|Posted by RCI fans on November 12, 2013 at 12:40 PM||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.
The best time to check will be around 4:30GMT when the announcement is expected to take place.
|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 14, 2013 at 4:55 AM||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.”
|Posted by RCI fans on September 25, 2013 at 7:20 PM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean has announced the 2014 Crown & Anchor members cruise.
Next May, Crown and Anchor members can enjoy breath-taking sights of Scandinavia and Russia on board the revitalised Brilliance of the Seas.
Guests will also have the chance to meet fellow members from around the world.
Departing from Harwich on 26th May 2014, this 12-night cruise will visit exciting destinations including Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Stockholm and St. Petersburg.
Inside staterooms start from £1,339pp and balcony cabins from £1589pp.
If you book this exclusive cruise before 30th September, you can enjoy a free 'wine when you dine' package.
|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 19, 2013 at 12:45 PM||comments (0)|
Celebrity Cruises has unveiled new 7-night European getaways.
Celebrity claims "They're perfect for family vacations, romantic getaways, or summer adventures with friends."
There are 12 different sailings to choose between, each with just one sea day (so you'll be in a port most of the time.) The sailings will cover 23 Mediterranean ports, including; Venice, Athens, Barcelona and Rome.
Whats more, if you book by October 6th, you can take advantage of their 'Pick Your Perk' event that lets you choose from four amazing offers.
Prices start from just £660 on various ships including Celebrity Equinox, Silhouette and Eclipse.
|Posted by RCI fans on May 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM||comments (0)|
A Ship Schedule site has listed that Quantum of the Seas will make a transatlantic crossing on the 2nd November 2014, before arriving at her home port of Bayonne.
The site listing, spotted by Stacey Katz better known as CruiseDivaNJ on social media and forums, shows Quantum of the Seas as cruising from Southampton.
The transatlantic will consist of 8-nights arriving in Bayonne on 10th November. However, her first cruise from Bayonne is scheduled for 18th November, a 3-night cruise listed as sailing to the Bahamas. However, the Bahamas is not accessible from Port Liberty in 3 days. Perhaps it is a cruise to nowhere?
The 8 days between the next sailing raises many questions. These dates are likely to change, or is Royal Caribbean planning something special for these 8 days?
|Posted by RCI fans on April 6, 2013 at 10:20 AM||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.
|Posted by RCI fans on March 19, 2013 at 3:50 PM||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.
|Posted by RCI fans on March 18, 2013 at 11:20 AM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean's 2014 UK cruise season is now available to book exclusively to their Crown and Anchor members.
Crown and Anchor members can book 48 hours in advance of general release. Plus if you book your cruise during the period, you will receive a reduced deposit of just £150 per person.
There are also some great savings to be had, such as £379pp for a 4-night Belgium and France cruise in a Balcony stateroom. As well as £899 for an 8-night cruise in a Balcony cruising to the Norwegian Fjords.