News Archive - November 2011

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11-30-11 Disney Previews Enchanted Art from Disney Fantasy The new Disney ships have something called "enchanted artwork" which comes to life when a passerby gets near. This one is from the new Disney Fantasy and is called "Pinkie Daisy." It is Daisy Duck, and the reference to her "pinkie" must be because of the dignified manner in which she is holding her hand.

In addition, Inside the Magic is reporting that Disney has revealed that one "enchanted art" interactive game onboard Fantasy will be an adventure game called "The Case of the Stolen Show" where guests will embark on a shipwide quest "to help the Muppets find their missing props so they can take the stage for a big performance."

The Case of the Stolen Show will require a special magic looking glass guests hold up in front of more than a dozen pieces of Enchanted Art and will feature a cast of more than 20 Muppets, including Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, and Animal, preparing to stage a performance. Unfortunately, Kermit's banjo is missing, as well as Fozzie's squirting flower, Gonzo's crash helmet, Animal's drum sticks and the Swedish Chef's cleaver.

The game will offer several possible endings and is randomized for a different adventure each time it is played.

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11-22-11 Splendour of the Seas Becomes the First Cruise Ship to Feature iPads in All Staterooms

Five-Week Bow-to-Stern Revitalization on Royal Caribbean Ship Also Brings 124 New Balcony Staterooms

Royal Caribbean International will mark another industry first with the introduction of iPad mobile digital devices in every stateroom onboard the newly revitalized Splendour of the Seas. The hottest tablet on the market empowers guests with an additional medium by which to receive, retrieve and use information on their cruise vacation. With a touch of the screen, guests will be able to access the daily Cruise Compass of events and activities; personal daily itineraries, including shore excursions; monitor their onboard account; order room service; view restaurant menus; access the internet; and watch movies. The iPads will be available beginning mid-February 2012 on Splendour of the Seas before being extended to all Vision-class ships when each undergoes revitalization in the following two years. "Based on consumer research, we added the iPads to greatly enhance guest communication, interactivity and to continue to offer industry leading technology that helps enhance the guest experience," said Lisa Bauer, senior vice president, Hotel Operations, Royal Caribbean International. "This is just one of the many exciting ways that Royal Caribbean continues to provide our guests with the ultimate cruise experience." The iPads, which will feature English and Portuguese when they debut on Splendour of the Seas, will offer guests the opportunity to access all of their information not only from the comfort of their staterooms, but through the pervasive WIFI also being installed throughout the ship, which will enable guests to enjoy the iPads wherever they go onboard. In addition to the iPads, Splendour of the Seas, which emerges from dry dock on Nov. 25, 2011, also will have an array of new stateroom amenities such as flat screen televisions, new bathrooms, and completely remodeled interiors, including luxurious new linens and furniture, as well as an additional 124 balconies. The ship also will be outfitted with the award-winning digital wayfinding technology that can be found on the line's acclaimed Oasis-class ships. The newly revitalized Splendour also will debut new dining options including the Asian Izumi restaurant; the line's signature steakhouse, Chops Grille; the Boardwalk Dog House hotdog counter; the Park Café deli-style restaurant; and the exclusive Chef's Table dining experience. Royal Caribbean also will introduce a new à la carte menu in the Viking Crown Lounge that will offer guests the opportunity to enjoy bite sized portions of their favorite classics. Additional Royal Caribbean signature innovations debuting on the ship will be the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery, a Diamond lounge, a Concierge Lounge, a Britto Gallery featuring works from Brazilian pop-artist Romero Britto, the new R-Bar as well as a reinvented Centrum experience. Upon completion of the refurbishments, Splendour of the Seas will sail a trans-Atlantic voyage on November 25 from Lisbon, Portugal to her seasonal homeport of Sao Paulo (Santos), Brazil. From there, she will offer a variety of South American itineraries that take advantage of the summer season in Brazil. Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand with 22 innovative ships, calling on more than 270 destinations in 72 countries across six continents. The line also offers unique cruise tour land packages in Alaska, Canada, Dubai, Europe, and Australia and New Zealand. Royal Caribbean provides a world-class vacation experience with a wide range of signature onboard amenities, entertainment, and award-winning family programming. The cruise line has a 40-year history of giving guests the Royal Advantage - the most innovative cruise ships, exciting itineraries to popular destinations, and world-renowned friendly and engaging Gold Anchor Service. Royal Caribbean has been voted "Best Cruise Line Overall" for eight consecutive years in the Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards. For additional information or to make reservations, call your travel agent, visit www.RoyalCaribbean.com or call (800) ROYAL-CARIBBEAN. Follow Royal Caribbean on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/RoyalCaribbean or on Twitter, @RoyalCaribbean. Royal Caribbean International is part of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE/OSX: RCL), a global cruise vacation company that also operates Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Pullmantur, CDF Croisieres de France, as well as TUI Cruises through a 50 percent joint venture with TUI AG. The company owns a combined total of 40 ships and has one under construction and one under agreement.

