|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 15, 2013 at 12:10 PM||comments (0)|
Do you find cruises to be relaxing all the time, or are there certain little things that niggle at you? I imagine it wouldn’t surprise you to find out that there are a number of people who end up getting frustrated by certain things on cruises, whether it’s the other passengers, the service or the waiting times.
So recently, a study has been carried out into cruising to find out what annoys people on cruises most. Bon Voyage asked 1,738 people who had travelled on a cruise at least once in their life to name the most irritating features in particular on their cruises. The most common response that came up was that it was the inane chatter from fellow cruisers that got on peoples’ nerves the most, with a huge 38% answering this. A lot of people like to make small talk around the ship, but for many it seems that they would prefer that they didn’t! Unfortunately this, and the second most common answer that they didn’t like others entering their personal space, is not something that cruise companies are able to do much about.
However, the purpose of the poll, as stated by Steph Curtin, the Cruise Development Manager at Bon Voyage, was to collect the findings in order to see what they could do to improve services on cruises. She stated: “A sign of a great cruise company is one that would take these annoyances on board and actively try to improve conditions for all future passengers.” This is why you end up filling out those ‘annoying’ surveys at the end of your cruise!
The results found that there are a number of places where cruise companies could intervene to save on hassle and annoyances for passengers, including sorting out the long wait times and queues you often experience at the buffets or activities due to other passengers’ taking their time to decide. 14% answered that this was the most frustrating thing for them, but that is something that can be looked into and rectified by companies in future.
Other answers included the drunken behaviour, such as fighting and loud arguments, of fellow cruisers (22%), which is unsurprising with the number of bars and restaurants available as well as the nature of cruising holidays; and the constant noise of young children on board (11%).
Another few, slightly more interesting and obscure, responses came to light in collecting this data, such as the Mediterranean cruise that was rudely interrupted for one man by the loud sounds of love making in the cabin next door every night! And an old couple felt their cruise in the Caribbean could have been much improved if their cabin had not been haunted! Unfortunately, it might be a little over the heads of cruise staff to check cabins regularly for ghosts, but many of these minor issues that came up in the study are quite easily investigable and can be improved upon.
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|Posted by RCI fans on October 16, 2013 at 5:10 PM||comments (0)|
Get your alarms set ready and write the date in your calendar! Royal Caribbean is set to make a BIG announcement on 21st November!
We reported a few weeks back, after talking with Steve Williams, Head of Sales at Royal Caribbean UK, that big news possibly regarding the Quantum class would be announced soon.
We're pleased to say that this rumor has now been confirmed by Royal Caibbean and they have also provided a date, as to when this exciting announcement, specifically regarding the UK market will be made.
We are still unsure what the announcement may entail, however the recent stories regarding the Le Havre Cruise Schedule reporting Anthem of the Seas as making several stops during 2015, along with Steve Williams' cheeky smile when we asked him about the rumors, leads us to believe, they may be announcing just that.
Many eager Royal Caribbean fans have been taking to Cruise.co's Facebook https://www.facebook.com/www.Cruise.co?fref=ts" target="_blank">page offering their guesses as to what the announcement may be and at the top of their list is Anthem of the Seas.
Stay tuned on our site for the latest news involving this announcement...
|Posted by RCI fans on August 22, 2013 at 2:00 PM||comments (0)|
As part of our Southampton Ship Stalking Extravaganza event, I am excited to announce that tomorrow, thanks to the generosity of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, I will be spending the afternoon onboard the beautiful Balmoral.
Image: Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
On the day, I will embark around 11 am, where I will be given a guided tour of the ship as well as lunch on board before departing. I will share my photos from the day on our Twitter and Facebook page.
I am really looking forward to touring Balmoral ahead of our cruise on board her later in the year.
During our Ship Stalking Extravaganza, I will also be spotting Independence of the Seas as well as Adventre of the Seas, MSC Opera and Seabourn Sojourn to name but a few, so expect many photos of those too!
The day after our Extravaganza, I'll be racing up to Liverpool, where I depart on yet another Fred Olsen vessel, Boudicca (at this rate, we'd better change our name to Fred Olsen Fans!) sailing to Ireland.
This visit has been long in the planning (infact long before our Brilliance of the Seas VIP Cruise) and at times, it's been torture keeping it a secret!!
