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|Posted by RCI fans on April 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM||comments (0)|
Following the news that Quantum of the Seas will be cruising out of China in 2015, Royal Caribbean has decided to change their original 2015 ship deployments.
Anthem of the Seas, which was due to sail from Ft Lauderdale during the 2015 winter season, will now head for New York offering cruises to the Caribbean and Bahamas. With this alteration, Royal Caribbean have substituted Navigator of the Seas to replace Anthem of the Seas sailing from the South Florida port.
Navigator will offer six- and eight-night Western Caribbean sailings from Port Everglades, joining Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas as well as Independence of the Seas, which will begin to offer year-round four- and five night cruises starting November 2015.
Ships sailng from North America during 2015 winter season;
Adventure of the Seas (San Juan)
Allure of the Seas (Fort Lauderdale)
Anthem of the Seas (New York)
Brilliance of the Seas (Boston)
Enchantment of the Seas (Port Canaveral)
Freedom of the Seas (Port Canaveral)
Grandeur of the Seas (Baltimore)
Independence of the Seas (Fort Lauderdale)
Jewel of the Seas (San Juan)
Liberty of the Seas (Galverston)
Majesty of the Seas (Miami)
Navigator of the Seas (Fort Lauderdale)
Oasis of the Seas (Fort Lauderdale)
Serenade of the Seas (Fort Lauderdale)
Vision of the Seas (Tampa)
|Posted by RCI fans on April 16, 2014 at 6:00 PM||comments (1)|
Royal Caribbean has revealed that it will be sending its latest ship, Quantum of the Seas to China in May 2015.
Quantum of the Seas which will sail out of New Jersey, NY for the winter season, will be repositioned to China for the summer season, where she will join fleet-mates Mariner and Voyager of the Seas.
"Consumers in China have grown to expect the best the world has to offer, and Quantum of the Seas meets that standard like no other ship," said Adam Goldstein, President and COO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. "We are ready to accelerate the growth of this vital market with a ship that will capture the imagination of travelers looking for a one-of-a-kind vacation experience."
"Every trend we are seeing in China tells us we can achieve real long-term competitive advantage and appealing returns on our investments in this fast-growing market by accelerating our presence there," Goldstein said. "We will have to be nimble, but the ability to move fast is one of our strengths."
Goldstein said the company was able to make the move because its new-ship pipeline will keep the New York region supplied with top-rate ships as well.
"We are very mindful of the importance of New York, which is why we are bringing Liberty of the Seas and then Anthem of the Seas to this market."
The ship will sail three- to eight-night itineraries year-round from Shanghai to Japan and Korea.
Liberty of the Seas will arrive to Cape Liberty for the summer and autumn 2015 season, sailing to Bermuda, the Caribbean, and Canada and New England. Anthem of the Seas will complete her inaugural Europe season from Southampton, before sailing to Cape Liberty in November 2015 offering cruises to the Bahamas and Caribbean for the winter 2015-16 season.
|Posted by RCI fans on April 16, 2014 at 12:45 PM||comments (0)|
1. Virtual Balconies - If given the choice between having a balcony or inside stateroom, the majority of people would choose a balcony. However for a lot of people this may be out of their price range. Thankfully Royal Caribbean have come up with a solution – bring the balcony inside. These new-concept staterooms feature a floor to ceiling video wall which plays a live feed from a camera mounted on the outside of the ship!
2. Dynamic Dining - The concept of eating when you want, where you want was first pioneered by Norwegian Cruise Lines, but in true Royal Caribbean style, they've taken it to the next level. For one of the first times ever, they'll be no main dining room, instead 4 large individual venues specialising in various cuisine, including Asian, American, Contemporary and Formal.
3. Speciality Restaurants - Speaking of dining options, Quantum of the Seas will offer some of the most diverse and largest options afloat. The ship will feature “Wonderland” serving unusual, imaginative and not-so-traditional food! Suite guests will be able to dine in their own private restaurant. There will also still be all the Royal Caribbean favourites such as Chops Grille and Izumi.
4. SeaPlex - This multi-purpose complex features bumper cars, roller skating, a circus school with flying trapeze, basketball court, badminton and table tennis. There's pretty much nothing you can't do here – There's even a DJ booth which lowers down from the ceiling!
5. Ripcord by iFly - Your friends may not believe you when you return from your cruise saying you went skydiving on a cruise ship! Ripcord by iFly allows you to experience the thrill of skydiving in safe and controlled way.
6. North Star - If you're afraid of heights, this feature may be one to miss. A glass capsule, inspired by the London Eye, elevates you 300 feet above the sea, giving you perfect views of the sea and ship below!
7. Two70 - Quantum of the Seas is all about delivering the WOW and when I saw this venue for the first time, that is exactly what I said. Another multi-purpose venue, this entertainment lounge is located at the very aft of the ship and features giant 3-storey windows offering a 270° view! This lounge is also home to spectacular aerial acrobat shows during the evening and the windows magically turn into a video wall offering moving backdrops. If that isn't enough technological marvel, then giant robotic arms with several 100-inch screens will move in time with music and choreography during shows! WOW!
