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The Weekly Cruise Deal – May 26, 2015

I know I should probably title this post “The Not So Weekly Cruise Deal” given the dearth of appearances of late. The primary reason for that is pretty simple – I haven’t seen that much in the way of “deals” in my opinion. Further, I know I’ve mentioned to a few readers that I have a little something brewing with my cruise content, and that remains the case. It’s just taking a little longer than I’d expected. But on to the post. Poking around the interweb yesterday, I came across something I thought was worth sharing if you happen to be in the market for a quick weekend warm-up between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays this year. If you are a…

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Stop Cruising? Not Bloody Damn Likely!

Rene forwarded an interesting piece from Gizmodo on cruising. It’s catchy title? “Stop Going on Cruises.” Let’s start things off with a few choice quotes from the article. “Cruise ships are even worse than you think. ProPublica recently published a very alarming and downright dark interactive feature about health and safety on cruises. I’ll come right out and say it: Stop going on cruises. Don’t cruise. Don’t do it. As ProPublica’s Lena Groeger reports, “Almost every year, a child drowns in a cruise ship pool, most of which have no lifeguards.” Then there’s the 21-year-old college student who fell overboard at night and was never found. There’s always the chance of a deadly norovirus outbreak. One doctor, an infectious disease specialist, last year called for cruise ships…

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Royal Caribbean Orders 4th Quantum-Class Ship

Royal Caribbean has ordered a fourth ship for its Quantum Class family of ships. The ship will be delivered in 2019. From the press release: “Today’s announcement is a reflection of the success of the first two Quantum-class ships,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “We have received a remarkable response from travel agent partners and travelers, and are thrilled that we’ll be able to deliver another revolutionary ship with our partners at Meyer Werft.” While I expect that the fourth Quantum Class ship will offer many of the same amenities as her sister ships, it is not unusual for ship design to evolve a bit over the delivery cycle of a complete class of…

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New Princess Ship to China

The saying “China rising” is taking on new meaning in the cruising industry. Princess will now join Royal Caribbean and other lines in basing a brand-new ship in the Chinese market. According to Carnival Corporation, Princess’ parent company, “…the new ship currently under construction for Princess Cruises will be based in China year-round when introduced in summer 2017. Based in Shanghai, the ship will be the first year-round international luxury vessel designed and built specifically for Chinese guests.” “The as-yet-unnamed ship is being built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, and will carry approximately 3,600 guests on a variety of itineraries, to be announced at a later date.  Based on the design of its highly-acclaimed ships Royal Princess and Regal…

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Video: Anthem of the Seas Arrives in Southampton

Cruising’s newest “smart ship,” Anthem of the Seas, has arrived in her new homeport of Southampton, UK. Anthem, Royal Caribbean’s newest Quantum Class vessel will spend the summer season sailing to the Mediterranean and Canary Islands. In November, she will reposition to Cape Liberty, New Jersey, becoming Royal Caribbean’s New York area based ship for cruises to Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and Canada/New England.

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$100 OBC Offer to Past Quantum of the Seas Guests

If you, like me, are a past guest aboard Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas, be sure to check your email for a little gift from Royal Caribbean. For the record, I really enjoyed Dynamic Dining, and did not experience a lot of the issues that have been posted online – long lines, slow service, etc. I think a lot of that had to do with our tending to eat later than most, along with not experiencing some of the IT issues that other guests did. Royal Caribbean has taken some steps to improve the experience, and the email from RCL’s President goes into some more details. The company is offering a $100 on board credit for early Quantum guests…

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Anthem of the Seas Officially Delivered to RCL

Yesterday, Royal Caribbean International officially accepted delivery of the line’s newest ship, Anthem of the Seas. “There’s a new tune in the air today as global cruise line Royal Caribbean International officially took delivery of its 23rd ship, Anthem of the Seas. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s Chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain officially received the new ship from Meyer Werft Yard’s Managing Partner Bernard Meyer in a signing ceremony held in Bremerhaven, Germany. Anthem of the Seas is the world’s most advanced cruise ship and reflects the best of Royal Caribbean’s history of innovating cruise ship design and cruise vacations.” Anthem of the Seas will initially homeport in Southampton, UK for the spring and summer Mediterranean season. In November, Anthem will reposition to her permanent…

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Cruise Reviews – Quantum of the Seas

I was fortunate to be aboard one of the earlier Quantum of the Seas cruises, December 1 – 12, 2014, to be exact. While I did a few live posts, and one specific to Dynamic Dining, this review has been percolating for a while. There are some reasons for that, one being time. But the other is a little more complicated. I wanted to wait and see how the ship matured. New ship glitches are pretty common, and I look at the first few cruises on any vessel as something of a “shake down” cruise to work the kinks out. Quantum had some new ship glitches, but nothing that I found truly bothersome. In fact, I thought Quantum of the…

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Another “Man Overboard” Event

According to NBC News, Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas is the latest ship to experience a “man overboard” event. From the article, “Rescuers were searching early Monday for a cruise-ship passenger who fell (emphasis mine) overboard near the Florida Keys, according to the Coast Guard.” First, my heart goes out to this individual’s family and friends. Second, you don’t “fall” off a cruise ship. You either jump or you get drunk and start doing stupid things like sitting on or hanging too far over the railing, one wrong slip, and….. if you have the good fortune to actually survive the fall, you’re going for a swim. Getting drunk might play a role in the only other possibility I can think of –…

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