Make sure to check back after the 30th August for my ship visit review, cruise line comparison and photo gallery from our visit and cruise!
|Posted by RCI fans on July 1, 2013 at 5:15 PM||comments (0)|
A common question asked by many cruisers is when is the best time to cruise?
It's a question dependable on many factors, so there is no correct answer. At the end of the day, it mainly depends on destination with deciding factors such as date and price.
The location of where you wish to cruise to is a factor to consider. September and October would be a good time to take a Canadian/New England cruise as you will be greeted with fantastic sights of fall foliage. On the other hand, September would be a bad time to cruise the Caribbean as June – November is hurricane season.
We've provided a quick write up of the main regions and when the best time to cruise is. We've also included some advantages and disadvantages too.
High Season: June – August
Low Season: May and September
High Season Advantages: Temperatures are at their warmest (50-70F) and chances of seeing some wildlife.
High Season Disadvantages: Strong demand, which may result in high prices or limited availability.
Low Season Advantages: Smaller crowds and cheaper prices with the chance of catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
Low Season Disadvantages: Unpredictable weather (50-60F) with possibility of snow.
High Season: November – March
Low Season: May – September
High Season Advantages: Winter in North America is Summer in Oz, so perfect temperatures.
High Season Disadvantages: Typhoon season and large crowds.
Low Season Advantages: Still fairly warm temperatures, fewer crowds.
Low Season Disadvantages: Limited cruises.
High Season: June - August
Low Season: April – May, September - October
High Season Advantages: A wide selection of ships to choose from and a popular time for families.
High Season Disadvantages: Crowded ships and busy ports.
Low Season Advantages: Milder climates and cool breezes.
Low Season Disadvantage: Hurricane season between August and October.
Canada and New England
High Season: September - October
Low Season: May – August
High Season Advantages: Fall time brings spectacular views of warm, deep orange colors to the many foliage.
High Season Disadvantages: Can be quite cold, especially the northern areas.
Low Season Advantages: Warmer temperatures
Low Season Disadvantages: Less variety of cruise lines to choose from
High Season: February – April, June – August, Christmas and New Year
Low Season: April – May, September – January
High Season Advantages: Perfect for families cruising during school break.
High Season Disadvantages: Prices are higher and ports are a lot busier.
Low Season Advantages: Good weather, fewer crowds and cheaper prices.
Low Season Disadvantages: Hurricane season is a big risk and may force your cruise to divert or even be cancelled.
High Season: May - September
Low Season: October – April
High Season Advantages: Warm weather.
High Season Disadvantages: Larger crowds, higher prices.
Low Season Advantages: Avoid the school kids, but enjoy warm temperatures.
Low Season Disadvantages: Cheaper fares and fewer crowds.
High Season: June - August
Low Season: May and September
High Season Advantages: Perfect temperatures, clear skies.
High Season Disadvantages: Most expensive time to cruise.
Low Season Advantages: Avoid the crowds, beautiful foliage.
Low Season Disadvantages: Unpredictable weather.
Date is another factor. If you are very flexible on dates, then you have more options open to you. This may allow you to cruise outside of the peak times and ultimately save you cash. On the other hand, if you are bound to the school holidays, then the price will be more expensive, however you'll benefit from the peak season benefits, such as weather.
If cost is the deciding factor, then it is obvious that Low Season will be where the cheap deals are.
|Posted by RCI fans on June 20, 2013 at 8:15 AM||comments (1)|
The first hotel shaped as a cruise ship has been opened in South Korea.
The Sun Cruise Resort in Jeongdongjin, South Korea, has looks of Royal Caribbean's Sovereign class with prominent features such as the Viking Crown Lounge.
This spectacular hotel has been voted as one of the country’s top tourist destinations and boasts a restaurant, wedding chapel, nightclub, volleyball court, fitness center and a netted golf range.
"It is 165 metres in length, 45 metres in height, and 30,000 tons in weight
The hotel comprises of 211 rooms as well as luxurious suites and apartments. Some rooms have nautical portholes and others have balconies.
To enhance realism, the sound of waves crashing against the deck is played over loudspeakers.
The mock Viking Crown Lounge is home to a revolving bar and is said to boast the best views of the sunrise in the country.
