Royal Caribbean, Spectrum of the Seas – Day 2 (8 July 2022)

We got woken up to room service giving us a “morning call”. We ordered room service’s breakfast the night before by placing our orders on the form given in the room which we were supposed to hang outside on our door before 3 am. Didn’t expect it would be a knock right after the call which totally caught me off guard. I got up with my messy bed hair and went to open the door while still dazed.

Once we received breakfast, we hurried to get ourselves washed up and have breakfast by our room’s balcony. We arrived at Port Klang which is in Kuala Lumpur. Before our trip, I asked my Malaysian friend who resides in KL and asked what’s nice to explore around Port Klang.

Her reply was:

It’s a port. Nothing to see. hahaha

Port Klang

And so we didn’t explore around Port Klang, because firstly, it really is a port for ships to dock at. If you would want to explore, either you book a grab and head out or book an excursion with Royal Caribbean. We do have activities that we would like to join which was part of the reason why we decided not to debark.

Stretch before Morning Dance Exercise

Went for the morning dance exercise after breakfast. We arrived a little late but were thankful the actual dance exercise has yet to begin. The instructor was guiding us to do some stretches first. Dear accompanied me before she left me alone and head off for her Sudoku challenge.

Morning Dance Exercise

I enjoyed the dance exercise, it felt like Zumba but not exactly like one. It’s a great way to start my day and gave me that moment of feeling healthy before we start our makan session onboard the ship. It’s literally an eating session almost all the time.

Dear solving the Sudoku challenge

After my morning dance exercise, I head off to find Dear. Almost followed the route to debark the ship, but thankful that the staff gave me the direction towards where the Sudoku challenge was at. Managed to find my way and it was a very quiet serious setting when I arrived at the Sudoku challenge venue. As I took the seat next to Dear, I saw some gave up finishing the challenge and they just left. Dear persevered through and finished both Sudoku puzzles. So proud of her.

Outdoor deck

It was slightly early for our lunch reservation at the Teppanyaki, so we decided to head up to Deck 14 to walk around the outdoor running track and explore. And also to find out where the flow rider was because Dear really wanted to try. There are actually people using the running track for their jogging. The swimming pools are quite packed with families with young children. Which kind of deters us from trying out to go for a swim although we could go to the Solarium which is only for adults.

Teppanyaki Menu

Head off towards Teppanyaki, which is located next to WindJammer. Got our seats, and read through the menu that was handed to us. We get to choose one dish from complimentary, dessert and mains.

Here’s what I chose:

  • Miso Soup
  • Izumi – sea scallops and lobster
  • Mochi ice cream – green tea and strawberry

Here’s what Dear chose:

  • Green mix with ginger dressing
  • Samurai – Beef tenderloin and tiger shrimp
  • Crispy sesame balls

The Teppanyaki onboard the ship is entertaining and interactive which made dining a whole different experience. Or rather for me as it’s my first. Basically, I had many first experiences onboard Royal Caribbean, Spectrum of the Seas. (More about it later or in another blog entry.)

The food at Teppanyaki was a little too salty for me. But overall, I enjoyed my lunch. I had a second helping of the fried rice. I love fried rice, but the best-fried rice I ever had was in Thailand, Kanchanaburi.

Adult colour
Left: mine
Right: Dear’s

Went for a more relaxing activity, adult colouring. There was two design for us to choose from and we had to share a table with other adventurers due to the limited quantity of colour pencils. The venue was at a bar where the lighting was poor. It didn’t help much when the colour pencils were metallic versions. Had a hard time differentiating certain colours that looked similar under the orangey dim lights.

We thought it would be a relaxing event till the staff announced that we had to end the session at 2:30 pm to make way for the next onboard activity. By then I was almost finishing with my seahorse design while Dear was struggling to finish hers. It was fun on my end to see her trying to finish her intricate piece of art.


Went to queue for archery next. It was a long queue as there were many kids queuing before us. Each person gets four arrows to aim and shoot, once we shoot those 4, it’s another player’s turn. Love how the tip of the arrows was airsoft, and very kids friendly. No need to worry that someone might get hurt if a kid suddenly rushes out of nowhere when you release the arrow.

Surprised to see there are targets for us to aim at. Those were floating balls! Both of us didn’t manage to shoot down any targets, but it’s OK. One of our to-do lists for the day checked! Off to the next one, tea break at Dog House!

