|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.
|Posted by RCI fans on October 2, 2013 at 2:15 PM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas has been affected by the US government shutdown.
The Radiance class vessel was docked in Bar Harbor, Maine. Guests were supposed to visit the Acadia National Park, however due to the federal government shutdown, alternative plans had to be made.
"We were able to come up with some alternatives in order to accommodate those guests that had booked excursions to the national park," explained Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez.
Guests were offered the chance to instead visit the Mount Desert Oceanarium or go on a schooner sail.
The ship was on a 7-night New England and Canada sailing from Boston.
Grandeur of the Seas is also expected in Bar Harbor later in the week. Royal Caribbean has said they are monitoring the shutdown and will make whatever changes are necessary for upcoming cruises.
|Posted by RCI fans on October 1, 2013 at 4:40 PM||comments (0)|
Azamara Club Cruises has unveiled its 2015 cruise itineraries which are now available for booking.
Azamara Journey and Quest will visit 203 ports in 62 countries, including 16 maiden ports of call. 52 sailings range from 5- to 18-nights sailing to all corners of the world including immersive-rich destinations such as South America, Caribbean, Europe, the Far East and for the first time ever - Australia.
Throughout 2015, Azamara Journey will sail 11- to 18-night voyages throughout Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina, Antarctic Sound, Panama Canal and the Caribbean. The ship will also make maiden calls at Aruba and Curacao.
Azamara Quest will sail the Baltic, North and Mediterranean season 7- to 18-night itineraries. Quest will also offer sailings in Asia during Spring and Winter. In December, Azamara Quest will sail from the Bali Sea on a 14-night voyage over New Years to Australia and the Barrier Reef.
|Posted by RCI fans on September 23, 2013 at 1:25 PM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean International has refused to rule out basing one of its Oasis-class ships in the Mediterranean when the third vessel launches in 2016.
Adam Goldstein refused to discuss plans for the new vessel, but said the cruise line was ‘pleasantly surprised’ by the reaction to Oasis of the Seas’ mini-season in the Mediterranean next autumn.
Goldstein said bringing Oasis to Europe had been an ‘experiment’ but demand had been ‘quite promising’.
He added: “We always felt demand would be high but we needed to do it in real life to be sure. We are offering attractive itineraries so we already feel we have the ports we need for Oasis to operate in Europe.”
Due to the size of the Oasis-class, it is limited to the number of ports it can fit in to.
Itineraries for the 2015-16 season will be revealed in early 2014.
|Posted by RCI fans on September 11, 2013 at 6:45 AM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean has announced that Splendour of the Seas will continue seasonal South America cruises for the eighth year.
Splendour will operate three- to eight-night cruises from Sao Paulo, Brazil during the winter 2014-2015 season.
The 3-8-night cruises will call at ports such as Buzios, Ilha Grande, and Ilhabela.
The ship will also make seven-night Argentina and Uruguay cruises, calling at Punta Del Este, Montevideo and Buenos Aires.
pecial eight-night sailing, departing on 27th December 2014, will take guests to Porto Belo, Buzios, Ilha Grande and Ilhabela. Guest will also have the opportunity to see in the New Year at Rio de Janiero and have the experience to catch the world-famous fireworks show at Copacabana Beach.
“We are glad to bring Splendour of the Seas back to Brazil for an eighth winter season,” said Lisa Bauer, executive vice president of global sales and marketing for Royal Caribbean International. “Splendour of the Seas combines a vast array of new and modern features, exciting itineraries, and our world-renowned friendly and engaging service to deliver a unique South America holiday experience that can only be found on Royal Caribbean International. And our award-winning family programming will help make a holiday to the region an unforgettable experience for all ages.”
Cruisers can also choose from two transatlantic sailings between Brazil and Spain that start and finish Splendour of the Seas’ winter 2014 season. A 15-night westbound itinerary from Barcelona to Sao Paulo will depart on 22nd November 2014 and call at Seville, Lisbon, Madeira, Tenerife and Rio De Janeiro. Splendour of the Seas returns from Sao Paulo to Barcelona on 20 April 2015 and will call at Rio De Janeiro, Salvador De Bahia, Tenerife and Malaga.