The decision to homeport Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship in Bayonne, New Jersey is a question at the top of many people's minds and CEO Adam Goldstein commented on the deployment decision.
Goldstein feels that the New York cruise market is very important to the brand, “It’s an appropriate place to homeport as she begins service."
Some of the new innovations the cruise ship features, such as bumper cars and skydiving, should attract first time cruisers according to Goldstein.
“It should help the perceptions some people may have about the cruise experience,” he said.
Goldstein was very proud of the Music Hall, saying that Royal Caribbean was one of the last to still place an importance on live music – with up to 30 performers sailing with the ship.
When Goldstein was asked if the decision to homeport Quantum of the Seas in the New York area opens up possibilities for new ships going to places other than Florida, he answered that there are more ports the Quantum-class vessels can go in comparison to the Oasis, but not that many.
The success metrics of the new Quantum ships will be measured via revenue generation and yields tied together.
“What people pay to be onboard (is the metric),” Goldstein continued, adding that fuel savings will come from hydrodynamics and the overall shape of the hull, along with changes and innovations to the propellers, the engines, air conditioning, lighting and more.
After officials investigated a suspicious device at the port of Tampa near Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas, it turned out to be a liquor delivery made by a semi-truck transferring items for the cruise line.
"There was no device found, or explosive material found," said Col. Jim Previtera of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, during a press conference Thursday regarding the incident. "We did impound a couple items we removed, and our technicians will look at them."
Officials were alerted earlier today when an unidentified item on the dock near Terminal 3 was found.
As a precautionary measure, officials evacuated workers on the terminal, shore staff and contract security employees. There were no passengers onboard Jewel of the Seas at the time.
Royal Caribbean will hold a conference call on April 25, 2013 at 10am to discuss its first quarter 2013 financial results.
The call will be available on-line at the company's investor relations web site, www.rclinvestor.com. To listen to the call by phone, please dial (877) 663-9606 in the US and Canada. International phone calls should be made to (706) 758-4628. There is no passcode or meeting number. A replay of the webcast will be available at the same site for a month following the call.
A suspicious package was found today at the Port of Tampa, Florida near Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas. The Hillsborough Sheriff's office said the suspicious package was found on a pallet that was to be loaded on the cruise ship.
Two bomb-sniffing dogs found the package during a routine inspection. Explosives experts are now investigating the package and should have an answer to what it is very soon.
As a precaution, the sheriff's office evacuated the terminal building that was being used to check passengers in for their Jewel of the Seas cruise.
Once the package inspection is complete, cruise ship staff will re-board the ship and Terminal 3 will reopen.
Cruise ship passengers are waiting in the area and are still hoping to board the ship today for their trip to Cozumel. The only thing they've been told is that when the ship's horn blasts, they will be allowed to board.
When Royal Caribbean announced the new innovation of virtual balconies coming to Quantum of the Seas, the next cruise ship that is being developed, company officials mentioned the virtual balconies will first be seen on Navigator of the Seas.
Navigator of the Seas was already scheduled for a refurbishment early next year as part of Royal Caribbean's fleet wide revitalization program. The virtual balconies will now be added to the list of new features Navigator of the Seas will receive. It appears Navigator of the Seas will be the "testing ground" for this brand new innovation.
The virtual balconies will be 80-inch LED projection screen that will show images of the ocean that is taken from elsewhere on the ship.
Royal Caribbean CEO Adam Goldstein thinks the virtual balconies will be a great addition, "It's going to bring a completely different feel to the experience."
Navigator of the Seas will go into drydock next January to get the Royal Advantage upgrade package. It is scheduled to sail from Galveston when the upgrades are complete.
Goldstein said there will not be a specific surcharge for interior cabins with virtual balconies, but added that he hopes they will bring higher yields.
"The whole experience will be more valuable to our guests and we expect that to be reflected in the ticket price," he said.
Quantum of the Seas is expected to enter service in Fall 2014.
At Royal Caribbean's big press event yesterday, chairman Richard Fain and CEO Adam Goldstein showed the media a video of everything that is new and exciting about Quantum of the Seas starring Quantum of the Seas' godmother, Kristin Chenoweth.
The video shows computer generated simulations of some of the ship's amazing new features including the observation pod called North Star, the skydiving simulator called Ripcord, the largest sports complex at sea called SeaPlex and the entertainment hub called Two70°.
The eight-minute long video is a great preview of everything guests can expect to find onboard once Quantum of the Seas launches in fall 2014.
After announcing some of the great new features and amenities aboard Quantum of the Seas today, Royal Caribbean gave the public a glimpse at the itineraries this brand new ship will offer when she enters service.
Based out of Bayonne, New Jersey, Quantum of the Seas will offer 7, 8, 11 and 12 night cruises.
The twelve night cruise will offer a Southern Caribbean itinerary with stops in Royal Caribbean's private island of Labadee, followed by San Juan, Philipsburg, Basseterre, Fort de France and Bridgetown.
The 7 or 8 night cruises will stop in Port Canaveral, Royal Caribbean's private island of CocoCay and Nassau.
The 11-night eastern Caribbean cruise will include stops at Labadee, San Juan, Charlotte Amalie, Philipsburg and Basseterre.
Lastly, the 8-night eastern Caribbean itinerary will stop at Labadee, San Juan and Samana.
Guests can begin booking Quantum of the Seas cruises, starting with Crown & Anchor Society members on May 27, 2013 followed by the general public on June 4.
Royal Caribbean announced today when guests can start booking their cruise on Quantum of the Seas.
Bookings will be available to Crown & Anchor Society loyalty program members starting May 27, 2013 before opening to the general public on June 4.
Quantum of the Seas will sail out of the New York Harbor from her homeport of Cape Liberty on 7- to 12-night itineraries during the winter 2014/15 season.
Royal Caribbean made its big reveal for Quantum of the Seas today and the big news was what special features will be aboard the new ship.
- North Star observation pod that gives views 300 feet above the sea
- Skydiving experience called RipCord by iFly
- Circus school with flying trapeze
- Bumper cars
- Roller skating
- 80" virtual balconies that display live views of the outdoors in interior rooms.
- New entertainment venue called Two70°
- Largest indoor sports complex at sea called SeaPlex
- Will offer bumper cars
- Basketball court
- A multi-purpose performance venue called Music Hall
- Larger cabins (average 9% larger)
- Cabins for single travelers and single cabins with balconies
North Star observation pod
New indoor cabins with virtual balconies that have real time views of the sea
SeaPlex indoor enetertainment zone
“This area is clearly one of the most critical population centers of our world — of the world,” said Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Adam Goldstein in an interview Monday. “And clearly we’ve put significant new capacity down into the Florida-Caribbean basin in the last few years with Oasis class. We felt like there was an opportunity in the market to bring state-of-the-art capacity to the New York area going forward.”