|Posted by RCI fans on November 21, 2013 at 12:20 PM||comments (0)|
The most innovative and technologically advanced cruise ship ever will be based in the UK. Anthem of the Seas will call Southampton its home in 2015.
Anthem will be based in the UK for the summer season, before spending the winter season in Fort Laurderdale.
Over 80,000 guest are expected to sail on Royal Caribbean's latest ship in 2015 alone.
At a special event at the Heron Tower in London, Royal Caribbean celebrated the news, with a live performance by the Royal Philharmonia Orchestra.
Adam Goldstein, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International, explains:
“Our business has a long history with the port of Southampton, and over the last ten years we have annually increased the number of cruise opportunities from the port. We are eyeing more growth with the introduction of the new ship Anthem of the Seas in 2015. Our commitment to providing unrivalled holiday experiences on-board the world’s most advanced and activity-packed ships is unwavering.”
Stuart Leven, newly appointed managing director for Royal Caribbean International, UK and Ireland, adds:
“The UK and Ireland is a key market for us and the new ship will reward our trade partners who have continued to support us. We are gearing up to have a full team dedicated purely to this brand, including an extensive Royal Caribbean International specific sales team on the road. Plus, we have now made one of the most significant deployment announcements of recent years. It is a really exciting time for the Royal Caribbean International business and our strive for continued growth could not be clearer. I’m looking forward to working with our agent partners to welcome Anthem of the Seas to the UK in style.”
At a cost of €170,000 per berth, Anthem of the Seas is also one of the most architecturally and technologically advanced ships ever built. It will replace Royal Caribbean International’s 3,634-guest Independence of the Seas which has sailed from Southampton since its launch in 2008. At the time, Independence of the Seas was the largest cruise ship in the world.
Over the years, UK cruisers have grown a stong relationship with Independence of the Seas and will greatly miss her.
At 167,800 GRT Anthem of the Seas is 348 meters long, 41 meters wide and has 16 guest decks. This is almost the equivalent in length of 32 London buses, 3½ football pitches, or nearly five of the world’s largest passenger aeroplane, the A380. The space allows Anthem of the Seas to offer more activities than any other cruise ship that has ever sailed from the UK.
Anthem of the Seas will set sail in April 2015.
Adam Goldstein revealed Anthem of the Seas' itineraries and cruises will go on sale in early 2014.
Anthem will also be joined by Adventure of the Seas in Southampton, which will remain in the UK for 2015. There is still no word where Independence of the Seas will be moving to.
According to a Multimedia Press Kit downloadable from the Royal Caribbean Press Center, Anthem of the Seas will visit the Mediterranean during the summer season from the UK and the Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale in the winter season.
|Posted by RCI fans on November 5, 2013 at 2:55 PM||comments (0)|
Venice will begin to limit large cruise ship traffic in the Venice lagoon.
The local goverment has announced that form November 2014, ships larger than 96,000 gross tonnes will be banned from the lagoon.
The controversy over large ships sailing along the Giudecca Canal has been going on for some years. It is only after recent protests by Venice residents and environmentalists, that the government has started to take action.
Environmentalists are concerned about the damage caused by increasing cruise ship traffic to one of the world's most iconic and magical destinations.
The Italian Prime Minister, Enrico Letta, met with transport and culture ministors as well as the governor of the Veneto region, Luca Zaia. He approved plans to limit or shut down cruise ship traffic in parts of the Venice lagoon and near the city's famous Saint Mark's Square.
In a statement, the mayor of Venice, Giorgio Orsoni, said "Finally the trend towards gigantic ships in the lagoon has been turned around. We've had enough of these mega cruise ships just metres away from San Marco, from now on there will be clear limits on the size of ships that can enter Venice."
From January 2014, cruise ship traffic in front of Saint Mark's Square will be limited. November 2014, will see cruise ships over 96,000GT completly banned from the canal. Cruise ships will have to avoid the Guidecca Canal and sail around the lagoon to reach the port in the north of the city.
|Posted by RCI fans on October 16, 2013 at 5:00 PM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean is warning all guests sailing on board Grandeur of the Seas on th 17th Ocotber, they may enconter delays due to the Baltimore port strike.
If the strike continues tomorrow, thousands of guests may notice delays in loading guests' baggage on and off the ship.
Royal Caribbean is asking guests not arrive at the port before 1pm. Check in for this sailing will take place between 1300 and 1730.
The sailing’s departure time will be delayed until 7pm, but it will not impact the scheduled itinerary.
|Posted by RCI fans on July 29, 2013 at 12:10 PM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean International has been given the green light to construct a brand new cruise terminal at Cape Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey. The terminal will handle the new Quantum class ship due to arrive in 2014.
The $70 million terminal will feature a 36,000 square foot check-in area, 60,00 square foot luggage area, a parking deck (as well as additional parking) and improvements to the berth.
The construction will begin in summer and will be paid for by Royal Caribbean. Work should be completed by October 2014 in time for Quantum of the Seas' first call into NJ in November 2014.
|Posted by RCI fans on September 13, 2012 at 1:15 PM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean is partnering with Barbados Port and SMI Infrastructure Solutions to build a brand new state-of-the-art cruise terminal in Barbados that will cost over $300 million. The new facility will allow some of the world's biggest cruise ships to dock at the island.
