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|Posted by RCI fans on March 4, 2014 at 9:45 AM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean have been very quiet about the dining features on board Quantum of the Seas, but all that is about to change very shortly!
A special 'reveal' event is expected to be held on March 26th in New York City in front of the press and selected Diamond+ and Pinnacle members.
Royal Caribbean promised that Quantum of the Seas would have "the most flexible dining options and more specialty restaurants than ever before."
It is likely that Chops Grille and Giovanni's, both favourites with guests, will make a return to Quantum of the Seas. The ship will also see the addition of a new Mexican restaurant called Sabor, which debuted on Navigator of the Seas earlier this year.
There are also many rumors about a Celebrity chef restaurant on board.
|Posted by RCI fans on March 2, 2014 at 4:10 PM||comments (0)|
Cruises are all about having a great time and enjoying yourself, but a bunch of 'young adults' on board Adventure of the Seas may have taken it too far.
In this video below, originally brought to my attention by the Cruise Chatter With CruiseDivaNJ Facebook group, the boys can be seen pranking passengers and annoying fellow guests.
While some of their unruly behaviour can be classed as harmless fun, such as dangling a thread down onto a guest below, or pretending to fall down the stairs, the boys 'overstep' the mark on several occasions.
Ok, lets fast-forward to 1:25 in the video. It's 2am and imagine your in the stateroom below these people, when all of a sudden you are woken up by the sound of falling objects. Max and Luke can be seen throwing candy and ice cubes over the side of the ship, aiming at the balcony below. What would you do if you were those innocent guests in the stateroom below?
At 7:08, they can be seen moving trash cans into the elevators, claiming to provide a 'more convenient place' for them. This incident actually reminds me of our cruise on board Adventure of the Seas in May 2013, when we witnessed two young boys dragging armchairs into the lifts.
Like the majority of cruise lines, Royal Caribbean has a clear Guest Conduct Policy. This policy allows misbehaving guests to be disembarked at the next port of call. Here is a brief summary of the policy, which the guests in the video clearly broke:
"placing materials anywhere on the interior of the ship (including stateroom doors, along corridors, etc.) which may be deemed by ship management as inappropriate."
Failure to act in accordance with this policy, or if a guest's presence onboard creates a concern for safety or security, may result in:
Please enjoy your next cruise and have a great time, thats what cruising is all about at the end of the day, but please DO NOT repeat the behaviour seen in this video.
|Posted by RCI fans on February 27, 2014 at 1:35 PM||comments (0)|
Reports of an abnormal vibration on board Azamara Journey, has lead maintenance crew to discover a damaged propeller.
Image: Azamara Club Cruises
Further inspection of the propeller, forced Azamara to cancel the current sailing and has since had to cancel the 3rd March cruise.
The Azamara Journey is operating as normal, but sailing at a reduced speed. The ship is expected to arrive in Kyoto on February 28th, where passengers will be met by Azamara’s President and CEO, Larry Pimentel, and Bert Van Middendorp, Vice President of Operations.
When the ship docks on 28th February, guests will remain on board the ship until March 2nd, where they will be flown to Shanghai and provided hotels for the night.
The Azamara Journey was originally scheduled to disembark in Shanghai on March 3rd, but this sailing has had to be cancelled, so that maintenance can be carried out.
|Posted by RCI fans on February 27, 2014 at 1:35 PM||comments (0)|
Cruises on board Royal Caribbean's latest ship, Anthem of the Seas, went on sale to its Crown and Anchor members on Wednesday 26th February.
The sister ship to Quantum of the Seas, will launch in April 2015, sailing from Southampton in the summer season, and Fort Lauderdale for the winter season.
The ship will operate various itineraries ranging from short 3- and 4-night 'taster' cruises up to 16-night Mediterranean itineraries.
A 3-night taster cruise from Southampton to Brugge and Le Havre starts at £399. If you're wanting a longer cruise, 14-night cruise in July 2015 costs £1599.
|Posted by RCI fans on February 25, 2014 at 1:25 PM||comments (1)|
The mammoth vessel, Allure of the Seas, has entered drydock for the first time since her launch in 2010.
Allure of the Seas, part of the Oasis-class of ships, had been suffering from propulsion problems since early November 2013.
William D. Baumgartner, senior vice president of Marine Operations for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. explained, "While Allure could have continued to sail at a reduced rate of speed, we felt it was important to fix the problem as soon as possible. We explored numerous repair options. Unfortunately, there was no satisfactory solution that did not involve taking the ship temporarily out of service."
