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UK Olympian, Tom Daley, makes a splash on Allure of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on January 29, 2014 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

British Olympic icon, Tom Daley, takes to the high board to help kick off Royal Caribbean’s "Caribbean Cup" – a new programme designed to promote the cruise line’s new line-up of Caribbean sailings.



The star of diving show 'Splash!' currently showing on ITV, along with Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe and American gymnast Gabby Douglas, took part in a variety of athletic challenges including surfing, rock climbing and dodgeball on board Allure of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship.



Join Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas on a seven-night Western Caribbean fly/cruise from £1,249 per person (based on two people sharing an interior stateroom).

 

Price includes £100 discount, flights from London Heathrow, one night pre-cruise hotel stay and a seven-night cruise departing from Fort Lauderdale (Florida, USA) and calling at Labadee (Haiti), Falmouth (Jamaica) and Cozumel (Mexico) before returning to Fort Lauderdale; meals and entertainment onboard and all relevant cruise taxes/fees.

 

Price is based on 22 March 2014 departure.

3 laws that could end your holiday in jail!

Posted by RCI fans on December 1, 2013 at 10:35 AM Comments 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!



Ghosts, Queues and Booze: What do you find annoying on a cruise?

Posted by RCI fans on November 15, 2013 at 12:10 PM Comments 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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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.

Robots to entertain on Quantum of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on August 30, 2013 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean International is once again pushing the boundaries of entertainment and technology. This time in the form of robots on board Quantum of the Seas.





Giant robotic arms with several 100-inch screens will move in time with music and choreography during shows in the diverse Two70 venue.


The robotic arms will be attached to a bridge that will be lowered from the ceiling to just above the stage.


It will also be possilbe to synchronise the several images on the screens as they move to provide an effect of one huge screen.

 

Cruise Anatomy: Cast gets free cruise to celebrate 200th TV episode

Posted by RCI fans on August 21, 2013 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The cast of the popular television drama, Greys Anatomy, have been treated to a free Royal Caribbean cruise to celebrate their 200th episode.


The shows creator, Shonda Rhimes, has rewarded the cast and crew for their hard work with a free cruise.


Shonda received a message in a bottle gift from Royal Caribbean, which she posted a picture of on her site shondaland.com.


Image: Shonda Rhimes

Hotel becomes ship shaped...Literally!

Posted by RCI fans on June 20, 2013 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (1)

The first hotel shaped as a cruise ship has been opened in South Korea.


The Sun Cruise Resort in Jeongdongjin, South Korea, has looks of Royal Caribbean's Sovereign class with prominent features such as the Viking Crown Lounge. 


(Exclusivepix)

 

This spectacular hotel has been voted as one of the country’s top tourist destinations and boasts a restaurant, wedding chapel, nightclub, volleyball court, fitness center and a netted golf range. 


"It is 165 metres in length, 45 metres in height, and 30,000 tons in weight


The hotel comprises of 211 rooms as well as luxurious suites and apartments. Some rooms have nautical portholes and others have balconies.


To enhance realism, the sound of waves crashing against the deck is played over loudspeakers. 


The mock Viking Crown Lounge is home to a revolving bar and is said to boast the best views of the sunrise in the country.


(Exclusivepix)


You may think it would cost a lot to stay at the cruise-themed hotel, however rooms start from just £45 a night.

Agents: Have you got the WOW Factor?

Posted by RCI fans on March 1, 2013 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean International has launched its first ever 'Wow Factor' travel agent competition which will see the trade strut their stuff in a ‘dance-off’ onboard the Independence of the Seas.

 

The compition is in-line with the current ‘Designed for Wow’ campaign. The Royal Caribbean sales team has created a dance routine and are asking agents to follow in their footsteps by creating their own version of the dance.

 

The promotion is designed to help drive trade sales and enthusiasm around Royal Caribbean’s new campaign. Royal Caribbean is asking agents to send in short videos of themselves recreating the sales team’s dance moves and is encouraging them to post their own videos to the cruise line’s dedicated travel agents Facebook page.

 

Video entries can be uploaded to Facebook between March 1 and April 14 and agents will be able to vote for their favourite submissions until April 29.

 

During the promotion period, the Royal Caribbean sales team will also take part in sales visits, equiped with props such as sweatbands, leg warmers, visors and a video of the dance routine to get the trade excited about filming their own versions.

 

Agents can also view the sales team’s dance routine on cruisingpower.co.uk and via Blippar technology on new ‘Designed for Wow’ flyers, detailing the competition.

 

The top three finalists with the highest number of votes will get the chance to take part in a live dance-off onboard the newly revitalised Independence of the Seas in Southampton on May 4, where one overall winner will be awarded an exclusive prize to be revealed on the day.

 

Nicki Tempest-Mitchell, head of trade sales at Royal Caribbean International, said: “Whether it be bringing the magic of Broadway to the Caribbean or turning imaginary friends into best friends with the Dreamworks experience, Royal Caribbean’s ships are Designed for Wow and that is what we’re trying to communicate with our new ad and accompanying Wow Factor trade promotion.

 

“We’re expecting to be inundated with a host of weird and wonderful submissions and are confident that agents will get behind this competition with their usual enthusiasm.

 

“My advice to agents is ‘grab your dancing shoes, channel your inner Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers and make yourself known by posting a video to our trade Facebook page’. Who knows? You might end up dancing yourself onto the newly revitalised Independence of the Seas!”

Give a gift they'll never forget... A cruise!

Posted by RCI fans on November 3, 2012 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Always wanted to give someone a gift they'll never forget? Well for a limited time, you can give the gift of a Royal Caribbean cruise for a future birthday, holiday or anniversary with Royal Incentive Rewards cruise certificates.


 

From November 1 until December 15, 2012, you can buy Royal Incentive Rewards certificates, which can be redeemed for a future cruise of your choice. These certificates are essentially pre-paid cruise certificates that offer flexibility for the recipient to plan a trip at their convenience with the ability to upgrade or transfer their certificate, and no expiration date.


 

Certificates come in amounts of $50 USD, $100 USD, $250 USD, $500 USD, $1,000 USD, $1,500 USD, $1,700 USD and $2,000 USD.


 

Those purchasing the certificates can choose among a variety of Royal Incentive Rewards certificate levels for different cruise regions and itinerary lengths. Once the recipient is ready to redeem their certificate and book a cruise, they simply call the Royal Incentive Rewards Desk, and the cruise line will handle the rest.


 

Certificates can be purchased from your travel agent or at https://www.royalcaribbeancertificates.com.

Three sentenced for not paying their bill

Posted by RCI fans on October 12, 2012 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Ever wondered what would happen if you walked off a cruise ship without paying your bill? The answer is you could end up in prison.


 

That's the fate of three New Yorkers who snuck off cruise ships earlier this year without paying for purchases.


 

The U.S. Virgin Islands' St. John Source reports that Sam Gross, 25, Joseph Herskovitz, 27, and Jacob Eisenberger, 29, were sentenced to up to three months in prison on Thursday for defrauding or conspiring to defraud cruise lines. The three men were also sentenced to several more months of home confinement after they are released from prison and must pay thousands of dollars in restitution.


 

The men boarded Majesty of the Seas earlier this year, and purposely ran up large bills by purchasing merchandise and services with their SeaPass Card, and then walked off the vessel after just a day without settling the tab.


 

Two of the three men then did something similar the following month on the Carnival Destiny and, a few weeks later, on the Dawn Princess, according to court documents cited by the St. John Source.


 

A fourth defendant in the case is scheduled to be sentenced in December.