At Dog House, you get to choose the type of bun, sausages, toppings and sauces. A little disappointing to be honest. The bun was too hard and dry, difficult to swallow for me. The sausage and sauces were alright. You can order it without the bun, but at least try with the bun once. Everyone has a personal preference, maybe what isn’t nice to me might be nice to you.

Ice cream cone

Saw a lady walking past us savouring her ice cream on a cone, and I just had to have one even when I’m full. So off we went to search for the ice cream kiosk located around the pool area. It comes in vanilla, chocolate or mixed flavours. We had one of each of our favourite flavours. Yums~ It’s very good during warm weather especially when you’re exploring the running track area. It helps to cool you down.

Sunset Dance Exercise

With all the eating almost the entire day, it’s time to shake off those fats even if it’s just a little. For this sunset dance exercise session, Dear accompanied me throughout. It’s YMCA-ing all the way and we had a nice short exercise. Feels good to feel healthy even for a bit after all the procrastination we had before this trip.

Head back to our room, and changed our attire because Dear wants to try flow rider. It was one of the must-do activities when you’re on a cruise. Got our flow rider wristband at the counter, queued up and waited for our turn. Dear’s mission for the day was to be able to kneel while riding the waves. My mission of the day, get this over and done with.

Flow rider was fun till I got motion sickness while riding the man-made waves. I kid you not, I literally felt giddy and decided to end my session early before I can even attempt to kneel. Dear managed to kneel on the board and ride the waves before she got thrown off after she was unable to keep her balance.

It only occur to us that we’d forgotten to pack towels before our flow rider activity. With the nice sea breeze blowing, we hurried off shivering a little. Towels provided by Royal Caribbean were a little far from the flow rider, so we decided to brave the cold while soaking wet and hurried back to our stateroom which was only 2 decks below. No, we didn’t wet the indoor area because thanks to our Birkenstock slippers, the design of it collected water instead. We were amused and thankful by it that we didn’t leave a trail of water to where we were going. Lesson learnt, always remember to pack the towels before any water activities.

Dinner at Main Dining Room before we head up to Silver Dining for a second round to try the prawns that I wanted the previous day. OK, I can’t remember the exact name of it and I no longer can access the menu on their Royal Caribbean app. But the prawn at Silver Dining was salty, even Dear agreed to it.

To end our day, we head off to the spa and health area to purchase Good Feet arch support. After research and contemplating, Dear decided to purchase two pairs of arch support. It can be worn on slippers and shoes. Dear said we have to use it after purchasing. Although it can be tedious to change from slippers to shoes and back, we must make the money worth it. And also, it will help us in our back and legs especially when we stand or walk a lot. This will definitely come in handy during travel.

It felt weird at first with the arch support in our Birkenstock. But we were told we’ll get used to it after frequent use. Let’s hope so.

Royal Caribbean, Spectrum of the Seas – Day 1 (7 July 2022)

Our Youtube travelogue

Finally, the long-awaited holiday is here!
The night before, we decided to switch our luggage from a smaller to a bigger one. Realized that we have quite a few things to bring and the smaller luggage can’t seem to fit all.

There are lots of “obstacles” to go through before boarding the ship. Upon arrival, we head over to join the queue to check in our luggage. All you need to do is provide your stateroom number and you’re good to go.

What to get ready for “obstacle” checkpoints:

  • Stateroom number
  • ART test results – you can use the tracetogether app or simply show them the SMS notification from MOH.
  • MySejehtera app (they need to check on the traveller’s blue card & vaccination status)
  • Passport – for immigration
  • Royal Caribbean app (they want to check on your check-in details)
Traveller’s Card “Ticket”

After showing our MySejehtera app with our Blue Traveller’s card page and vaccination status, we received this physical “ticket” which we need to show together with our stateroom keycard before we disembark onto Malaysia’s soil.

Before embarking on the ship, we had to hand over our passports to the staff for safekeeping. We didn’t know and were a little shocked. Thankfully we didn’t panic but we got the gist of it since everyone was doing it. So a heads up, they’re helping you to safe-keep your passport. DO NOT PANIC!

Once we board the ship, our cruise adventure officially begins! As many know by now, the ship is Spectrum of the Seas. Asia’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s fifth-largest among their fleet of ships.

We planned to head over to flow rider before the crowds comes in, as that was the tip I could remember very clearly given to us by Dear’s sister. But sadly, we realised we were wearing shoes and our slippers weren’t with us. We checked it in with the luggage when we arrived at Marina Bay Cruise Centre. Big mistake! Don’t be like us if you want to head over for water activities first.

