(3:35 p.m. EDT) – Royal Caribbean has begun charging $4.99 for its WOWBands on Anthem of the Seas. The RFID bands, which wearers can use in place of their room keys to get into cabins or pay for drinks, are still free on Quantum of the Seas and were free on Anthem of the Seas during its stay in the U.K. Passengers in junior suites or above still receive the WOWBands for free.
«We boarded Anthem today for her first Caribbean cruise from Bayonne and did not receive WOWbands in our cabin upon embarkation,» wrote Cruise Critic member Dave85. «After our cabin steward informed that he was not given any to hand out this week we inquired at Guest Services and were told that the free WOW bands were discontinued and they are now only for sale.»
Royal Caribbean confirmed it is testing a new pricing strategy for the bands, which a spokeswoman said can be purchased in the onboard gift shop. Cruisers onboard the ship have said you must go to the guest services desk to get one.
When Royal Caribbean first announced the WOWBands for Quantum of the Seas, the line had planned to charge $2.00, but the surcharge was never implemented and the bands have been free ever since.