopped by Star Second at Deck 4 Spectrum of the Seas for Open Mic Karaoke. You may solely sing 1 tune per particular person – except another person chooses a duet then you definitely could be a accomplice to that duet for a second tune. After a fast couple of songs, we headed to the Cornhole Event at Music Corridor (Deck 3) the place just a few of our associates made it to the finals and even made the highest 2 winners of the event! 😀
At about 5:30pm, we went to the reception at Deck 4 to make clear on the invoice for our drinks. Apparently, Royal Caribbean Cruise’s web site had already up to date the Deluxe Beverage Bundle to incorporate drinks as much as $14USD however it was not so on Spectrum of the Seas…
Fortunately the ship was capable of waive off the extra $1USD that we paid on two drinks after seeing this replace on the Royal Caribbean Cruise web site. Hopefully, it should quickly apply to all passengers on Spectrum of the Seas for future cruises.
Pre-Dinner Drinks at Vintages Wine Bar
For wines onboard Royal Caribbean Cruise, we realised that it’s normally simpler for the workers to take our orders utilizing the numbers allotted to the wines. Therefore, our favorite white would come with 343 Sauvignon Blanc and crimson – 877 Cabernet Sauvignon. After pre-dinner drinks at Vintages Wine Bar, we headed to Izumi for a meal on the Japanese Restaurant onboard Spectrum of the Seas…
Dinner at Izumi Spectrum of the Seas
A meal at Izumi prices $39.99 and consists of 1 small plate, 2 giant plates and 1 dessert. This time, we selected
– Pork Gyoza Dumpling
– Crispy Rice Spicy Tuna
– Izumi Spider Roll
– Izumi Ryu Futomaki Roll
– Truffled Creamy Lobster Tempura Roll
– Crispy Sesame Ball
– Assorted Mochi Ice Cream
For small plates, you gained’t go flawed with the Pork Gyoza Dumplings as they’re at all times so juicy and well-marinated with a touch of ginger within the fillings. As for the crispy spicy rice tuna, it was certainly crisp on the outer facet of the rice sushi – very fascinating and palatable texture.
For giant plates, all three have been glorious. The lobster was aromatic with the truffle whereas the tender shell crab was distinctly and delish. Futomaki had the deep-fried crisp out texture that we preferred and the substances inside was crisp as nicely. A wonderful meal that have been complemented with the rice-fragrant sake and She’s a Geisha cocktail. Japanese Strawberry however was nicely…slightly medicinal. 😅 All in all, one other great meal at Izumi!
Closing Dinner at Primary Eating Room (MDR) Spectrum of the Seas
For our final meal at Primary Eating Room, we lastly ordered the Adventurous Whites and Adventurous Reds which turned out to be okay solely. Stick to 343 Sauvignon Blanc and 877 Cabernet Sauvignon for excellent wines to go together with the MDR dinners. To wind down the night, we listened to piano music in Schooner (had Anejo Margarita) after which to Music Corridor for the final celebration of the night.
We additionally discovered that alcoholic drinks have been served all the best way until 2am onboard the ship which was a welcomed enchancment as in comparison with 1030pm through the COVID period. We additionally headed as much as Deck 16 to check out the see-through deck – a comparatively new “attraction”. When you’re crusing onboard of the Spectrum of the Seas and never fearful of heights – positively test it out.
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As we have been heading to Malaysia after disembarking from Spectrum of the Seas on our final day, we wished to go away the ship as quickly as doable to cut back the time spent ready on the Causeway. Nonetheless, although the data talked about Two70 to be serving breakfast from 630am onwards this morning, it was not so and solely drinks have been served. Therefore, we circled again to La Pattiserie for a ham and cheese sandwich earlier than packing up our baggage to go away the ship at 7am.
All in all, we had an incredible 4D3N cruise onboard Spectrum of the Seas (Royal Caribbean Cruise). Particular shout out to Exther and Jessica for the VIP Bundle that enhanced our expertise throughout this cruise. To the workers and crew of Spectrum of the Seas, thanks for the impeccable service that at all times units the Royal Caribbean Cruise expertise other than the competitors.