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Royal Caribbean to create new tour company

Posted by RCI fans on June 26, 2014 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean has revealed to Seatrade Insider plans to create a new tour company specialising in land tours around the globe.

 


The company, to be called TourTrek, is still in formation, but Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has named John Weis, its former vice president of global tour operations, to oversee development of the company.

 

Royal Caribbean already offers guests thousands of tours in hundreds of destinations, however TourTrek will be exclusively for the Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises brands, allowing more dedicated and unique tours to be arranged.


In a statement, Royal Caribbean revealed TourTrek will operate in 90 countries. Royal Caribbean went on to describe TourTrek as a technology company that will be wholly owned by RCCL.


Further details about the company will be annouced in the coming months, explained Royal Caribbean.

RCI fans to visit Brilliance of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on June 19, 2014 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

We are very excited to announce that we have teamed up with our friends over at Dream Designs Colchester for a special ship visit on board Royal Caribbean's beautiful Brilliance of the Seas. 




The visit will take place a month today on July 26th 2014 on board Brilliance of the Seas at Harwich International Port.


Founder and Editor of Royal Caribbean Fans, Jordan Bailey, will be meeting Harry Cotterill, President and Managing Director of Dream Designs Colchester along with Gavin Pamnent, Chief Photographer, before heading over to Harwich International Port just before 10:30am. 


Once on board, we will explore the main areas of the ship, especially some of the venues we missed on our visit last year, including some of the specialty restaurants. During the tour, we also hope to locate Harry's fabulous drawing of Brilliance of the Seas which he presented to the Captain during his last visit on July 27th 2013. You can keep up to date with the search using #WheresHarrysDrawing.




Jordan commented on the event stating: "We're so excited to be visiting the beautiful Brilliance of the Seas again. It's a pleasure to be attending with Dream Designs Colchester and we look forward to exploring some of the venues we missed on our previous visit last year. We thank Harry and Royal Caribbean International for making this all possible!"


Whilst touring Brilliance of the Seas, we aim to take multiple photos and videos which we will be posting on our Facebook and YouTube pages after the event. The tour will conclude by having lunch on board. 



Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester, said: "We are thrilled to be working together with our friends at Royal Caribbean Fans and truly delighted that they are able to join us for our ship visit aboard Brilliance of the Seas in Harwich next month!"


He further added: "Our thanks of course have to go to the Captain and crew of Royal Caribbean International's Brilliance of the Seas for agreeing to welcome us back again aboard."


To keep up to date with our visit, follow @RCI_fans and @HarryCotterill on Twitter or by using hashtags #rcionboard #WheresHarrysDrawing and #DreamDesignsColchester. 


Alternatively, we'll also be posting several images on our Instagram account, @rci_fans.

Royal Caribbean to leave New Orleans

Posted by RCI fans on June 11, 2014 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean has announced they will not be sending a ship to New Orleans for the Winter 2015-16 season.


Image: Royal Caribbean


Janet Diaz, Royal Caribbean spokeswoman, made this comment regarding the decision, "At this time, we do not have any ships planned for New Orleans in the winter 2015-16 season once Serenade of the Seas departs in April 2015."


Serenade of the Seas offers seven-night cruises to the Caribbean and the Bahamas.

Fire causes $68,000 damage on Anthem of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on June 6, 2014 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (1)

According to Cruise Critic, a fire broke out on board Anthem of the Seas yesterday, 5th June.


Image: Meyer Werft


The fire has caused around $68,000 worth of damage and the origin of the fire is believed to have been a cabin located on Deck 3. 


The production area was immediately evacuated and the fire was controlled and extinguished.


A statement from Royal Caribbean said: "Two people were treated for slight smoke poisoning at a hospital in Papenburg, no one else was harmed.


"Approximately EUR50,000 worth of damage has been reported. The fire originated from a cabin on deck 3, however a cause has not yet been established."

Giant Anthem of the Seas section floated out

Posted by RCI fans on June 1, 2014 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (1)

A giant 120-metre section of Anthem of the Seas was floated out of the construction hall at Meyer Werft on Sunday. The impressive sight was captured by InselVideo and offered the first true glimpse and scale of the Quantum class ships.

Image: InselVideo


Independence of the Seas detained by Norwegian officials

Posted by RCI fans on May 22, 2014 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Independence of the Seas has been detained by Norwegian officials in Ålesund.




Royal Caribbean had failed to pay pilot and security fees for several cruises in 2013, amounting to NOK 600,000 ($101,000) These fees should have been paid in October.

Cruise lines use shipping agents to manage their administrative tasks. It is these companies who pay port authorities on behalf of cruise lines.

As a result the Norwegian port authority detained the vessel, until payment was made.

The captain contacted Royal Caribbean immediately and within an hour, payment was made.

The ship has now been released by authorities.

