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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!!

Harmless fun or damn right rude? What NOT to get up to on your next cruise!

Posted by RCI fans on March 2, 2014 at 4:10 PM Comments 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.


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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:

 

  • Intervention by Security, other management personnel, or law enforcement
  • Removal of certain onboard privileges, which may include being detained, quarantined or confined in a stateroom or holding cell
  • Confiscation of illegal/contraband/prohibited items (may be turned over to law enforcement authorities)
  • Denial of boarding on the current or any future Royal Caribbean International cruise vacation
  • Removal from a ship at the next port of call. Guests removed from a Royal Caribbean International ship pursuant to this policy are responsible for their own accommodations and transportation home, at their expense. Documentation requirements for re-entry into the guest’s home country are also the responsibility of the guest.

 

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.

Penguin Ahoy!

Posted by RCI fans on August 25, 2013 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean International has announced that they will be launching a new app on 6th September.


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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.

Royal Caribbean among other cruise lines featured on BBC Watchdog

Posted by RCI fans on November 17, 2012 at 8:05 AM Comments 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.

New video shorts highlight Royal Caribbean destinations

Posted by RCI fans on July 17, 2012 at 5:35 PM Comments 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

 

Stockholm, Sweden

Le Havre, France

Var Provence, including Toulon, Sanary-sur-Mer, La Seyne-sur-Mer, and Saint-Tropez

Venice, Italy

Nice, Villefranche, Cannes, Antibes

Charlottetown, PEI

Corner Brook, Newfoundland

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Sydney, Nova Scotia

Saint John, New Brunswick

Tony Awards a success for Royal Caribbean

Posted by RCI fans on June 13, 2012 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)
Sunday saw the famous annual Tony Awards live on CBS. It is one of the most prestigious award ceremonies in the theare industry. Royal Caribbean Internation got the chance to showcase their broadway production at sea, Hairspray to millions of viewers. 


Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Lyan Sierra-Caro was very happy with how the production went, "We were very excited to bring our world-class entertainment to the millions of viewers watching last night's Tony Awards. We also are thrilled to have partnered with the Broadway League to showcase the Broadway shows we offer onboard our ships."

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Update on Disappearance of George Smith from Brilliance of the Seas Cruise

Posted by RCI fans on January 8, 2012 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

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Farewell Show

Posted by RCI fans on November 8, 2011 at 11:35 AM Comments 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)...

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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.

Paul Merton's Adventures

Posted by RCI fans on October 19, 2011 at 5:25 PM Comments 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.