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…. Read full article

I get a lot of questions about cruising. They run the gamut from “what part of the ship should I book a stateroom” to “how much I should plan to spend on beer.” Like all things, the answer to those questions is “it depends.” Questions about cruising are numerous, and I’ve provided a lot of… Read full article

Royal Caribbean International has announced some details of its 2016-2017 itineraries for Europe and Alaska. There’s some pretty neat stuff here, including the first Voyager-Class vessels to Alaska, and a summer season for what will be the world’s largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas. According to the press release: New Oasis-class Vacations from Barcelona… Read full article

Carnival Cruise Line has launched a series of longer itineraries – Carnival Journeys. These unique itineraries will offer one-way or roundtrip cruises of 9 to 15 days and feature ports throughout the Caribbean, Central America, Hawaii, and Mexico. According to Carnival, “guests can experience and explore nearly 40 different tropical destinations, including less visited ports… Read full article

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has announced plans to sell Splendour of the Seas to TUI Cruises. The Vision Class vessel will set sail on her final voyage for Royal Caribbean on April 4, 2016, then be transferred to TUI Cruises. TUI plans to sub-lease the vessel to Thomson Cruises. According to the company, “Splendour of… Read full article

Anthem of the Seas, the second of Royal Caribbean’s Quantum-class vessels, is nearing completion at the Meyer-Werft yards in Papenburg, Germany. Promising to be every bit as awesome as Quantum of the Seas, Anthem will begin cruising in the spring from Southampton, England before repositioning to Cape Liberty, New Jersey where she’ll homeport to serve… Read full article

Royal Caribbean’s biggest and best ship yet will be named Harmony of the Seas. Set to launch in April 2016, Harmony will be the third Oasis-Class vessel for the line. According to Royal Caribbean International’s President and CEO, Michael Bayley, “We are orchestrating a medley of new exciting concepts with the best Royal Caribbean innovations… Read full article

Late last year, I took an incredible 11-night cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Quantum of the Seas. Yes, I’m aware that I still owe you a review of the cruise. I’ve had my reasons for sitting on that for a bit, and it looks like my strategy has proven wise. Quantum went through some… Read full article

Just saw an awesome Super Bowl 49 commercial from Carnival Corporation. The add features President Kennedy speaking about our connection to the sea. In the words of John F. Kennedy: “We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are… Read full article

I first heard news of big changes to Dynamic Dining tonight on one of the Facebook cruising groups I participate in. Later, I saw the same news on royalcaribbeanblog.com (not the company’s blog) so I’ll repeat it here. There are indications that Royal Caribbean is already making an adjustment to its new Dynamic Dining program which… Read full article

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