The ship is currently undergoing repairs to her azipods at the Grand Bahama Shipyard, in Freeport, Bahamas.
|Posted by RCI fans on February 12, 2014 at 5:55 PM||comments (0)|
For 2014, Royal Caribbean are offering a fantastic opportunity to take in some of the most culturally intriguing destinations in Northern Europe, including an overnight stay overlooking the magnificent neoclassical architecture of St Petersburg, for which the city is renowned. Sailing on board the newly renovated Brilliance of the Seas, this truly is a voyage of discovery - both of the exciting new features and amenities onboard Brilliance, and of the remarkable sights and spectacular scenery of Scandinavia. Here are the wonderful ports you’ll visit whilst enjoying this journey through the Baltic Sea:
If you’ve never visited Copenhagen before, you may be surprised! Despite being Denmark’s capital, the city is remarkably small, cozy, and compact, with a charming intimate town atmosphere, as opposed to the busy, bustling nature of a major city. If you stand in the Inner City district, between the waterfront and the picturesque lakes, you’re rewarded with a view that is very much reminiscent of a historic village, with narrow, cobbled streets and colourful houses - it can sometimes be difficult to remember you’re in the most important city in Denmark!
Like the UK, Denmark’s tourism is greatly boosted by the Royal family, and parts of the Royal residence, Amalienborg, can be viewed and toured daily. If you have visited Copenhagen before, and are familiar with the main sights in the city, including the Little Mermaid statue down on the waterfront, you may wish to venture a little further afield on this trip. Just north of the city, you’ll find stunning beaches in Charlottenlund, and if you fancy a trip over to Malmö, Sweden, it’s just a quick jaunt across the 5 mile long Øresund Bridge.
Stockholm, Sweden, is much more lively and city-like, in terms of both atmosphere and aesthetics, than Copenhagen. Despite it being evidently much more urban, it is, perhaps, one of Northern Europe’s most beautiful big cities, with more than half of the area dedicated to waterways and lush, green spaces such as parks, such as Hagaparken and Bellevueparken - great places for both kids and adults. One of the most fascinating features of Stockholm is how the city really divides itself between old and new - becoming one of the most modern and contemporary destinations in Northern Europe whilst still maintaining much of its old world charm. Sergels Torg is a prime example of how the city is very much ahead of its time, with the glass obelisk, dancing fountains, and designer stores and restaurants. However, just across the river is the Gamla Stan - the Old Town - where it’s cobbled streets, tiny, independent stores, and the historic Royal Palace. A place of contrasts, it’s hard not to fall in love with Stockholm.
Arriving into port in Helsinki, Finland’s capital, can be somewhat confusing! Nestled between Sweden and Russia, the city is very much a combination of both. In fact, the history of Helsinki is truly intriguing. Established by the Swedes, the name Helsinki derives from the Swedish province of Hälsingland. However, unhappy with the undeniable Swedish influence in the city, Alexander I of Russia rebuilt Helsinki using the same architectural design - neoclassical - that was common throughout Russia. The Helsinki we see today is a true blend of Finnish, Swedish, and Russian influences, and you can learn more about this fascinating history at the National Museum of Finland, right in the heart of the city. If you’re interested in exploring some of Helsinki’s islands, be sure to head to Pihlajasaari, just to the south. When the weather is nice, the beaches here are a hotspot for locals and tourists alike, often considered the place to see be seen.
St Petersburg, Russia
Undoubtedly the highlight of the voyage, an overnight stop in St Petersburg is an experience you will never forget. Russia is perhaps one of the most mysterious and historic countries in the world and a visit here is like stepping into a completely different world. In the daytime, simply strolling around, gazing at the neo-classical architecture, exhibiting a blend of European and Asian influences (check out the Church of the Saviour on Blood for a prime example), is enough to fill an entire day, but be sure to make time for the other must-do activities here. A wander down the Nevsky Prospekt is great for picking up some authentic Russian vodka, and there are also opportunities to paint your own Russian nesting dolls - a fantastic experience for kids. The beauty of this itinerary is that, as your ship docks overnight, you can even head out to the Mariinsky Theatre to watch a beautiful ballet performance from some of the world’s most talented performers.
