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Closing Thoughts on a Trans Atlantic Cruise

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Allure of the Seas arrived Port Everglades very early this morning. We picked up the harbor pilot at 3am, and were tied up alongside around 3:45am, a very early arrival. Reason: All 2,000 plus crew cleared customs and immigration before the guests as this was the ship’s first U.S. arrival in around 6 months. Guest clearance began around 6:30am, and we walked off right at our scheduled tag number time, 9:30am. Easy, and made better by a little sign that said “Global Entry.” Quick blog post coming on that soon. In any event, our Global Entry cards got us moved to the front of the line, and we were on our way to the airport. Overall Impressions Allure of the Seas…

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Diary of a Trans Atlantic Cruise: The Beginning

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Hello from the world’s largest cruise ship, Allure of the Seas! I am currently cruising from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale, a 12-night cruise with one port of call, Malaga, Spain. We are at sea today after departing Barcelona last night, and will arrive Malaga tomorrow morning. After a full day in Malaga, we will set sail for Fort Lauderdale, spending 9 days crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Spending 9 days in the middle of the ocean sounds like a good time to me, but I realize not everyone feels the same way. Considering a trans-Atlantic cruise and wondering just what one does during all that time at sea? You have come to the right place! The Details Diary of a Trans-Atlantic…

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Cruise News You Can Use

It’s Saturday – time to think about happy things like vacations… vacations. Mileage programs aren’t the only news in travel this week. Here’s a little cruise news you can use. Royal Caribbean Cancels Dynamic Dining on Oasis-class Ships – Dynamic Dining was met with decidedly mixed reviews upon its introduction on Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas. Personally, the MJ on Travel team really enjoyed it, and we were looking forward to seeing it introduced on Oasis-class ships. RCL delayed its rollout on Oasis as it worked to perfect the concept on Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, ultimately introducing a “classic” concept with fixed tables and times within the rotational restaurants. This seemed like a good…

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Unlimited Internet Packages From Royal Caribbean

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Royal Caribbean International is now offering unlimited internet packages for purchase before you board your cruise. I was just shopping for some other amenities for our upcoming Enchantment of the Seas cruise when this caught my eye. Just for grins, I decided to run through the purchase process. It’s very easy, and the pricing is somewhat reasonable at $20 per day for one device. A two-device package is $30 per day. I’m assuming for the time being that the packages work somewhat like those available on Quantum of the Seas in that I can log off one device and onto another device as needed. In other words, I can keep my smartphone connected part of the time, and when I…

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Royal Caribbean Announces Ship Deployments for 2016-2017

Royal Caribbean International has announced itineraries for the 2016-2017 season in the Caribbean. According to the company, “Royal Caribbean’s new Adventure Collection encompasses the cruise line’s 2016-17 cruise vacations aboard unrivaled ships, which will sail exciting itineraries across six continents. Vacationers can choose between the industry’s newest, biggest, and best ships, which sail in the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska and beyond. On most Caribbean cruises, guests will enjoy more than 400 total acres of pristine beaches, exhilarating thrill rides and activities, and plenty of opportunities to relax under the Caribbean sun during a call at Royal Caribbean’s private island CocoCay or its exclusive beach destination Labadee.” (Image courtesy of Royal Caribbean International) Here are the details courtesy of Royal Caribbean’s press…

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Royal Caribbean Selling Splendour of the Seas

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 the Seas will complete all scheduled open deployment, and no sailings will be altered or disrupted due to the sale. “Splendour of the Seas has been a treasured member of the Royal Caribbean International family since she entered service,” said Michael Bayley, president and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean International. “She has offered countless guests memorable vacation experiences and we look forward to continuing to…

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Introducing Harmony of the Seas

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 to strike the perfect chord for adventurous vacationers. That is why we are calling our third Oasis-class ship Harmony of the Seas.” (Images courtesy of Royal Caribbean International) Harmony of the Seas promises to take class of ship I once called “Shockingly Awesome” to a whole new level. The ship will feature the cruise line’s design of seven distinct neighborhoods for which Oasis class is known, but also…

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Starwater – Another Great Show Aboard Quantum of the Seas

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 new ship glitches on start up, but from everything I can tell, management has given the ship the attention needed and things have improved. Yes, my review is coming soon. In fact, it’s almost done. For the record, I loved Quantum of the Seas, and everything about her, including Dynamic Dining! But more than anything else, I thought the entertainment on board was a cut…

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Royal Caribbean Remaking Dynamic Dining?

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 (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 debuted on Quantum of the Seas and move to a “rotational dining” concept. For those not familiar, rotational dining is a concept employed at Disney Cruise Line. You dine in different venues each night, but rotate among the venues along with your same dining staff. Apparently, this news came from a Royal Caribbean VP while speaking to travel agents aboard a 2-night cruise previewing the…

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The Weekly Cruise Deal – January 24, 2015

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a deal worthy of a “weekly deal” post, but today is the day. This is even more worthy of a post since I was able to take advantage of this. As you may know, the world’s largest cruise ship, Allure of the Seas, will be spending a summer season in the Mediterranean before repositioning back home to Fort Lauderdale in October. Right now, there are some really good deals available on the 12 night trans-Atlantic crossing from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale departing October 25, 2015. I was able to take advantage of this price, and save myself over $1000! I called Allure of the Seas “Shockingly Awesome” and now you can experience a…

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