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Quantum of the Seas heads for China in 2015

Posted by RCI fans on April 16, 2014 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (1)

Royal Caribbean has revealed that it will be sending its latest ship, Quantum of the Seas to China in May 2015.

 

 

Quantum of the Seas which will sail out of New Jersey, NY for the winter season, will be repositioned to China for the summer season, where she will join fleet-mates Mariner and Voyager of the Seas.

 

"Consumers in China have grown to expect the best the world has to offer, and Quantum of the Seas meets that standard like no other ship," said Adam Goldstein, President and COO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. "We are ready to accelerate the growth of this vital market with a ship that will capture the imagination of travelers looking for a one-of-a-kind vacation experience."

"Every trend we are seeing in China tells us we can achieve real long-term competitive advantage and appealing returns on our investments in this fast-growing market by accelerating our presence there," Goldstein said. "We will have to be nimble, but the ability to move fast is one of our strengths."

Goldstein said the company was able to make the move because its new-ship pipeline will keep the New York region supplied with top-rate ships as well.

 

"We are very mindful of the importance of New York, which is why we are bringing Liberty of the Seas and then Anthem of the Seas to this market."

 

The ship will sail three- to eight-night itineraries year-round from Shanghai to Japan and Korea.

 

Liberty of the Seas will arrive to Cape Liberty for the summer and autumn 2015 season, sailing to Bermuda, the Caribbean, and Canada and New England. Anthem of the Seas will complete her inaugural Europe season from Southampton, before sailing to Cape Liberty in November 2015 offering cruises to the Bahamas and Caribbean for the winter 2015-16 season.

Royal Caribbean supports Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts

Posted by RCI fans on November 12, 2013 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd will join humanitarian relief efforts in response to the damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.


Since the storm, Royal Caribbean has helped crew members attempt to communicate with relatives in the Philippines.


"Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the storm," said Richard Fain, chairman and chief executive of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. "More than 12,800 of our employees call the Philippines home. We want to do everything we can to help them, their families, and their neighbors heal from this terrible tragedy."


Contributions can be made online at www.worldvision.org/royalcaribbean.

Hotel becomes ship shaped...Literally!

Posted by RCI fans on June 20, 2013 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (1)

The first hotel shaped as a cruise ship has been opened in South Korea.


The Sun Cruise Resort in Jeongdongjin, South Korea, has looks of Royal Caribbean's Sovereign class with prominent features such as the Viking Crown Lounge. 


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This spectacular hotel has been voted as one of the country’s top tourist destinations and boasts a restaurant, wedding chapel, nightclub, volleyball court, fitness center and a netted golf range. 


"It is 165 metres in length, 45 metres in height, and 30,000 tons in weight


The hotel comprises of 211 rooms as well as luxurious suites and apartments. Some rooms have nautical portholes and others have balconies.


To enhance realism, the sound of waves crashing against the deck is played over loudspeakers. 


The mock Viking Crown Lounge is home to a revolving bar and is said to boast the best views of the sunrise in the country.


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You may think it would cost a lot to stay at the cruise-themed hotel, however rooms start from just £45 a night.

Voyager and Legend of the Seas meet in Asia for first time

Posted by RCI fans on March 25, 2013 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Today, two Asian-based Royal Caribbean ships met at Marina Bay Cruise Center in Singapore.



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Voyager of the Seas and Legend of the Seas were berthed side by side for the first time. Voyager of the Seas was starting an 8-night cruise to Shanghai while Legend of the Seas was leaving for a 2-night Malacca weekend cruise.

'Oasis 3' bound for Asia?

Posted by RCI fans on March 11, 2013 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Image renderings of the new Kai Tak Cruise Terminal which is due to open later this year, shows an Oasis class ship berthed at the Terminal.


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The terminal which has two berths can accommodate ships of up to 1,492 feet. The berths will be capable of handling two Oasis class vessels (1,187 ft) at the same time. Not even the terminal at Port Everglades can currently do that.


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The renderings pose a good question about where the next Oasis class vessel will be posistioned. A third Oasis class ship in the Caribbean year round would be very unlikely. Asia is a rapidly growing cruise destination, with 7 million cruise passengers predicted to visit by 2020. In 2012, Hong Kong itself welcomed almost 1.4 million passengers.


The ship is currently planned to be built in France after Finland lost out on the project.



Norovirus outbreak on Rhapsody of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on October 30, 2012 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The Fiji Health Ministry has confirmed 51 cases of norovirus on board the Rhapsody of the Seas which is carrying over 2300 passengers and 870 crew.


Doctor Joe Koroivueta says they took measures immediately as soon as they received reports of the cases.


Affected passengers have been isolated and no one is allowed to enter the quarantined area on the ship except the medical response team.


Dr Koroivueta says the ship will leave for Noumea, New Caledonia tonight.


Voyager of the Seas becomes largest cruise ship to visit Busan

Posted by RCI fans on July 21, 2012 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Voyager of the Seas became the largest cruise ship to visit Busan, South Korea on July 19th after she made her maiden call in the port.


 

Voyager of the Seas docked at the second largest city in South Korea as part of her first cruise season in the far east.


 

Lee Jae-Myung, Royal Caribbean's representative in South Korea, commented on the occasion, “We are proud to have added yet another popular Korean destination to Voyager of the Seas’ North Asian itineraries.”


 

“Busan, a cosmopolitan city with breath-taking mix of hills, mountains and the ocean, has always been one of Royal Caribbean’s top destinations in the region. With our multiple calls lined up this season, thousands of international guests will be able to enjoy the city’s scenic beauty, tourist attractions and famous seafood delights.”


 

Voyager of the Seas will also be calling at Fukuoka and Okinawa on the seven night cruise from Shanghai. Other itineraries include three and five night cruises from Singapore, along with five and seven night cruises from Shanghai and Tianjin. She will be calling at Busan six more times this year.

Mariner of the Seas to cruise from China in 2013

Posted by RCI fans on May 25, 2012 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean will be sending Mariner of the Seas to China in 2013 to join sister ship Voyager of the Seas. Royal Caribbean will be offering cruises to South east Asia, Japan and South Korea.

 

Mariner of the Seas will arrive in China in June 3013 and offer a number of itineraries from 3 to 12 nights. The addition of Mariner of the Seas will offer additional capacity to a Chinese cruise market that is growing quickly. Mariner will also adopt the same product customizations that Voyager of the Seas made to adapt to the Chinese marketing, such as Chinese-style menus, enhanced retail and entertainment offerings and language services.

 

Royal Caribbean's Richard Fain commented, “We see Asia in general and China in particular as a major strategic objective for our company, China has proven to be a very special market.”