|Posted by RCI fans on February 27, 2014 at 1:35 PM||comments (0)|
Cruises on board Royal Caribbean's latest ship, Anthem of the Seas, went on sale to its Crown and Anchor members on Wednesday 26th February.
The sister ship to Quantum of the Seas, will launch in April 2015, sailing from Southampton in the summer season, and Fort Lauderdale for the winter season.
The ship will operate various itineraries ranging from short 3- and 4-night 'taster' cruises up to 16-night Mediterranean itineraries.
A 3-night taster cruise from Southampton to Brugge and Le Havre starts at £399. If you're wanting a longer cruise, 14-night cruise in July 2015 costs £1599.
|Posted by RCI fans on February 12, 2014 at 5:55 PM||comments (0)|
For 2014, Royal Caribbean are offering a fantastic opportunity to take in some of the most culturally intriguing destinations in Northern Europe, including an overnight stay overlooking the magnificent neoclassical architecture of St Petersburg, for which the city is renowned. Sailing on board the newly renovated Brilliance of the Seas, this truly is a voyage of discovery - both of the exciting new features and amenities onboard Brilliance, and of the remarkable sights and spectacular scenery of Scandinavia. Here are the wonderful ports you’ll visit whilst enjoying this journey through the Baltic Sea:
If you’ve never visited Copenhagen before, you may be surprised! Despite being Denmark’s capital, the city is remarkably small, cozy, and compact, with a charming intimate town atmosphere, as opposed to the busy, bustling nature of a major city. If you stand in the Inner City district, between the waterfront and the picturesque lakes, you’re rewarded with a view that is very much reminiscent of a historic village, with narrow, cobbled streets and colourful houses - it can sometimes be difficult to remember you’re in the most important city in Denmark!
Like the UK, Denmark’s tourism is greatly boosted by the Royal family, and parts of the Royal residence, Amalienborg, can be viewed and toured daily. If you have visited Copenhagen before, and are familiar with the main sights in the city, including the Little Mermaid statue down on the waterfront, you may wish to venture a little further afield on this trip. Just north of the city, you’ll find stunning beaches in Charlottenlund, and if you fancy a trip over to Malmö, Sweden, it’s just a quick jaunt across the 5 mile long Øresund Bridge.
Stockholm, Sweden, is much more lively and city-like, in terms of both atmosphere and aesthetics, than Copenhagen. Despite it being evidently much more urban, it is, perhaps, one of Northern Europe’s most beautiful big cities, with more than half of the area dedicated to waterways and lush, green spaces such as parks, such as Hagaparken and Bellevueparken - great places for both kids and adults. One of the most fascinating features of Stockholm is how the city really divides itself between old and new - becoming one of the most modern and contemporary destinations in Northern Europe whilst still maintaining much of its old world charm. Sergels Torg is a prime example of how the city is very much ahead of its time, with the glass obelisk, dancing fountains, and designer stores and restaurants. However, just across the river is the Gamla Stan - the Old Town - where it’s cobbled streets, tiny, independent stores, and the historic Royal Palace. A place of contrasts, it’s hard not to fall in love with Stockholm.
Arriving into port in Helsinki, Finland’s capital, can be somewhat confusing! Nestled between Sweden and Russia, the city is very much a combination of both. In fact, the history of Helsinki is truly intriguing. Established by the Swedes, the name Helsinki derives from the Swedish province of Hälsingland. However, unhappy with the undeniable Swedish influence in the city, Alexander I of Russia rebuilt Helsinki using the same architectural design - neoclassical - that was common throughout Russia. The Helsinki we see today is a true blend of Finnish, Swedish, and Russian influences, and you can learn more about this fascinating history at the National Museum of Finland, right in the heart of the city. If you’re interested in exploring some of Helsinki’s islands, be sure to head to Pihlajasaari, just to the south. When the weather is nice, the beaches here are a hotspot for locals and tourists alike, often considered the place to see be seen.
St Petersburg, Russia
Undoubtedly the highlight of the voyage, an overnight stop in St Petersburg is an experience you will never forget. Russia is perhaps one of the most mysterious and historic countries in the world and a visit here is like stepping into a completely different world. In the daytime, simply strolling around, gazing at the neo-classical architecture, exhibiting a blend of European and Asian influences (check out the Church of the Saviour on Blood for a prime example), is enough to fill an entire day, but be sure to make time for the other must-do activities here. A wander down the Nevsky Prospekt is great for picking up some authentic Russian vodka, and there are also opportunities to paint your own Russian nesting dolls - a fantastic experience for kids. The beauty of this itinerary is that, as your ship docks overnight, you can even head out to the Mariinsky Theatre to watch a beautiful ballet performance from some of the world’s most talented performers.
