|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 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 January 31, 2014 at 5:20 PM||comments (0)|
Norovirus is a common and ever increasing concern for cruise travellers. But what exactly is it, what are the symptoms and how can we prevent catching it?
Norovirus is a mild gastrointestinal illness, causing nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. It is usually short lived and is easily treatable and is very rarely serious.
One of the main reasons Norovirus is such a concern is because it is highly contagious. The virus can easily be transferred to other people by physical contact, such as hand shaking and contact with surfaces, like handrails, elevator buttons and utensils. On land, Norovirus is less of a concern, but because on a cruise ship, there are thousands of people in a compact space, the virus can be transferred much easier.
Most people will have nausea, suffer from diarrhoea or feel the need to vomit. Some people will also experience headaches, fever and stomach cramps. These symptoms last around 1-3 days. It takes around 48 hours for the Norovirus to affect you.
It is important to drink lots of fluids, such as water. This will help to stop dehydration. The ships doctor may also prescribe medicine for symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhoea. It is important to note that antibiotics are not effective against Norovirus.
Cruise ships are regularly inspected for cleanliness by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention institute. These measures are in place to prevent possible outbreaks, however these measures are not always enough.
You can reduce the risk of catching Norovirus by frequently washing your hands with soap for 20 seconds whenever eating, drinking, smoking, using the bathroom or coughing and sneezing. Hand Sanitisers are always available around cruise ships and can usually be found near eating venues and other facilities, such as the theatre.
|Posted by RCI fans on January 28, 2014 at 4:00 PM||comments (0)|
Have you ever wanted to run a cruise line? Well now you can, all in the palm of your hands! Cruise Tycoon is a realistic and fun game you can play while on an actual cruise!
Cruise Tycoon is developed by TRADEGAME Lab Inc, who have also created similar travel simulation games such as Air Tycoon and Hotel Tycoon.
Available on iPhone and iPod for £1.49 (a 'lite' version is also available for free). The iPad version costs £2.49. The game is also available for Android users.
As you start the game, you'll be asked to select a language. Cruise Tycoon can be translated into 6 different languages, from English, Spanish, German and Japanese as well as others. Afterwards, you are greeted with a simple menu where you can begin a new game or load a previously saved game. You can save up to 5 different games. For all Royal Caribbean Fans out there, it won't be too hard to identify the cruise ship on the main menu - an Oasis class ship! Which brings us onto why we love this game so much. The sense of realism in this game is superb. Although the ships have been adapted slightly, you can still tell which vessels they are based on in real life. Name a cruise ship and it's more than likely featured in this game! From a Windstar sailing ship to a Regent Seven Seas luxury vessel. From a Carnival, AIDA, MSC and P&O mega ship. There are a plethora of cruise ships to choose from. It's clear to see that the developers must have a soft spot for Royal Caribbean, why? Practically every class of Royal Caribbean ship is available in-game.
As you begin your virtual cruise company, you must assign a name for your cruise line and select a logo. We called ours 'Royal Mediterranean.' You start your company with a small ship. You must then create a new cruise route and set up a schedule for the ship. As your company grows, you'll be able to afford new, larger ships, open new hubs, or discover shore excursions to earn extra profit.
You need to keep a close eye on your management. You'll have to invest in staff training, marketing campaigns and maintenance. You also have to hire captains for your ships. You can change the name of the captain and add a photo of yourself or a friend!
Like all businesses, it's all about making a profit, so you'll have to check your competitors and see how much market share they have. The more of the market share you hold, the more guest capacity you'll have on your sailings. Set the cruise price too high and nobody will sail with you. Set the price too low and you'll lose cash.
If you're short of money, you can take out a loan, which may help you buy a new vessel, invest in staff training, or arrange coffee meetings (ok, we made that last one up!)
While we're on the subject of money, unlike other tycoon apps, where to advance in the game you must purchase add ons, this game is not dominated by in-app purchases. The developers have found the right balance of offering you the ability to purchase extra content such as extra vessels, ports or money if you desire for just 69p each, however these are optional and do not affect the enjoyment you can have without purchasing these.
|Posted by RCI fans on December 31, 2013 at 12:35 PM||comments (0)|
Well what a year it has been in the cruise industry. Royal Caribbean have revealed that the largest ship in the world, Oasis of the Seas, will visit Europe in 2014, as well as the exciting reveal of Quantum and Anthem of the Seas.
This year we were fortunate enough to embark on 8 wonderful ships (Norwegian Spirit, Island Escape, Brilliance of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas, Azura, Boudicca, Celebrity Eclipse and Balmoral) We also went on 3 visits to Southampton, watching various cruise ships sail, including Norwegian Breakaway. We also had our Southampton Ship Stalking Extravaganza in August, where we spent 3 days watching the cruise ships as well as a visit onboard Fred Olsen Cruise Line's Balmoral.
To top it all off we were featured in the Hull Daily Mail newspaper, mentioned by the Holiday and Cruise Channel and Dail Mail, being invited on board Brilliance of the Seas for a VIP cruise, as well as meeting Steve Williams, Head of Sales at RCI UK.
These 10 stories are our picks of the biggest stories of 2013;
These are the top 5 stories from the past year based on comments and views;
|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.