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Quantum of the Seas arrives into Southampton

Posted by RCI fans on October 29, 2014 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The world's first 'Smart Ship' arrived into the port of Southampton this evening.




The 168,000GT vessel, Quantum of the Seas, arrived at the port at 5pm.


She will stay overnight before heading on a 2 night press sailing on Friday at 5pm. 


She will arive back into Southampton on Sunday 2nd November. Two Royal Caribbean ships will be in port that day, a very rare occurance for Southampton. Quantum of the Seas wll dock at the City Cruise Terminal, whereas Adventure of the Seas will dock at a more unusual location, the Queen Elizabeth II terminal. 


Adventure will sail at 16:30, with Quantum of the Seas sailing just 30 minutes later.


Sunday will also mark Adventure of the Seas' final departure from Southampton, as next year she will be replaced by sister ship, Explorer of the Seas.


Quantum of the Seas will sail to her home port of Bayonne, NJ where her maiden voyage will take place on 23rd November.


Quantum of the Seas' sister ship, Anthem of the Seas, which is due to launch next year, will be based in Southampton. She will take over the role from Independence of the Seas, which is being based year round in America.

Royal Caribbean takes delivery of Quantum of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on October 28, 2014 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean have officially taken delivery of Quantum of the Seas during a special ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany. 



Meyer Werft's Managing Partner, Bernard Meyer successfully handed over the vessel to Royal Caribbean's Chairman and CEO, Richard Fain.


Quantum of the Seas, which is now currently en-route to Southampton, will operate out of Bayonne, NJ offering cruises to the Caribbean.


The official maiden voyage will take place on November 23rd.

Full Quantum of the Seas deck plans released

Posted by RCI fans on October 24, 2014 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

With just over a week to go until the first fare-paying passengers embark Quantum of the Seas in Southampton on November 2nd, Royal Caribbean have finally released the full deck plans for their latest cruise ship.



Fans of Royal Caribbean International will be glad to know that not a single 'More To Come' rectangle remains on the plans and with the new deck plans released, some more unknown features have been revealed.


Quantum of the Seas has plenty of shops on board including famous brands such as; Kielh's beauty products, Michael Kors, Cartier and TAG Heuer. 


The 'Royal Promenade' will not be found on board the Quantum class. Instead the 'Royal Esplanade' will be home to all the main shops and eateries. 


A new addition on board is the La Patisserie, serving coffees and pastries in the French tradition.


Guests favourites such as, Bolero's, Cafe Promenade, Sorrento's and the Schooner Bar can all still be found aboard.


Towards the aft of the ship on Deck 5 is 'The Via' a continuation from the 'Royal Esplanade' which features more elegent boutiques and dining venues. This is where Jamie's Italian can be found as well as Vintages and the art gallery. Also found along 'The Via' is a 'Bvlgari' store as well as a 'Hublot' shop - One of the best Swiss watchmakers in the world. 


'The Via' then leads onto the spectacular 'Two70' venue, which also includes a cafe, the library and the 'Workshop' - A dedicated room for arts and crafts, such as jewelry making and scrapbooking.


To view the new deck plans, click here.

Smart subway for New York in preparation for new smartship

Posted by RCI fans on October 18, 2014 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

In preperation for the arrival of New York's new smart-ship, Quantum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean have revealed that they will be offering guests free WIFI on the MTA Subway. 


Image: Royal Caribbean International


Royal Caribbean will provide superfast WIFI on underground stations across the subway network, promoting the high-speed internet access that will be available on board their new cruise ship. 


Guests on board Quantum of the Seas will be able to stream movies, play with Xbox live players around the globe and stay connected at sea with superfast technology, unlike any other cruise ship on the high seas.


Quantum of the Seas will arrive in New Jersey on 10th November offering cruises to Bermuda and the Caribbean. 


In addition to free WIFI in New York, Royal Caribbean are kicking off a huge campaign raiing awareness of the new smartship, with billboard and digital screen adverts. 