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11-22-11 Norwegian Offers Exclusive Cruise Deals Celebrating Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Receive up to $250 to spend on board and reduced deposits fleet-wide

Norwegian Cruise Line launches its Black Friday/Cyber Monday limited time offer to celebrate the biggest shopping days of the year with special savings on Freestyle Cruises to exciting destinations. Beginning on Wednesday, November 23, 2011, guests can take advantage of exclusive savings on Norwegian's sailings of three days or longer to Alaska; Bahamas & Florida; Bermuda; the Caribbean; Europe; and Hawai'i. Vacationers who book their cruise by November 29, 2011 will receive up to $250 per stateroom (based on cruise length and stateroom category) to spend on board for a refreshing drink in the sun; trying their luck in the casino; or a treating a loved one to a souvenir from one of the many retail outlets. Super shoppers can book incredible cruise vacations such as Norwegian's largest and most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship, Norwegian Epic, which has been recognized by USA Today as "Best Cruise Ship Entertainment." Departing from Miami weekly through April 7, 2012, Norwegian Epic sails to the Eastern Caribbean visiting St. Thomas and St. Maarten, Virgin Islands and Nassau Bahamas, as well as three relaxing days at sea. The limited time offer also provides reduced deposits fleet-wide giving guests the opportunity to experience Norwegian's growing fleet of Freestyle Cruising ships and its award-winning entertainment, accommodations to suit an array of needs from solo travelers to families; and dinner around the world with options ranging from Italian, French, Asian and classic American to sushi, Teppanyaki and Brazilian churrasco. To book a cruise with Norwegian during the biggest shopping event of the year, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.com.

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11-21-11 Princess Cruises Features Alaska Deals with "After Thanksgiving" Sale

Passengers Can Save Up to $1,000 on Land and Sea Vacations to "The Great Land"

Travelers dreaming of visiting the splendor of Alaska's wilderness have an opportunity for savings on cruises and cruisetours to the 49th state with Princess Cruises' first-ever After Thanksgiving Alaska Sale.

Running from November 25-29, the sale offers passengers up to $1,000 in savings and up to a $50 onboard credit on one of the cruise line's popular cruisetour vacations, which combine a Gulf of Alaska cruise with rail travel to Denali and stays at Princess' exclusive wilderness lodges. For those who opt to see Alaska by sea only, the sale provides a free balcony upgrade and up to $100 onboard credit.

"The breathtaking glaciers, pristine wilderness and amazing wildlife of Alaska have made it one of our passengers' favorite destinations," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. "Cruisetour travelers will enjoy our own wilderness lodges and private rail cars during their land tours, which mesh perfectly with our popular Alaska cruises. And what better time to get the family together to plan next year's travel than at Thanksgiving."

Examples of sale fares available include:

  • 10-day Denali Explorer cruisetour starting at $1,213 in May; $1,740 for August departures
  • 13-day Off the Beaten Path cruisetour starting at $1,618 in May; $2,373 for August departures
  • 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise starting at $699 in May; $999 for August departures
  • 7-day Inside Passage cruise starting at $749 in May; $899 for August departures

The After Thanksgiving Alaska Sale begins on "Black Friday" November 25 at 12:00 am PST and runs through 11:59 pm PST on Tuesday, November 29. The sale is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Reservations made during the sale require a non-refundable deposit.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company's website at www.princess.com.

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11-21-11 Martina McBride Helps Royal Caribbean Celebrate the Cruise Line's Return to New Orleans

Royal Caribbean International celebrated the arrival of Voyager of the Seas into New Orleans with an exclusive performance by country music star Martina McBride. The four-time CMA award-winner treated guests to selections from her recently released album, Eleven, as well as some of her most popular hits.

Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand with 22 innovative ships, calling on more than 270 destinations in 72 countries across six continents. The line also offers unique cruise tour land packages in Alaska, Canada, Dubai, Europe, and Australia and New Zealand.

Royal Caribbean provides a world-class vacation experience with a wide range of signature onboard amenities, entertainment, and award-winning family programming. The cruise line has a 40-year history of giving guests the Royal Advantage – the most innovative cruise ships, exciting itineraries to popular destinations, and world-renowned friendly and engaging Gold Anchor Service.

Royal Caribbean has been voted "Best Cruise Line Overall" for eight consecutive years in Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards. For additional information or to make reservations, call your travel agent, visit www.royalcaribbean.com or call (800) ROYAL-CARIBBEAN. Follow Royal Caribbean on Facebook at www.facebook.com/royalcaribbean or on Twitter, @royalcaribbean. Travel professionals should visit www.cruisingpower.com or call (800) 327-2056.

