Man arrested on Royal Caribbean ship pleads guilty to drug charges

In:
25Jul2011
By: Matt Hochberg

Steven Barry Krumholz was arrested on Royal Caribbea's Allure of the Seas in February under suspicion of selling drugs and plead guilty in a U.S. Virgin Islands court to dealing drugs on board a cruise ship.

Krumholz admitted to selling ecstasy, methamphetamine and ketamine on his ship.  He could face up to 20 years in jail and fines of $1 million.

Krumholz was arrested in St. Thomas after U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents searched his stateroom cabin and found 142 ecstasy pills, nearly 3 grams of methamphetamine, a small quantity of ketamine and about $51,000 in cash.  Officials were tipped off to Krumholz after they found drugs on another passenger who got the drugs from him.

Royal Caribbean says it has a zero-tolerance policy on illegal drugs at sea and it cooperated fully with authorities.

First Royal Caribbean cruise from Xiamen, China will sail in October

In:
25Jul2011
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean's Legend of the Seas will sail out of Xiamen, China as its homeport for the first time with its maiden voyage on Oct 19, 2011.  The cruise will feature five days and four nights itineraries.

Xiamen will become the fourth Chinese city Royal Caribbean has chosen to be a homeport once it conducts its cruises in October.  For its first cruise, Legend of the Seas will visit Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Royal Caribbean will continue to serve China with regular service in 2012 and will also add Voyager of the Seas to the mix as well later in the year.

Wall Street expecting good news from Royal Caribbean's Second Quarter Earnings Call

In:
25Jul2011
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean will announce its second quarter 2011 earnings on Thursday but financial analysts are expecting some good news to be coming from Royal Caribbean.

Analysts expect a profit of 44 cents per share, which is up 57.1% from Royal Caribbean's actual earnings for the second quarter of 2010.  This estimate has gone down over the past three months from 58 cents, but the 44 cent estimate has been unchanged for the last month.  For the year, many analysts project a net income of $3.17 per share, which is an increase of 48.8% from 2010.

These bullish predictions are based in part on Royal Caribbean's past performance over the last few quarters, especially the first quarter of 2011 when Royal Caribbean beat earnings forecasts by 18 cents.

In terms of revenue, analysts expect Royal Caribbean to post $1.8 billion in revenue for the quarter, which is an increase of 12.5% from the year ago quarter.  Total revenue for the year is expected to be $7.61 billion, an increase of 12.7% from last year’s revenue of $6.75 billion.

Royal Caribbean's Jo Rzymowska to speak at TTA Worldchoice conference

In:
25Jul2011
By: Matt Hochberg

A list of speakers for the TTA Worldchoice conference has been announced, which will take place at PortAventura from September 23-25.

Among the list of speakers, Royal Caribbean's associate vice-president and general manager UK & Ireland, Jo Rzymowska, will be part of the conference as a speaker.

Simon Hargreaves, managing director of TTA Worldchoice said: "We have a robust agenda with a number of excellent speakers both from within the trade and outside.

"The agenda has been designed to ensure that those attending get as much practical and tangible output as possible, and I am confident that they will leave PortAventura feeling inspired to use new marketing techniques to reach new customers, whilst building even stronger relationships with existing ones."

More Romanians cruising thanks to Royal Caribbean

In:
24Jul2011
By: Matt Hochberg

About 9,000 Romanians will travel this year on cruise ships worldwide, up significantly from a year earlier, when they were about 8,000 tourists. This translates to an estimated spending spree on cruises of over 8 million euros, versus 6.5 million last year, "said Nicholas Demetriade, World Travel travel agency owner.

According to Nicholas Demetriade, World Travel travel agency owner, the increase is due to large cruise ships that Royal Caribeann introduced to destinations in Europe, and the launch of he world's largest ship, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, with a capacity of 5400 passengers and 3,000 crew members.

On two vessels, launched two years ago, last year during ​​more than 100 Romanian holidays, Romains spent an average of 1000-1200 euros. Those in charge of cruise tourism say this has always been on an upward trend, not only in Romania but throughout the world. The proof is the large number of ships launched every year, becoming larger and with more features. John Base, croaziere.net company owner, said the most expensive holiday sold last year was a combination of three cruises to the torque, which lasted two months and cost 60,000 euros

Why Royal Caribbean opted to not force its passengers to wear lifejackets for safety drills

In:
24Jul2011
By: Matt Hochberg

If you've been cruising for a little bit of time, you probably remember a time when during the safety drills having to wear your lifejackets on your way to your station.  But Royal Caribbean has done away with the life jackets after confirming with the United States Coast Guard that a demonstration of how to use a lifejacket is all that's needed and actually wearing a life jacket is up to the cruise line.

Royal Caribbean's director of Maritime Safety & Compliance Christiaan Van Raalten discusses the change, “We started with the idea that if guests can proceed directly to their assembly stations without having to go back to their cabins to collect their lifejackets, it would greatly reduce congestion and help guests reach their assembly station much quicker.  We also were able to decrease the amount of time it takes to conduct a muster-drill".

Once Royal Caribbean stopped forcing guests to wear the lifejackets to the must-drills, other cruise lines including Celebrity, Carnival, Holland America and Norwegian followed along.

Adriatic excursions on Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas

In:
24Jul2011
By: Matt Hochberg

Robin Robinson posted a summary of the excursions on Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas Adriatic Sea itinerary.  This cruise itinerary is a departure from the traditional Mediterranean cruises most people consider so Robinson decided to see what it was like.

Some highlights if the cruise include

  • Koper, Slovenia
    A peek into a medieval town, Koper and nearby Piran offer an authentic look at these seaside villages.  
  • Ravenna, Italy
    Famous for its mosaics and World Heritage sites, Ravenna has a lot to offer from historical sites to Royal Caribbean's Racing Legends shore excursion, this tour also visits the Ferrari Museum in nearby Modena.
  • Venice, Italy
    Royal Caribbean offers an overnight stay in Venice so you can experience this historic city by day and by night.

Royal Caribbean hosts beach soccer tournaments from Bermuda

In:
23Jul2011
By: Matt Hochberg

Bermuda’s Brazilian Football School and Bermuda’s Sports Management Group have formed a partnership called [email protected] thanks to an agreement with Royal Caribbean.  The [email protected] group board Royal Caribbean ships where they train to better their soccer skills as well as play local teams 5-a-side games and beach soccer tournaments.

[email protected] founders Steve & Karen Everitt are excited for the group to begin, “We will be bringing teams of soccer players to Bermuda on Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships to play local teams. This will give all the kids a taste of international soccer. Also with us will be international soccer coaches giving Bermuda’s local players the opportunity to meet and talk with them about soccer in other parts of the world".

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