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Fire causes $68,000 damage on Anthem of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on June 6, 2014 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (1)

According to Cruise Critic, a fire broke out on board Anthem of the Seas yesterday, 5th June.

Image: Meyer Werft

The fire has caused around $68,000 worth of damage and the origin of the fire is believed to have been a cabin located on Deck 3. 

The production area was immediately evacuated and the fire was controlled and extinguished.

A statement from Royal Caribbean said: "Two people were treated for slight smoke poisoning at a hospital in Papenburg, no one else was harmed.

"Approximately EUR50,000 worth of damage has been reported. The fire originated from a cabin on deck 3, however a cause has not yet been established."

Giant Anthem of the Seas section floated out

Posted by RCI fans on June 1, 2014 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (1)

A giant 120-metre section of Anthem of the Seas was floated out of the construction hall at Meyer Werft on Sunday. The impressive sight was captured by InselVideo and offered the first true glimpse and scale of the Quantum class ships.

Image: InselVideo

Royal Caribbean orders 4th Oasis ship

Posted by RCI fans on May 9, 2014 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean announced today that it has agreed with STX France to move forward on the order of a fourth Oasis-class ship for delivery in 2018. Royal Caribbean's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard D. Fain and President and Chief Operating Officer Adam Goldstein, along with STX France Chief Executive Officer Laurent Castaing, announced the planned ship order at the keel-laying ceremony for the third Oasis-class ship at the STX shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. 

"The Oasis Class was a revolution in maritime design when it was launched in 2009. Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas continue to be in a class by themselves both in terms of guest satisfaction and financial returns. Today's announcement is a reflection of their success," said Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. "We are thrilled to announce the order of a fourth Oasis-class ship during the keel-laying milestone of the third. This announcement is also a testament to the men and women of STX France who have worked so hard and so cooperatively on Oasis III. Known for pushing the boundaries and as part of the cruise line's continuous improvement mantra, Oasis III will be approximately 20 percent more energy efficient than Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, which already are the most energy efficient cruise ships in the world. The fourth Oasis-class ship will further build on that efficiency. 

"We are very excited that Royal Caribbean has agreed to move forward with a fourth Oasis-class ship demonstrating their confidence in STX France to construct the most superior cruise ships in the world," said Laurent Castaing, Chief Executive Officer, STX France. "We look forward to advancing the efficiencies of our ship building process to produce the most innovative ships that vacationers have come to expect from Royal Caribbean."

The keel laying of the third Oasis-class ship marks an important milestone in the development of the ship, as it signifies the beginning of its physical construction. During the ceremony, a 1,000-ton block measuring 32-ft by 154-ft was lifted by crane into the building dock. Newly minted coins were placed under the keel and will stay in place there until the end of the ship's construction. Once the ship is near to completion, the coins are retrieved and presented to the ship's Captain and crew to be placed onboard the ship. According to maritime tradition, the coins are said to bring luck to the ship during its construction process and then to its Captain and crew when she is sailing out at sea. Still to be named, the third Oasis-class ship will be delivered in spring 2016.

First images of Oasis 3

Posted by RCI fans on March 23, 2014 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (1)

The first pictures of Royal Caribbean's new Oasis 3 have emerged on the STX France website.

Images: STX France

The renderings show some differences in design to her sisters, as well as what appears to be a water slide on her top deck. 

It is also likely that she will include some of the new Quantum features, such as Virtual Balconies and dining options. 

Adventure of the Seas suffering propulsion problems

Posted by RCI fans on March 19, 2014 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Adventure of the Seas has become the latest cruise ship to face propulsion problems over recent months, which have included Allure of the Seas, Azamara Journey and Celebrity Millennium.

Adventure of the Seas has been forced to cancel 2 ports of call in Aruba and Curacao, after oil loss from a propulsion unit delayed the ships departure from St Kitts.

Cynthia Martinez, director of global corporate communications from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, confirmed the issue, stating  "Yesterday, as Adventure of the Seas was arriving to St. Kitts, the ship became aware of oil loss from the ship's fixipod. Oil booms were immediately placed around the ship to contain the oil. Engineers required additional time in port in order to continue working on the issue."

Adventure of the Seas was delayed in St Kitts until 3am. A permanent repair could not be completed, therefore the fixipod will remain offline until the ship enters drydock on 30th March for her revitalization, where additional work can be carried out. 

The fault will cause the ship to sail at a slower speed, however Royal Caribbean have stated that future itineraries in the meantime, will not be affected. 