This is not the first time Royal Caribbean have used the New York subway to promote their brand. Back in 2012, Royal Caribbean painted several trains in the shape of a cruise ship, with each carriage having a different theme inside.


Hurricane Gonzalo forces Explorer of the Seas to alter itinerary

Posted by RCI fans on October 17, 2014 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Hurricane Gonzalo, which is currently battering Bermuda, has forced Royal Caribbean to alter Explorer of the Seas' upcoming schedule.


 


The local authority in Bermuda, has asked that all tourists do not attempt to visit the island over then next few days, as the hurricane passes over the island and while the recovery efforts are underway. 


Therefore, Explorer's 18th October sailing from New Jersey, will no longer call at Bermuda and will now visit Halifax, Nova Scotia on Monday 20th October from 7am until 3pm and St. John, New Brunswick on October 21st from 9am, departing 8pm. 


The new itinerary now differs greatly from the original one and Royal Caribbean is asking guests to pack accordingly for the weather, which is significantly colder, than what guest would expect in Bermuda. 


As a gesture of goodwill, Royal Caribbean is providing each stateroom with an undisclosed amount of onboard credit. If guests are unhappy with the changes and would like to cancel their voyage, Royal Caribbean are offering guests a future cruise certificate for 25% of the cruise fare paid for their sailing.


Explorer of the Seas was scheduled to sail a 5-night cruise from New Jersey to Bermuda and back. It is not known if Explorer's 25th October sailing will be affected. 

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Explorer of the Seas to receive new dining options?

Posted by RCI fans on October 17, 2014 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (0)

With Explorer of the Seas scheduled to enter dry dock in March 2015, before heading to the UK, it seems she will also receive additional dining options and the new Dynamic Dining concept. 


In an email sent to guests already booked on board Explorer of the Seas, Royal Caribbean revealed the new options Explorer of the Seas looks set to receive, including Jamie's Italian and Michael's Genuine Pub.


Royal Caribbean Fans to visit Oasis of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on October 10, 2014 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (1)

We are delighted to announce that on 15th October, we'll be touring the gigantic Oasis of the Seas when she makes her maiden call into Southampton. 




Our friends Harry Cotterill and Gavin Pamment from Dream Designs Colchester will also be joining us as we try to tour the entire vessel within just a few short hours. 


Jordan Bailey, Founder and Editor of Royal Caribbean Fans commented on the exciting news: "We are delighted to be partnering with Dream Designs Colchester once again and especially to be part of such a significant event. We can't wait to see Oasis of the Seas berthed in Southampton for the very first time and I'm sure along with Harry and Gavin, it'll be an experience we'll never forget."


Dream Designs Colchester previously joined RCI fans on a ship visit onboard Brilliance of the Seas back in July 2014. 



Once on board, we will explore the main areas of the vessel as well as the new features added during the recent dry dock. Harry will also be presenting his drawing of the Oasis of the Seas on the bridge of the ship. It is hoped that the Captain may be present, but we are still currently awaiting final confirmation from Marshall Bartlett, Staff Captain on board Oasis of the Seas.




You can follow along with our tour using the hashtags #RCIONBOARD and #DDCONBOARD 

Oasis Of The Seas Refurbishment: What's New?

Posted by RCI fans on October 9, 2014 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Oasis of the Seas has nearly completed her drydock period in Rotterdam, where she has spent the last few weeks receiving routine maintenance and refurbishments.




We knew Royal Caribbean were remodelling the main dining room to make way for Dynamic Dining, but it also appears many other new and exciting features have been added, as well as some much loved favourites removed.


Here is a list of all the additional changes, Oasis of the Seas has received. 