A little note about visiting St Petersburg - all passengers are required to have a visa for entry. You can apply for a personal visa in advance of your trip. Alternatively, you can also book an excursion through Royal Caribbean, as you will then be included on a group visa. If you’re travelling with others, you may even wish to arrange a chauffeur through the cruise line - you’ll still be included on the group visa, but you can see the city at your own pace.
Despite being located just 43 miles south of Helsinki, across the Baltic Sea, there is a definite Bavarian atmosphere in Tallinn that makes it very fairytale-esque. If you climb Toompea hill and gaze out of the city, you will see just how beautiful and magical Tallinn really is, overlooking the Soviet turrets that turn each building into something from the Disney movies. Alternatively, head up to the observation desk at the Tallinn TV Tower for amazing views that reach right across to Finland on a clear day. Pirita Beach, on the shores of Tallinn Bay, is a great place to relax if the weather is nice, while the secret tunnels are excellent for taking shelter from the rain. The tunnels winding beneath Toompea Hill are surrounded in mystery and intrigue, and, having been built in the 17th century to protect against Russian invasion, they certainly have some stories to tell!
There is nowhere better for your last port of call on this busy and exhilarating journey than Visby, Sweden. Located on the popular holiday island of Gotland, this chilled out, relaxed town is perfect for taking some downtime after racing around city after city. There’s actually very little to do in Visby, but that’s its charm. Be sure to take your camera with you, as the harbour and the city walls are beautiful. If you’ve visited this historic town before, it’s well worth taking a shuttle to nearby Faro to unwind on some of the most luxurious beaches in Northern Europe - very few tourists make it this far so it’s considered to be a real hidden gem.
With four sea days included in your itinerary, there’s plenty of opportunities to explore the newly renovated Brilliance of the Seas. If you’ve travelled on Brilliance in the past, here are some of the new features you’ll find when you sail on this magnificent ship in the future:
* New restaurants and bars including Giovanni’s Table and R Bar
* Royal Babies and Tots Nursery
* A gigantic outdoor movie screen overlooking the pool
* A brand new Concierge Club for suite guests
Along with these new additions, you can still find all the Royal Caribbean favourites, including the Windjammer Cafe, Adventure Ocean, and the Starquest Nightclub.
If you’re looking for a holiday that is more on-the-go than your typical beach getaway, then this is the cruise for you. Packed full of rich culture, delicious cuisine, fascinating people, and beautiful sights, this is a fantastic Scandinavia & Russia itinerary for 2014.
For more information, visit Bolsover Cruise Club.
|Posted by RCI fans on February 11, 2014 at 11:35 AM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean has unveiled a selection of itineraries that Anthem of the Seas will sail to in summer 2015.
Anthem will embark on 20 voyages from Southampton in 2015 from 3-night cruises up to 16-nights. As Anthem is a brand new and revolutionary ship for the UK market, there is a strong focus on 'taster' cruises, designed to attract new cruisers.
Due for delivery in Spring 2015, Anthem of the Seas' itineraries, will go on sale from 3rd March 2014 and 26th February for Crown and Anchor members.
Her first cruise from Southampton will depart on 22nd April 2015 before heading of to Fort Laurdersale for the winter months.
Highlights of the many itineraries include:
|Posted by RCI fans on February 6, 2014 at 5:40 PM||comments (0)|
Celebrity Cruises has partnered with one of the world’s leading spa and wellness brands, Canyon Ranch. Celebrity and Canyon Ranch will create the largest and most comprehensive SpaClub at Sea, and debut exclusive SpaClub services and treatments on its ships.
The luxurious Canyon Ranch SpaClub on Celebrity Cruises will include spa, beauty salon, wellness and fitness amenities featuring signature Canyon Ranch offerings. The industry-leading brands intend to develop the onboard experience by introducing exclusive SpaClub treatments and services tailored to the unique preferences of Celebrity’s guests, including new facial and body treatments, and unique yoga and meditation classes.
The Canyon Ranch SpaClub will feature on all Celebrity vessels apart from Celebrity Xpedition from April 2014.
“We are passionate about providing our guests with unforgettable experiences, and this collaboration with Canyon Ranch is an important milestone in our drive to elevating guests’ modern luxury cruise holidays,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. "We want every aspect of our cruise offer – from dining and destinations to relaxing in beautiful spa surroundings – to be special, and the experts at Canyon Ranch will help us deliver on this promise."
