Spotted: Cruise Compass digital copy downloads
Some customers are seeing a new way to get a copy of their Royal Caribbean cruise’s daily events guide.
Royal Caribbean has traditionally provided guests with a hard copy of the daily activities and events guide, known as the Cruise Compass.
Traditionally, passengers are given a copy each evening in their cabin which describes the next day’s events.
On Liberty of the Seas, customers have the option of getting a digital download of the Cruise Compass directly to their phone as a PDF file.
Karen Fraser shared photos in the Liberty of the Seas Facebook group of the new option.
Ms. Fraser said there are QR codes at both guest services and sent to the cabin that you can scan with your phone’s camera.
Assuming you’re on Royal Caribbean’s wifi, after scanning the QR code, the compass of the day will appear for use.
It is not yet known how many ships offer this option, and if it will remain an option on future cruises or if it is just a short-term test.
What is Royal Caribbean’s Cruise Compass?
The Cruise Compass is the name of the ship’s newsletter.
There’s a new copy every day that contains times and locations for activities, special events, show times and more.
You may also find specials listed or discounts available for meals, beverages, onboard merchandise purchases, and even purchases in port.
Plus, there’s an hour-by-hour schedule of everything happening on the ship, including live shows, kids’ programs, and dining options.
Each day’s newsletter also includes opening and closing times for all ship’s facilities, a list of onboard services, medical contacts and information for each port of call, including law enforcement .
You can find vintage copies of Royal Caribbean’s Cruise Compass in our archives.
A new digital option
The option to download a copy of the printed Cruise Compass is a new way to find out more about what’s happening on board the ship.
For years, the printed Cruise Compass was the only option, but Royal Caribbean’s app also offered a list of activities.
Although the app is designed to mirror the printed compass, in practice there have been occasional discrepancies between the two.
Depending on the ship, there are also other ways to view activity, such as on a designated channel on the bedroom TV and/or via the direction indicators in the hallways.
Walk away from a printed copy
For years, the move to paperless daily newsletters has been discussed among cruise fans as near-inevitability.
On some Royal Caribbean ships, printed copies were not automatically distributed to all passengers. Some passengers have reported the need to request a copy from their cabin attendant or to visit customer service to obtain a copy.
Royal Caribbean has not announced any official changes to Cruise Compass’ printed distribution policy.
As society moves towards digital consumption, many cruise enthusiasts assumed that a digital-only Cruise Compass was inevitable.