Since we can’t head over to our room because the stateroom areas will only be opened at 1:30 pm, we decided to head over to WindJammer for lunch. It’s crowded since it’s the same for everyone and it’s the only place where fellow explorers can gather to fill up the tumtum. WindJammer is buffet-style dining with lots of options to satisfy your taste buds. The menu changes daily, which is good considering we’ll be on board for a 5 days 4 nights adventure.

Lunch at WindJammer

As covid restrictions are eased and relaxed, the self-serve buffet is back! And so I queued for Chinese food because I’m hungry and it’s the shortest queue. I’m amazed that their fried rice was delicious, but a little disappointed in their fried maggie noodles. The stir fry vegetable and chicken tasted well too, nothing to complain about. Dear had the Indian food because reviews online said it’s good. She always does her research on where and what to eat, while I’m the one that just wants to eat whatever I feel like it. Then probably complain after if the food weren’t to my expectation. Dessert was acceptable except for the mini cupcake and brownie. It’s too dry and hard for my liking. The blueberry mousse was good! The rest was just acceptable. Too full to try more, but it’s OK since we’ll be around for a few more days.

Staff will be walking around serving you drinks as well as taking reservations for other dining options if you would like to spend some money onboard the ship. Restaurants aren’t complimentary, you can get the information on their app. You get to see the menu as well as the pricing. All your purchases will be tagged to your key card, and at the end of your cruise adventure, you will be charged through the credit card you register on the app when you do online check-in. The price is stated in USD, so do check on the currency exchange if you’re not familiar with it.

As we have cruise credit on our account, Dear decided to make a reservation for Teppanyaki when the staff came over to ask. Since we’re on a holiday, I thought Dear just want to splurge on Japanese cuisine that we both like. And I thought it was a normal teppanyaki experience. (More of it in the next blog post.) Reservation was set for day 2’s lunch and I was already looking forward to it.

Ripping off the envelope for our room’s key card

Went back to check on our stateroom. Your key card to access your room will be placed outside the room’s door in a sealed envelope. We booked for a room with a balcony which many told us to do so, just in case we got stuck up there due to a COVID positive adventurer on board the ship. If you do remember the incident last year for Dream Cruise’s cruise to nowhere adventure. Having a balcony helps in so many ways which we realized. Connection outdoor or on the balcony is so much better than when you’re in the room or in the ship exploring. A balcony is a great place for fresh air too if you would like to avoid crowded places on the ship. It’s your personal mini outdoor area where you can relax and drink a cup of tea.

Wiped down everything including the toilet and balcony with the alcohol wipes that Dear’s mother gave us. Because COVID is still around and Dear have sensitive skin. So wipe away the germs and hope for the best. The room was much more spacious than I thought because I was told that some rooms on the cruise can be small and cramped.

Feet Analysis – our foot print

Went for our first activity, complimentary feet analysis. Learnt quite a lot about how important our feet are and that the way we walk affects our overall health and spine. We were introduced to Good Feet arch support, which Dear have been considering about it. She decided to research more on it once we have a stable connection upon arrival in Malaysia.

Got tired and headed back for an afternoon nap. Woke up and realised we got charged USD214 on our account. Off we went to customer service to check on it and realised we got a room upgrade. Dear did bid for a room upgrade before our trip and we didn’t expect that we could be the lucky one. It’s non-refundable and so we head back to gather our belongings for the shift. Our new room was a junior suite. Much bigger with a separate toilet and shower area with a bathtub!

With the upgrade, we get to dine at Silver Dining which is only offered to silver-tiered guests. They have a fixed menu option and a buffet area where the food changes daily. It is a good place away from the crowd if you don’t want to squeeze at places like WindJammer. A nice perk for adventurers who wished to have a nice quiet dinner.

Peach Shortcake

Previously we’ve booked a reservation at Main Dining, but we’ve already eaten. We went ahead and appeared at Main Dining for desserts! A little bit disappointed with my peach shortcake. Was expecting something like the strawberry shortcake that we could buy from Four Leaves bakery, but it came in a cup like a mousse dessert. The size of the sponge cake came in a relatively small portion. It’s about the size of a teaspoon while the entire dessert was mousse/cream with bits of peach bits.

It was a nice first day on board the ship and it felt like we did a lot of stuff. Quite accomplished. A nice way to end the day.