A little note about visiting St Petersburg - all passengers are required to have a visa for entry. You can apply for a personal visa in advance of your trip. Alternatively, you can also book an excursion through Royal Caribbean, as you will then be included on a group visa. If you’re travelling with others, you may even wish to arrange a chauffeur through the cruise line - you’ll still be included on the group visa, but you can see the city at your own pace.
Despite being located just 43 miles south of Helsinki, across the Baltic Sea, there is a definite Bavarian atmosphere in Tallinn that makes it very fairytale-esque. If you climb Toompea hill and gaze out of the city, you will see just how beautiful and magical Tallinn really is, overlooking the Soviet turrets that turn each building into something from the Disney movies. Alternatively, head up to the observation desk at the Tallinn TV Tower for amazing views that reach right across to Finland on a clear day. Pirita Beach, on the shores of Tallinn Bay, is a great place to relax if the weather is nice, while the secret tunnels are excellent for taking shelter from the rain. The tunnels winding beneath Toompea Hill are surrounded in mystery and intrigue, and, having been built in the 17th century to protect against Russian invasion, they certainly have some stories to tell!
There is nowhere better for your last port of call on this busy and exhilarating journey than Visby, Sweden. Located on the popular holiday island of Gotland, this chilled out, relaxed town is perfect for taking some downtime after racing around city after city. There’s actually very little to do in Visby, but that’s its charm. Be sure to take your camera with you, as the harbour and the city walls are beautiful. If you’ve visited this historic town before, it’s well worth taking a shuttle to nearby Faro to unwind on some of the most luxurious beaches in Northern Europe - very few tourists make it this far so it’s considered to be a real hidden gem.
With four sea days included in your itinerary, there’s plenty of opportunities to explore the newly renovated Brilliance of the Seas. If you’ve travelled on Brilliance in the past, here are some of the new features you’ll find when you sail on this magnificent ship in the future:
* New restaurants and bars including Giovanni’s Table and R Bar
* Royal Babies and Tots Nursery
* A gigantic outdoor movie screen overlooking the pool
* A brand new Concierge Club for suite guests
Along with these new additions, you can still find all the Royal Caribbean favourites, including the Windjammer Cafe, Adventure Ocean, and the Starquest Nightclub.
If you’re looking for a holiday that is more on-the-go than your typical beach getaway, then this is the cruise for you. Packed full of rich culture, delicious cuisine, fascinating people, and beautiful sights, this is a fantastic Scandinavia & Russia itinerary for 2014.
For more information, visit Bolsover Cruise Club.
|Posted by RCI fans on February 11, 2014 at 11:35 AM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean has unveiled a selection of itineraries that Anthem of the Seas will sail to in summer 2015.
Anthem will embark on 20 voyages from Southampton in 2015 from 3-night cruises up to 16-nights. As Anthem is a brand new and revolutionary ship for the UK market, there is a strong focus on 'taster' cruises, designed to attract new cruisers.
Due for delivery in Spring 2015, Anthem of the Seas' itineraries, will go on sale from 3rd March 2014 and 26th February for Crown and Anchor members.
Her first cruise from Southampton will depart on 22nd April 2015 before heading of to Fort Laurdersale for the winter months.
Highlights of the many itineraries include:
|Posted by RCI fans on February 5, 2014 at 6:00 AM||comments (0)|
Allure of the Seas will make the Mediterranean its home in 2015.
Offering seven-night cruises, Allure of the Seas will call Barcelona its home port from 3 May 2015 until October 2015.
Earlier in the year, Royal Caribbean annouced that Oasis of the Seas would sail a micro-season from Europe in late 2014.
Oasis class ships feature amazing WOWs from zip-lining, an outdoor park, aquatheatre, carousel and Chicago The Musical.
"At Royal Caribbean International we have always delivered the unexpected and enjoyed behaving in a way that no other cruise line can. Not only are we increasing our European deployment, but we are doing it in impressive style." Stuart Leven, managing director, Royal Caribbean International, UK and Ireland explains. "News that Allure of the Seas will enjoy a full season based in the popular Mediterranean port of Barcelona is brilliant for agents – they have the opportunity to sell cruises on the world’s most high profile ship closer to home.
