4 photos from Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas refurbishment

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23Jan2016

Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas is currently in drydock at Freeport, Bahamas undergoing an impressive refurbishment and we found some new photos to share that hint at the changes coming.

Royal Caribbean has divulged the details of the refurbishment, but typically does not share looks at the work underway.

Here are four photos that show off Liberty of the Seas undergoing her revitalization work.  We cannot wait to see the finished work!

 

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Royal Caribbean announces 2017-2018 deployment opening schedule dates

In:
23Jan2016

Royal Caribbean's eagerly awaited deployment opening schedule appears to be available for its world wide cruise itineraries.

A new Royal Caribbean document points to when Royal Caribbean will post the deployments for regions around the world.

  • Week of February 22, 2016
    • Alaska & Cruisetours
  • Week of February 29, 2016
    • Europe & Transatlantics
  • Week of March 7, 2016
    • Caribbean, Bahamas & Northeast
  • Week of March 21, 2016
    • Australia & Singapore

All itineraries and openings are subject to change without notice. 

Deployment schedules gives consumers an idea of when to expect particular cruise schedules to become available to start looking at future cruises.

Royal Caribbean changes cruise ship itineraries due to Snowstorm Jonas

In:
22Jan2016

Royal Caribbean has been forced to change the itinerary for some of its cruise ships due to the path of Snowstorm Jonas.

Grandeur of the Seas will return to Baltimore, Maryland, one day later than originally scheduled. The next sailing will now begin on Monday, January 25. Guests on the upcoming cruise should arrive to the terminal on Monday. A letter with additional details on Grandeur’s itinerary will be provided at check in.

Anthem of the Seaswill return to Cape Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey, one day later than originally scheduled. The next sailing will now begin on Tuesday, January 26. Guests on the next sailing should arrive to the terminal on Tuesday during their scheduled check in time. A letter with additional details on Anthem’s itinerary will be provided to guests at check in.

Royal Caribbean will continue to closely monitor weather conditions and will update this information if there are any changes.

Royal Caribbean Fourth Quarter Earnings Call Scheduled

In:
22Jan2016

Royal Caribbean will hold a conference call on February 2, 2016 at 10am to discuss its fourth quarter 2015 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.

Friday Photos

In:
22Jan2016

Friday is here and the end of the work week also signifies our showcase of your Royal Caribbean cruise photos!  Each week, we ask our readers to send us their best Royal Caribbean photos and we have some great entries to share with you!

Our first photo is from G. Spindler and it's of the Aquashow, "Oasis of Dreams" on Oasis of the Seas and this was taken from the top of the FlowRider.  Amazing vantage point!

We are going wide angle with this photo of Allure of the Seas docked in Cozumel, by Mary.  Great ship in a great port!

Here's a photo by JohnPC of the Royal Promenade on Liberty of the Seas, as seen on her last sailing prior to drydock.  Can't wait to see what this ship offers when she returns to service!

This photo by Gary Walker features two of my favorite things: a sunset and Freedom of the Seas.  Beautiful photo!

Rounding things out this week is a photo by Missey Bartels from Vision of the Seas of her and some friends enjoying a drink before heading to shore.  Sounds like a great plan!

Thank you to everyone that shared these great photos.  Do you want your photo included in our weekly photo showcase?  Use this form to send us your favorite Royal Caribbean photos and we will be sure to show it off to the world!

Royal Caribbean launches 100 hour Caribbean sale

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22Jan2016

For 100 hours this weekend, Royal Caribbean is offering a new cruise sale where guests can take advantage of the BOGO offer, 25% off friends and family and 50% reduced deposit. You’ll also get an extra $50 bonus for up to $350 to spend at sea!

The 100 hour sale is valid on 6-9 night Caribbean sailings departing April 1 - December 31, 2016, excluding Harmony of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas as well as China departures.

The offer includes

  • 50% off cruise fare for second guest booked in the same stateroom as first full fare guest
  • 50% reduced deposit
  • Onboard credit
    • Interior: $75
    • Oceanview: $250
    • Suite: $350
  • 25% cruise fare savings for 3rd and 4th guests booked in the same stateroom as first two qualifying guests

Cruise must be booked Jan. 22-26, 2016.

