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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.


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 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.

Allure of the Seas to be based in Barcelona in 2015

Posted by RCI fans on February 5, 2014 at 6:00 AM Comments 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. 

Royal Caribbean begins marketing 'big announcement'

Posted by RCI fans on November 12, 2013 at 12:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Last month, we told you to save the date 21st November 2013, as a BIG announcement from Royal Caribbean UK was expected. 



Now Royal Caribbean has started the official marketing of the event and sent an email and tweets with the tagline "21/11/13 - A date that'll be music to your ears." 


This is likely to be a play-on-words relating to Anthem of the Seas and looks like it could be the official announcement that Anthem of the Seas will be calling Southampton its home, after the Le Havre Port Schedule 'leaked' some information ealier this year.


A special event is also being held in London.


We'll be providing you with more news about the announcement as soon as we hear anything. You can follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep updated.


The best time to check will be around 4:30GMT when the announcement is expected to take place. 




Allure of the Seas coming to Europe?

Posted by RCI fans on October 19, 2013 at 10:55 AM Comments 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.

Stuart Leven becomes new MD for UK and Dominic Paul expands role

Posted by RCI fans on October 14, 2013 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean International has appointed their new Managing Director for the UK and Ireland business. 



Stuart Leven, a hospitality and leisure industry veteran, will take the role of Managing Director, in January, as part of the companies restructure. 


Leven brings a 20-year track record in the leisure and hospitality industry including airlines, travel agencies and hotels to the Royal Caribbean International UK and Ireland business. He has held senior roles in businesses such as IHG, Thistle and Guoman Hotels, Choice Hotels Europe and KLM.


As part of the restructure, current Managing Director of Royal Caribbean UK and Ireland, Jo Rzymowska, will be promoted to Managing Director for Celebrity Cruises UK and Ireland. 


In addition, Dominic Paul will expand his role as vice president, reporting directly to Adam Goldstein, the President and CEO. Paul was previously responsible for Europe, the Middle East and Africa and he now adds Latin America, Asia Pacific and the Caribbean to his responsibilities. Dominic will continue his role as Managing Director of RCCL.


 

Dominic Paul commented about the new restructure; “We are evolving our business to be in the best possible position for future growth. Our new structure in the UK and Ireland, and the industry-leading management teams now taking shape, means that we can confidently deliver against the individual growth strategies of Royal Caribbean International, Azamara Club Cruises and Celebrity Cruises. We hope to be able to announce the new leadership role for Azamara Club Cruises very soon.”