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|Posted by RCI fans on December 11, 2013 at 12:05 PM||comments (0)|
The world's largest passenger ship, Allure of the Seas has reportedly left lifeboat number 1 behind in Nassau after a mechanical failure.
A passenger currently on board told the Cruise Critic message boards that Allure of the Seas was over 2 hours late leaving the port of Nassau due to an issue with the lift cable of lifeboat number 1.
One of the cables which hauls the lifeboat in and out of the water appeared to have snapped whilst crew were conducting a lifeboat drill.
After speaking to the Royal Caribbean headquaters, shipyard and Bahamas authorities, Allure of the Seas left the lifeboat behind, which the ship will be picking back up on it's way back, once they have repaired the cable.
Cruise Critic member, Lukkie, posted a picture of the lifeboat left tied up alongside the dock...
|Posted by RCI fans on December 10, 2013 at 3:45 PM||comments (0)|
Celebrity Cruises, has appointed Toby Shaw in the newly created role of director of marketing and PR for Celebrity Cruises UK & Ireland. Toby will lead an 11-strong marketing team dedicated to the brand.
Shaw brings with him 12 years of marketing experience, working for names such as Sony, Heineken and FIFA.
Jo Rzymowska, Celebrity Cruises managing director, UK and Ireland, commented:
"As Celebrity Cruises continues to evolve as a brand, we are developing the business to meet our growing targets. The new marketing and PR team, headed by Toby Shaw, comes as part of a new structure that sees extensive investment and will lead to some very exciting campaigns for us."
"His experience of consumer brands is sure to be a great asset for us as we continue our strive to grow the market share of cruise in the broader holiday sector. I'm excited to be working alongside someone with his knowledge, creativity and strategic thinking."
|Posted by RCI fans on December 10, 2013 at 2:50 PM||comments (0)|
According to the Croisieres De France Facebook page, the Celebrity Century will be sold to Croisieres De France in 2015.
Image: Croisieres De France
Celebrity Century, built in 1995 and currently owned and operated by Celebrity Cruises, will transfer to Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. French subsidy, Croisieres De France.
Croisieres De France https://www.facebook.com/croisieresdefrance" target="_blank">commented about their new ship: "Yes we'll have Century in 2015. We will have a slightly larger ship than the Horizon, but also more recent. This is a beautiful human-sized ship, currently sailing for Celebrity Cruises."
The Century will join CDF's fleet of ex-Celebrity vessels, Horizon, built in 1990, and the 1992 built Zenith, which is currently operating with another RCCL subsidy, Pullmantur. She will be transferred to the fleet in early 2014.
The Century is 71,000 tons and was one of Celebrity Cruises' first 'mega ships'.
While operating with Celebrity Cruises, most recently, the ship has alternated between winter cruises to the Caribbean and summer cruises to Alaska.
|Posted by RCI fans on December 7, 2013 at 6:15 AM||comments (0)|
A St Maarten cruise schedule has revealed that Anthem of the Seas will make bi-weekly stops at the Caribbean port.
Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas will make her first stop in St Maarten on 9th November 2015, after she leaves Southampton earlier that month to begin the winter season sailing from Fort Lauderdale.
However, she will not make another call into the port until a month later on 9th December 2015. After which she will operate a bi-weekly schedule calling at St Maarten. It is unknown where the ship will sail to during that time, although it may be likely that several 'taster cruises' will take place.
Her final call in St Maarten, will be 21st April 2016, where she will then sail back to Southampton for her summer season.
|Posted by RCI fans on December 7, 2013 at 5:15 AM||comments (0)|
Rhapsody of the Seas has been delayed for 12 hours after the ship struck a reef in the South Pacific.
According to claims, the ship was caught in a very violent storm, which caused the ship to come into contact with a nearby reef, close to Champagne Bay, Luganville and Vanuatu.
The ship was able to continue to Luganville under her own power where the ship had to be delayed for 12 hours while repairs were made.
|Posted by RCI fans on December 6, 2013 at 7:15 PM||comments (0)|
Azamara Club Cruises, has appointed Richard Twynam as its first ever managing director in the UK and Ireland.
The appointment follows a major restructure of the RCL UK and Ireland business, which was announced earlier in the year and which will come into effect from 1st January 2014.
Richard will lead a new 10-strong team dedicated to the Azamara brand. Tynham brings almost 20 years of experience in the travel industry with him, having held senior posistions at companies such as Air New Zealand, TUI UK, Virign Holidays Cruises and Kuoni UK.
