Boarding Spectrum of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International

Published: July 2nd 2019
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We have been watching the progress of the Spectrum of the Seas as it left the shipyard in Germany and then set off for it´s maiden voyage from Barcelona. It arrived in Dubai yesterday.

After a final bit of packing, we took all our bags down stairs and the bellboy hailed us a local taxi to take us to Dubai cruise terminal.

Our journey through the cruise terminal was the fastest we had ever had. Within about 30 minutes of getting to the terminal we were on the ship.

As the ship arrived into Dubai yesterday and will not be leaving until tomorrow, the changeover is a lot more spread out than is normal when it is done within a few hours.

Lunch was already being served when we got on board, so we went to the Windjammer buffet to have our first taste of the food on offer. This ship was built to be based in Asia, and you can see by some of the restaurants on offer, that this is the case. There is also a noodle bar within the Windjammer which we may have to try during our journey.

Shortly after lunch, our cabins were ready so we were able to park our carry on bags and familiarize ourselves with our home for the next 14 nights. We are well pleased with the cabin we have been allocated.

Our suitcases arrived shortly after we did, so we had the opportunity to unpack before dinner.

As we are not leaving Dubai until tomorrow, we have no muster safety drill today.

We are not really into the formal dinner settings that Royal Caribbean likes, so most of our meals will be elsewhere on the ship. Tonight we returned to the Windjammer for dinner. This gave us a good opportunity to get an idea of where in the world the other guests on this cruise are from. There are a lot more from Asia than we were expecting. They have some strange eating and other habits that are going to take some getting used to. They probably say the same about our culture.

A great first day on the Spectrum of the Seas. Tonight we get to do something we have not done before and that is to sleep on a cruise ship that is docked in port overnight.

We do not leave Dubai until lunchtime tomorrow.

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