|Posted by RCI fans on December 7, 2013 at 6:15 AM||comments (0)|
A St Maarten cruise schedule has revealed that Anthem of the Seas will make bi-weekly stops at the Caribbean port.
Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas will make her first stop in St Maarten on 9th November 2015, after she leaves Southampton earlier that month to begin the winter season sailing from Fort Lauderdale.
However, she will not make another call into the port until a month later on 9th December 2015. After which she will operate a bi-weekly schedule calling at St Maarten. It is unknown where the ship will sail to during that time, although it may be likely that several 'taster cruises' will take place.
Her final call in St Maarten, will be 21st April 2016, where she will then sail back to Southampton for her summer season.
|Posted by RCI fans on December 5, 2013 at 12:45 PM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas, has performed a medevac of 3 passengers on Tuesday.
The emergencies, which were unrelated, forced the ship to skip a call in St. Thomas. The ship then later headed for San Juan.
The first medevac occured when Freedom of the Seas was anchored off of Royal Caribbean's private island, Coco Cay. The other two medevacs took place after sailing from Coco Cay to Nassau.
Royal Caribbean wished the affected guests "a speedy recovery."
|Posted by RCI fans on November 4, 2013 at 6:35 PM||comments (0)|
Propulsion issues are affecting the world's largest cruise ship, Allure of the Seas.
Image: Cruisers Connect
Royal Caribbean International is reporting that a significant reduction in the ship's speed has caused delays and shortened calls during its past two Eastern Caribbean sailings.
Cynthia Martinez, Director of Global Corporate Communications, said "Allure of the Seas currently has a small restriction on her top speed. All equipment is fully operational, and there is no impact on the maneuverability of the ship or on the safety of our guests and crew."
Due to the speed reduction, the cruise line has had to shorten stops in Nassau and St Thomas for the past two sailings.
Royal Caribbean also had to reduce the time in the ports during the October 27 - November 3 sailing. Nassau's cal was shortened by 1 hour, where as the stop in St Thomas was shortened by 3 hours.
Cynthia went on to explain that the company is "currently exploring various options that would fix the problem."
"The plan is to get Allure back up to top speed."
|Posted by RCI fans on October 4, 2013 at 2:40 PM||comments (0)|
Celebrity Cruises has announced a series of concerts, Q&A sessions and autograph signings by finalists from American Idol.
Image: American Idol/FOX
Two singers will perform on each cruise in the Caribbean during Christmas.
Finalists will appear on 7-night cruises on board Celebrity Reflection, Summit and Silhouette. They will also appear on a 5-night cruise on board Celebrity Constellation, a 10-night cruise on board Equinox as well as a 14-night voyage on board Celebrity Eclipse.
The line-up of performers include, Bo Bice, Blake Lewis, Elliot Yamin, Kimberly Caldwell, Melinda Doolittle, Matt Giraud and Mikalah Gordon.
|Posted by RCI fans on May 27, 2013 at 8:30 AM||comments (0)|
A fire has been reported on board Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas.
WPTV reports that a call came into the Lake Worth Coast Guard at 2:52am. Grandeur of the Seas reported a Class A fire, meaning the items on fire were wood or other combustible materials.
The fire was contained on Deck 3 and has since been extinguished.
A statement by Royal Caribbean explains that the Captain deemed it necessary to muster all 2,224 guests and 796 crew at their assembly stations. All guests and crew have been accounted for and no injuries have been reported.
Royal Caribbean stated that "the safety of our guests and crew is our top priority, and we will continue to focus on their needs and concerns."
Rival cruise ship, Carnival Sensation, was on standby in case the ship needed to evacuate.
Grandeur of the Seas was heading towards CocoCay in the Bahamas, but will now head for Freeport for further evaluation. The ship is reported to have full power and is in calm seas.
|Posted by RCI fans on February 7, 2013 at 5:55 AM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean has released the 2014-2015 schedule for the summer Caribbean and northeast itineraries for Allure of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, Grandeur of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas.
In summer 2014, Allure of the Seas will offer 7-night eastern Caribbean itineraries on June 8, 22; July 6, 20; August 3, 17, 2014. Allure will also sail 7-night western Caribbean itineraries on June 1, 15, 29; July 13, 27; August 10, 24, 2014.
Oasis of the Seas will also offer 7-night eastern Caribbean itineraries on June 14, 28; July 12, 26; August 9, 23, 2014. The 7-night western Caribbean sailings aboard Oasis will occur on June 7, 21; July 5, 19; August 2, 16, 2014.
Explorer of the Seas will sail out of Bayonne, New Jersey in Summer 2014 and offer 5-night Bermuda cruises on May 3, 17, 31; June 14, 28; July 12, 26; August 9, 23, 2014. Explorer will also offer 9-night Bermuda and Caribbean itineraries on May 8, 22; June 5, 19; July 3, 17, 31; August 14, 2014.
Grandeur of the Seas will cruise out Baltimore, Maryland and offer 6-night Bermuda cruises on April 26, 2014. Grandeur will also offer 7-night Bahamas cruises on May 2, 16, 30; June 13, 27; July 11, 25; August 8, 22, 2014. Slightly different 7-night Bermuda itineraries will be available on Grandeur of the Seas on May 9, 23; June 6, 20; July 4, 18; August 1, 15, 2014.
Freedom of the Seas will continue to offer 7-night eastern Caribbean cruises out of Port Canaveral on May 4, 18; June 1, 15, 29; July 13, 27; August 10, 24, 2014. Freedom will also offer 7-night western Caribbean itineraries on May 11, 25; June 8, 22; July 6, 20; August 3, 17, 2014.