Royal Caribbean International is part of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., a global cruise vacation company that also operates Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Pullmantur, CDF Croisieres de France, as well as TUI Cruises through a 50 percent joint venture with TUI AG. The company owns a combined total of 40 ships and has one under construction and one under agreement. It also offers unique land-tour vacations in Alaska, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Dubai, Europe and South America.

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11-14-11 Princess Cruises to Name First-Ever Entertainer of the Year

Passengers Aboard April 8 Ruby Princess Cruise Will Vote for Line's Top Guest Performer

Each year passengers aboard Princess Cruises ships enjoy thousands of performances from guest entertainers - comedians, magicians, tribute bands and other specialty acts. But this April only one performer will be able to claim the first-ever title of "Entertainer of the Year."

Passengers aboard Princess' Entertainer of the Year cruise - Ruby Princess' April 8, 2012 sailing to the Eastern Caribbean - will cast their ballots to help bestow the honor. And starting this month, Princess Facebook fans can also get into the act by helping to choose one of the five finalists.

"Because of the remarkable caliber of the more than 2,000 guest entertainers who perform on our ships, we've created this award to recognize the impressive level of talent we showcase at sea," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. "And we want to give our passengers who enjoy these acts during their cruise a chance to help us select their favorite." She added that among comedians alone, Princess presents 5,000 live comedy shows each year, so it will take an exceptional performer to capture the title.

To narrow down the field in advance of the cruise, the Princess Cruises entertainment department team will select four top finalists based on passenger surveys and onboard audience response. In addition, a "Facebook Favorite" will be selected by asking Princess' Facebook fans to nominate their favorite act.

Selection of the finalists will be complete in January, at which time video clips of each act will be posted on Princess' YouTube and Facebook pages so fans can see the entertainers who are up for the award.

Aboard the Entertainer of the Year cruise next April, passengers will be able to see live performances from each finalist and then cast their ballot for their favorite. The winner will be announced on the final night of the cruise at a special party.

"We hope many fans of our entertainers will join us on Ruby Princess for this special cruise because it will be a rare opportunity to see many of Princess' top-rated performers together on one ship," Swartz added.

The winner will receive a cash prize and select onboard perks, and will hold the title of "2011 Entertainer of the Year."

A video introduction to the Entertainer of the Year competition is available on YouTube.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company's website at www.princess.com.

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11-11-11 Allure of the Seas Movie Opens Today What better way to spend the holidays than on a cruise? On Nov. 11, 2011, the ultimate family cruise vacation will set sail with the anticipated premiere of Columbia Pictures' newest comedy film "Jack and Jill," the story of Jack Sadelstein (Adam Sandler), a successful advertising executive who dreads one event each year: the Thanksgiving visit of his identical twin sister Jill (also Adam Sandler). Along with his wife, Erin (played by Katie Holmes) and kids, Jack brings his sister Jill on a holiday cruise vacation aboard Royal Caribbean International's Allure of the Seas, one of the world's two largest and most revolutionary cruise ships. Once onboard, a mix of sibling rivalry and Jack's attempts to set his twin up with Al Pacino (played by himself), who takes a surprising interest in Jill, leads to chaos and calamity.

Scenes for the movie, which was written and produced by Adam Sandler and directed by Dennis Dugan, were filmed aboard Allure of the Seas last November during the ship's pre-inaugural celebrations. Moviegoers just might be inspired to take their own family cruise vacation after watching the activities and antics Jack and Jill participate in while onboard - especially when it results in a surprising bonding experience for the unlikely twins. From enjoying the ship's variety of restaurants and dining options, to one-upping each other in the pool or during a match of double-dutch, audiences will catch a glimpse of all that a family vacation with Royal Caribbean can offer.

"Allure of the Seas provided a very unique movie backdrop for the cast and crew of "Jack and Jill," said Betsy O'Rourke, senior vice president, Marketing, Royal Caribbean International. "The film production added an extra layer of excitement to our successful launch and we were thrilled to be able to showcase our largest and most innovative ship and some of her many offerings."

Consumers will have the opportunity to win a "Jack and Jill" inspired cruise vacation on Allure of the Seas by visiting the line's Facebook page at http://tinyurl.com/8xpegr6 from November 11 through December 7. "Jack and Jill" opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, November 11. The film trailer and exclusive behind the scenes footage is available on Royal Caribbean's website and YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/royalcaribbeanintl.