Deck 3

  • Opus Dining Room changed to American Icon Grill

Deck 4

  • Opus Dining Room changed to The Grande
  • Izumi added
  • Diamond Club added

Deck 5
  • Opus Dining Room changed to Silk
  • Cupcake Cupboard removed to way for Kate Spade store
  • Focus becomes Michael Kors store
  • Guess store becomes Regalia

Deck 6
  • Seafood Shack becomes Sabor 
  • Boardwalk Bar changes to Sabor Bar
  • Britto store replaces Pets At Sea 
  • Boardwalk Donut Shop renamed Boardwalk Dog House
  • Ice Cream Parlour now called Cups and Scoops
  • Arcade added
  • Diamond Club replaced with staterooms (6593, 6591, 6589, 6587, 6585)
  • Additional inside staterooms added (6279, 6281, 6679, 6681)

Deck 7
  • New staterooms added (7279, 7679)

Deck 8
  • Restrooms near Central Park reduced in size to make way for new cabins (8450, 8452, 8454, 8456)
  • New inside staterooms added near Dazzles (8279, 8679)

Deck 9
  • New staterooms added (9279, 9679)

Deck 10
  • New stateroom added (10279, 10458, 10679)

Deck 11
  • New staterooms added (11279, 11679)
  • Grand Suites added to aft (11330, 11730)
  • Concierge Lounge now includes Wonderland restaurant

Deck 12
  • Grand Suites added to aft (12330, 12730)
  • Royal Suite (12240) replaced with new balcony staterooms (12238, 12240, 12242, 12244, 12246, 1224)
  • Presidential Suite (12640) replaced by two new smaller suites (12638, 1264)
  • Inside staterooms added (12279, 12679)

Deck 14
  • New inside staterooms added (14279, 14679)

Deck 16
  • Windjammer extended to include area once occupied by Izumi

Deck 17
  • Viking Crown Lounge becomes the Suite Lounge and Coastal Kitchen restaurant
  • Pinnacle Lounge converted into a Royal Suite (1701)
  • Pinnacle Chapel becomes a Royal Suite (1758)

It seems the major enhancements during refurbishment are focused on dining, with the addition of eight new dining venues. These will also be launching on Quantum of the Seas in November.

A few new retail outlets have also been added including a Kate Spade store. A famous retailer selling designer fashion and jewellery. It is likely that Kate Spade will also have a store on board the new Quantum class vessels. To make way for the new store, the Cupcake Cupboard has been removed from the ship entirely. 

Unfortuantly, Royal Caribbean have removed the signature Viking Crown Lounge which has featured on their ships since 1970. They have replaced it with a suite lounge as well as the Coastal Kitchen Restaurant. 

TowelWizz: Your must-have cruise accessory

Posted by RCI fans on September 29, 2014 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

We've all experienced it and we've all failed...Trying to get a towel to stay on a sun lounger. No matter how you hang, tuck or fold your towel, it always seems to fall down or blow away. The problem is made worse when at sea on a cruise ship.




Thankfully though, a product called TowelWizz, is helping to make a day at sea or on the beach as relaxing as it should be.


The TowelWizz was created by Annette and her husband after becoming frustrated on holiday by continuously adjusting their towels and stopping them blowing away from their sun loungers.


The machine washable elasticated band is 18 inches long, meaning it can fit around most loungers and chairs. Apart from keeping your towel on your sun lounger, it also has many other practical uses. For instance, the TowelWizz will also help keep a rolled up towel in place, perfect for carrying around in your bag on shore excursions to the beach. Or how about wrapping it around your suitcase to easily stand out from the crowd at the airport baggage hall or cruise terminal! Not only can it do all that, but it can also keep your books and personal belongs like hats, lotion and glasses secured to your lounger. The uses are truly endless.


With a wide range of colours to choose from such as royal blue, polka-dot pink and aqua, the TowelWizz is not only practical, but looks great too.


You can purchase the TowelWizz online from just £4.99!

Coast guard rescues woman after falling from Grandeur of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on September 28, 2014 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

According to NBC Washington, a 58-year-old woman has been rescued by the U.S Coast Guard after falling from Grandeur of the Seas late Saturday.




The U.S. Coast Guard said a crewmember aboard the Grandeur of the Seas contacted them around 10 pm. They launched a rescue boat from Coast Guard Station St. Inigoes, located in southern Maryland on the west side of the Chesapeake Bay.


After being transported to the Point Lookout Marina, she was then airlifted to the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.


There has been no update on her condition or how the incident occured.


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