BOGO is combinable with the OBC, 3rd and 4th Guest Savings, Crown & Anchor discounts and NextCruise offers; BOGO and 3rd and 4th Guest Savings are not combinable with restricted rates. OBC Offer is combinable with restricted rates and NextCruise offers; not combinable with Crown & Anchor discounts. All offers are not combinable with any other offer or promotion.

The 100 hour sale is open to residents of U.S. or Canada.

Royal Caribbean named Best General Cruise Company at 2016 Irish Travel Industry Awards

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22Jan2016

At the 2016 Irish Travel Industry Awards, Royal Caribbean was the winner of, "Best General Cruise Company" category.

A special event was held at the Round Room at the Mansion House in Dublin, Ireland on January 21, 2016, where Royal Caribbean was honored with the win.

The Irish Travel Industry Awards are the premier awards for suppliers and Travel Agents in Ireland. The Awards are designed to showcase excellence in the delivery of international travel services to both leisure and business customers travelling from Ireland.

Royal Caribbean's Central Park: Everything you need to know

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21Jan2016

When Royal Caribbean designed its Oasis class ships, they came up with the idea for a living park in the middle of the ship that has revolutionized what a cruise ship experience can offer to its guests.  Central Park, as it became known, is one of the prettiest and impressive areas on an Oasis class ship and we are shining the proverbial spotlight on this fabulous area.

Central Park is one of seven distinct "neighborhoods" that help break up an Oasis class ship.  It is an immense area in the middle of the ship that offers a lush park for guests to enjoy with tropical plants, trees and walkways.

At its heart, Central Park is a public area on the ship that offers restaurants, shopping, galleries and of course lots of nature.  It is the perfect quiet place onboard to "get away" and just relax as the world goes by.

Central Park features a lush garden in an area about as long as the Royal Promenade and twice as wide.

From towering Cuban laurel and Black Olive to clusters of calla lilies and rabbit foot ferns, the park’s collection of plants is a mix of coastal and highland sub-tropical species from around the world that is well suited to thrive on Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas' Caribbean itineraries.

A series of columns interlaced with vines is just one of the welcoming entry points into Central Park, and is elegantly landscaped with tropical foliage and seasonal flowers, shrubs and trees. Drifts of calla lilies among giant elephant ears, red ginger, rabbit foot ferns, banana croton, gold dust dracaena, and butterfly lily are some of the plant life guests discover. Impressive ‘green walls’ spanning 25 feet and five decks high hosts fern and a variety of flowering vines such as red and white Mandevilla, Clerodendron thomsaonaie, and Thumbergia grandiflora. The park also has changing displays of accent plants, such as birds of paradise and Spathoglottis ground orchids. Trees, some eventually reaching more than two-anda-half decks high, include cherry of the rio grande, podocarpus nagi, and amstel king ficus. 

In addition to the beauty of nature, you will find four distinct features of Central Park to enjoy.

Dining

Royal Caribbean offers some terrific dining options in Central Park, including restaurants and bars.

These include

  • Restaurants
  • Bars
    • Trellis Bar
    • Vintages
    • Rising Tide Bar

The various eateries and bars are located throughout Central Park, and give a feel of a neighborhood rather than the shopping plaza that the Royal Promenade tends to convey.

Most guests come to Central Park to enjoy food or drink, and for good reason.  The restaurants located in Central Park are among Royal Caribbean's most popular.

Staterooms

Another innovation that came with the Oasis class ships are the idea of having balcony staterooms that face inward instead of the ocean.

On Royal Caribbean's Oasis class ships, guests can enjoy balcony staterooms that face Central Park.  This promises views of Central Park anytime of day or night.

There are 254 Central Park-view balcony staterooms and 80 park-view windows staterooms.

These are some truly unique cabins that give those that love the ambiance of Central Park a view to enjoy throughout the day.  Guests can enjoy fresh air like a regular balcony stateroom, but with a view that combines nature's beauty with people watching.

Entertainment

Just like all areas of Royal Caribbean ships, Central Park offers things to see and do as well.

Events such as wine tastings, Dreamworks Character meets and live music are all regularly offered in Central Park.