8. Mamma Mia! - Royal Caribbean has always been known for its amazing entertainment. Hairspray*, Chicago, Saturday Night Fever and CATS* are performed on select ships in the fleet and are all full Broadway productions. Mamma Mia will feature on board Quantum, which will surely have guests 'super-trouping' in the aisles!
9. Celebrity Chefs - Quantum will feature 2 celebrity chef restaurants, Michael Schwartz's “Michael's Genuine Pub” serving up traditional pub fare, and “Jamie's Italian” by Jamie Oliver.
10. Music Hall - This stylish and sophisticated venue, transports you back to the days when Rock and Roll and Swing was king! This is the perfect place to dance and listen to live music by resident musicians and acts.
So what are you most looking forward to on Quantum of the Seas?
Michael Poole (@mpoole3) says he's most excited about being in total control of his dining experience.
Millie Sloan thinks there is so much to do on there, She'd look forward to just being on the ship!
Leave a comment about the thing you can't wait to see on board Quantum of the Seas! There are still so many other features we haven't mentioned.
*CATS will replace Hairspray on board Oasis of the Seas in October 2014.
|Posted by RCI fans on April 6, 2014 at 6:30 AM||comments (0)|
A norovirus outbreak on board Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas has been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Approximately 6% of guests and crew have fallen ill on the Vision-class ship which departed on an 8-night cruise to the Bahamas from Baltimore, Maryland on 28th March. Passengers reported symptoms of vomitting and diarrhea, commonly associated with the norovirus.
In response to the outbreak, Royal Caribbean are taking several actions to prevent another outbreak on the ship including;
|Posted by RCI fans on April 5, 2014 at 10:05 AM||comments (0)|
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|Posted by RCI fans on April 5, 2014 at 9:15 AM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean has announced that the musical CATS will feature on board Oasis of the Seas after her refurbishment in October 2014. Andrew Lloyd Weber's Broadway musical CATS, which is based on T.S. Eliot's “Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats,” was one of the longest running productions on Broadway and is the winner of numerous awards including seven Tonys, two Oliviers and a Grammy.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Really Useful Group to bring one of the world’s most beloved musicals to Oasis of the Seas,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Executive Vice President, Operations, Royal Caribbean International. “Adding CATS to our already amazing line up of Broadway musicals such as Hairspray, Chicago: The Musical, Saturday Night Fever and Mamma Mia exemplify our commitment to bringing top quality entertainment to our guests at no extra cost.”
CATS will replace the current musical onboard Oasis of the Seas, Hairspray, which has been performed since the ship first launched back in December 2009.
|Posted by RCI fans on April 5, 2014 at 8:45 AM||comments (0)|
We arrived into the port of Dover at 8:30am. The weather was rather dull. Dover is not a very affluent town, despite its many marvellous and grand buildings. The cruise terminal occupies the old Dover Western train station, which closed in the 1990's. Walking through the grandeur of the former station was one of the most unique, yet eerie experiences of the trip.
A private shuttle service operates from the port to the town centre and castle. A return to the town costs £3, whilst a return to the castle costs £4. The town centre has a variety of chain stores and local businesses. I had a walk through the town looking in the shops, before a drink in Wetherspoons, using the free Wi-Fi. Back on board, I spent the remainder of the afternoon packing the suitcase ready for disembarkation the next day.
Tonight was our last evening meal on board. This evening, I had a beef consommé, chicken breast filled with ham and swiss cheese, and a heavenly chocolate éclair for dessert!
The final show of the cruise was 'We Will Rock You', a unique twist on Queen's hits. The show was ok, but it certainly was not the best we had seen over the 10 nights.
After the show, I headed to the Discovery Theatre at 9:45pm to catch the evening film, Disney's Frozen. It was a great film for all ages, with a fantastic soundtrack.
After the film, I headed back to the cabin, put the last items in the case, and placed the cases outside just before midnight.
|Posted by RCI fans on April 4, 2014 at 7:15 PM||comments (0)|
After waking up earlier than usual at 8am, we headed for breakfast once again in the Lido Buffet. The weather looked very uninviting with fog and rain greeting us. I decided to wait until the rain eased off a little, but it was clear it would not be stopping any time soon. I decided to head ashore to St Peter Port.
The town has a unique mix of English and French architecture. The walk from the harbour jetty to the town centre is just a short walk and the main street features a variety of UK shops and local cafés. After spending as long as I possibly could staying dry in various shops, I headed back to the harbour, to catch the tender back to the ship.
By the time I arrived back on board, it was approaching 1pm, so we headed to the buffet for lunch. Delicious golden fish and chips were being served.