Allure of the Seas shares the title of the world's largest and most revolutionary cruise ship with sister-ship Oasis of the Seas. With a cache of distinct new onboard activities and amenities, Allure of the Seas offers one-of-a-kindentertainment performances, culinary concepts, retail venues and technology innovations. An architectural marvel at sea, Allure's neighborhoods are divided into seven distinct themed areas, which include Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone. She spans 16 decks, encompasses 225,282 gross registered tons, carries 5,400 guests at double occupancy, and features 2,700 staterooms. Allure of the Seas alternates a Western Caribbean with an Eastern Caribbean seven-night itinerary from her home port of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Additional information is available at www.AllureoftheSeas.com.

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11-7-11 Princess Cruises Offers Veteran's Day Sale Nov 9-14 Princess Cruises is offering a special Veterans Day Sale on a selection of 70 itineraries in Europe and Asia. The holiday promotion, which runs from November 9-14, features savings of up to $1,800 on a balcony stateroom, plus as much as $100 in onboard credit per stateroom.

Itineraries on sale include some of the line's most popular European routes, including the Mediterranean and Scandinavia & Russia, plus Southeast Asia and China sailings.

In addition to special fares, passengers booking interior or oceanview staterooms will receive an onboard credit of $25 (cruises up to nine days) to $50 (cruises 10 days or longer), and in balcony staterooms or above can get credits of $50 (cruises up to nine days) or $100 (for sailings 10 days or longer).

Examples of savings on balcony staterooms include:

  • 12-day Grand Mediterranean - $2,540 (was $3,040)
  • 12-day British Isles - $2,790 (was $3,140)
  • 11-day Scandinavia & Russia - $2,490 (was $2,840)
  • 16-day Southeast Asia & China - $2,295 (was $3,195)

All cruise prices are per person based on double occupancy, and onboard credits are per stateroom. This promotion is not combinable with past passenger offers.

In addition to the Veterans Day Sale, Princess is also reminding military personnel that the line offers a special onboard credit program for active military and veterans. This credit of up to $250 (depending upon the length of the cruise) is available year round, and can be combined with the credit available through the Veterans Day Sale. Princess has also made it easier for veterans to obtain the special discount. Past passengers who have qualified for retired or veteran-status Military Personnel Benefits on previous sailings will no longer be required to resubmit requests for future voyages, but will have this discount automatically applied to their booking.

The Veterans Day Sale runs from 12:01 am PST on November 9 to 11:59 pm PST on November 14, and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Deposits made during this promotion are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company's website at www.princess.com.

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11-7-11 Oceania Cruises to Christen New Ship "Riviera" in Monte Carlo, April 2012 Oceania Cruises' new 1,250-guest Riviera will be christened in Monte Carlo on April 19, 2012. The lavish, invitation-only gala ceremony will take place pier-side at Monaco's Port Hercules overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

Design plans call for trellises of fresh local flowers, plants and columns to transform the pier into a garden taking its inspiration from the famous Princess Grace Rose Garden. Following the ceremony, guests will enjoy a gala reception and dinner onboard Riviera.

"It is truly an honor and very fitting that we christen Riviera - the newest jewel in the Oceania Cruises' fleet - in Monte Carlo, certainly the crowning jewel of the Riviera," said Kunal S. Kamlani, the line's president. "The success of Marina, launched earlier in 2011, has heightened the anticipation for Riviera in the marketplace and we look forward to officially welcoming her next spring."

"We are delighted that Oceania Cruises has chosen Port Hercules as the spot to launch its new Riviera," said Maguy Maccario, consul general and director, North America, Monaco Government Tourist Office. "We look forward to welcoming Riviera and her invited guests to the Principality of Monaco for what will surely be an exciting event, set against the backdrop of one of the most glamorous destinations in the world."

Following the christening cruise, Riviera will embark on her maiden voyage, the 12-day Ancient Grandeur itinerary. Departing Piraeus April 24, Riviera will visit Alexandria and Port Said, Egypt; Haifa and Ashdod (Jerusalem), Israel; Rhodes and Patmos, Greece; and Alanya, Kusadasi (Ephesus) and Istanbul, where the ship will overnight before guests disembark. Riviera will spend the summer and fall cruising the Mediterranean and then cross the Atlantic to the Caribbean where she will operate a series of winter cruises.

Oceania Cruises' new Riviera will feature 625 elegantly appointed and custom-crafted accommodations that are among the largest at sea, ranging from 174 to 2,000+ square feet. Her top suites will exude residential elegance and feature furnishings from Ralph Lauren Home and designs by Dakota Jackson of New York and S.B. Long Interiors of Greenwich, CT. The ship will also feature a Lalique-designed grand lobby, 10 dining venues and numerous bars and lounges. Facilities will include a full-service Canyon Ranch SpaClub, innovative Bon Appétit Culinary Center, swimming pool and hot tubs.

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