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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. 


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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."

Royal Caribbean considering to dry dock Allure early

Posted by RCI fans on November 12, 2013 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

After suffering from a propulsion problem over the last couple of weeks, Royal Caribbean is considering an early drydock for the gigantic vessel, Allure of the Seas according to Travel Weekly.




Allure is currently to enter drydock in 2015, however Richard Fain, Chairman and Chief Executive of Royal Caribbean said the schedule may have to be accelerated.


“We’re considering it, sure,” he said while onboard Vision of the Seas for a one-night media cruise to showcase its recent renovations.


“We’re in the process of trying to assess [whether] we move up the drydock, and if it makes sense we will.”


An option could be to replace Oasis of the Seas' drydock slot and let Allure take its place instead. However regulations state a ship must enter drydock for routine maintenence at least every 5 years and as Oasis was built in 2009, it will have to enter drydock before December 2014.



Meyer Werft unveils Quantum Webcam

Posted by RCI fans on October 17, 2013 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, has unveiled a webcam that will show construction progress on the Quantum of the Seas, that is currently being built at the 504m yard.



Image: Meyer Werft


The webcam is a static image that is updated every few days.  


The webcam will continue to monitor the construction of Quantum of the Seas, until she leaves the yard towards the end of 2014. 


You can view the webcam yourself on the Meyer Werft website here.

Oasis 3 steel cutting begins

Posted by RCI fans on September 23, 2013 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Construction of the third Oasis-class vessel has officially begun today.


Image: Royal Caribbean International


Work has started at St Nazaire shipyard in France, to build the largest cruise ship, due for completion in April 2016.


The ship will be nearly identical to her older sisters, Oasis and Allure of the Seas. The keel-laying will take place in April next year.


The first piece of steel to be cut was a silhouette of the ship. It was then signed by Richard Fain, Adam Goldstein and executive vice-president Harri Kulovaara, together with STX chief executive Laurent Castaing and operations director Jean Yves Jaouen.


The ships name has not yet been announced, however if we take a look at the 6 names Royal Caribbean trademarked in January 2013, we may be able to take a few guesses.


 

  • Ovation of the Seas
  • Passion of the Seas
  • Pulse of the Seas
  • Vantage of the Seas

Pulse is a fitting name with the current Oasis-class ships. 


More details about the amenties and features will be announced in a series of several headline-grabbing announcements that will be made over the next couple of years.


Richard Fain commented on the new build saying, "We have a few things up our sleeve but we will keep them close to our vest. There is an opportunity to tweak some things, but we are not fundamentally changing a successful design."

 

A spokeswoman for the ship yard said a giant new crane would enable Oasis 3 to be constructed in 90 individual blocks, whereas the earlier two ships were made up of 160 blocks.



Oasis 3 Facts:
The new vessel will be 362.15 metres. Thats 2.15m longer than its predecessors. Oasis 3 will have a maximum capacity of 6,360 passengers which is 42 more than Allure.