|Posted by RCI fans on March 4, 2014 at 9:45 AM||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.
|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 3, 2013 at 11:20 AM||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:
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:
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.
|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 12, 2013 at 12:40 PM||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.
The best time to check will be around 4:30GMT when the announcement is expected to take place.
|Posted by RCI fans on November 5, 2013 at 1:10 PM||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.
|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 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 October 4, 2013 at 2:40 PM||comments (0)|
Celebrity Cruises has announced a series of concerts, Q&A sessions and autograph signings by finalists from American Idol.
Image: American Idol/FOX
Two singers will perform on each cruise in the Caribbean during Christmas.
Finalists will appear on 7-night cruises on board Celebrity Reflection, Summit and Silhouette. They will also appear on a 5-night cruise on board Celebrity Constellation, a 10-night cruise on board Equinox as well as a 14-night voyage on board Celebrity Eclipse.
The line-up of performers include, Bo Bice, Blake Lewis, Elliot Yamin, Kimberly Caldwell, Melinda Doolittle, Matt Giraud and Mikalah Gordon.
|Posted by RCI fans on September 25, 2013 at 7:20 PM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean has announced the 2014 Crown & Anchor members cruise.
Next May, Crown and Anchor members can enjoy breath-taking sights of Scandinavia and Russia on board the revitalised Brilliance of the Seas.
Guests will also have the chance to meet fellow members from around the world.
Departing from Harwich on 26th May 2014, this 12-night cruise will visit exciting destinations including Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Stockholm and St. Petersburg.
Inside staterooms start from £1,339pp and balcony cabins from £1589pp.
If you book this exclusive cruise before 30th September, you can enjoy a free 'wine when you dine' package.