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A Review of The Key on Royal Caribbean

Setting sail on Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas and the Apostolics At Sea cruise is a recipe for adventure, but navigating the world of add-ons and packages can be tricky. Let's review "The Key," a premium perk program designed to elevate your cruise experience. Is it worth the extra treasure, or can you piece together paradise a la carte? Let's dive in!

The Key Unlocks:

  • Priority embarkation and debarkation: Skip the lines and feel like royalty as you board and disembark the ship with ease. This perk can be a lifesaver, especially during peak disembarkation chaos.

  • VOOM Surf & Stream internet package: Stay connected with loved ones back home and share your unforgettable moments on social media. While pricey individually, it was included in The Key.

  • Welcome Aboard Lunch: Exclusive welcome lunch in the Main Dining Room featuring The Key Signature menu.

  • Reserved seating at select shows: No more scrambling for good seats! This is a welcome benefit, especially for popular productions (does not include the Apostolics At Sea onboard events)

  • Bottled water delivered daily to your stateroom: Stay hydrated without the hassle of refilling bottles. This convenience was a nice touch, especially in the Caribbean heat.

  • Departure Breakfast. On debarkation day, enjoy an exclusive à la carte breakfast and depart at your leisure with Choice Departure.

If you purchase the A La Carte route:

  • Priority boarding: Can be purchased separately, but at a cost similar to The Key.

  • Internet packages: Different VOOM tiers offer varying levels of access and speed. Choose based on your internet usage requirements.

Price Comparison:

The Key's value depends on your cruising style and priorities. If you crave priority boarding, reserved seating, exclusive spaces, and internet access, it might be cost-effective. However, if you're a casual cruiser who uses minimal internet and doesn't mind crowds, a la carte options might be more budget-friendly.

Our Verdict:

On the Voyager of the Seas, The Key offers undeniable convenience and can elevate your experience. Priority boarding, and reserved seating were true highlights. However, if you're on a tight budget and prioritize specific amenities like specialty dining, a la carte options might be more suitable.


  • The Key's value varies depending on the ship, itinerary, and sailing dates. Research prices and inclusions carefully before purchasing.

  • Consider your individual needs and cruising style. Are you a relaxation-seeker or an adventure-chaser?

  • Do the math! Compare the total cost of The Key with the individual prices of the included amenities.

Ultimately, unlocking paradise with The Key is a personal choice. Weigh the features against your budget and preferences to make the best decision for your unforgettable Royal Caribbean adventure!

Bonus Tip: Book The Key in advance for potential discounts and guaranteed availability.

Happy sailing!

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