George Hutson, Barbados Minister of International Transport and International Business, announced the two year project at the recent Barbados Port Inc.’s 50th anniversary staff awards ceremony.
“If we are going to remain relevant, if we are going to capitalize on the opportunities available from cruise tourism, we must renew our plant from the basic infrastructure currently existing to one which will accommodate and service the increasingly large cruise ships."
Barbados is hoping the new cruise terminal will attract more cruise ships to the island, which in turn will lead to increasing revenue generated by cruise passengers on the island.
The new terminal will be completed in two phases, the first phase will cost $300 million and will include two cruise piers, arrival and departure facilities, along with parking lots. The development will take involve reclaiming 15 acres of land from the sea, 100,000 square feet of which will be provided for commercial activity. Dredging is slated to begin in November.
Cruise tourism in Barbados has grown from 127,000 in 1985 to 726,543 last year. The best year ever for cruise passenger traffic to the island was 2004 when 812,863 people visited the island.
|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
|Posted by RCI fans on July 13, 2012 at 10:50 AM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean along with Carnival, Holland America and Princess cruises have informed the government of Panama that they want to invest $30 million to build a new cruise terminal on the Amador Causeway.
The proposal would be awarded for a period of 20 years, with the option to renew for another 20 years and would be built near the Balboa Yacht Club and storage tanks.
Panama would use a plan similar to that used in 1997 when they leased the port of Colon in 2000.
Representatives from the cruise companies visited the site in order to make technical recommendations for the specifications of the tender being prepared by the Panama Maritime Authority.
|Posted by RCI fans on July 8, 2012 at 10:00 AM||comments (0)|
Noticias de Cruceros reports that on the 6th July, the Liberty of the Seas almost collided with a small Italian fishing vessel, the Angelo II based in Civitavecchia, in waters near the port city of Latium on the western coast of Italy.
According to Noticias de Cruceros, the Royal Caribbean cruise ship was on a collision course with the Angela II, which had deployed its cables and fishing nets and was trawling for fish. The captain of the much smaller fishing boat radioed the Liberty of the Seas as it was bearing down on the boat, but the cruise ship neither responded nor altered course.
The captain of the Angela II had to cut all of its cables and nets and execute an emergency maneuver to avoid being run over by the Liberty of the Seas which passed 15 meters (less than 35 feet) away.
The captain notified the Italian Coast Guard which opened an administrative investigation, which could turn into a criminal investigation if the authorities conclude that the cruise ship ignored its radar and the cries from the fishing vessel via radio and refused to alter course.
The Angela II also alleges economic damages after its cables and nets sank.
The Noticias de Cruceros blog points out that giant cruise ships like the Liberty of the Seas are chock full of sophisticated technical equipment like radar, VHF, electronic charts, GPS, and many other systems. However the problem is that notwithstanding all of this technology, the bridge officers can make reckless decisions like intentionally sailing close to shore (a la' Costa Concordia) or ignoring cries for help (a la' Star Princess) or, in this case, not answering the radio or changing course to avoid a collision with a smaller fishing boat.
The blog concludes that while the cruise industry is considering improvements to its operating procedures, consideration must be given to re-evaluating the staffing of the bridge team and the training of the bridge officers to maintain a proper lookout.
Source: Cruise Law News
|Posted by RCI fans on July 4, 2012 at 1:20 PM||comments (0)|
A new peice of art work is now on display at Port Everglades cruise terminal.
Terminal 18, home to Royal Caribbean's Oasis and Allure of the Seas gained a new peice of art work called 'Cruising School' It was created by Washington D.C. sculptor Larry Kirkland and is made up of 300 painted aluminium fish suspended from a rotating oval bracket attached to the ceiling. The art work cost $605,000 and casts shadows on the terminal walls as they rotate.
The art work will be seen by the 12,000 guests that pass through the terminal every week.
|Posted by RCI fans on May 31, 2012 at 8:00 AM||comments (3)|
The pilot strikes in Norway which closed Oslo Fjord Port earlier this week has spread to ports along the west coast of the country including Tromsø and Alesund.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has already been forced to alter the itinerary for Balmoral's Norwegian Fjords voyage, which departed Southampton yesterday (30 May).
Brilliance of the Seas, P&O's Adonia, MSC Magnifica and Holland America Line's ms Eurodam and ms Rotterdam are all due to dock in Tromsø or Alesund in the next week.
All the cruise lines have confirmed they are putting contingency plans in place should the strikes continue.
Balmoral's revised itinerary is as follows: Kiel Canal (May 31), Warnemunde (June 1), Copenhagen (June 2), Gothenburg (June 3), at sea (June 4), Zeebrugge (June 5) and Southampton (June 6).
A statement from Royal Caribbean said: "Today, Vision of the Seas is in Bergen, Norway, and Brilliance of the Seas is Flam, Norway. Both ships are expected to depart their ports of call today as scheduled. However, we are currently preparing contingency plans in the event the strike continues and either ship is unable to make their next scheduled port of calls in Norway."
Other ports affected by the strike are; Kristiansand, Stavanger, Bergen, Geiranger and a few others.