“It gives us great pleasure to offer our luxury spa experience to guests onboard Celebrity’s state-of the-art ships,” stated Peter Smith, Chief Operating Officer of Canyon Ranch. “Our approach to the wellness lifestyle perfectly complements that of Celebrity and we look forward to a long, prosperous relationship.”
The new spa menu features popular Canyon Ranch treatments, such as indulgent facials and facial enhancements, massage, thermal, Asian touch, and Reiki healing energy therapies. A selection of salon offerings, including hair care, nail, and makeup services, will also be offered. Fitness lovers can choose from private consultations to group classes, including yoga, Pilates, cycling, Mind/Body Connection and relaxation – led by Canyon Ranch-trained fitness experts. Wellness programmes such as personal exercise prescription, private nutritional consults, acupuncture, Chiropractic therapy and Canyon Ranch Healthy Feet™ centres will also be available on select ships. Additionally, Canyon Ranch health experts will provide onboard wellness lectures, workshops and cooking demonstrations.
The first ships to undergo the transformation will be Celebrity Century on March 6, followed by Celebrity Reflection on March 29, Celebrity Infinity and Millennium on March 30, Celebrity Eclipse on April 5, Celebrity Silhouette on April 6, Celebrity Constellation on April 10, Celebrity Solstice on April 11, Celebrity Summit on April 12 and Celebrity Equinox on April 14.
|Posted by RCI fans on February 5, 2014 at 6:00 AM||comments (0)|
Allure of the Seas will make the Mediterranean its home in 2015.
Offering seven-night cruises, Allure of the Seas will call Barcelona its home port from 3 May 2015 until October 2015.
Earlier in the year, Royal Caribbean annouced that Oasis of the Seas would sail a micro-season from Europe in late 2014.
Oasis class ships feature amazing WOWs from zip-lining, an outdoor park, aquatheatre, carousel and Chicago The Musical.
"At Royal Caribbean International we have always delivered the unexpected and enjoyed behaving in a way that no other cruise line can. Not only are we increasing our European deployment, but we are doing it in impressive style." Stuart Leven, managing director, Royal Caribbean International, UK and Ireland explains. "News that Allure of the Seas will enjoy a full season based in the popular Mediterranean port of Barcelona is brilliant for agents – they have the opportunity to sell cruises on the world’s most high profile ship closer to home.
"We will be supporting our agent partners extensively in ensuring that they get to learn more about this ship when sister-ship Oasis of Seas calls into Southampton later this year. We’re urging agents to forget what they think they know about European cruises – Allure of the Seas will change the face of selling Mediterranean cruises, especially for a family audience."
Another new Royal Caribbean ship will also sail European waters in 2015. Anthem of the Seas will sail European itieraries from Southampton from spring 2015.
Allure of the Seas will offer seven-night cruises from Barcelona calling at Palma de Mallorca, Marseilles for Provence, La Spezia for Florence and Pisa, Civitavecchia for Rome and Naples. Alternatively, guests will also have the option to travel to Rome and join the ship in Civitavecchia.
Cruises go on sale from 12th February 2014 for Crown and Anchor members and general sale from 18th February.
|Posted by RCI fans on February 4, 2014 at 5:25 PM||comments (0)|
The latest Royal Caribbean ship to have been given the 'Royal Advantage' has emerged out of dry dock today.
Navigator of the Seas underwent a month-long overhaul, which saw 81 new 'virtual balcony' cabins featuring a giant LED screen with a live view of the outside world, new panoramic ocean view cabins, with floor to ceiling windows. Other enhancements include new dining options such as Izumi and Giovanni's and signature favourite Chops Grille. Navigator will also feature a brand new specialty restaurant called Sabor, serving Mexican food.
Other highlights include digital signage, bow-to-stern WI-FI, ultra slim TV's, movie screen on the pool deck and a new nursery for children 6-36 months called Royal Babies and Tots Nursery. The champagne bar has also been transformed into a stylish bar called the R Bar.
The most noticeable new feature is the Flowrider surf simulator at the back of the sports deck. Previously only available on the Freedom and Oasis class, it is the first time the Flowrider has featured on a Voyager class vessel.
Navigator of the Seas will sail year-round from Galverston, Texas to ports including Cozumel, Mexico; Roatan Honduras; Falmouth, Jamaica; and George Town, Grand Cayman.
There is also suspicion that Navigator of the Seas will replace Jewel of the Seas in San Juan for the 2015/2016 season. However Royal Caribbean have not officially announced any plans at this moment in time.