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RCI fans to visit Brilliance of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on June 19, 2014 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

We are very excited to announce that we have teamed up with our friends over at Dream Designs Colchester for a special ship visit on board Royal Caribbean's beautiful Brilliance of the Seas. 




The visit will take place a month today on July 26th 2014 on board Brilliance of the Seas at Harwich International Port.


Founder and Editor of Royal Caribbean Fans, Jordan Bailey, will be meeting Harry Cotterill, President and Managing Director of Dream Designs Colchester along with Gavin Pamnent, Chief Photographer, before heading over to Harwich International Port just before 10:30am. 


Once on board, we will explore the main areas of the ship, especially some of the venues we missed on our visit last year, including some of the specialty restaurants. During the tour, we also hope to locate Harry's fabulous drawing of Brilliance of the Seas which he presented to the Captain during his last visit on July 27th 2013. You can keep up to date with the search using #WheresHarrysDrawing.




Jordan commented on the event stating: "We're so excited to be visiting the beautiful Brilliance of the Seas again. It's a pleasure to be attending with Dream Designs Colchester and we look forward to exploring some of the venues we missed on our previous visit last year. We thank Harry and Royal Caribbean International for making this all possible!"


Whilst touring Brilliance of the Seas, we aim to take multiple photos and videos which we will be posting on our Facebook and YouTube pages after the event. The tour will conclude by having lunch on board. 



Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester, said: "We are thrilled to be working together with our friends at Royal Caribbean Fans and truly delighted that they are able to join us for our ship visit aboard Brilliance of the Seas in Harwich next month!"


He further added: "Our thanks of course have to go to the Captain and crew of Royal Caribbean International's Brilliance of the Seas for agreeing to welcome us back again aboard."


To keep up to date with our visit, follow @RCI_fans and @HarryCotterill on Twitter or by using hashtags #rcionboard #WheresHarrysDrawing and #DreamDesignsColchester. 


Alternatively, we'll also be posting several images on our Instagram account, @rci_fans.

Royal Caribbean to host 2014 World Cup Party at Sea

Posted by RCI fans on May 12, 2014 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean International has annouced today a partnership with Coca-Cola to bring the excitement of the most prestigious football competition in the world to its fleet.



Image: Royal Caribbean International

The cruise line will host the official Coca-Cola Party at Sea to celebrate the 2014 FIFA World Cup and will broadcast all of the games at the official screening party hosted by Coca-Cola, in public viewing areas and in-stateroom televisions.


“Royal Caribbean is proud to partner with The Coca-Cola Company to host their Party at Sea,” said Nick Weir, Vice President, Entertainment, Royal Caribbean International. “We know how important this event is to our guests and we are certain that even casual football fans will enjoy the experience of watching the competition onboard our ships.”


Throughout Royal Caribbean cruises in June and July, guests will benefit from additional family activities, Adventure Ocean activities, giveaways and more for everyone to enjoy during their holiday – free of charge. Limited edition Coca-Cola football themed souvenir cups will accompany the purchase of any all-inclusive soft-drinks beverage package.

EXCLUSIVE: Anthem of the Seas dining venues leaked

Posted by RCI fans on March 25, 2014 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean Fans has been shown exclusive details regarding Anthem of the Seas' dining options.




It seems Royal Caribbean mistakenly published new deck plans and information online, which has now been shared on Wikipedia.


The leaked information comes just a day before the reveal event in New York City.


Unlike current vessels in the fleet, there will be no main dining room, rather 4 large individual dining rooms specialising in different cuisines. "The Grand" will be a more formal venue, whereas for contemporary cuisine, guests can head to "Chic" For Asian cuisine, "Silk" is the place to dine.


Another restaurant expected to be popular is the "American Icon Grill" serving American comfort food.


For those guests wanting a more intimate experience, there will be several smaller dining venues, "Michael's Genuine Pub" will serve traditional pub fare from chef Michael Schwartz. "Jamies Italian" will serve italian dishes created by Jamie Oliver. Were still not quite sure what culinery surprises await us at the "Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine" restaurant, however taking a quick guess, the venue may serve unusual and not-so-traditional food! "Coastal Kitchen" will be a private restaurant for suite guests only, serving a mixture of Californian and Mediterranean dishes. "The Grill" is the perfect place to grab a snack, or an all-day breakfast, plus the venue is open 24-hours. It is currently not known if these venues will require a cover charge. 


If some of these choices sound too much, then don't panic. Anthem of the Seas will still feature Royal Caribbean classics, including Sorrentos, Café Promenade, Chops Grille, Izumi, Chef's Table, Johnny Rockets and Windjammer Marketplace.


Also onboard will be the "Solarium Bistro", "The Café @ Two70°" (similar to the "Park Café" on other Royal Caribbean ships) and "SeaPlex Dog House" (similar to the "Boardwalk Dog House" on other Royal Caribbean ships)

Quantum class dining to be revealed soon!

Posted by RCI fans on March 4, 2014 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean have been very quiet about the dining features on board Quantum of the Seas, but all that is about to change very shortly!


A special 'reveal' event is expected to be held on March 26th in New York City in front of the press and selected Diamond+ and Pinnacle members. 


Royal Caribbean promised that Quantum of the Seas would have "the most flexible dining options and more specialty restaurants than ever before."