"We will be supporting our agent partners extensively in ensuring that they get to learn more about this ship when sister-ship Oasis of Seas calls into Southampton later this year. We’re urging agents to forget what they think they know about European cruises – Allure of the Seas will change the face of selling Mediterranean cruises, especially for a family audience."
Another new Royal Caribbean ship will also sail European waters in 2015. Anthem of the Seas will sail European itieraries from Southampton from spring 2015.
Allure of the Seas will offer seven-night cruises from Barcelona calling at Palma de Mallorca, Marseilles for Provence, La Spezia for Florence and Pisa, Civitavecchia for Rome and Naples. Alternatively, guests will also have the option to travel to Rome and join the ship in Civitavecchia.
Cruises go on sale from 12th February 2014 for Crown and Anchor members and general sale from 18th February.
|Posted by RCI fans on December 7, 2013 at 6:15 AM||comments (0)|
A St Maarten cruise schedule has revealed that Anthem of the Seas will make bi-weekly stops at the Caribbean port.
Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas will make her first stop in St Maarten on 9th November 2015, after she leaves Southampton earlier that month to begin the winter season sailing from Fort Lauderdale.
However, she will not make another call into the port until a month later on 9th December 2015. After which she will operate a bi-weekly schedule calling at St Maarten. It is unknown where the ship will sail to during that time, although it may be likely that several 'taster cruises' will take place.
Her final call in St Maarten, will be 21st April 2016, where she will then sail back to Southampton for her summer season.
|Posted by RCI fans on November 18, 2013 at 12:00 PM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean has cancelled Rhapsody of the Seas' Alaskan schedule in favour of Europe.
The cruise line has had to cancel two sailings in April and May 2015; a 16-night cruise from Sydney to Honolulu on 17th April 2015 ; and a 13-night Honolulu to Vancouver cruise setting sail on 2nd May 2015.
Royal Caribbean is contacting guests on these sailings and can choose to accept a full refund or move to an alternative cruise.
Rhapsody of the Seas will sail on a 16-night cruise from Sydney to Singapore, departing on the 17th April 2015. She will then do a 14-night cruise from Singapore to Dubai on 3rd May and finally a 15-night Dubai to Instanbul cruise on 17th May.
Adam Armstrong, Royal Caribbean's commercial director for Asia Pacific said the new itineraries will give Australians and New Zealanders new routes to Asia, the Middle East and Europe that they have never seen before.
He said: “We think the Sydney to Istanbul option will be especially popular with local guests, as it offers a leisurely way to travel to Europe and arrives on 1 June, just as the Mediterranean summer begins.
“It’s the first time that Royal Caribbean International has operated such a route – and we are particularly pleased to be sailing it on our longest-serving Australian ship, Rhapsody of the Seas, which has a tremendous following down under.”
|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 November 4, 2013 at 6:35 PM||comments (0)|
Propulsion issues are affecting the world's largest cruise ship, Allure of the Seas.
Image: Cruisers Connect
Royal Caribbean International is reporting that a significant reduction in the ship's speed has caused delays and shortened calls during its past two Eastern Caribbean sailings.
Cynthia Martinez, Director of Global Corporate Communications, said "Allure of the Seas currently has a small restriction on her top speed. All equipment is fully operational, and there is no impact on the maneuverability of the ship or on the safety of our guests and crew."
Due to the speed reduction, the cruise line has had to shorten stops in Nassau and St Thomas for the past two sailings.
Royal Caribbean also had to reduce the time in the ports during the October 27 - November 3 sailing. Nassau's cal was shortened by 1 hour, where as the stop in St Thomas was shortened by 3 hours.
Cynthia went on to explain that the company is "currently exploring various options that would fix the problem."
"The plan is to get Allure back up to top speed."
|Posted by RCI fans on October 19, 2013 at 10:55 AM||comments (0)|
A port schedule site has possibly 'leaked' information regarding Allure of the Seas visiting Europe.
According to the Port of Rome Cruise Schedule, Allure of the Seas will make a call into the Italian port on 1st October 2015, en-route to Naples.
Oasis of the Seas will be sailing around Europe in 2014 before she enters drydock in Rotterdam. Allure of the Seas will need to enter drydock for routine checks sometime in 2015, similar to Oasis of the Seas.
It is likely Allure of the Seas will also make several cruises around Europe, before her drydock period.
Cruise lines usually have to secure a berth with a port authority months, even years in advance, which is sometimes why these 'leaks' occur.
Royal Caribbean has not commented on the matter.