Royal Caribbean to deploy second cruise ship to China 2013

Royal Caribbean International announced at a press conference today in Beijing, China that the recently refurbished Mariner of the Seas will head to Asia in June 2013, offering various itineraries from China, Japan, Singapore and Korea. Offering a wide variety of itineraries, ranging from three nights to 12 nights, the move is designed to offer […]

Port of New Orleans reports stellar cruise year

2011 was a record year for the cruise port of New Orleans, seeing 736,908 cruise passengers, beating the previous record set in 2004 of 734,643 passengers. The direct local economic impact was $132.1-million or $937,000 per cruise ship, creating 3,000 jobs. “New Orleans is a hugely popular cruise port and cruise lines are taking notice […]

Royal Caribbean’s ‘Royal Advantage’ Upgrade Schedule

Royal Caribbean is making fleet-wide upgrades to their existing ships giving them the Royal Advantage, Oasis-class upgrades over the next few years. Some of these upgrades will include dining, technology, stateroom enhancements and entertainment upgrades. Here are the Royal Advantage additions*: Pub Park Café Boardwalk Dog House Chefs Table Giovanni’s Table Izumi Asian Cuisine Rita’s Cantina Samba […]

New Orleans dedicates renovated Julia Street Cruise Terminal

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne joined the board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans earlier this week to dedicate the newly remodeled Julia Street Cruise Terminal. The $20.1-million project took the two smaller cruise terminals and joined them as one, making room for larger cruise ships and handling more cruise passengers. “The growth of […]

Royal Caribbean adds 2013-14 Australian cruise departures

Royal Caribbean announced this week that three of their ships will be deployed to Australia for 2013-14 cruise season. Voyager of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas will give guests 55 sailings to 56 exotic ports of call. What ships? The 3,114-passenger Voyager of the Seas will homeport in Sydney […]

Before You Cruise

My friend Heather just got back from a Mediterranean cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas.  I asked her to compile some tips for me before and during the journey — this is what she came up with. I hope this helps. Props to her for making this so organized! BEFORE THE CRUISE Get […]