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Hurricane Gonzalo forces Explorer of the Seas to alter itinerary

Posted by RCI fans on October 17, 2014 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Hurricane Gonzalo, which is currently battering Bermuda, has forced Royal Caribbean to alter Explorer of the Seas' upcoming schedule.


The local authority in Bermuda, has asked that all tourists do not attempt to visit the island over then next few days, as the hurricane passes over the island and while the recovery efforts are underway. 

Therefore, Explorer's 18th October sailing from New Jersey, will no longer call at Bermuda and will now visit Halifax, Nova Scotia on Monday 20th October from 7am until 3pm and St. John, New Brunswick on October 21st from 9am, departing 8pm. 

The new itinerary now differs greatly from the original one and Royal Caribbean is asking guests to pack accordingly for the weather, which is significantly colder, than what guest would expect in Bermuda. 

As a gesture of goodwill, Royal Caribbean is providing each stateroom with an undisclosed amount of onboard credit. If guests are unhappy with the changes and would like to cancel their voyage, Royal Caribbean are offering guests a future cruise certificate for 25% of the cruise fare paid for their sailing.

Explorer of the Seas was scheduled to sail a 5-night cruise from New Jersey to Bermuda and back. It is not known if Explorer's 25th October sailing will be affected. 


57 night 'Global Odyssey' for Quantum of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on May 19, 2014 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean has today announced Quantum of the Seas' repositioning voyage from Bayonne, NJ to Shanghai, China.

The 57-night  'Quantum Global Odyssey' will call at some of the top cosmopolitan cities in the world, including Barcelona, Dubai and Singapore, as it sails on its nearly 2-month, epic journey around the world. 

The ship will leave New Jersey on May 2nd 2015 and traverse the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Arabian Gulf and the Indian Ocean.

For those unable to do the entire 57-night voyage, guests can choose among six other sailings along the way ranging from three- to 16-night itineraries. 

The Quantum Global Odyssey will go on sale from May 20th 2014 for Crown and Anchor members and 22nd May for the general public. 


Legend of the Seas heads for Australia in 2015

Posted by RCI fans on May 7, 2014 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (1)

Royal Caribbean has announced that Legend of the Seas will be calling Australia its home for the 2015/16 winter season.

The ship will sail on cruises out of Brisbane, making the city the second Australian homeport for Royal Caribbean, after Sydney.

This latest announcement brings the number of Royal Caribbean vessels sailing from Australia in 2015 up to four. These include Voyager of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas, all sailing from Sydney.

At 70,000GT, Legend of the Seas is one of the largest ships able to navigate the Brisbane River.

"We are thrilled to announce our first program of cruises from Brisbane,"said Gavin Smith, Royal Caribbean's regional vice-president for Asia and the Pacific.

The move "represents another major investment by Royal Caribbean in the Australian cruise market."

Legend of the Seas will arrive in Brisbane in December 2015 for a five-month season, visiting ports of call such as Cairns and Airlie Beach.


Navigator of the Seas to sail from Ft Lauderdale in 2015

Posted by RCI fans on April 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Following the news that Quantum of the Seas will be cruising out of China in 2015, Royal Caribbean has decided to change their original 2015 ship deployments.



Anthem of the Seas, which was due to sail from Ft Lauderdale during the 2015 winter season, will now head for New York offering cruises to the Caribbean and Bahamas. With this alteration, Royal Caribbean have substituted Navigator of the Seas to replace Anthem of the Seas sailing from the South Florida port.


Navigator will offer six- and eight-night Western Caribbean sailings from Port Everglades, joining Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas as well as Independence of the Seas, which will begin to offer year-round four- and five night cruises starting November 2015.

Ships sailng from North America during 2015 winter season;

Adventure of the Seas (San Juan)

Allure of the Seas (Fort Lauderdale)

Anthem of the Seas (New York)

Brilliance of the Seas (Boston)

Enchantment of the Seas (Port Canaveral)

Freedom of the Seas (Port Canaveral)

Grandeur of the Seas (Baltimore)

Independence of the Seas (Fort Lauderdale)

Jewel of the Seas (San Juan)

Liberty of the Seas (Galverston)

Majesty of the Seas (Miami)

Navigator of the Seas (Fort Lauderdale)

Oasis of the Seas (Fort Lauderdale)

Serenade of the Seas (Fort Lauderdale)

Vision of the Seas (Tampa)


Quantum of the Seas heads for China in 2015

Posted by RCI fans on April 16, 2014 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (1)

Royal Caribbean has revealed that it will be sending its latest ship, Quantum of the Seas to China in May 2015.



Quantum of the Seas which will sail out of New Jersey, NY for the winter season, will be repositioned to China for the summer season, where she will join fleet-mates Mariner and Voyager of the Seas.


"Consumers in China have grown to expect the best the world has to offer, and Quantum of the Seas meets that standard like no other ship," said Adam Goldstein, President and COO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. "We are ready to accelerate the growth of this vital market with a ship that will capture the imagination of travelers looking for a one-of-a-kind vacation experience."

"Every trend we are seeing in China tells us we can achieve real long-term competitive advantage and appealing returns on our investments in this fast-growing market by accelerating our presence there," Goldstein said. "We will have to be nimble, but the ability to move fast is one of our strengths."

