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Quantum of the Seas arrives into New York

Posted by RCI fans on November 11, 2014 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The world's first smart ship, Quantum of the Seas, arrived in New York for the first time yesterday, after completing a transatlantic voyage from Southampton.

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The ship will be based in Bayonne, NJ for the winter period, before sailing to China on May 2nd 2015 where she will then be based.

A new cruise terminal has been built at Cape Liberty to accommodate the Quantum class vessel. She offers cruises to Bermuda and the Caribbean.

Quantum of the Seas sails her maiden voyage

Posted by RCI fans on November 2, 2014 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Quantum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship, has departed Southampton bound for New York on her maiden voyage. 

She left Southampton at 18:30 and will now make a transatlantic voyage ovr to her new home port of Bayonne, NJ. 

Also in port that day was Adventure of the Seas, making a rare call at the QEII terminal. Many cruise fans have dubbed the past week 'Royal Caribbean week' due to the amount of RCI vessels that have docked during the week. Ships included Celebrity Eclipse, Quantum of the Seas, Independence of the Seas and Adventure of the Seas.

Featuring a sky diving simulator, bumper cars, robotic bartenders and a viewing capsule that extends above the ship, Quantum of the Seas is one of the most technological and futuristic ships afloat.

She will sail from the New York area offering cruises to the Caribbean and Bermuda before sailing to China where she will be based next year.

Royal Caribbean to leave New Orleans

Posted by RCI fans on June 11, 2014 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean has announced they will not be sending a ship to New Orleans for the Winter 2015-16 season.

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Janet Diaz, Royal Caribbean spokeswoman, made this comment regarding the decision, "At this time, we do not have any ships planned for New Orleans in the winter 2015-16 season once Serenade of the Seas departs in April 2015."

Serenade of the Seas offers seven-night cruises to the Caribbean and the Bahamas.

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)


Kristin Chenoweth to appear on RCI's parade float

Posted by RCI fans on November 5, 2013 at 1:10 PM Comments 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.

Royal Caribbean ship affected by US shutdown

Posted by RCI fans on October 2, 2013 at 2:15 PM Comments 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.

Royal Caribbean to create 200 jobs

Posted by RCI fans on September 27, 2013 at 1:55 PM Comments 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:


  • Entry-level cruise representatives who work with travel agents to make reservations
  • Sales representatives who work directly with consumers booking their own cruises
  • Service representatives who assist customers who have booked cruises and want to make a payment, upgrade their cabin or have other questions or issues.


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.

Royal Caribbean and Universal Orlando join forces

Posted by RCI fans on September 24, 2013 at 2:25 PM Comments 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." 

Brilliance of the Seas' Quebec cruises axed

Posted by RCI fans on August 10, 2013 at 5:25 PM Comments 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.

New Jersey cruise terminal gets green light

Posted by RCI fans on July 29, 2013 at 12:10 PM Comments 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.