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Royal Caribbean Fans to visit Oasis of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on October 10, 2014 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (1)

We are delighted to announce that on 15th October, we'll be touring the gigantic Oasis of the Seas when she makes her maiden call into Southampton. 




Our friends Harry Cotterill and Gavin Pamment from Dream Designs Colchester will also be joining us as we try to tour the entire vessel within just a few short hours. 


Jordan Bailey, Founder and Editor of Royal Caribbean Fans commented on the exciting news: "We are delighted to be partnering with Dream Designs Colchester once again and especially to be part of such a significant event. We can't wait to see Oasis of the Seas berthed in Southampton for the very first time and I'm sure along with Harry and Gavin, it'll be an experience we'll never forget."


Dream Designs Colchester previously joined RCI fans on a ship visit onboard Brilliance of the Seas back in July 2014. 



Once on board, we will explore the main areas of the vessel as well as the new features added during the recent dry dock. Harry will also be presenting his drawing of the Oasis of the Seas on the bridge of the ship. It is hoped that the Captain may be present, but we are still currently awaiting final confirmation from Marshall Bartlett, Staff Captain on board Oasis of the Seas.




You can follow along with our tour using the hashtags #RCIONBOARD and #DDCONBOARD 

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. 

Barcelona welcomes Oasis of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on September 13, 2014 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Oasis of the Seas has finally arrived into Barcelona.



Image: Twitter / @RoyalESP


The largest cruise ship in the world, departed For Lauderdale on September 1st, before crossing the atlantic and calling at Malaga on the 11th.


The ship will stay in Barcelona until 7pm tonight and will then complete two 5-night cruises to Rome and Naples. After which she will sail to Rotterdam for routine maintenance. 

Oasis of the Seas arrives in Malaga

Posted by RCI fans on September 11, 2014 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

 The largest cruise ship in the world, Oasis of the Seas, has arrived in Europe today for the very first time since construction in 2009.



Image: Salvador Salas


After departing Fort Lauderdale on September 1st, Oasis of the Seas arrived at 8am in the port of Malaga and will stay there until 8pm.


The ship is heading to Barcelona, where it will conduct a couple of cruises sailing to Rome and Naples. It will then sail for Rotterdam where it will undergo maintenence and enhancements including remodelling of the main dining room in order to offer Dynamic Dining


The ship will then depart Rotterdam on the 14th October, before arriving into Southampton on the 15th October and making its ocean voyage back to Fort Laurderdale arriving back on the 27th. 


To celebrate the arrival of Oasis of the Seas, Malaga is holding special celebrations throughout the town. Malaga's Department of Tourism has prepared musical activities in different parts of the historic center, these include flamenco dancing.

 

At 11am, the mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre, and the Councillor for Tourism, Julio Andrade, toured Oasis fo the Seas and delivered a commemorative plaque to the ship's captain.


CATS to replace Hairspray on board Oasis of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on April 5, 2014 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean has announced that the musical CATS will feature on board Oasis of the Seas after her refurbishment in October 2014. Andrew Lloyd Weber's Broadway musical CATS, which is based on T.S. Eliot's “Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats,” was one of the longest running productions on Broadway and is the winner of numerous awards including seven Tonys, two Oliviers and a Grammy.



“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Really Useful Group to bring one of the world’s most beloved musicals to Oasis of the Seas,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Executive Vice President, Operations, Royal Caribbean International. “Adding CATS to our already amazing line up of Broadway musicals such as Hairspray, Chicago: The Musical, Saturday Night Fever and Mamma Mia exemplify our commitment to bringing top quality entertainment to our guests at no extra cost.”


CATS will replace the current musical onboard Oasis of the Seas, Hairspray, which has been performed since the ship first launched back in December 2009.

Oasis of the Seas Europe itinerary and dates announced!

Posted by RCI fans on April 6, 2013 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean have now issued prices and itineraries ahead of the 9th April, when they are set to go on sale exclusively to Crown and Anchor members 48 hours before general sale.





Oasis of the Seas will cruise Europe for 5 sailings only and they WILL SELL OUT FAST!