57 night 'Global Odyssey' for Quantum of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on May 19, 2014 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean has today announced Quantum of the Seas' repositioning voyage from Bayonne, NJ to Shanghai, China.




The 57-night  'Quantum Global Odyssey' will call at some of the top cosmopolitan cities in the world, including Barcelona, Dubai and Singapore, as it sails on its nearly 2-month, epic journey around the world. 


The ship will leave New Jersey on May 2nd 2015 and traverse the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Arabian Gulf and the Indian Ocean.


For those unable to do the entire 57-night voyage, guests can choose among six other sailings along the way ranging from three- to 16-night itineraries. 


The Quantum Global Odyssey will go on sale from May 20th 2014 for Crown and Anchor members and 22nd May for the general public. 

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Royal Caribbean to host 2014 World Cup Party at Sea

Posted by RCI fans on May 12, 2014 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean International has annouced today a partnership with Coca-Cola to bring the excitement of the most prestigious football competition in the world to its fleet.



Image: Royal Caribbean International

The cruise line will host the official Coca-Cola Party at Sea to celebrate the 2014 FIFA World Cup and will broadcast all of the games at the official screening party hosted by Coca-Cola, in public viewing areas and in-stateroom televisions.


“Royal Caribbean is proud to partner with The Coca-Cola Company to host their Party at Sea,” said Nick Weir, Vice President, Entertainment, Royal Caribbean International. “We know how important this event is to our guests and we are certain that even casual football fans will enjoy the experience of watching the competition onboard our ships.”


Throughout Royal Caribbean cruises in June and July, guests will benefit from additional family activities, Adventure Ocean activities, giveaways and more for everyone to enjoy during their holiday – free of charge. Limited edition Coca-Cola football themed souvenir cups will accompany the purchase of any all-inclusive soft-drinks beverage package.

Royal Caribbean orders 4th Oasis ship

Posted by RCI fans on May 9, 2014 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean announced today that it has agreed with STX France to move forward on the order of a fourth Oasis-class ship for delivery in 2018. Royal Caribbean's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard D. Fain and President and Chief Operating Officer Adam Goldstein, along with STX France Chief Executive Officer Laurent Castaing, announced the planned ship order at the keel-laying ceremony for the third Oasis-class ship at the STX shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. 



"The Oasis Class was a revolution in maritime design when it was launched in 2009. Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas continue to be in a class by themselves both in terms of guest satisfaction and financial returns. Today's announcement is a reflection of their success," said Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. "We are thrilled to announce the order of a fourth Oasis-class ship during the keel-laying milestone of the third. This announcement is also a testament to the men and women of STX France who have worked so hard and so cooperatively on Oasis III. Known for pushing the boundaries and as part of the cruise line's continuous improvement mantra, Oasis III will be approximately 20 percent more energy efficient than Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, which already are the most energy efficient cruise ships in the world. The fourth Oasis-class ship will further build on that efficiency. 


"We are very excited that Royal Caribbean has agreed to move forward with a fourth Oasis-class ship demonstrating their confidence in STX France to construct the most superior cruise ships in the world," said Laurent Castaing, Chief Executive Officer, STX France. "We look forward to advancing the efficiencies of our ship building process to produce the most innovative ships that vacationers have come to expect from Royal Caribbean."

The keel laying of the third Oasis-class ship marks an important milestone in the development of the ship, as it signifies the beginning of its physical construction. During the ceremony, a 1,000-ton block measuring 32-ft by 154-ft was lifted by crane into the building dock. Newly minted coins were placed under the keel and will stay in place there until the end of the ship's construction. Once the ship is near to completion, the coins are retrieved and presented to the ship's Captain and crew to be placed onboard the ship. According to maritime tradition, the coins are said to bring luck to the ship during its construction process and then to its Captain and crew when she is sailing out at sea. Still to be named, the third Oasis-class ship will be delivered in spring 2016.

Legend of the Seas heads for Australia in 2015

Posted by RCI fans on May 7, 2014 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (1)

Royal Caribbean has announced that Legend of the Seas will be calling Australia its home for the 2015/16 winter season.




The ship will sail on cruises out of Brisbane, making the city the second Australian homeport for Royal Caribbean, after Sydney.


This latest announcement brings the number of Royal Caribbean vessels sailing from Australia in 2015 up to four. These include Voyager of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas, all sailing from Sydney.


At 70,000GT, Legend of the Seas is one of the largest ships able to navigate the Brisbane River.


"We are thrilled to announce our first program of cruises from Brisbane,"said Gavin Smith, Royal Caribbean's regional vice-president for Asia and the Pacific.


The move "represents another major investment by Royal Caribbean in the Australian cruise market."


Legend of the Seas will arrive in Brisbane in December 2015 for a five-month season, visiting ports of call such as Cairns and Airlie Beach.

 

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