It is likely that Chops Grille and Giovanni's, both favourites with guests, will make a return to Quantum of the Seas. The ship will also see the addition of a new Mexican restaurant called Sabor, which debuted on Navigator of the Seas earlier this year. 


There are also many rumors about a Celebrity chef restaurant on board. 

2013: Looking Aft

Posted by RCI fans on December 31, 2013 at 12:35 PM Comments 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;

  1. Royal Caribbean officially unveils Quantum of the Seas
  2. Anthem of the Seas will be based in UK
  3. Former RCCL Song of Norway to be scrapped
  4. Propulsion problems affect Allure of the Seas
  5. Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Azamara to separate brands
  6. Celebrity Millennium stranded in Alaska
  7. Fire on board Grandeur of the Seas
  8. Oasis of the Seas will come to Europe in 2014
  9. Kristin Chenoweth named Godmother of Quantum of the Seas
  10. Mamma Mia! Royal Caribbean announces Quantum's musical

These are the top 5 stories from the past year based on comments and views;

  1. Quantum of the Seas officially unveiled
  2. Man falls overboard on Adventure of the Seas
  3. Royal Caribbean celebrates 50 million passengers
  4. Hotel becomes ship shaped...Literally!
  5. Brilliance of the Seas VIP Cruise

We can't wait to find out what 2014 brings, but we already know it will consist of Norwegian Getaway, Thomson Celebration, Azura, Independence of the Seas and maybe a few more surprises!

We hope you had a fantastic 2013 too and from all of us here at rcifans.com, we wish you a Happy New Year and best wishes for 2014! 

Our New Years resolution this year is to go on even more cruises than last year, which was 8!


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Royal Caribbean offers agents the chance to attend the Brit Awards

Posted by RCI fans on December 3, 2013 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean is offering UK travel agents the chance to win tickets to attend the 2014 Brit Awards. 




Sixteen places are up for grabs in the incentive, a number of which require agents to nominate their colleagues in one of six categories for Royal's own 'B.R.I.T.S' awards:


 

  • Best Breakthrough Act – best New to Selling Cruise agent
  • Best producer – best booker
  • Best Solo Female – best female travel agent
  • Best Solo Male – best male travel agent
  • Special Recognition – for commitment, dedication, enthusiasm
  • Critic’s Choice – best overall agent

 

Agents need to get a colleague to post a photo of them and 150 words on why they deserve to win their chosen category on the Royal Caribbean Travel Agents Facebook page (facebook.com/royalcaribbeantravelagents)


Head of trade sales Nicki Tempest-Mitchell said: “For all the agents out there who have dreamed of becoming a superstar, or at least sit next to one, this is your chance to make that dream a reality."


 

“If your colleague, friend or boss has standout selling skills, head to our Facebook page and tell us all about it.”


Voting runs until February 12th 2014. Winners will be determined by the number of votes each agent receives on Facebook and the number of votes they receive from a Royal Caribbean International judging panel.


 

The winning agents in the Royal B.R.I.T.S Awards receive:


 

 

  • One night’s accommodation in a four star hotel in London
  • Dinner and drinks in The VIP Club before the Brit Awards show and a live performance by one of the UK’s hottest musical artists
  • Level 1 VIP seats in The 02 Arena
  • After-show party at The VIP Club
  • Transport to and from their home

 

The line’s sales team will be visiting agencies accompanied by lookalikes of previous Brit Award winners such as Justin Timberlake and Will.I.Am.

UPDATE: Anthem of the Seas will be based in UK

Posted by RCI fans on November 21, 2013 at 12:20 PM Comments 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.


UPDATE:

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. 

Royal Caribbean begins marketing 'big announcement'

Posted by RCI fans on November 12, 2013 at 12:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Last month, we told you to save the date 21st November 2013, as a BIG announcement from Royal Caribbean UK was expected. 



Now Royal Caribbean has started the official marketing of the event and sent an email and tweets with the tagline "21/11/13 - A date that'll be music to your ears." 


This is likely to be a play-on-words relating to Anthem of the Seas and looks like it could be the official announcement that Anthem of the Seas will be calling Southampton its home, after the Le Havre Port Schedule 'leaked' some information ealier this year.


A special event is also being held in London.


We'll be providing you with more news about the announcement as soon as we hear anything. You can follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep updated.


The best time to check will be around 4:30GMT when the announcement is expected to take place. 




Kristin Chenoweth to appear on RCI's parade float

Posted by RCI fans on November 5, 2013 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean has announced today that Kristin Chenoweth, godmother to the cruise lines newest ship, Quantum of the Seas will be onboard their parade float during Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this month.


 


Kristin Chenoweth, best known for her role as Glinda in the Worldwide phenomenon musical, Wicked, is a Broadway and television star and is also known for her singing voice.


It's unclear what Kristin will be doing besides waving to the crowd. Many expect her to perform a song as part of the festivities, although this is speculation at this stage.


Chenoweth will appear on the parade float that Royal Caribbean is calling, "A World at Sea" which showcases three “WOW” moments found only on Royal Caribbean ships, such as the Flowrider, Zip line and iconic rock climbing walls.


The 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air nationwide on NBC on Thursday, November 28, 2013 from 9 am until 12 noon.

BIG announcement to be made on 21st November

Posted by RCI fans on October 16, 2013 at 5:10 PM Comments 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...