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Oasis Of The Seas Refurbishment: What's New?

Posted by RCI fans on October 9, 2014 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Oasis of the Seas has nearly completed her drydock period in Rotterdam, where she has spent the last few weeks receiving routine maintenance and refurbishments.

We knew Royal Caribbean were remodelling the main dining room to make way for Dynamic Dining, but it also appears many other new and exciting features have been added, as well as some much loved favourites removed.

Here is a list of all the additional changes, Oasis of the Seas has received. 

Deck 3

  • Opus Dining Room changed to American Icon Grill

Deck 4

  • Opus Dining Room changed to The Grande
  • Izumi added
  • Diamond Club added

Deck 5
  • Opus Dining Room changed to Silk
  • Cupcake Cupboard removed to way for Kate Spade store
  • Focus becomes Michael Kors store
  • Guess store becomes Regalia

Deck 6
  • Seafood Shack becomes Sabor 
  • Boardwalk Bar changes to Sabor Bar
  • Britto store replaces Pets At Sea 
  • Boardwalk Donut Shop renamed Boardwalk Dog House
  • Ice Cream Parlour now called Cups and Scoops
  • Arcade added
  • Diamond Club replaced with staterooms (6593, 6591, 6589, 6587, 6585)
  • Additional inside staterooms added (6279, 6281, 6679, 6681)

Deck 7
  • New staterooms added (7279, 7679)

Deck 8
  • Restrooms near Central Park reduced in size to make way for new cabins (8450, 8452, 8454, 8456)
  • New inside staterooms added near Dazzles (8279, 8679)

Deck 9
  • New staterooms added (9279, 9679)

Deck 10
  • New stateroom added (10279, 10458, 10679)

Deck 11
  • New staterooms added (11279, 11679)
  • Grand Suites added to aft (11330, 11730)
  • Concierge Lounge now includes Wonderland restaurant

Deck 12
  • Grand Suites added to aft (12330, 12730)
  • Royal Suite (12240) replaced with new balcony staterooms (12238, 12240, 12242, 12244, 12246, 1224)
  • Presidential Suite (12640) replaced by two new smaller suites (12638, 1264)
  • Inside staterooms added (12279, 12679)

Deck 14
  • New inside staterooms added (14279, 14679)

Deck 16
  • Windjammer extended to include area once occupied by Izumi

Deck 17
  • Viking Crown Lounge becomes the Suite Lounge and Coastal Kitchen restaurant
  • Pinnacle Lounge converted into a Royal Suite (1701)
  • Pinnacle Chapel becomes a Royal Suite (1758)

It seems the major enhancements during refurbishment are focused on dining, with the addition of eight new dining venues. These will also be launching on Quantum of the Seas in November.

A few new retail outlets have also been added including a Kate Spade store. A famous retailer selling designer fashion and jewellery. It is likely that Kate Spade will also have a store on board the new Quantum class vessels. To make way for the new store, the Cupcake Cupboard has been removed from the ship entirely. 

Unfortuantly, Royal Caribbean have removed the signature Viking Crown Lounge which has featured on their ships since 1970. They have replaced it with a suite lounge as well as the Coastal Kitchen Restaurant. 

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.

Royal Caribbean names 3rd Quantum-class ship Ovation of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on September 18, 2014 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

With Quantum of the Seas' delivery date fast approaching, Royal Caribbean have released the name of its 3rd Quantum-class vessel.

The first steel-cutting for Ovation of the Seas took place today and the ship will launch in Autumn 2016. 

Ovation of the Seas, was one of the 6 names Royal Caribbean trademarked back in January 2013. These also included Anthem of the Seas, Passion of the Seas, Pulse of the Seas, Quantum of the Seas and Vantage of the Seas.

LIVE BROADCAST: Quantum of the Seas float out

Posted by RCI fans on August 5, 2014 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (3)

Quantum of the Seas is expected to be floated out of the Meyer Werft construction hall at 4am UTC on Wednesday 13th August 2014.

We've teamed up with HD1080ide to bring you a LIVE feed direct from Papenburg, Germany of this exciting event!

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Please note that date and time is subject to change. For updates follow us on Twitter with hashtag #QuantumFloats

Lifeboats arrive for Quantum of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on July 30, 2014 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (0)

With the float-out of Royal Caribbean's latest vessel, Qauntum of the Seas, expected to be on Saturday 9th August, the ships' lifeboats and tenders are starting to arrive.

Image: / North Sea Man

The futuristic lifeboats are being built at the Fassmer shipyard just outside of Bremen, which is approximately 100km away from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. They are then being transported by inland waterways and expected to arrive in Papenburg on Thursday.

Each lifeboat is 12.5 meters long and 5.4 meters wide. Quantum of the Seas will be outfitted before entering service in November 2014.

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.