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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. 


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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.

Get Your Glow On This Winter: Top 5 Destinations For Winter Sun

Posted by RCI fans on September 23, 2014 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Let’s face it – who wants to think about Winter? The vast majority of us want to hold onto the blue skies, warm sunshine and balmy temperatures for as long as we possibly can. My name is Sally and I’m a travel writer and a former cruise ship worker who spent many years – and thankfully many Winters - away from the ice and cold. Spending time back on my home soil has made me realise just how beneficial a little bit of blue sky and warmth can be for you. With that in mind (and also with the knowledge that it’s only just over ninety days to Christmas) why not cheer yourself up by looking at some of the loveliest destinations for a little late year sunshine? You can read all about them here.


Dark mornings, ice covering the drive way and freezing temperatures that have us wrapped up so tight we can barely move – welcome to winter in England. It seems to come round quicker every year and we dread the long winter season that has us feeling dreary and remembering the sun as only a distant memory.


I know summer has only just began and I am already thinking about where I can get my sun fix when the bleak weather sets in. Some great winter sun deals are starting to circulate in the office, so it is the perfect time to start thinking about a winter break.


I am sure you would agree there is nothing better than jetting off to somewhere hot when everyone else is having to turn on their electric blanket to recover from constant sneezing and dreading the thought of having to step outside. However, whilst the ice thickens in England, elsewhere in the world the sun is at its hottest so here are my top 5 places to cruise to during the winter:



Florida

Known as the sunshine state of America, Florida is one of the friendliest places I have ever been. It is not only the sun that shines bright all day here, the people are extremely welcoming and invite you to enjoy everything this exciting wonderland has to offer.


With miles of sun-soaked beaches, water-front restaurants and an array of unique attractions, Florida is the ultimate adventure playground. With most cruise lines basing their ships in Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Miami during the winter you will be able to choose from an extensive range of different itineraries and ships.


Whether your cruise starts or finishes here you can spend a few days enjoying the fun way of life lived here. Enjoy a day at Miami Aquarium watching incredible shows featuring killer whales and dolphins or take a trip to the Everglades where you will glide over the swamps in a hover boat whilst learning about the distinct wildlife living here.


If it is just the sun you desire, Florida is your perfect haven with its long stretches of heavenly beaches that can reach temperatures of up to 32°c during the winter.


The average temperature in Florida during November – February is 29°c.



 


The Caribbean

Defining paradise, the Caribbean islands are the most blissful destinations in the world that guarantee to take you on the ultimate escape. Picture-perfect beaches with pure white sand, crystal clear waters and swaying palms make these islands the most desired cruise destinations in the world.


Boasting year round hot temperatures, the long days of sunshine will enable you to soak up the scorching temperatures to your hearts content. For the more adventurous you can try snorkelling, para-sailing or jet skiing around these intreguing islands.


A Caribbean cruise will include stops at islands including the Bahamas, St Lucia, Barbados and Antigua. Although all of the islands may look the same, they all have their own unique character that make every stop a new experience.


Known to many as 'the friendly islands' the locals invite you to explore their home and experience everything they have to offer as well as try their traditional dishes and island cooked food.


The average temperature in the Caribbean during November – February is 32°c.



 


Canary Islands

The Canary Islands entice every visitor with their breathtaking landscapes, stunning beaches and tropical way of life. From indulging on tapas on a rooftop restaurant to sunbathing on the heavenly beaches, a trip here will ensure you completely forget about winter.


Tenerife will amaze you with its backdrop of soaring mountains lining the pristine beaches, perfect for lazy days in the sun or family beach activities. Along the way, Lanzarote invites you to explore its volcanoes and black sand beaches. When it’s time to unwind Gran Canaria is bursting with quaint fishing villages and attractive harbours that create the perfect scene for switching off.


For the active cruisers, these islands are home to an array of memorable adventures. From extraordinary snorkelling, exploring the iconic National Parks or rock climbing up one of the famous mountains, there is no shortage of adrenalin-pumping explorations to be had here.


The average temperature in the Canaries during November – February is 24°c.



 


Dubai

A world of its own, Dubai stands ready to show off its luxurious and extravagent lifestyle to everyone. Nowhere in the world exploits the diversity that Dubai does, one minute you are in the middle of an empty dessert, the next you are surrounded by towering buildings. A cocktail of amazing sights, every time you turn you are faced with something that stuns you once again.


Don your explorers hat as you experience adventure after adventure with everything this extraordinary city has to offer. Go skiing in a shopping mall, slide under shark infested waters at the Atlantis waterpark or ride a camel through the enchanted desserts. Not many places in the world can offer the variety of excursions that Dubai does.


As evening sets in the city turns into a magical wonderland with fountain shows, vibrant nightclubs and award-winning beach front restaurants serving up some of the most exquisite dishes you will ever taste.


The average temperature in Dubai during November – February is 32°c.




Hawaii

There is nowhere else in the world quite like Hawaii, this tropical paradise will excite all of your senses as you are welcomed into this fresh, tranquil haven. Crystal clear waters line the dramatic mountains and lush forests, making this island a blissful retreat.


The soothing sounds of volcanoes bubbling away combined with swaying palms are a recipe for the ultimate winter getaway. Along with hot temperatures and warm waters, it has everything you dream of during winter.


It is not only the scenery that is beautiful here, the locals love to share their lifestyle with you. Encouraging you to join in traditional Hawaiian activities and try their iconic island cuisine, it will not be long before you are in full 'Aloha' mode!


This colourful island is home to an array of some of the world’s most intriguing National Parks and plant life. Even if you plan to go on a relaxing getaway, I would definitely recommend a stroll around one of these parks.


The average temperature in the Hawaii during November – February is 26°c.

 


Article written by Sally Grimes of Iglu Cruise.

Quantum of the Seas begins River Ems conveyance

Posted by RCI fans on September 22, 2014 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean's latest ship, Quantum of the Seas has now left the Meyer Weft shipyard.


Quantum of the Seas is now sailing the 32km journey from Papenburg, along the River Ems towards the North Sea. A journey which is scheduled to take 10 hours. 


The conveyance of a new cruise ship is always an exciting, yet sad time for the Meyer Werft shipyard, due to the fact that it will never be physically possible for the ship to return. Mainly due to the shallow depth of the river and the extra weight added to the ship during the outfitting. 


Royal Caribbean have created a great infographic explaining the challenges and obstacles thatface the conveyance of Quantum of the Seas.





Royal Caribbean trademarks 5 new cruise ship names

Posted by RCI fans on September 19, 2014 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Following the naming of Ovation of the Seas yesterday, Royal Caribbean have filed a trademark on five new names, which could be used for future ships. 



 


Spectrum of the Seas, Joy of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, Emblem of the Seas and Apex of the Seas were all submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office on September 15th. In addition, previous trademarked names including Ovation of the Seas, as well as Pulse of the Seas and Passion of the Seas were renewed. 


Royal Caribbean are yet to announce the name of their two new, upcoming Oasis-class vessels and it is likely that these names will be considered.


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