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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 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 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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Hertz Teams with Royal Caribbean

Airlines are not the only travel companies aligning with rental car partners. I was just poking around the Royal Caribbean website and looking at my Crown & Anchor page. I ran across a new announcement that Royal Caribbean and Hertz have teamed up to offer special benefits to RCL Crown & Anchor loyalty members. There are deals on one-way rental into port, and weekend deals around major port cities like Miami. Royal Caribbean elite members can also enroll in Hertz Gold. Click here for more information. -MJ, January 2, 2014

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Interview: Royal Caribbean’s Dynamic Dining

Cruisers the world over have been abuzz about a new dining concept from Royal Caribbean, Dynamic Dining. Royal Caribbean International calls Dynamic Dining “a new world of culinary exploration on Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas. It’s dining at sea, reimagined, to give you more distinct options and total flexibility. There are no set dinner times, no required formal nights. Instead let your appetite be the guide to 18 tantalizing possibilities. Like five complimentary, full-service main restaurants. Three new restaurants with award-winning chefs at the helm. And much more, from upscale to casual to the wonderfully whimsical. Let the epicurean journey to Destination WOW begin.” I recently completed an 11-night cruise aboard Quantum of the Seas, and…

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Alert: Royal Caribbean Delays Dynamic Dining Expansion

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Royal Caribbean announced today that the company will delay expansion of its new Dynamic Dining concept to Oasis and Allure of the Seas until “later this year.” Dynamic Dining is different from traditional cruise ship dining. Instead of one big dining room with fixed seating times and tables, there are four complementary restaurants, each with its own decor and menu style. Currently, Dynamic Dining is only available on Quantum of the Seas, but was planned to be expanded to Oasis of the Seas in March, and Allure of the Seas in May. While I enjoyed Dynamic Dining aboard Quantum of the Seas, there were a number of IT glitches with the reservation system that were a source of great irritation…

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One Like and One Dislike About Quantum of the Seas

I’m preparing a full review of my recent Quantum of the Seas cruise. As I was working through some of my notes, the idea of a “one thing I liked and one thing I didn’t like” post popped into my mind. The idea was made all the more interesting to me after some thought because the answer to both questions is the same – the internet. Like – The internet. Quantum of the Seas’ internet is still a work in progress, but it is light years beyond what I’d become accustomed to on Royal Caribbean. Speeds ranged from about 1mbps to just over 2mbps. Not blistering, not as fast as I think I was expecting given the hype, but almost…

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