Royal Caribbean will roll out the rest of its 2014-2015 deployment schedule as follows
Fall Bermuda & Canada: March 6, 2013
Alaska: March 13, 2013
Europe & Transatlantics: March 14-28, 2013
Australia and Hawaii: April 10, 2013
Winter Caribbean and Northeast: April 18, 2013
Short Caribbean and Bahamas: April 23, 2013
Brazil, Asia and Panama: Coming soon
|Posted by RCI fans on September 17, 2012 at 2:55 PM||comments (0)|
A female passenger on the worlds largest cruise ship, Allure of the Seas, went overboard Sunday night as the 5,400-passenger ship was sailing to Nassau.
In a statement, Royal Caribbean said another passenger witnessed the 21-year-old American, who was alone in her cabin at the time, go overboard at about 9:25 p.m. EDT. "The ship's Captain immediately stopped the ship, turned around, and alerted the U.S. and Bahamian Coast Guard," read the statement.
The line said a review of Allure's closed-circuit camera footage also showed the passenger going over the side. The location of the ship at the time the passenger went overboard was marked on the ship's GPS system. Two other ships in the area, Carnival Fascination and Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas, assisted Allure with the search.
At 3:30 a.m., the U.S. Coast Guard assumed control of the search and released the cruise ships. The passenger has not been found.
Because of the time spent searching, Allure was unable to make its scheduled port of call to Nassau, Bahamas, on Monday, September 17. The ship will instead spend the day at sea and will arrive in St. Maarten on Wednesday, September 19, as scheduled.
Allure is sailing a seven-night Caribbean itinerary that departed Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on September 16, with ports of call at Nassau; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten.
This is not the first reported overboard on Allure. In February, Kenneth Gemmell jumped over the side while the ship was sailing off the coast of Cozumel.
|Posted by RCI fans on September 13, 2012 at 1:15 PM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean is partnering with Barbados Port and SMI Infrastructure Solutions to build a brand new state-of-the-art cruise terminal in Barbados that will cost over $300 million. The new facility will allow some of the world's biggest cruise ships to dock at the island.
George Hutson, Barbados Minister of International Transport and International Business, announced the two year project at the recent Barbados Port Inc.’s 50th anniversary staff awards ceremony.
“If we are going to remain relevant, if we are going to capitalize on the opportunities available from cruise tourism, we must renew our plant from the basic infrastructure currently existing to one which will accommodate and service the increasingly large cruise ships."
Barbados is hoping the new cruise terminal will attract more cruise ships to the island, which in turn will lead to increasing revenue generated by cruise passengers on the island.
The new terminal will be completed in two phases, the first phase will cost $300 million and will include two cruise piers, arrival and departure facilities, along with parking lots. The development will take involve reclaiming 15 acres of land from the sea, 100,000 square feet of which will be provided for commercial activity. Dredging is slated to begin in November.
Cruise tourism in Barbados has grown from 127,000 in 1985 to 726,543 last year. The best year ever for cruise passenger traffic to the island was 2004 when 812,863 people visited the island.
|Posted by RCI fans on September 1, 2012 at 12:40 PM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean's CEO Adam Goldstein, posted on his blog that Royal Caribbean will increase the number of cabanas offered for rent on its private island of Labadee, Haiti.
Goldstein says the increase is due to the warm reception its guests have shown the option and will go from the initial 20 cabanas currently on the island's Barefoot Beach club area to construct four more water cabanas there.
Royal Caribbean will also add 16 new cabanas at Nellie's Beach for a total of 40 cabanas for rental at Labadee.
In addition, Royal Caribbean now offers 3 wheelchair accessible cabanas in Labadee.
|Posted by RCI fans on August 25, 2012 at 7:50 PM||comments (0)|
Allure of the Seas will now arrive back to Port Everglades 2 days later than expected due to Tropical Storm Isaac. Instead of returning to Fort Lauderdale on Sunday as scheduled, she will now stay out at sea to avoid the storm until Tuesday.
This will bring Allure of the Seas back to port two days later than scheduled, thus affecting Allure's next sailing which will be reduced from a 7 night voyage to a 5 night cruise.
Allure will set sail on Tuesday August 28 instead of Sunday August 26 as a result of the storm. As a result, the ship will skip scheduled calls in Falmouth, Jamaica and Labadee, Haiti and add a call in Nassau, Bahamas.
Royal Caribbean is making up the delay to those on the now five-night cruise by offering them onboard credit for the missing days as well as a future cruise certificate worth 10% of the fare they paid for the cruise.
Royal Caribbean is asking guests who are scheduled to sail on Allure of the Seas on Sunday, August 26, not to arrive at the port until 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 28 for check-in and boarding.
If you are scheduled to sail on the August 26 Allure of the Seas cruise and cannot make the new Tuesday departure, you should call Royal Caribbean at 888-829-4050 in the U.S., and 408-926-9002 internationally.
Tropical Storm Isaac has also caused cruise chaos in Miami. The Port of Miami has announced it will close at 11pm this evening and plans to reopen on Monday August 27th. Because of this, there is a possibility that Majesty of the Seas boarding on Monday will be delayed.
Port Everglades and the Port of Tampa is also expected to close because of Tropical Storm Isaac.
Royal Caribbean urges passengers sailing on either Allure or Majesty of the Seas to regularly monitor their website for any additional updates.