In addition, a free tour of the foliage in Central Park is usually offered once per cruise with a landscape specialist to get a better understanding of how Royal Caribbean maintains a living park on a cruise ship.

Shopping

In addition to the great culinary and visual delights of Central Park, guests are sure to enjoy the various shopping options too.

Central Park also contains a number of shops and boutiques for guests to purchase souvenirs and luxury items while on their cruise (onboard credit does not spend itself, right?).

Shops such as Tiffany & Co (Oasis of the Seas only), Coach, Regalia (Allure of the Seas only) and Picture This are open for business in Central Park.

Central Park Must-Dos

There are definitely some aspects of the Central Park experience that every guests should check out at least once on their Royal Caribbean cruise.

Go there at night

While Central Park is beautiful at any time, we absolutely love how beautiful it is after the sun goes down.

At night, Royal Caribbean lights up Central Park with beautiful lighting that accentuate the beauty of the area.  Bring your camera, because the area really looks stunning.

Roast Beef sandwich from Park Cafe

Royal Caribbean's Oasis class ships offer  a lot of dining options, but a hidden gem has to be the roast beef sandwiches from Park Cafe.

These sandwiches are just amazing and no trip to Central Park is complete without one of these tasty (and complimentary) treats.

Take the tour

Royal Caribbean offers a guided tour of Central Park that is worth doing.

In our experience, it is usually held on the last sea day and lasts about an hour.

The tour offers an interesting look at what it takes to have keep all of those plants and trees be so beautiful.

Central Park is available on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas.

What do you enjoy about Central Park? Share your thoughts in our comments!

Royal Caribbean cancels another cruise ship stop in Labadee due to local protests

In:
21Jan2016

Royal Caribbean has decided to cancel today's scheduled stop for one of its cruise ships at the cruise line's private destination of Labadee in Haiti due to ongoing protests.

Photo by Michael C.

Navigator of the Seas was scheduled to stop at Labadee on Thursday, January 21, 2016, but Royal Caribbean canceled the port call and withdrew all employees from the site.

This is the second cruise ship to skip a stop in Labadee, after protests prevented Freedom of the Seas from allowing its guests to go ashore earlier this week.

In a statement, Royal Caribbean commented further on the situation, "Royal Caribbean has not received any guarantees or assurances that there will not be any protests in the future. If a protest takes place while a ship is port, there would be a significant impact on our guests’ ability to enjoy Labadee, or we may have to cancel the visit completely."

In regards to upcoming stops in Labadee, Royal Caribbean noted, "We will continue to closely monitor the situation and are in close communication with local and government officials in Haiti. At this time, we have not made any decisions regarding any additional upcoming port calls to Labadee. The next schedule call is Vision of the Seas, on Sunday, January 24."

One week left for Australians to win cruise on Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas

In:
21Jan2016

Royal Caribbean is counting down the days until one lucky winner will have the chance to win one of the biggest experiences in cruising: a cruise for two on the brand new Ovation of the Seas.

To be in the running, Royal Caribbean wants to know what’s on your “Big List” – whether it’s as adventurous as paragliding or as heartfelt as spending more time with your loved ones.

Guests have until January 29, 2016 to enter the Big List contest.

Create your Big List at www.mybiglist.com.au for your chance to win a 15-night cruise for two in an Oceanview stateroom on Ovation of the Seas, where you can start ticking off your list with Royal Caribbean and Live Life Big! The 15-night New Zealand cruise departs Sydney on 15 December 2016, and includes calls at Hobart, Dunedin, Wellington, Picton, Tauranga and Auckland as well as scenic cruising through Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds. The competition is open to Australian and New Zealand residents over 18 years, and closes 12.59pm Friday 29 January 2016. Entries will be judged based on creativity and originality, so choose wisely, and think big.

“At Royal Caribbean, we believe in living life big, so we’re counting down the days until our 5,000-guest, US$1 billion megaliner Ovation of the Seas arrives on Australian shores in December 2016,” said Adam Armstrong, regional commercial director, Royal Caribbean.

“To celebrate the arrival of Australia’s first ever brand new cruise ship, we want people to think big for their chance to be one of the first to experience this truly incredible megaliner”, he concluded.

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