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Royal Caribbean announced it has decided to redeploy Independence of the Seas in 2020 from the UK market, and instead keep her in Port Everglades, Florida to offer more cruises to Perfect Day at CocoCay.
As a result of the change in homeport, Royal Caribbean has begun informing guests that had cruises booked on Independence of the Seas from Southampton in 2020 that their sailings are canceled.
On Royal Caribbean's UK website, the cruise line explained the change, "Responding to strong booking interest in our exciting new Caribbean private destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean International has announced a 2020 deployment change for Independence of the Seas. The ship will now sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida rather than Southampton. Guests affected by the itinerary change will be offered full refunds and a ‘Future Cruise Credit’ for use on alternative sailings. The popular Quantum Class ship Anthem of the Seas will return to the UK market for 2020, adding more options for guests sailing from Southampton."
Responding to strong booking interest in its exciting new Caribbean private destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean International has announced a 2020 deployment change for Independence of the Seas. Click here: https://t.co/dv6aoXOnjx for more details.
— Royal Caribbean UK (@MyRoyalUK) May 9, 2019
As a result of the change, Independence of the Seas will remain in the Caribbean instead of sailing to Southampton in 2020.
Royal Caribbean UK also apologized for canceling sailings some guests have booked, "Our goal is provide our guests with the best itineraries that take you to exclusive parts of the world and have decided to make these changes for the 2020 season to maximize our capacity in the Caribbean. We are terribly sorry. We know this news is disappointing."
Royal Caribbean's newest ship, Spectrum of the Seas, has finally arrived in Asia, with her first call at Mumbai port today, May 9. ?She is on a 14-night cruise from Dubai to Singapore which will next visit Cochin on May 11.
Spectrum of the Seas' visit to Mumbai has an additional significance, as it is now the largest ship to ever call in India.??
To celebrate the maiden call, plaque exchanges were conducted between?Spectrum of the Seas’?Captain Charles Teige and tourism ministry and port officials namely Honorable Minister Mr Jaykumar Rawal, Tourism Minister of Maharashtra, Mr Sanjay Bhatia, Chairman of Mumbai Port and Mr Keki Master, Senior Vice President of JM Baxi.
Spectrum of The Seas will offer the following itineraries from Singapore:
- A 3-night cruise to Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) on May 18
- A 4-night cruise to Penang on May 21
- A 9-night one-way cruise from Singapore to Shanghai, calling at Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang and Hong Kong (with an overnight stay) on May 25.
The ship?will debut her Shanghai season from June 2019, while?Quantum of the Seas?will return to Singapore for a six-month deployment from this November till next April with 34 sailings.??Her itineraries will include 4-night cruises to Phuket and Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) or Penang; 5-night cruises to Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Penang and Phuket; a 7-night cruise to Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Penang and Phuket; a 7-night cruise to Bangkok (Laem Chabang) (overnight) and Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My); and a 9-night cruise to Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang and Hue/Danang (Chan May).
The Miami-Dade County Commission approved Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd proposal to renovate and expand its corporate headquarters in PortMiami.
The South Florida Business Journal reported that approval was given to amend the lease on county land.
Last month, Royal Caribbean International's parent company proposed an expanded and renovated?corporate campus on the?southwest corner of Dodge Island.??The new campus would expand the company’s workforce capacity from 2,200 to 4,200. The project is estimated to cost approximately $300 million.
The campus, landscaped with indigenous flora, will sport a soccer field, volleyball court, basketball court, and fitness center for employees. ?It will include a new parking garage and built-in sustainability features, such as electric car chargers, photovoltaic cells, and rainwater collectors. At the heart of campus will be a 10-story, 350,000 square-foot building influenced by the graceful utility, fluidity, and innovative designs evident in the company’s ships. ??
The new corporate headquarters?would include a fitness center, a day care, a cafeteria, an auditorium and a maritime innovation center for the design development and renovation of cruise vessels.
The project groundbreaking is slated for June, and should debut in 2020.
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Royal Caribbean's latest Cruise Planner sale has begun, where guests can save up to 30% off pre-cruise purchases.
The Countdown to Cruise promotion runs between May 8 - May 15, 2019 and is valid on sailings from May 17, 2019 - November 30, 2019.
The offer is valid on certain shore excursions, drink packages and internet packages.
Royal Caribbean states guests can expect to see:
- Beverage Packages: Up to 30% off onboard prices
- Deluxe Beverage Package + VOOM Surf & Stream 1 Device: Discount varies by ship. (Excludes Charter Sailings).
- Deluxe Beverage Package. Discount Varies by Ship. (Excludes Charter Sailings).
- Refreshment Package: 30% off onboard prices. (Excludes Charter Sailings).
- Shore Excursions: Save up to 25% on select tours on select sailings. Discount varies by ship. (Excludes Charter Sailings).
- Internet: up to 60% off on select sailings
- VOOM Surf + Stream Voyage Package 1, 2, 3, 4 Device(s): Discount varies by ship. (Excludes Charter Sailings).
- VOOM Surf Voyage Package 1, 2, 3, 4, Device(s): Discount varies by ship. (Excludes Charter Sailings).
- 3 Night Dining Package. Discount varies by ship. (Excludes EN, MA, MJ, NV, OA Interporting + Master Sailings and Charter Sailings).
- ?Unlimited Dining Package on 3 Night, 4 Night and 5 Night sailings. Discount varies by ship. (Excludes AD, AL, FR, HM, LB,
MJ, OA, RH, SY + Charter Sailings).
- ACTIVITIES: Up to 10% off on select sailings
- All Access Ship Tour. 10% off. Discount varies by ship. (Excludes Charter Sailings).
