In an interview with Royal Caribbean Regional Vice President, Asia Pacific Gavin Smith, the topic of Royal Caribbean's new Oasis-class cruise ship that is on order for a few years from now.
While Smith was not able to go into any great detail about the third Oasis class cruise ship, he did give us an idea of what to expect.
"It could be expected that the DNA of the earlier Oasis Class ships will be protected, and a host of new and innovative amenities will be added to further enhance guest experience."
Construction of the new ship will begin in September 2013 at the STX France shipyards. The third Oasis class ship is expected to be delivered to Royal Caribbean sometime in 2016.
Royal Caribbean Regional Vice President, Asia Pacific, Gavin Smith, spoke in a recent interview about the prospects of Royal Caribbean sending cruise ships to India.
"The Indian cruise market is believed to have enjoyed modest growth in recent years. It is certainly on Royal Caribbean’s list of high-potential source markets, and mid- to long-term growth is anticipated. The most significant impact on this growth will be a decision by any of the major cruise lines to home port a ship in India. This will create a market; however, it will depend on the provision of adequate facilities."
Smith reiterated the single most important thing needed to grow the Indian cruise market is development of the port infrastructure in India. For that to happen, local government needs to commit to the idea of developing its ports, which in turn will send a clear signal to the cruise market that India is ready for international cruise ships.
"The establishment of a dedicated facility does not have to be expensive or an architectural marvel. It is important that it is low-cost and functional. There are many ports around the world that have erected temporary facilities to attract the industry, and at an appropriate time have constructed permanent facilities, thus, achieving responsible growth in conjunction with the cruise industry."
Royal Caribbean to offer first booking of Oasis of the Seas in Europe to Crown and Anchor Society MembersIn:
Royal Caribbean sent an email to its Crown and Anchor Society loyalty club members that they will have exclusive access to start booking cruises aboard Oasis of the Seas as she makes a quick trip to Europe.
Starting April 9 at 7am eastern, Royal Caribbean will offer Crown and Anchor Society members two full days to make reservations before the general public gets access.
To reserve, please contact the Crown & Anchor desk at 1-877-722-5266 beginning at 7 AM Eastern time on April 9th, 2013.
Royal Caribbean announced last month it was sending Oasis of the Seas to Europe starting in September 14, where she will offer transatlantic sailings as well as a choice of three European sailings.
Royal Caribbean's Legend of the Seas cruise ship left Singapore today, thus completing a four-year deployment in Asia.
Legend of the Seas had been operating in Asia since December 2008, where it called upon more than 40 ports in 13 countries. Legend of the Seas also engaged in a $50 million renovation in Singapore recently.
Royal Caribbean managing director for Singapore, Jennifer Yap, commented on Legend's time in Asia, "Our Legend of the Seas has given our guests so many wonderful memories with the Royal Caribbean’s international style of cruising, innovative signature amenities and activities such as the rock-climbing wall and mini-golf, and most of all, her warm and friendly crew. Her presence in Asia over the years has played a significant role in creating greater market awareness for our brand and the attractions of cruising, in changing consumers’ mindset to see cruise ships as true destinations on their own and a top family-friendly vacation option with something onboard for everyone! We will definitely miss our ship here."
Legend of the Seas is currently engaged in a 14-night repositioning cruise to Dubai, where she will stop at ports in Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Oman along the way. Afterwards, Legend of the Seas will go to Europe to offer Mediterranean cruises before going to the Caribbean next summer.
Replacing Legend of the Seas in Asia is the larger Mariner of the Seas, who will arrive in June for her maiden season. Mariner of the Seas joins Voyager of the Seas in China this summer before heading back to Singapore at the end of 2013.
Main topic: Veronica and I bid a fond farwell to 1991–2013: Monarch of the Seas bound for RCCL’s Pullmantur Cruises brand as of April 1st.
Sub topic: Lots of news stories and more babble on and on…. And we apologize to the nation of Canada … and maybe Alabama also.
Host: Jamie Snyder and Veronica Snyder
Royal Caribbean has quietly announced that it will reveal more details about its brand new Quantum of the Seas during a special event in New York City on April 16, 2013.
Speaking with the Cruise Lines International Association, Royal Caribbean will offer a preview of the ship, in which it describes Quantum of the Seas will add new features as "a dramatic leap forward in ship design and guest experiences."
No further details are available as to what we can expect to hear during the April 16th event but it will be the first announcement of new details about the new class of ship since Royal Caribbean announced that Kristin Chenoweth will be the ship's godmother.
The Cruise Lines International Association expects cruise ships to carry more passengers in 2013 and while many cruise lines are focused on North America, Royal Caribbean is betting on the cruise market in Asia.
Royal Caribbean has Mariner of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas based in Asia, with both ships there to capitalize on the passenger growth potential that cruise markets such as China appear to posses.
Royal Caribbean CEO Adam Goldstein believes there, "people have the same desire to see the world and now have the opportunity to do that."
Nonetheless, Goldstein did indicate one of the challenges of the China market is consumers' lack of awareness of the cruising experience and what it offers.
Earlier this week the FBI investigated the death of a Virginia woman that died aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Enchantment of the Seas. An autopsy was performed on the woman and it revealed that she died of natural causes.
FBI spokesman Rich Wolf identified the woman as 64-year-old Katherine Kennedy, of Midlothian, Virginia. Wolf says Kennedy died of heart disease.
Officials were called in after Katherine's husband found her dead Sunday in her cabin aboard the cruise ship. FBI agents were waiting when the ship arrived back in Baltimore on Monday to begin the investigation.
Wolf says Kennedy also had a laceration on her forehead, but authorities determined that she got the cut when she fell down. They said it had nothing to do with her death.
Main topic: Veronica and I discussed the travel doumentation for cruisers.
Sub topic: Lots of news stories and more babbling on and on ….
Host: Jamie Snyder and Veronica Snyder