Tonight was formal night and the farewell 'Baked Alaska Parade'. It was a fantastic meal and our waiter, Phyo, demonstrated his amazing towel folding skills and produced two fabulous peacocks using a wine glass.
Tonight's show was called 'Around the World' and featured songs for all different countries and cultures, including Irish, Italian, Turkish and of course, British. It was a fantastic production and included some very tricky dance moves.
Tomorrow is our last day on board and we will be docked in Dover from 8:30am until 5pm, when we will set sail back for Hull.
|Posted by RCI fans on April 4, 2014 at 7:15 PM||comments (0)|
We did not wake up until twenty to ten this morning, which meant we would miss breakfast. Instead of getting a tender ticket, I decided to wait until demand for the tenders had decreased. There was a break in operation from 12 till 1, as a ferry would be arriving in the harbour. This made an ideal time to have lunch in the Severn Continents restaurant. I had some delicious mozzarella croquettes with plum tomato sauce. For the main course, I choose leg of chicken with mash, vegetables, and gravy. Dessert was strawberry ice-cream.
After lunch, demand for the tenders had decreased, so I jumped on the next tender and headed ashore. The ship was not using its own tender boats for this port of call, as the drop off area was unsuitable. There was no landing pontoon, just a series of steps that we moored alongside.
As the boat pulled away in the crystal blue waters, the mvDiscovery glistened in the sun. The image reminded me of the Caribbean and it certainly did not feel like we were just a few miles from the English coast.
Once on land, I walked around the quaint main street, before taking in the beautiful views of a bay filled with rock pools and wildlife.
After spending roughly an hour and a half ashore, I ventured back on a very full tender. Passengers seated at the rear of the boat were even treated to the sight of a dolphin swimming by.
As evening came, we had another fantastic dinner in the restaurant, before making our way to the Carousel show lounge, for the evening's show time – Bruce Thomson, a one-man band performing songs, magic and comedy.
After the show, an important announcement was made across the ship. A medical evacuation by helicopter would take place at the aft of deck 6. A passenger had fallen seriously ill during dinner, and guests were told not to venture onto open decks and that due to this, the Discovery Lounge would be closed. If guests were still seated in the restaurant or Carousel show lounge, they were advised to stay seated. The evacuation meant that the 'Give Us A Clue' game show, which was scheduled to be held in the Discovery Lounge, had to be moved into the show lounge. We decided to watch the show team play a game of charades, with two of our table companions Roz and Marlene. The helicopter approached the ship at 2120 and 10 minutes later, we were allowed access to the open decks and the Discovery Lounge.
Tomorrow, we will anchor at St Peter Port in Guernsey at 0730 and depart at 1700.
|Posted by RCI fans on April 2, 2014 at 9:40 AM||comments (0)|
After being woken up by our cabin attendant at 8am again, we headed down for breakfast, just as the ship was mooring into Dublin. We had pre-booked a sightseeing tour of the city through Cruising Excursions, so we disembarked the ship just after 10am. There was a long line of guests waiting for the free shuttle to take us into the city, thankfully the line quickly moved as each bus could hold 78 passengers.
After the 30 minute journey, passing The O2, Custom House and Trinity College, we arrived on Kildare Street, just around the corner from Nassau Street, where the nearest sightseeing tour stop is located.
The tour took approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes and covered the main sights to see in Dublin including Trinity College, Christchurch Cathedral, the famous Guinness Storehouse, Glasnevin Cemetery and Botanical Gardens, Croke Park Stadium and of course O'Connell Street. Our guide Anne, was very informative and explained all the sights and history as we drove past them. We even briefly witnessed a military funeral take place, whilst at Glasnevin Cemetery. The bus drove into the graveyard and was forced to park up as a procession of military vehicles following a casket draped under an Irish flag slowly passed by. Although there are now many visitors that come to view the cemetery every day, it was quite disrespectful to bring a bus into the graveyard, especially when a funeral is taking place. It couldn't have been nice for the family, with all these tourists taking photos from the large double-decker bus.
We decided to get off the tour at O'Connell Street to grab some lunch before we got back to the ship. The size of the street and the architecture is very impressive, especially the GPO building.
After lunch, we jumped on the closest city sightseeing bus, which would take us back to Nassau Street, where we boarded. City Sightseeing tickets can be used for unlimited trips for 2 days, so if you are spending a weekend in the city, it is a great way to get around and visit the sights as hop on and hop off.
We caught the bus back to the ship at 2pm. The last bus back to the ship was 1430, ready for sail away at 1545. Once we arrived back on board, it was just a short wait until afternoon tea. Today they served a delicious white chocolate mousse cake.
Later that evening, was a British themed dinner, serving beef sirloin with Yorkshire pudding and tasty gravy. For dessert, there was a fantastic honeycomb cake.
The show tonight was called Rock 'n' Roll Dreams and the production team performed all the 50's and 60's rock and roll classics.
Tomorrow, we will arrive at the charming St Mary's on the Isles of Scilly at 9am and depart at 6pm.