|Posted by RCI fans on August 5, 2014 at 3:30 PM||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!
Please note that date and time is subject to change. For updates follow us on Twitter with hashtag #QuantumFloats
|Posted by RCI fans on August 5, 2014 at 3:05 PM||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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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!!
|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 August 25, 2013 at 3:05 PM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean International has announced that they will be launching a new app on 6th September.
Image: Royal Caribbean International
The app entitled Penguin Ahoy will be an iPad app, where players must help a cheeky penguin that has sneaked on board.
The player must help the penguin avoid obstacles, such as sprinkles, basketballs and inflatables for as long as possible without being caught by the crew.
|Posted by RCI fans on November 17, 2012 at 8:05 AM||comments (0)|
The leading cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean have been in the firing line of BBC's Watchdog Daily.
The show, hosted by Sophie Raworth and Rani Price highlighted the high costs of using the ships Wi-Fi when at sea.
The Watchdog team sent out 'Mystery Shoppers' to see why Internet at sea was so expensive compared to Wi-Fi in hotels and bars on land.
The team first posed as customers, who enquired about the cost per minute with the 10 major cruise lines.
They found that the cost per minute for Royal Caribbean International was 65 cents (roughly 40p).
Disney, Holland America, Princess Cruises, Norwegain Cruise Lines, Carnival and Celebrity Cruises charged 75 cents (roughly 46p) per minute. Costa Cruises charged 40p per minute and cheaper still, P&O charged 35p per minute. However, with MSC Cruises, they found you can only buy packages, which would cost you £20 per hour.
The team also investigated the packages offered by cruise lines.
"P&O were among the cheapest, with a 30 minute package for £10.50."
"Some like Disney quoted as much as £93."
As is with many of these programmes, they 'big up' figures which can not truely be compared to one another. For instance, they stated that "Disney quoted as much as £93" to use the internet. For that price you received 500 minutes of access, which compared to buying two of P&O's 250 minute packages which cost £62.50 each, would actually work out £32 cheaper.
They then wanted to find out why it was so expensive. The cruise lines all said it was because of the cost of getting the signal to the ship whilst at sea, but Watchdog didn't want to stop there. They suggested that maybe "the cruise lines were just making it up as they sail along" and that they want to "extract as much cash out of your wallet as they possibly can."
Sophie explained that "not surprisingly all the cruise companies deny that."
Rani explained that "all the cruise companies we spoke to, blame the high cost of satellite technology, which is the only way internet can be delivered whilst at sea."
The Passenger Shipping Association told Watchdog "their members are looking at ways to make it more affordable and many offer packages to suit guests individual needs."
Royal Caribbean and Carnival said "they are already doing this."
Not only was Royal Caribbean in the firing line of Internet charges, but also its gratuities.
Maria Scrivener complained about the gratuities they had to pay, including for their 8 month old baby .
She explained because they had choosen the My-Time Dining option, they had to pay their £65pp tips up front. She said "I dont believe any of us should be paying gratuities up front, let alone an 8 month old baby, who received absolutly nothing for her money."
Royal Caribbean pointed out that gratuities "are standard practice, to make things easier for passengers and they are optional in most cases."
If you live in the UK, you can watch the show on the BBC iPlayer here.
|Posted by RCI fans on July 17, 2012 at 5:35 PM||comments (0)|
A new TV show will air on Royal Caribbean's ships called "The Avid Cruiser Takes On...", which aims to showcase the various things you can do while at the many ports Royal Caribbean visits.
The series will be comprised of 10-minute shows that feature cruise destinations, primarily in Europe, and showoff what passengers can do in these ports. The show hopes it will "get people off the ships, and into the destinations".
You can view the episodes on Royal Caribbean ships and possibly on the company's sister cruise brands such as Azamara Club Cruises and Celebrity Cruises.
The first episode is about Copenhagen, Denmark. Destinations that will be highlighted in future episodes include
Le Havre, France
Var Provence, including Toulon, Sanary-sur-Mer, La Seyne-sur-Mer, and Saint-Tropez
Nice, Villefranche, Cannes, Antibes
Corner Brook, Newfoundland
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sydney, Nova Scotia
Saint John, New Brunswick
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|Posted by RCI fans on November 8, 2011 at 11:35 AM||comments (1)|
Well after coming back from my cruise onbaord Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas. One of the songs has stuck in my head. This is the Farewell song performed by the Royal Caribbean Singers and Dancers. Here are the lyrics and I've managed to find a video too (we do not own this video)...
It's been our pleasure to have you with us, as we sailed the open seas.
And shared all it's beauty, as far as the eye can see.
With so many ways to relax and so many things to do.
The only challenge you had to face was to try all that's here for you.
Weather it was dreaming beneath the stars or just bathing in the suns warm glow. These memories you'll take with you where ever you may go.
And though we bid you farewell for now. As our cruise comes to an end. We hope the magic and the memories will stay with you my friend. Until we meet... Until we meet... until we meet again
And though we bid you farewell for now. As our cruise comes to an end. We hope the magic and the memories will stay with you my friend. Until we meet... Until we meet again
[Ladies and gentlemens, let's hear it for the Royal Caribbean Singers and Dancers, and the SHIP of the Seas orchestra. We have your activities managers led out by NAME, your activities manager here. Alright, let's bring up the light, we got representants from all the crew here onboard the SHIP of the Seas, led out by your hotel director, NAME, our senior officers, our galley team, dining room staff, your stateroom attendants, the Windjammer Cafe staff, the bar staff, the explorations staff, our facilities cleaners, ladies and gentlemen, please let them here it, the crew that has been looking after you, here onboard the SHIP of the Seas]
And we bid you farewell for now. As our cruise comes to an end.
And though we bid you farewell for now. As our cruise comes to an end. We hope the magic and the memories will stay with you my friend. Until we meet... Until we meet again.
Until we meet again.
|Posted by RCI fans on October 19, 2011 at 5:25 PM||comments (0)|
Wow! I found Paul Merton's Adventures on Channel 5 awesome!
UK fans had a treat tonight, with an hour long travel documentary following Paul Merton on Allure of the Seas. It featured all the things that you can do on a Royal Caribbean ship and on a cruise in general. I didn't warm to Paul that much, but one character, I loved. This was Guest Relations, Scot, Sam! She was very funny!
We'll try to add the programme onto our site if it is released on YouTube.