|Posted by RCI fans on February 25, 2014 at 1:25 PM||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.
|Posted by RCI fans on February 4, 2014 at 5:25 PM||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.
|Posted by RCI fans on November 19, 2013 at 6:20 PM||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.
|Posted by RCI fans on November 19, 2013 at 5:20 PM||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.
|Posted by RCI fans on November 14, 2013 at 5:50 PM||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."
|Posted by RCI fans on November 12, 2013 at 1:10 PM||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.
|Posted by RCI fans on October 17, 2013 at 1:35 PM||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.
|Posted by RCI fans on September 23, 2013 at 11:50 AM||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.
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.
|Posted by RCI fans on September 23, 2013 at 5:30 AM||comments (0)|
The first steel cutting for the third Oasis-class ship is expected to start at STX France today.
Image: Royal Caribbean International
Each Oasis-class ship can accomodate 5,400 passengers and weigh in at 225,000 tons.
According to supplier reports, a fourth Oasis will be confirmed next summer, followed by a fifth.
'Oasis 3' should be delivered in 2016, while 'Oasis 4' will be constructed ready for summer 2018.
Stay tuned for more information about the steel cutting of Oasis 3...
|Posted by RCI fans on September 10, 2013 at 1:10 PM||comments (0)|
Celebrity Cruises' troubled ship, Celebrity Millennium has had a touch of paint during its emergency dry dock.
The cruise line thought it would be the perfect opportunity to update the outdated name on the side of the hull and bring it in-keeping with the other members of the fleet.
They posted an image of the new name style on their Instagram account.
Celebrity Cruises posted "#CelebrityMillennium is now emblazoned in large branded font on the upper hull and it looks great!"