Goldstein said the company was able to make the move because its new-ship pipeline will keep the New York region supplied with top-rate ships as well.


"We are very mindful of the importance of New York, which is why we are bringing Liberty of the Seas and then Anthem of the Seas to this market."


The ship will sail three- to eight-night itineraries year-round from Shanghai to Japan and Korea.


Liberty of the Seas will arrive to Cape Liberty for the summer and autumn 2015 season, sailing to Bermuda, the Caribbean, and Canada and New England. Anthem of the Seas will complete her inaugural Europe season from Southampton, before sailing to Cape Liberty in November 2015 offering cruises to the Bahamas and Caribbean for the winter 2015-16 season.

Explorer of the Seas to homeport in Southampton for 2015

Posted by RCI fans on March 31, 2014 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean International's Explorer of the Seas will sail its very first Europe season in summer 2015. The cruise line's Adventure of the Seas, which was originally announced to homeport at Southampton, U.K., is being exchanged for Explorer of the Seas, which will take over three- to 16-night, roundtrip itineraries from late-April through Sept. 2015.

Holidaymakers can choose among three- and eight-night Northern Europe itineraries, 11- to 16-night Mediterranean itineraries, or 10- to 14-night Madeira, Azores and Canary Islands itineraries. Adventure of the Seas will remain at San Juan, Puerto Rico, to sail seven-night Southern Caribbean cruises throughout the summer season.

Explorer of the Seas will complete an extensive, month-long drydock revitalisation before starting seasonal service and boast a wide range of new innovative features to offer guests an unforgettable onboard experience. Guests can test their surfing skills on our new Flowrider surf simulator, watch a film come to life in our magical 3-D Movie Theatre, sample cuisine from around the world in one of the many excellent onboard restaurants. There will also be all-new staterooms and luxurious suites, plus new virtual balconies that bring the outside into interior staterooms. Additional features will be unveiled at a later date.

Voyager-class Explorer of the Seas was amongst the first to pioneer many of the exclusive amenities onboard Royal Caribbean that remain unmatched by any other cruise line. The Voyager class of ships was the first to introduce the active cruise holiday and features the cruise line's iconic rock-climbing wall, a real ice-skating rink, a full-size basketball and sports court, and the Royal Promenade, an interior boulevard that runs nearly the length of the ship that is flanked by restaurants, lounges and boutiques and where spectacular parades and evening dance parties are held.

Explorer of the Seas will be joined in the U.K. by the industry's ground-breaking Quantum-class ship Anthem of the Seas at Southampton and Radiance-class Brilliance of the Seas at Harwich, England.

Explorer of the Seas will be going on sale as of 3rd April 2014.

5 ships in Europe for Celebrity

Posted by RCI fans on March 17, 2014 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Celebrity Cruises, has revealed they will only be sending 5 ships to Europe for summer 2015, one fewer than this year. 

Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity Equinox and Celebrity Reflection will sail the Mediterranean, while Celebrity Eclipse will sail from Southampton. Celebrity Silhouette will be based in Northern Europe. 

The schedule will see Celebrity Infinity finish her sailings from Harwich, she will instead operate cruises in Alaska. 

Celebrity Constellation will operate 7-night, 12- and 14-night sailings out of Venice with cruises to Greece, Turkey and the Black Sea.

Celebrity Equinox will offer 7-night voyages around the Mediterranean from Barcelona, Istanbul, Rome and for the first time, Athens. 

Celebrity Reflection will sail a series of 10- and 11-night Mediterranean cruises from Rome to the Greek Isles and Turkey. 

Celebrity Eclipse will continue to sail from Southampton on 11- to 14-night cruises to the Canary Islands. The ship will also conduct 13- to 15-night trips to Northern Europe and the Baltics. 

Celebrity Silhouette will cruise from Amsterdam on 12-night Scandinavia and Russia voyages which feature overnight stays in Copenhagen, Stockholm and St Petersburg. The ship will also sail around the British Isles from Amsterdam.

Anthem of the Seas cruises go on sale

Posted by RCI fans on February 27, 2014 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (1)

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.

Royal Caribbean Scandinavia & Russia Itinerary 2014

Posted by RCI fans on February 12, 2014 at 5:55 PM Comments 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:


Copenhagen, Denmark

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

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.


Helsinki, Finland

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.


Tallinn, Estonia

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!


Visby, Sweden

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.


Sea Days

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.

Royal Caribbean releases Anthem of the Seas' itineraries

Posted by RCI fans on February 11, 2014 at 11:35 AM Comments 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:

  • Five 3/4-night taster cruises calling at Bruges and Le Havre
  • One 7 and one 8-night cruise calling at Bilbao and Le Havre. 
  • A 16-night Mediterranean Cities of Distinction cruise including visits to Barcelona, Nice, Rome, Seville and Lisbon.
  • Three 13-nights, one 10-night and one 12-night Sunshine in the Canaries cruise.
  • One 7-night Norwegian Fjords sailing
  • Two 14-night Italian Mediterranean sailings
  • One 14-night Spain and Mediterranean Beaches sailing including an overnight in Palma De Mallorca and a late departure from Ibiza.

A 14-night cruise onboard Anthem of the Seas starts from £1599 based on a July 2015 departure. A three-night taster cruise departing in May 2015 starts from £499.