The personal approach that minimizes queues, reduces touchpoints and helps keep everyone safe.

5 Ways Royal Caribbean’s App Changes Cruising

Update: Our guests’ safety is what matters most, which is why we’ve chosen to pause all of our cruises. We know everyone is focused on their health and loved ones but also dreaming of their next vacation. That’s why we’re still thinking of ways for you to escape the everyday, and when the time is right, we look forward to welcoming you back on board. Until then, we’ll be here with inspiration in all forms whenever you need it.
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The Royal Caribbean International app transforms the way travelers cruise.

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For more than 50 years, innovation has been a big part of what makes Royal Caribbean cruises memorable for every traveler. This, coupled with the latest technology, is what has led to many of our guests’ favorite signature experiences that exist today, from those that blur the lines between tech and entertainment to sustainable engineering and initiatives. Not only have these enhanced the cruise vacation, but they’ve changed the industry. Technology also makes cruising safer and healthier, a priority we all share.

The Royal Caribbean International mobile app, originally designed to maximize every moment of vacation by eliminating lines, crowds and slips of paper, now is a solution that will help encourage important, new practices—such as physical distancing—and minimize common touchpoints.

Available on Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store, the app offers a series of features that come in handy to do things like check in and schedule your arrival time, make dining and show reservations, unlock your stateroom, and much more.

Here are five ways the Royal Caribbean app will help keep you safe and healthy on your next cruise vacation:


You can check in and schedule your arrival time in advance to help avoid lines and get on board faster.

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1. Scheduled Arrival & Expedited Boarding

Boarding is not only fast, but also safe when using the mobile app to check in for your cruise. For most sailings, you can scan your passport and upload a ‘selfie’ security photo to generate a mobile boarding pass that will expedite your experience at the terminal. You then can choose your arrival time from a list of staggered options, which will help reduce large crowds and ensure physical distancing from the moment you arrive to the time you board.

Pro tip: Plan to get to the terminal at your scheduled time, so you can board as quickly as possible and avoid any delays.


Muster 2.0 is a more personal and flexible approach that also encourages an even higher level of safety.

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2. Reinvented Safety Briefing

Our latest innovation, Muster 2.0™, reinvents one of the least-favorite (but important) parts of cruising—the mandatory safety briefing. We’ve taken a process that was designed for large groups of people and reimagined it into a more personal approach that encourages higher levels of health and safety standards.

Leveraging new eMuster™ technology—developed and patented by Royal Caribbean—the essential information you need to know is available on the app and your stateroom TV, allowing you to complete the briefing on your own time. You’ll just need to visit your assigned assembly station—a designated check-in location—before the ship sets sail, so our crew can verify all the steps are completed. Essentially, this means less physical interaction with more time to relax and enjoy your vacation.


You can browse and book activities and shore excursions, including a sunset iFLY skydiving session.

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3. Daily Planning

There is plenty to see and do on a cruise, whether catching waves on the ship’s FlowRider or exploring one of the camera-ready ports. With just a few taps, you won’t miss a beat with the app’s Daily Planner. You can easily browse and schedule activities, entertainment, dining and shore excursions. The best part about this easy-to-use feature is that you’ll save time and avoid lines.


The app allows you to centralize control of your stateroom, including the ability to unlock the door  after a long day at play.

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4. Digital Key & Stateroom Controls

On several ships, the app can also be your very own Digital Key to unlock your stateroom. It’s an easy, three-step setup. Once inside, you can control the TV and even stream content right from your phone, as well as adjust the room temperature, lights and curtains. You can be as “hands off” as you’d like, taking away the need to use common touchpoints and minimizing the chances of ever misplacing your SeaPass card—your official ID on the cruise.


With real-time updates, you can always keep track of your onboard expenses.

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5. Onboard Account

Royal Caribbean makes managing your onboard purchases easier. From the palm of your hand, you can see all your purchases and credits in real time without having to deal with pesky paper receipts. That means you can sit poolside with a cocktail in one hand and your phone in the other rather than meeting face to face with Guest Services.

With more to come, guests can rest assured many of the innovations that have made their vacations more seamless will also help keep them safe. Stay up to date on how Royal Caribbean is making cruise vacations safer and healthier here.