New Royal Caribbean cruise terminal in Port Canaveral delayed

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31Oct2014

The new Cruise Terminal 1 in Port Canaveral will be delayed by more than a month due to construction problems on the terminal's waterside area.

Florida Today is reporting that Port Canaveral Chief Executive Officer John Walsh says the new terminal will open December 27.

The change will force cruise ships originally slated to use the new terminal during November and December to shift to other cruise terminals.

Royal Caribbean was planning on using Cruise Terminal 1 for Enchantment of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas. In addition, Quantum of the Seas would be stopping in Port Canaveral as part of its Bahamas itinerary.

Reporter Dave Berman cites among the issues plaguing the construction site is it's taking longer than expected to remove 90-foot-deep piles that are remnants from former cargo piers that were on the site.

Video: Quantum of the Seas first stop: Southampton

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31Oct2014

Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas is in Southampton, UK where she is getting ready to welcome her first guests for a trans-Atlantic voyage to Cape Liberty, New Jersey.

Royal Caribbean releases first photos of finished Quantum of the Seas

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31Oct2014

Royal Caribbean has released the first batch of official photos showcasing many new areas of Quantum of the Seas.

The new ship is being unveiled to the public and media in the United Kingdom today and this is the beginning of a media push to show off this amazing new ship.

Check out our photo gallery below with all the new photos!

99 days of Quantum: Quantum of the Seas Infographic

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31Oct2014

There's less than 99 days until Royal Caribbean's brand new Quantum of the Seas debuts and we're counting down each day with a brand new blog post all about this amazing ship. Check into the blog every day for something new to read about Quantum of the Seas.

Quantum of the Seas Infographic

99 days of Quantum: Photos of Quantum of the Seas arriving in Southampton

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30Oct2014

With Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas, launching very soon, we're counting down each day with a brand new blog post all about this amazing cruise ship.

Photos of Quantum of the Seas arriving in Southampton

Yesterday Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas arrived in Southampton, England to prepare for its trans-Atlantic ocean voyage.  As you might imagine, a lot of people were excited about Quantum's arrival.

We scoured Twitter to find the better photos out there to share with everyone of Quantum of the Seas arrival. Enjoy!

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Stay tuned for tomorrow's post as we celebrate 99 days of Quantum!

What first time cruisers need to know about Quantum of the Seas

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30Oct2014

Royal Caribbean is once again changing our idea of what a cruise ship can offer with its soon-to-debut Quantum of the Seas in just a few weeks.  But with this new ship comes arguably the most planning required to take advantage of this new ship and experience everything to its fullest.  If you're new to cruising, here's what you need to know about this new ship.

Pre-plan online

Before you ever step foot onboard Quantum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean is strongly encouraging all guests to plan ahead online.  

Using their new Cruise Planner online app, guests can make reservations for the new Dynamic Dining restaurants, shows, excursions and more.  

Royal Caribbean says you can wait to book these things onboard the ship but availability will be subject to if space is still available.  That's a big if.

Previous to the Quantum-class, online planning was available but not nearly as important as with this new ship.  Checking into your cruise online allows you to upload a photo of yourself, set up your credit card and do everything you can now to skip the lines at the embarkation pier.  In fact, you can pre-book what time you want to arrive to ensure you get from curb to ship in 10 minutes.

Dining onboard is completely different

With Quantum of the Seas we get our first taste of what Royal Caribbean is calling Dynamic Dining.

Instead of a main dining room with set dinner times, there are a number of restaurants that you can choose to dine at.  Some restaurants are included in the cruise fare while others have an additional cover charge cost.  

The concept is brand new to Royal Caribbean and it's a big push to get away from the formality of cruising's past.  Once again, you are encouraged to book reservations in advance to avoid being locked out of the places you want to go to.

Don't worry, there's still plenty of complimentary dining options as well as more casual fare, including a 24-hour buffet restaurant at the Windjammer Marketplace.

Check out the unique things on Quantum

Each new class of cruise ship that Royal Caribbean designs has amenities and activities unique to that class and Quantum of the Seas comes with quite a few of them herself.  Here are the ones not to miss

  • North Star - An observation pod that brings you 300 feet above sea level for impressive views all around you. (Complimentary)
  • SeaPlex - A brand new multi-purpose sports complex that will allow guests to roller skate, shoot hoops, learn to be a clown and drive bumper cars all in one cruise. (Complimentary)
  • Two70° - A two deck high space that offers sweeping views of the ocean that begins as a lounge by day but at night transforms into an eye-poppinmg show that utilizes robots. (Complimentary)
  • RipCord - Ever dreamed of sky diving? Me neither but now you can experience what it's like to sky dive in a safe simulator onboard. (Complimentary)
  • Music Hall - A new music venue that was designed to be the place for live musical performances.  (Complimentary)
  • Mamma Mia! - The hit Broadway show is available to see onboard this ship every sailing. (Complimentary)

There's a lot more new and really cool innovations on Quantum of the Seas but you're likely the ones we listed are the most noteworthy.

