|Posted by RCI fans on November 5, 2013 at 1:10 PM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean has announced today that Kristin Chenoweth, godmother to the cruise lines newest ship, Quantum of the Seas will be onboard their parade float during Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this month.
Kristin Chenoweth, best known for her role as Glinda in the Worldwide phenomenon musical, Wicked, is a Broadway and television star and is also known for her singing voice.
It's unclear what Kristin will be doing besides waving to the crowd. Many expect her to perform a song as part of the festivities, although this is speculation at this stage.
Chenoweth will appear on the parade float that Royal Caribbean is calling, "A World at Sea" which showcases three “WOW” moments found only on Royal Caribbean ships, such as the Flowrider, Zip line and iconic rock climbing walls.
The 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air nationwide on NBC on Thursday, November 28, 2013 from 9 am until 12 noon.
|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 September 27, 2013 at 1:55 PM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean International is to hire 200 people by the end of the year at their customer contact centre in Springfield, OR.
The centre is hiring for its annual wave period, between Janaury and March, when bookings are at its highest.
However, their goal is to hire full-time, permanent workers.
“We wanted to try something new this year and give some applicants an option, so we are testing a seasonal class to determine if we have some interest,” said Rita Stolze, Royal Caribbean’s director of trade support and service.
“We’re trying to open up alternatives to candidates,” she said. “We’ll have permanent positions, seasonal; we haven’t delved into part-time positions yet, but we’re looking at adapting, based on what our needs are and what our applicant flow is.”
With the addition of 200 staff, the contact centre will have around 600 employees in total.
The company aims to reach 900+ employees at the centre, within the next couple of years.
Royal Caribbean is hiring for three different positions:
All of the new positions will be filled locally.
Wages start at $10.38 an hour, with the chance to earn incentives. Full-time employees are also eligible for benefits such as health insurance, tuition reimbursement and discounts on cruises.
|Posted by RCI fans on September 24, 2013 at 2:25 PM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean has partnered with Universal Orlando to provide guests the combination of a land and sea vacation.
Guests can combine 3- and 4-night Bahama sailings and 4-, 5- or 7-night Eastern/Western Caribbean cruises with 3- or 4-nights at Universal Orlando.
Guests leaving from select Florida ports can combine all of the adventure and relaxation of a Royal Caribbean cruise with the excitement of Universal Orlando’s two spectacular theme parks, on-site hotels and more.
With this partnership, guests will be charged one price, which will include their cruise fare, theme park tickets and hotel accommodation.
Vicki Freed, SVP for Royal Caribbean International commented, "When you can combine a cruise, whether it's a 3-,4- or 7-day cruise, with a land package, you're getting the best of both worlds and so people have a little bit longer vacation time. Combining a land based vacation with a cruise is a perfect option."
|Posted by RCI fans on August 10, 2013 at 5:25 PM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean has announced that it will be cancelling three cruises on Brilliance of the Seas in Quebec, Canada due to "reposistioning."
"This is a reposistioning of the ship that the cruise line has decided to do," commented, Anick Metivier, a Port of Quebec spokesman, "it is beyond our control."
Explorer of the Seas will still be arriving in Quebec from 18th - 20th September 2013. Another visit is also planned for 2014. Legend of the Seas will also be making her inaugural visit in 2014 as well.
It is still unknown at this stage where Brilliance of the Seas will be heading.
|Posted by RCI fans on July 29, 2013 at 12:10 PM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean International has been given the green light to construct a brand new cruise terminal at Cape Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey. The terminal will handle the new Quantum class ship due to arrive in 2014.
The $70 million terminal will feature a 36,000 square foot check-in area, 60,00 square foot luggage area, a parking deck (as well as additional parking) and improvements to the berth.
The construction will begin in summer and will be paid for by Royal Caribbean. Work should be completed by October 2014 in time for Quantum of the Seas' first call into NJ in November 2014.
|Posted by RCI fans on June 21, 2013 at 6:10 PM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean have advised all passengers boarding Majesty of the Seas on Monday 24th June to allow ample time in getting to the port of Miami.
Possible local traffic delays are expected in the Florida city due to the recent win of the NBA Championship by the Miami Heats.
The victory parade could cause traffic disruption for guests bound for the port. The victory parade will take place in the downtown Miami area and will also include streets that provide access to the Port of Miami.
As a result, Royal Caribbean has recommended that passengers arrive at the port between 8:30 am and 10:30 am or between 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm. Check in will be extended and the ship's departure time will also be delayed to accommodate the event, however it will not impact the scheduled itinerary.
Fore more information, you are advised to check the Royal Caribbean website for the latest updates.
|Posted by RCI fans on May 22, 2013 at 4:50 AM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean hasd announced that Explorer of the Seas will head to Port Canaveral in November 2014 for a winter season in the Florida port.
Explorer of the Seas will sail four and five night cruises to the Caribbean and Bahamas.
Itineraries have not yet been released and the ports of call that Explorer of the Seas will call at are still unkown. These are expected to be released in the coming weeks.
When Explorer arrives in Port Canaverla, Royal Caribbean will have 3 ships based there. She will join fleet mates Freedom of the Seas and Enchanment of the Seas.
Royal Caribbean's latest vessel, Quantum of the Seas will replace Explorer of the Seas in Bayonne, New Jersey when she makes her debut in November 2014.
The future of Explorer of the Seas after January 2014 is still unkown.
|Posted by RCI fans on May 7, 2013 at 10:55 AM||comments (0)|
Portland, Maine officials have announced that the city will welcome Quantum of the Seas, in 2015.
Quantum of the Seas will visit Portland four times during 2015.
Quantum will be the largest cruise ship to ever dock in Portland.
|Posted by RCI fans on April 25, 2013 at 4:25 PM||comments (0)|
Enchantment of the Seas has made Port Canaveral its home for the first time.
The Vision class ship which was extended in size during its 2005 refit, today set sail from the port on its first 4-night Bahamas cruise calling at Coco Cay and Nassau.
Enchantment of the Seas replaced the now ex-fleet member Monarch of the Seas, which is now owned by Royal Caribbean's subsidiary Spanish cruise line, Pullmantur.
Enchantment will offer 3 and 4-night cruises year round.
4-night cruises depart Monday through to Friday and 3-night cruises sailing Friday to Monday.
Enchantment of the Seas will be joined by Freedom of the Seas in the port.