Richard will work in partnership with Royal Caribbean's managing director, Stuart Leven and Celebrity Cruises' managing director, Jo Rzymowska.
"The UK and Ireland market continues to be one of the largest and most important for Azamara Club Cruises and is going from strength to strength, " said President and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises, Larry Pimentel, "We are excited to welcome Richard Twynam to lead this evolution as we continue to grow and invest in our business in the UK. Now is a really exciting time for the business as the expansion continues."
|Posted by RCI fans on December 5, 2013 at 12:45 PM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas, has performed a medevac of 3 passengers on Tuesday.
The emergencies, which were unrelated, forced the ship to skip a call in St. Thomas. The ship then later headed for San Juan.
The first medevac occured when Freedom of the Seas was anchored off of Royal Caribbean's private island, Coco Cay. The other two medevacs took place after sailing from Coco Cay to Nassau.
Royal Caribbean wished the affected guests "a speedy recovery."
|Posted by RCI fans on December 3, 2013 at 11:20 AM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean is offering UK travel agents the chance to win tickets to attend the 2014 Brit Awards.
Sixteen places are up for grabs in the incentive, a number of which require agents to nominate their colleagues in one of six categories for Royal's own 'B.R.I.T.S' awards:
Agents need to get a colleague to post a photo of them and 150 words on why they deserve to win their chosen category on the Royal Caribbean Travel Agents Facebook page (facebook.com/royalcaribbeantravelagents)
Head of trade sales Nicki Tempest-Mitchell said: “For all the agents out there who have dreamed of becoming a superstar, or at least sit next to one, this is your chance to make that dream a reality."
“If your colleague, friend or boss has standout selling skills, head to our Facebook page and tell us all about it.”
Voting runs until February 12th 2014. Winners will be determined by the number of votes each agent receives on Facebook and the number of votes they receive from a Royal Caribbean International judging panel.
The winning agents in the Royal B.R.I.T.S Awards receive:
The line’s sales team will be visiting agencies accompanied by lookalikes of previous Brit Award winners such as Justin Timberlake and Will.I.Am.
|Posted by RCI fans on December 1, 2013 at 10:35 AM||comments (0)|
Be sure to note these 3 bizarre laws, so your next cruise vacation doesn't end in jail!
1.Wearing high heels in ancient Greece
The Parthenon is a must see attraction when travelling to Greece. However be warned, if you are wearing high heels, you'll be denied access.
2. Feeding the pigeons in Venice
Visit St Mark's Square in Venice and you'll see hundreds of pigeons. If you feed them, you could find yourself in a much smaller square – a cell.
3. Wearing swimwear off the beach in Barcelona
Had enough of the beach in Barcelona and fancy strolling along Las Ramblas? Make sure you cover up your swimming costume once you've left the sand, as things could get rather Messi!
|Posted by RCI fans on November 28, 2013 at 12:20 PM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean has announced that Mamma Mia! - the smash hit musical, will get passengers 'super trooping' in the aisles, when the show will headline on Quantum of the Seas next year.
The first details of the new ship’s entertainment offerings were revealed to viewers who tuned in to watch the cruise line’s float, “A World at Sea,” set sail down the streets of Manhattan as part of the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Many cruise fans thought the show choosen would be "Wicked", due to the fact that Quantum of the Seas' godmother, Krisitn Chenoweth, played the role as Elphaba in the Broadway production.
“The debut of Mamma Mia! onboard Quantum of the Seas continues to raise the bar of what we offer our guests onboard our latest groundbreaking ship,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Executive Vice President, Operations, Royal Caribbean International. “Since introducing Hairspray onboard Oasis of the Seas in 2009, our Tony award-winning musical productions have been incredibly well-received by guests, and we are proud to expand our Broadway at sea offerings with our fourth licensed main-stage production – more than any other cruise line.”
More than 54 million people around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show. The sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek Island paradise where on the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. ABBA’s greatest hits – including “Dancing Queen,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me” – propel this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.
As the only cruise line to offer Tony Award-winning Broadway musicals at sea, Royal Caribbean guests can enjoy the 60’s-inspired bebop of Hairspray on Oasis of the Seas, the jazz-infused score of Chicago: The Musical on Allure of the Seas, the toe-tapping disco beats of Saturday Night Fever on Liberty of the Seas and now, the storytelling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs in MAMMA MIA! on the new Quantum of the Seas.