Research your rooms

Quantum of the Seas offers a number of different staterooms to choose from.  It's always a good idea to know all the options out there, but Quantum of the Seas has even more new types of staterooms than any other Royal Caribbean ship.

If you're cruising solo, there are brand new studio staterooms just for you. No more single supplement fee, these staterooms offer those going solo an affordable vacation choice.

Also really different are the virtual balcony staterooms.  Instead of a boring interior stateroom with no view, how about an 80-inch LCD screen that delivers live views outside the ship that mimic what a balcony would look like, including the sound!

If luxury is your game, then check out the Royal Loft Suites that are two-story accomodations meant to wow everyone.  If you're going to spend enough money to buy a used car on the cruise, this is the stateroom for you.

Your Thoughts...

If you're a veteran Royal Caribbean cruiser, what advice do you think is important for a first time cruiser to be aware of?  Please share your thoughts in the comments!

Royal Caribbean selects L-3 Marine Systems to provide third Oasis-class navigation system

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29Oct2014

Royal Caribbean has awarded L-3 Marine Systems International the contract to provide its NACOS Platinum navigation system for the third Oasis-class ship that is being build by STX France.

The navigation equipment for the new vessel includes L-3 SAM Electronics’ NACOS Platinum navigation system, comprising five X- and S-band radars linked to 9 Multipilot workstations for the combined display of ARPA radar, ECDIS and conning functions. 

L-3’s NACOS Platinum series will also include an advanced dynamic positioning system, developed by L-3 Dynamic Positioning & Control Systems, and features four multifunction touch screen consoles, one CP1 DP controller, and interfaces for required environmental and position reference sensors. Positioning software, specifically developed for critical cruise ship station-keeping operations, is designed to significantly reduce fuel consumption and exhaust emissions.

The third unnamed Oasis-class ship is scheduled for delivery to Royal Caribbean in spring 2016.

99 days of Quantum: FlowRider champ tests out FlowRider on Quantum of the Seas

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29Oct2014

We're counting down the days until Quantum of the Seas debuts later this year with our 99 days of Quantum blog series. Each day we will post something about Quantum of the Seas to share with all of you!

FlowRider champ tests out FlowRider on Quantum of the Seas

Everything on Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas needs to be tested and that includes the FlowRider surf simulator.  FlowRider employee and flowboarding legend Sean Silveira, who is a five time world champion, went aboard to put the final touches on the ride and train the sport staff on the wave.

“It was fun training with the sport staff; they are a great group of individuals who were stoked on riding,” Silveira said.

Royal Caribbean has had a long-term relationship with FlowRider, having brought the simulators onboard its cruise ships since the Freedom class of ships. 

“Customer Intimacy is is not just two words – it is a mindset throughout our organization and one concept that we live day in and day out” explained FlowRider COO Marshall Myrman. “We want to create the best experience for not only our customers, but also our clients customers, and everyone else associated with our value chain” added Myrman.

"Having Sean onboard the ship provided a great opportunity for their staff to get excellent hands on training and catch a glimpse of world class riding. It is important for the attraction staff to be knowledgeable and experience the thrill of the wave, so they can better relay the experience to guests."

Quantum of the Seas will feature the FlowRider Double, which is the most popular FlowRider.

Royal Caribbean tech with CIO Bill Martin on Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

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29Oct2014

Our newest podcast episode is out to help give you a quick "audio escape" to a Royal Caribbean cruise!

Episode 65 is available for downloading where we look at the "art" of booking back to back Royal Caribbean cruises.

Matt looks into Royal Caribbean's history of tech innovation with Royal Caribbean's Chief Information Officer, Bill Martin.  Bill takes us through how Royal Caribbean leverages technology to make the cruise ship experience better for its guests. It's an insightful look behind-the-scenes of Royal Caribbean's strategy.

Here’s the podcast page for Episode 65. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast via RSSStitcher or on iTunes!

Take a listen and as always, let us know what you think! Please rate and review the podcast on iTunes and leave your comments below!

Royal Caribbean aiming to eliminate last-minute cruise discounts

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29Oct2014

Royal Caribbean is working towards getting rid of those last-minute deals on cruises in order to promote more long-term cruise planning.

Royal Caribbean Chairmand and CEO Richard Fain spoke to analysts during last week's earning call, “Last-minute discounting is a significant source of discontent to many of our early-booking guests."

Fain indicated that a “more consistent approach on pricing” has been reached because of reducing of cabin capacity in 2015 when Royal Caribbean will have more of its cruise ships based in Asia.  This will reduce the supply of available staterooms in the Caribbean, which Royal Caribbean hopes will increase the profitability of each sailing.

This may in turn lead to less passengers depending on how aggresively Royal Caribbean prices itself.  Fain believes in the long term, it will work out, “we think it will raise the satisfaction level of our guests and strengthen the perception of our brand superiority.”

The big question is if Royal Caribbean can actually achieve this sort of change, which Fain cites will be “a source of quite a bit of upset” for early birds. For Royal Caribbean to make this work they will need industry capacity to remain stable in any region as well as avoiding the big PR nightmares that can sour market demaind.

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