The first cruise will depart on a 12-night reposistioning cruise on 1st September 2014 from Fort Laurderdale to Barcelona, with 9 days at sea to explore this incredible ship and a port of call in Malaga. The cruise only price for this will be £739pp in an Inside Stateroom.


This reposistioning cruise, will then see Oasis set sail from Barcelona on 13th and 18th September 2014 for a 5-night sailing calling at Rome and Naples. These will be on sale for £599pp for an Inside Stateroom.


Oasis will depart Barcelona for the last time on 23rd September 14, where she will embark on a 7-night cruise to Rotterdam calling at Malaga and Vigo. This cruise is priced at £699pp for an Inside Stateroom.


After Oasis has completed her dry dock period, she will then sail empty or possibly host a special Travel Agent cruise from Rotterdam to Southampton, where she will depart on her final European schedule departing Southampton to Fort Lauderdale on 15th October 2014. She will call at Vigo and then arriving in Fort Lauderdale. This cruise will be on sale at £729pp for an Inside Stateroom.

UPDATE: Oasis of the Seas will come to Europe in 2014

Posted by RCI fans on March 19, 2013 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

After 5 years since its brief time in European waters, Oasis of the Seas will be making a return to the region in October 2014. 




The largest cruise ship, will sail to the Keppel Verolme shipyard in Rotterdam, one of the largest dockyards in Europe. There, Oasis will receive some cosmetic repairs and tests.


The visit to the shipyard will give the opportunity for Oasis of the Seas to operate several cruises in Europe. A transatlantic sailing from the Caribbean to Europe is expected and in addition several voyages around Europe. Eventually the ship is expected to return to the States.

 


The Allure of the Seas is also likely to come to Europe in the next 2-3 years time if a drydock has still not been built in the Caribbean that can hold the largest ships in the world.


There is also speculation that the Oasis of the Seas will be briefly touring the Western Mediterranean sailing from Barcelona.


UPDATE: Royal Caribbean has now officially announced that Oasis will call in Europe, after releasing the 2014 cruise schedules. Bookings will go live on 11th April 2013. A transatlantic from Ft Lauderdale to Barcelona. A 7 night round trip from Barcelona around Spain before a cruise to Rotterdam ready for her drydock. After dry dock is complete, she will set sail on a transatlantic cruise from Rotterdam to Fort Lauderdale via Southampton.

$605,000 art work revealed at Port Everglades

Posted by RCI fans on July 4, 2012 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

A new peice of art work is now on display at Port Everglades cruise terminal.


Terminal 18, home to Royal Caribbean's Oasis and Allure of the Seas gained a new peice of art work called 'Cruising School' It was created by Washington D.C. sculptor Larry Kirkland and is made up of 300 painted aluminium fish suspended from a rotating oval bracket attached to the ceiling. The art work cost $605,000 and casts shadows on the terminal walls as they rotate. 



The art work will be seen by the 12,000 guests that pass through the terminal every week. 

Tony Awards a success for Royal Caribbean

Posted by RCI fans on June 13, 2012 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)
Sunday saw the famous annual Tony Awards live on CBS. It is one of the most prestigious award ceremonies in the theare industry. Royal Caribbean Internation got the chance to showcase their broadway production at sea, Hairspray to millions of viewers. 


Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Lyan Sierra-Caro was very happy with how the production went, "We were very excited to bring our world-class entertainment to the millions of viewers watching last night's Tony Awards. We also are thrilled to have partnered with the Broadway League to showcase the Broadway shows we offer onboard our ships."

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Oasis of the Seas rescues 23 Cubans

Posted by RCI fans on April 6, 2012 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The world's largest cruise ship rescued 23 people from a small boat on the way to Mexico on Wednesday.


Royal Caribbean International's Oasis of the Seas was sailing from Falmouth, Jamaica to Cozumel when someone saw the small boat carrying 19 men and four women. The people on the boat, who the cruise line say were Cuban citizens, were given food, water and medical treatment once they were aboard the 5,400-passenger ship.


Officials with the cruise line notified the U.S. Coast Guard. They removed the 23 people from the ship in Cozumel Thursday, as directed by authorities.