Allure of the Seas enters drydock for minor repairs

Posted by RCI fans on February 25, 2014 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (1)

The mammoth vessel, Allure of the Seas, has entered drydock for the first time since her launch in 2010. 

Allure of the Seas, part of the Oasis-class of ships, had been suffering from propulsion problems since early November 2013. 


William D. Baumgartner, senior vice president of Marine Operations for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. explained, "While Allure could have continued to sail at a reduced rate of speed, we felt it was important to fix the problem as soon as possible. We explored numerous repair options. Unfortunately, there was no satisfactory solution that did not involve taking the ship temporarily out of service."

The ship is currently undergoing repairs to her azipods at the Grand Bahama Shipyard, in Freeport, Bahamas.

Navigator of the Seas emerges from refit with new WOWs

Posted by RCI fans on February 4, 2014 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The latest Royal Caribbean ship to have been given the 'Royal Advantage' has emerged out of dry dock today.

Navigator of the Seas underwent a month-long overhaul, which saw 81 new 'virtual balcony' cabins featuring a giant LED screen with a live view of the outside world, new panoramic ocean view cabins, with floor to ceiling windows. Other enhancements include new dining options such as Izumi and Giovanni's and signature favourite Chops Grille. Navigator will also feature a brand new specialty restaurant called Sabor, serving Mexican food.

Other highlights include digital signage, bow-to-stern WI-FI, ultra slim TV's, movie screen on the pool deck and a new nursery for children 6-36 months called Royal Babies and Tots Nursery. The champagne bar has also been transformed into a stylish bar called the R Bar.

The most noticeable new feature is the Flowrider surf simulator at the back of the sports deck. Previously only available on the Freedom and Oasis class, it is the first time the Flowrider has featured on a Voyager class vessel. 

Navigator of the Seas will sail year-round from Galverston, Texas to ports including Cozumel, Mexico; Roatan Honduras; Falmouth, Jamaica; and George Town, Grand Cayman.

There is also suspicion that Navigator of the Seas will replace Jewel of the Seas in San Juan for the 2015/2016 season. However Royal Caribbean have not officially announced any plans at this moment in time.

Keel laying ceremony for Anthem of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on November 19, 2013 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The keel-laying ceremony for Anthem of the Seas has now taken place.

This milestone marks the official start of construction for the vessel, which will debut in 2015.

Former RCCL Song of Norway to be scrapped

Posted by RCI fans on November 19, 2013 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean's first cruise ship, the Song of Norway is to be sold as scrap, according to Maritime Matters.

Image: Brian Fisher

The founding vessel, was built in 1970 and was a popular ship within the cruise industry. She was the pioneer of modern era cruising.

The vessel originally had a gross tonnage of 18,000 tons, and could carry 724 passengers. Following a mammoth refit in 1978, she was lengthened by 85 feet, to provide capacity for 1,024 passengers. This increased her size to 23,000 gross tons.

Song of Norway operated seven and fourteen-day cruises out of Miami, Florida.

The Song of Norway was retired from the Royal Caribbean fleet in 1996 and has since been in the hands of many different cruise lines, each giving her a different name. She currently is called Ocean Pearl and has been berthed in China since 2011.

She will be sent to the breakers yard in 2014 and will become the first Royal Caribbean cruise ship ever to be scrapped. 

Allure of the Seas to drydock in February

Posted by RCI fans on November 14, 2013 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean has announced that it will be drydocking their largest cruise ship, Allure of the Seas after it experienced propulsion problems.

Allure of the Seas will under go repairs at the Grand Bahama Shipyard, in Freeport, Bahamas on 24th February 2014 resulting in the 23rd February sailing being cancelled. 

Guest who have already booked on the 23rd February cruise will recieve a full refund or the option to sail on other itineraries for the same rate.

Adam Goldstein, CEO of Royal Caribbean commented on the decision, "We sincerely regret that we will be unable to deliver the Royal Caribbean cruise vacation that our guests were looking forward to. We understand that our guests' vacation time is very precious and can assure you that we did not take this decision lightly. But it was very important to us that we bring Allure back up to speed so that she could continue to deliver the amazing cruise vacations our guests expect."

William D. Baumgartner, senior vice president of Marine Operations for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. explained, 

While Allure could have continued to sail at a reduced rate of speed, we felt it was important to fix the problem as soon as possible. We explored numerous repair options. Unfortunately, there was no satisfactory solution that did not involve taking the ship temporarily out of service."