To check if your sailing has this new offer available, log into the Cruise Planner on Royal Caribbean's web site look for any available offers.?Keep in mind that not all sailings may see the sale applicable, nor are all offers significantly cheaper than previously posted.
If you spot a better discount on something you already pre-purchased, you should be able to cancel the purchase and then re-purchase the same item under this promotion.
Royal Caribbean released its 2020 China sailings for guests to book, which includes sailings on Quantum of the Seas and Spectrum of the Seas.
The new bookings are available to book for?Crown & Anchor Society members on?May 7, 2019. Bookings open to the general public on?May 8, 2019.
Spectrum of the Seas will sail from Shanghai and is?specially tailored for Chinese guests. Quantum of the Seas will sail from Beijing. Both ships will sail to?Okinawa, Nagasaki, Tokyo and?beyond — plus late-night stays in Kobe and Osaka, Japan on select sailings.
I am headed back onto Harmony of the Seas for a quick 3-night sailing and I am taking?you?with me for this short sailing from Harmony's new home of Port Canaveral.
Harmony of the Seas just re-positioned to Port Canaveral, Florida and offered two 3-night sailings to get her back on schedule for her usual 7-night sailings.? I managed to take make a long weekend and book this sailing as an excuse to get back on my favorite ship, Harmony of the Seas.
Living in Florida, I have access to the kind of sailings that do not make much sense for others to go on, and this Harmony of the Seas sailing is a great example of one.? It is a short 3-night sailing that I booked all the way back in 2017 that I knew I could make work with my schedule since it was over a weekend.
Ever since I sailed on Harmony in 2016 and 2017, I have really loved everything about this ship and what it offers. I am often asked why Harmony is my favorite, and it has to do with the fact it offers that terrific Oasis Class experience, along with some Quantum Class "enhancements".? Water slides, shows, dining choices and plenty of activities make this a very fun ship to sail on.
I am taking my family with me on this 3-night sailing, and in the days leading up to this cruise we have been prioritizing what we will do once onboard. Having just three nights on an Oasis Class ship does not leave a ton of time to get it all in, so we are treating this cruise as a "victory lap" of our favorite aspects of this ship.
Since this is such a short sailing, we booked connecting interior rooms (category 6Q).? It has been quite a while since our last sailing in an inside room.
Considering how short this sailing is and how much we plan to do onboard, I think an interior was a good choice for us because we really will not be spending much time in the room.? In the never ending "inside or balcony room" debate, I have always felt it boils down to your situation, and we felt for such a short sailing it made more sense to go with an inside room.
The thing I really love about an inside room is how dark it gets when we go to bed.? No light bleed from the balcony.? The only problem is you have no idea if it is 3am or 3pm, so alarms are a must.
Our Harmony of the Seas cruise will make just one port stop in Nassau, Bahamas and will offer a sea day on the full day onboard.
You might not think much of the itinerary, but this cruise is all about the ship. Whether it is your first time on Harmony or been on before, I think most people sailing are looking to hit the highlights and enjoy as much time onboard as possible.
I do not think we will do much in Nassau. I may get off the ship briefly for a beer or two at Pirate Republic Brewery for simply an excuse to get off the ship, but that remains to be seen.
Three things I am excited to try
3. Trying something new (to me)
If there is a theme of this cruise preview, it probably has to do with revisiting a favorite ship.? Doing the things we love on a cruise ship is always a treat, but I do my best to also push myself out of my comfort level just a bit and try something new.
I have not settled on a particular activity or offering onboard, but I would like to take this opportunity and try something new onboard.? Even though I have been on Harmony a few times, I am far from having "done it all," so it would be great to add a new experience to my?repertoire.
2. Columbus, The Musical
My favorite original Royal Caribbean production is Columbus, The Musical on Harmony of the Seas.? It is a musical comedy written in the style of "Something Rotten" and my wife and I just love the show.
Since it is only available to see on Harmony of the Seas, we are taking this opportunity to enjoy another showing. We may or may not be wearing our Columbus shirts that we made.
1. Royal Caribbean app chat feature
This sailing will be my first time that I get to sail on a Royal Caribbean ship that offers the chat feature in the Royal Caribbean app.
The chat feature is in beta and being tested on Allure of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas, so I will be excited to see how well it works and try it out myself.
Our Harmony of the Seas cruise begins on Thursday, May 9th, and I will be sharing the details on the blog, as well as across my social media channels. ?Be sure to follow me on?Facebook,?Instagram?and?Periscope?for live updates throughout the day.
I invite you to share in this experience with me, by posting in the comments for any blog post questions and comments you may have. ?I try to make these live blogs as interactive as I can, so I want everyone to feel welcome to share their thoughts.
Thanks for reading all of this and welcome aboard our next fun live blog experience!
Royal Caribbean International’s Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas is set to redefine private island destinations. After a $250 million transformation, Perfect Day is the ultimate combination of thrill and chill. This unrivaled private island, only available to Royal Caribbean guests, provides an array of distinct adventures and iconic features from, the tallest waterslide in North America, Daredevil’s Peak to Oasis Lagoon, the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean -- one-of-a-kind experiences that will top any bucket list.
Royal Caribbean has updated its website to offer a new connecting rooms feature to its cruise search.
RoyalCaribbeanBlog reader WannaCruise spotted the new feature that was added to Royal Caribbean's website. To activate the feature, simply search for more than one room and the "Include connecting rooms" option will appear.
The new option makes it easier for families and groups to get rooms that have a common door between the rooms, which provides more space and an additional bathroom.
Up until now, there was no simple way to find connecting rooms on the website other than consulting deck plans to find available rooms.??