You may think it would cost a lot to stay at the cruise-themed hotel, however rooms start from just £45 a night.
|Posted by RCI fans on May 9, 2013 at 11:55 AM||comments (6)|
We are excited to announce that on May 14th, thanks to the generosity of Royal Caribbean International, We will be spending the night onboard the newly refurbished Brilliance of the Seas for a special VIP Cruise departing from Harwich.
On May 14th, Myself and Joan will embark around 1pm. Once on board, we will be joined by 100's of top performing travel agents, cruise specialists, loyal guests and VIPs!
We will depart Harwich at approx. 1700, where we sail out of the port and into the North Sea before arriving back in Harwich the next morning at 7am.
We will be sharing all our photos from the event both here on RCIfans.com and on our Facebook page.
I am really looking forward to touring the newly revitalised Brilliance of the Seas and it will be great to view the new enhancements in person and compare them with when we went on her back in June 2012. I am also really looking forward to cruisng out of Harwich for the very first time.
Make sure to check back after the 15th for photos, videos and more!
I'd like to conclude by saying a big thanks to all the staff from Royal Caribbean and their PR department who have made this event possible.
|Posted by RCI fans on February 4, 2013 at 5:45 PM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean is to make a special announcement regarding the Project Sunshine project tomorrow.
Royal Caribbean indicated the announcement in a very short email to members of the media saying, "Stay tuned tomorrow for an exciting reveal regarding this next class of ships."
There is no word what will be announced tomorrow, but we will post all information here as soon as we receive it.
|Posted by RCI fans on December 31, 2012 at 1:05 PM||comments (0)|
Well what a year it has been in the cruise industry. The year unfortunatly started with the tragic Costa Concordia disaster, in which 32 people lost their lives. We've also seen the 'Royal Advantage' added to Rhapsody, Mariner, Grandeur, Serenade and Enchantment of the Seas and more recently the announcement of a third Oasis class ship.
This year we were fortunate enough to embark on 3 cruises (Brilliance of the Seas, Oceana and Queen Mary 2) We also went on 3 visits to Southampton. Watching Independence depart twice as well as meeting Patricia Dempsey and Dan Gosling to watch Vision of the Seas make a special visit to the port on 21st September.
These 10 stories are our picks of the biggest stories of 2012;
These are the top 5 stories from the past year based on comments and views;
|Posted by RCI fans on August 30, 2012 at 11:35 AM||comments (0)|
If you live in the United Kingdom, I'm sure you'll agree that cruises that sail from the UK are far less stressful than the 'Fly/Cruise'. You can forget about going through security at the airport, waiting hours to catch your plane and the strict baggage allowance of around 23kg, which when you go on a 14 night voyage, can be hard to comply with. It means you can drive or hop on a train or coach and take as much luggage as you can possibly carry.
Southampton is certainly the main hub for cruise voyages in the UK. On average 3 ships dock at the port everyday. Each filled with around 2,500 passengers. So what makes Southampton so popular with the cruise ships?
Let's start with its transport links. South West Trains run services from London to Southampton roughly every 25 minutes and the journey time is around 1 hour and 20 minutes. South West Trains also operate services from the South coast. Cross Country Trains from the Midlands and the North run hourly. Southampton is also connected by Southern which runs trains from the South East. First Great Western also operate services from the West.
CruiseSaver (part of the Bath Travel Group), operate dedicated cruise trains from Glasgow and Edinburgh with pickups at Newcastle, Leeds, Preston, Stockport and Solihull. The 'Boat Train' offers first class travel and silver service meals, a perfect start or end to your cruise. The train delivers passengers direct to the QEII Passenger Terminal in the Port’s Eastern Docks and the Mayflower Cruise Terminal in the Western Docks.
The M3 and M27 allows motorists to get to Southampton from London and the South coast. National Express coaches as well as Eavesway have regular services from all over the UK.
You could also regionally fly from your local airport to Southampton Airport. However you will then have to face the baggage restrictions and waiting around.
It's not just Southampton's convenient travel links that makes it so popular. It's location makes it possible for ships to travel almost anywhere. Wether it be Northern Europe, Mediterranean, Canaries or America. If you compare the Port of Edinburgh or Harwich for example, you are much more limited to where you can cruise to. For instance the Norwegian Fjords, British Isles or Northern Europe.
So what do you think about cruising from Southampton?
Janet Bailey says 'I love travelling from Southampton because it means I can pack as much luggage as I want'
Debi Martin believes 'cruising from Southampton is convenient and stress-free'