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Quantum of the Seas arrives into Southampton

Posted by RCI fans on October 29, 2014 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The world's first 'Smart Ship' arrived into the port of Southampton this evening.

The 168,000GT vessel, Quantum of the Seas, arrived at the port at 5pm.

She will stay overnight before heading on a 2 night press sailing on Friday at 5pm. 

She will arive back into Southampton on Sunday 2nd November. Two Royal Caribbean ships will be in port that day, a very rare occurance for Southampton. Quantum of the Seas wll dock at the City Cruise Terminal, whereas Adventure of the Seas will dock at a more unusual location, the Queen Elizabeth II terminal. 

Adventure will sail at 16:30, with Quantum of the Seas sailing just 30 minutes later.

Sunday will also mark Adventure of the Seas' final departure from Southampton, as next year she will be replaced by sister ship, Explorer of the Seas.

Quantum of the Seas will sail to her home port of Bayonne, NJ where her maiden voyage will take place on 23rd November.

Quantum of the Seas' sister ship, Anthem of the Seas, which is due to launch next year, will be based in Southampton. She will take over the role from Independence of the Seas, which is being based year round in America.

Royal Caribbean Fans to visit Oasis of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on October 10, 2014 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (1)

We are delighted to announce that on 15th October, we'll be touring the gigantic Oasis of the Seas when she makes her maiden call into Southampton. 

Our friends Harry Cotterill and Gavin Pamment from Dream Designs Colchester will also be joining us as we try to tour the entire vessel within just a few short hours. 

Jordan Bailey, Founder and Editor of Royal Caribbean Fans commented on the exciting news: "We are delighted to be partnering with Dream Designs Colchester once again and especially to be part of such a significant event. We can't wait to see Oasis of the Seas berthed in Southampton for the very first time and I'm sure along with Harry and Gavin, it'll be an experience we'll never forget."

Dream Designs Colchester previously joined RCI fans on a ship visit onboard Brilliance of the Seas back in July 2014. 

Once on board, we will explore the main areas of the vessel as well as the new features added during the recent dry dock. Harry will also be presenting his drawing of the Oasis of the Seas on the bridge of the ship. It is hoped that the Captain may be present, but we are still currently awaiting final confirmation from Marshall Bartlett, Staff Captain on board Oasis of the Seas.

You can follow along with our tour using the hashtags #RCIONBOARD and #DDCONBOARD 

Quantum of the Seas begins River Ems conveyance

Posted by RCI fans on September 22, 2014 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean's latest ship, Quantum of the Seas has now left the Meyer Weft shipyard.

Quantum of the Seas is now sailing the 32km journey from Papenburg, along the River Ems towards the North Sea. A journey which is scheduled to take 10 hours. 

The conveyance of a new cruise ship is always an exciting, yet sad time for the Meyer Werft shipyard, due to the fact that it will never be physically possible for the ship to return. Mainly due to the shallow depth of the river and the extra weight added to the ship during the outfitting. 

Royal Caribbean have created a great infographic explaining the challenges and obstacles thatface the conveyance of Quantum of the Seas.

Special reveal event unveiling game-changing technology on board Quantum of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on August 22, 2014 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean has announced a live streaming telecast, which will unveil game-changing technology on board Quantum of the Seas.

The live-event will take place on Monday 25th August at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany and will be presented by Richard Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. The event will begin at 10am (EST) which will be 3pm in the UK.

Richard Fain will also be accompanied by David Pogue, Yahoo Tech Columnist & host of NOVA ScienceNOW.

Tune into the broadcast by clicking on the image below or visting

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, 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 (

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.