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Special reveal event unveiling game-changing technology on board Quantum of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on August 22, 2014 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean has announced a live streaming telecast, which will unveil game-changing technology on board Quantum of the Seas.


The live-event will take place on Monday 25th August at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany and will be presented by Richard Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. The event will begin at 10am (EST) which will be 3pm in the UK.


Richard Fain will also be accompanied by David Pogue, Yahoo Tech Columnist & host of NOVA ScienceNOW.


Tune into the broadcast by clicking on the image below or visting royalcaribbeanpresscenter.com.



Giant Polar Bear installed on Quantum of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on August 12, 2014 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

It's official, the first passenger on board Quantum of the Seas is......a polar bear! 



Image: Royal Caribbean International


This giant pink sculpture is the creation of Australian artist, Lawrence Argent, who has created similar pieces of work featuring polar bears, rabbits and pandas.


The installation for Quantum of the Seas is called "From Afar" and stands 30 feet tall and has a weight of 8 tons. It is located on the top deck leaning against the SeaPlex and rock climbing wall, looking out to sea. 


Argent's signature style uses triangles and this gigantic sculpture consists of 1,340 of them!


The pink polar bear had to be transported from the fabrication building on barge to Papenburg, where it was then lifted into the air by a crane and placed onto a flatbed truck which then delivered it to the construction hall, ready to be installed onto the ship. 


Lawrence Argent stated, "It will be seen by many, many, many, many people. That's an exhilirating experience for an artist. I've done many projects throughout the world and they're always static in a specific city or venue."

LIVE BROADCAST: Quantum of the Seas float out

Posted by RCI fans on August 5, 2014 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (3)

Quantum of the Seas is expected to be floated out of the Meyer Werft construction hall at 4am UTC on Wednesday 13th August 2014.


We've teamed up with HD1080ide to bring you a LIVE feed direct from Papenburg, Germany of this exciting event!


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Please note that date and time is subject to change. For updates follow us on Twitter with hashtag #QuantumFloats



VIDEO: An Interview with Dream Designs Colchester

Posted by RCI fans on August 5, 2014 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

During our recent visit on board Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas in Harwich on 26th July 2014, we had the opportunity to sit down and interview Harry Cotterill from Dream Designs Colchester.


During the interview, Harry discussed how he started the company, his career highlights and how he draws the cruise ships. He also explained his thoughts on Royal Caribbean and gave some note-worthy advice for first time cruisers. 


You can check out the full interview starring Harry Cotterill and our Founder and Editor, Jordan Bailey, below;


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Make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great cruise videos, including highlights from our Brilliance of the Seas visit. 


We had a great time exploring Brilliance of the Seas and even had the chance to visit the bridge! A full blog post detailing our visit will hopefully be coming soon, as well as some outtakes from the interview!!


It won't be too long until RCI fans and Dream Designs Colchester team up for another event, so stay tuned for more details to come. All that we can say at this stage is it will be BIGGER than before!!

Celebrity Eclipse to get revamp in 2015

Posted by RCI fans on August 1, 2014 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Travel Weekly reports that UK-based Celebrity Eclipse will undergo a refurbishment in April next year when she enters drydock for routine maintenance. 




She will return to her homeport of Southampton on May 9th 2015 with a new dining venue, revamped pool area and an upgraded casino.


The ship’s Cellar Masters wine bar is being transformed into Gastrobar, which will serve more than 40 craft beers.


Nicki Tempest-Mitchell, sales director at Celebrity Cruises, said the bar, which is currently available only on Celebrity Equinox, would become a “trendy and cool place to eat and drink”.


“It will follow the innovation we have in speciality dining venue Qsine, with customers ordering their food and drink on an iPad,” she said. “We will be able to pair food and drink nicely.


“This was only added on Equinox in the past four or five months so it’s very exciting to have it coming to Eclipse too.”


The pool area on the ship is also being transformed with the addition of a frozen drink bar called Slush.


The American-style casino will also become more British with 12 new British-themed slot machines, and American-style roulette wheels being replaced by European-style ones. The cuise line is also installing a private photo studio.

Lifeboats arrive for Quantum of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on July 30, 2014 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (0)

With the float-out of Royal Caribbean's latest vessel, Qauntum of the Seas, expected to be on Saturday 9th August, the ships' lifeboats and tenders are starting to arrive.



Image: schiffsjournal.de / North Sea Man


The futuristic lifeboats are being built at the Fassmer shipyard just outside of Bremen, which is approximately 100km away from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. They are then being transported by inland waterways and expected to arrive in Papenburg on Thursday.


Each lifeboat is 12.5 meters long and 5.4 meters wide. Quantum of the Seas will be outfitted before entering service in November 2014.

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."


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