Cruising in the Far East with RCI: Big Ship, Big Excitement

ABOARD QUANTUM of the SEAS – Upon first seeing a megaship, I was a bit overwhelmed.  Yes, they are huge, if that isn’t an understatement. In order to further describe megaships, cruise writers and bloggers have invented a few analogies that I’d like to explore aboard the Quantum of the Seas. The first analogy for the largest Oasis-class ships is that their split “open-atrium” structure is made possible by their hulls extraordinary width that is double most …

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Cruising in the Far East with RCI & HAL: Doubling Our Fun

ABOARD QUANTUM of the SEAS — I’m in Shanghai with my wife, Jialin, for a twofer, two cruises back-to-back with Royal Caribbean International (RCI) and Holland America Lines (HAL).  I expect they will differ considerably. We arrived at Shanghai’s Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal, this morning at 11 AM to board the Quantum of the Seas, the fifth largest of Royal Caribbean International’s innovative megaships and sixth largest cruise ship in the world, for a four day cruise …

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If we could “hear” our cruise vacation photos, what would they sound like?

Believe it or not, Royal Caribbean has debuted a new tool that does exactly that. Called “SoundSeeker,” it uses artificial intelligence to create a unique soundtrack to photos you choose and turns the result into a downloadable video that can be easily shared on social media or email. “SoundSeeker is the latest proof point of Royal Caribbean innovation and how we focus it on delivering unexpected, memorable experiences; whether that is the SkyPad, which uniquely combines bungee …

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A gruntled American cruises in a sea of Chinese on Royal Caribbean’s Ovation

Ovation of the Seas moves its homeport with the seasons in a grand circle, including Tianjin (Beijing’s seaport), Hong Kong, Singapore, and Sydney, Australia. Cruises cater to Chinese passengers when the ship sails from China. HONG KONG Gone was Johnny Rockets, a fast food mainstay of Royal Caribbean cruise ships. So, a meal of burger and fries was difficult to find on the 4,180-passenger Ovation of the Seas during a five-night voyage into the South China Sea. …

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Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. approved to begin Cuba service

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.  today announced that the Cuban government has granted approval for the company to begin cruises to Cuba. The company said it plans to announce its first Florida-Cuba itineraries in the near future. “Our guests have expressed real interest in having the opportunity to experience Cuba, and we look forward to bringing them there,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “Our discussions with our travel partners …

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Royal Caribbean’s new Harmony of the Seas is as beautiful as she is big

By Gerry Barker Special to AllThingsCruise ABOARD HARMONY OF THE SEAS– Let’s establish one thing right up front: Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas really is the world’s largest cruise ship. That was verified by Captain Gus Andersson, who told a group of assembled media Harmony is “30 centimeters longer” than her sister ships, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, and “a little bit wider.” Besides bragging rights, it’s just that much more room …

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Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas—Flag ship of the world’s largest class of cruise vessels—joins Canaveral’s home fleet Saturday, Nov. 5

Image courtesy of Royal Caribbean International The Canaveral Port Authority is making final preparations for the arrival on November 5, 2016 of the flag ship of the world’s largest class of cruise vessels at 225,000 gross tons. Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas sails into Port Canaveral on Saturday, November 5, and will berth at Cruise Terminal 1, which opened in December 2014. The Port Authority built the $104.6 million 188,000 square foot terminal and 1007-vehicle parking …

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Royal Caribbean International conducts delivery ceremony and honors crew of Harmony of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International honored the crew and project team of the new Harmony of the Seas at a traditional delivery and flag changing ceremony in Saint Nazaire, France. Following 32 months of construction at the STX France shipyard involving thousands of shipyard employees, sub-contractors and suppliers, the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ship is now home to 2,100 crew members from 77 different nationalities. Joining the festivities in the ship’s signature AquaTheater were Richard Fain, Chairman …

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Best of new big cruise ships: Anthem and Escape

Norwegian, Royal Caribbean take different tacks on eating, drinking, entertainment Tandem racing and free-fall waterslides or floating in a glass tube that feels like sky diving? Craft beers and tasty bites in a warehouse style sing-along keg room or a clubby pub bar? Oodles of outdoor dining choices or drinks mixed and served by robots? In the heavyweight bout for the world’s best new big cruise ship in 2015, the winner will be in the eye of …

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Innovation and technology shine on Royal Caribbean’s newest ship

By Kay Showker Royal Caribbean Line’s newest ship, Anthem of the Seas is the most innovative cruise ship to launch this year and the most technologically advanced one on the high seas. Built to appeal to tech-savvy passengers with never-before-seen features and to millennials with a great variety of options and the fastest Internet at sea, Anthem of the Seas is truly a cruise ship for the 21st century like no other. An almost identical twin of …

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