Catch a wave and read the latest news and views from life at sea on cruise ship vacations by syndicated columnists Jim and Barb Fox.
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ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL INTRODUCES VERTICAL ENTERTAINMENT ABOARD SPLENDOUR OF THE SEAS
Vision-Class’ Signature Centrum Will Transform into an Exciting New Experience for Guests
MIAMI, November 18, 2011 – Royal Caribbean International continues to deliver the Royal Advantage with the transformation of the elegant and popular Centrum found aboard its Vision-Class ships. Beginning with Splendour of the Seas, the Centrum with its sweeping views and central location on the ship will reemerge from an extensive revitalization as a new chic and sophisticated venue featuring enriching daytime activities, dazzling nightly entertainment and jaw-dropping aerial spectacles. The Centrum’s Champagne Bar also will be reinvented, unveiled as a new venue – the R Bar – featuring a sophisticated 1960s vibe, complete with iconic furnishing and signature cocktails mixed by a savvy and personable mixologist.
An opera impresario, a veteran BBC TV journalist, and a South African
ambassador are among an impressive line-up of enrichment lecturers
(Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- May 8, 2012)
Mary Higgins Clark and Lynne Truss are set to join an eclectic array of prominent guest speakers sailing aboard
Silver Whisper's World Cruise in 2013, an epic 115-day journey from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale, departing January 5.
the equator four times, the World Cruise itinerary will follow the
tropical belt to 52 destinations in 28 countries with overnight stays in
several key ports. The
warm-weather journey will explore a realm of far-flung cultures and
scenic wonders including New Zealand and Australia's remote west coast;
the idyllic isles of French Polynesia; fascinating Asian cities of Hong
Kong, Bangkok and Singapore; and Africa's rarely
seen western coast.
MIAMI – May 14, 2012 – One of the most ambitious revitalization initiatives in the history of the cruise industry has just been completed. Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Millennium
set sail Saturday from the Port of Miami, fresh from becoming the
fourth and final Millennium Class ship to complete the line’s
$140-million “Solsticizing” process, incorporating a host of the venues
and experiences guests love most on the Solstice Class ships. The
initiative was completed within less than two years, with each ship
completing the massive transformation over the course of an only
“Solsticizing has been such an exciting initiative for us – and more
importantly, for our guests, as indicated by their response to each of
our Solsticized ships,” said Celebrity’s President & CEO Dan
Hanrahan. “Our Millennium Class ships already had a large and loyal
following, having repeatedly ranked at the top of many of the world’s
most prestigious consumer polls, and their original style, design and
ambience served as significant inspiration for the design of the
Solstice Class. So now, we’re bringing it full circle, incorporating on
the entire Millennium Class what our guests enjoy most on the Solstice
Class. It ties our whole fleet together in a very powerful way.”
ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL DEPLOYS MARINER OF THE SEAS TO ASIA IN 2013
Based in Singapore and China, the ship will offer itineraries to Southeast Asia, Japan and Korea
BEIJING,May 25, 2012 – Royal
Caribbean International, a global cruise brand owned and operated by
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE/OSX: RCL), will deploy the recently
revitalized Mariner of the Seas to Asia in 2013 and offer
numerous itineraries from China and Singapore to Southeast Asia, Japan
and Korea throughout the rest of the year.
Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of Royal
Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (pictured center), Adam Goldstein, president and
chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean International (pictured
right), made the announcement along with Dr. Zinan Liu, group managing
director for China and Asia (pictured left) to an audience of travel
trade, media and government groups.
The addition of a second 3,114-guest ship to China, to join Voyager of the Seas,
illustrates the company’s commitment to the growing cruise industry in
Asia. Together, they represent the two largest capacity and most
innovative cruise ships operating in the region.
Passengers Can Meet Artists Such as Michael Godard, Viktor Shvaiko and Bill Mack in Person
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (May 25, 2012) – Princess Cruises
is showcasing some of today’s top contemporary artists and lecturers in
a series of special Art Connoisseur Cruises designed for both avid
collectors and art newcomers.
A wide range of internationally acclaimed artists will join the ship
during these cruises, including names such as bas relief sculptor Bill
Mack, Russian American contemporary artist Viktor Shvaiko, and colorful
French American painter Duaiv. The voyages offer a variety of events
with the artists, such as meet-and-greet sessions, demonstrations, art
classes, special art unveilings and interviews where passengers can ask
questions. Some artists, including pop fusion painter Eric Waugh even
entertain crowds with live painting sessions set to music.
Other famous names onboard will include “rock star of the art world”
Michael Godard, painter Alexandre Renoir, great grandson of the famed
French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Christine Argillet,
daughter of Salvador Dali’s publisher who will offer her personal
stories and insight into of one of the 20th century’s most unique
Art Connoisseur Cruises are part of Princess’ Fine Arts program,
offering passengers the opportunity to see and learn about some of the
most notable artwork produced throughout the past century. Each ship
features works from collectable artists for sale that are the
centerpieces of art auctions held during each cruise.
N E W S Cunard Royal Rendezvous and other Special Events Celebrate Diamond Jubilee
On 5 June 2012, Cunard will bring Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations to a close with the first-ever Cunard Royal Rendezvous in the fleet’s home port of Southampton, England. Here, Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth
will approach the port soon after first light, sailing up Southampton
Water, with a flotilla of small boats expected to welcome them in.
As Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria tie up at their berths, Queen Mary 2
will follow on, passing each ship in turn, with crew lining the
foredeck of all three vessels, and the ships’ whistles sounding in
The celebrations will culminate in an evening spectacular where all
three ships will be brought within close proximity of each other, and a
fusillade of fireworks and special effects will light up the evening
Queen Mary 2 will then lead Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria in single file down the Solent as all three ships set out on their celebratory Jubilee voyages.
On board, Cunard’s renowned Insights enrichment programme will feature lectures by former BBC Royal correspondent Jennie Bond (Queen Mary 2), Professor Herbert Kerrigan QC, one of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Counsel in Scotland (Queen Victoria); and ITN royal commentator Robert Jobson (Queen Elizabeth).