Royal Caribbean International becomes first cruise line to use Google Street View technology

Royal Caribbean International today announced it is changing the way how people plan their vacations by working with Google to be the first cruise line to launch Google Maps Business View using Google’s Street View technology onboard the world’s largest and innovative cruise ship Allure of the Seas. By using Street View technology, Royal Caribbean International will provide consumers with an immersive and interactive experience when they are searching for a vacation. “Business View allows people all …

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The last day of the Barbie cruise includes a fashion show and a special birthday celebration

From Eileen’s  Taking the Kid’s Blog, written By Gina Burgos (guest blogger) ABOARD THE ROYAL CARIBBEAN ALLURE OF THE SEAS (Day 3 of 3) — We prepared for the Fashion Show grand finale with a rehearsal Barbie Dance Class, part of Royal Caribbean’s Barbie Premium Experience.  Led by one of the Adventure Ocean staff who was a dance instructor, the girls learned a fully choreographed routine to the song “Do The Mermaid” from Barbie in A Mermaid …

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Royal Caribbean’s Barbie Experience is a sea of pink

From Eileen’s  Taking the Kid’s Blog, written By Gina Burgos (guest blogger) ABOARD THE ROYAL CARIBBEAN ALLURE OF THE SEAS (Day 2 of 3) –Monday kicked off the first full day of the cruise and our first Barbie activity, the Barbie Tea Party, part of Royal Caribbeans  Barbie Premium Experience,  Each girl was given a pink tiara and asked to choose one “guest” (parent) that was invited to sit with her at the tea party. Then the …

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Three days aboard Royal Caribbean’s largest ships as a special guest of Barbie

From Eileen’s  Taking the Kid’s Blog, written By Gina Burgos (guest blogger) ABOARD THE ROYAL CARIBBEAN ALLURE OF THE SEAS (Day 1 of 3) –Whenever I daydreamed about taking a vacation it definitely involved cocktails, sun and someone else making my bed.  I will admit that it did not involve any of my daughter’s animated movie characters.  Call me selfish, but I am not the type to plan a vacation that’s activities would center around my daughter’s …

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“Puss in Boots” is this week’s Allure of the Seas

Passengers aboard Allure of the Seas are getting a sneak peek with their cruise this week at the new “Puss in Boots,” an animated 3-D movie from DreamWorks that stars the voices of Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek. Royal Caribbean has an early copy of the movie that debuts nationally on Oct. 28 and will be showing it all week to passengers who left on Allure on Sunday for a week’s voyage into the Caribbean. A red …

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Advice for the suddenly single: Book that cruise!

I disembarked from the Allure of the Seas just about a month ago after a week’s holiday with my son, daughter-in-law and three grandsons. It was great fun and, oh, so different from the many cruises I’ve sailed on all by my lonesome. Because I have written about the cruise industry for 30+ years, I have often traveled alone. My husband passed away 3-1/2 years ago and I have covered countless nautical miles since then – alone. …

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Jakob is having too much fun on the Allure to share blogging with Grandma…Marcia’s final report

The best laid plans of mice, men and grandmothers often go astray. It seems my plan for Jakob and me to share the blog from Allure of the Seas suffered a sea change. Jakob enjoyed Adventure Ocean, the camp aboard ship, so much that time ran out. His mom and dad also zip lined-in Labadee and Matt took Flow Rider lessons on the ship. Me? I wandered this very large ship discovering something new each day. I …

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Jakob and Grandma report on zip-lining and the food onboard Allure

JAKOB SAYS: I zip-lined in Labadee. The view from the top of the zip-line was beautiful. It was burning hot on the five-minute ride to the top of the mountain. After that we went to the beach and it was so amazing. I found a piece of coral that was shaped like a tornado. My brother started freaking out because he got pebbles in his shoe that ended up turning into a sore on his foot. The …

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Marcia is thinking the price of this Allure of the Seas family vacation is worth it

We docked in Labadee, Haiti, on Tuesday and today we are in Falmouth, Jamaica, where construction continues on the exciting new RCL port between Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. Labadee is the “island destination” for Haiti. My son, daughter-in-law and Jakob left early in the day for a zip-lining excursion. The little guys went ashore with their camp group, Adventure Ocean, Royal Caribbean’s stellar children’s program. I stayed aboard. I spent some time in the gym riding …

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Allure of the Seas: From two viewpoints, grandson and grandma

Sunday, June 19, 2011 This is the first of several reports from the Allure of the Seas from 11-year-old Jakob Levin and his grandmother, ATC Blogger Marcia Raffel Levin. Hello! My name is Jakob Levin and this is my first day on my third cruise, Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas. The two other cruises I was on were the Crystal cruise and the Disney cruise. We departed from Port Everglades about an hour ago. My first …

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