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March Cruise Ship Madness Week 2

Last week I introduced to you the March Cruise Ship Madness where we matchup cruise ships in NCAA basketball tournament style to see which ship comes out as the champion. The first week of matchups are in the books and we are on to week two. Each week your vote enters you into a drawing for a $200 gift certificate. Vote every week for the best chance to win. Also, if you share the contest with your friends, you will get an extra entry for every friend that enters.

Week one was a success! The Norwegian Getaway defeated the Carnival Fantasy with 85% of the votes. The big winner of the week was the Ruby Princess who took all 100% of the votes in the matchup against the MS Noordam. Also winning in week one was the Celebrity Solstice and the Norwegian Sun. Each of these ships took 57% of the votes and defeated the Oasis of the Seas and the MS Nieuw Amsterdam respectively.

Update March Cruise Ship Madness Bracket

Update March Cruise Ship Madness Bracket

Here are this weeks Matchups:

1. Royal Princess vs. Majesty of the Seas

2. Norwegian Gem vs. Carnival Breeze

3. MSC Divina vs. Celebrity Infinity

4. Carnival Dream vs. Independence of the Seas

You can vote for your favorites through the tab on my Facebook page or you can get to the promotion directly by clicking here. You have until Saturday to vote for this weeks matchups. Have fun and good luck. the official rules for the contest can be found by clicking here Contest rules.

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Royal Caribbean Releases Itineraries for Quantum of the Seas

Royal Caribbean introduced the 18 Caribbean sailings for the Quantum of the seas. These sailings range from seven to twelve nights, and the official inaugural voyage is set for November 23, 2014. These itineraries are open for sale on June 4, 2013 but if you a Crown & Anchor Society member you will get a head start on May 28.

Quantum of the Seas

Quantum of the Seas

Vacationers in the New York-metropolitan area and around the world can choose among seven- and eight-night Bahamas, eight- to 11-night Eastern Caribbean, and 11- and 12-night Southern Caribbean itineraries aboard Quantum of the Seas. She will sail round-trip from Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, N.J. to the most popular Caribbean destinations through April 2015, with many “firsts at sea”, such as a skydiving experience; a thrilling adventure that transports guests more than 300 feet in the air on a breathtaking journey; cutting-edge transformative venues including the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea with bumper cars, roller skating and more; and the cruise line’s largest and most advanced staterooms ever. To learn more about the Quantum of the Seas’ innovative at-sea “firsts,” please see click here

Bahamas seven and eight night cruises

  • Port Canaveral, Florida (Orlando)
  • Nassau, Bahamas
  • CocoCay, Bahamas (Royal Caribbean’s Private island)

Eastern Caribbean eight to eleven night cruises

  • San Juan, Puerto Rico,
  • Samana, Dominican Republic
  • St. Thomas
  • St. Kitts
  • St. Maarten

Southern Caribbean eleven and twelve night cruises

  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • St. Maarten
  • Martinique
  • Barbados
  • St. Kitts

On most Caribbean sailings, Quantum of the Seas also will visit Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s private beach paradise on the north coast of Haiti.

 “Royal Caribbean is proud to partner with some of the Caribbean’s premier destinations for the inaugural season of Quantum of the Seas,” said Adam Goldstein, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “The Quantum class of ships will combine a new set of truly exciting and first-at-sea innovations that can only be found on Royal Caribbean, with some of the most incredible destinations in the region. We can’t wait to WOW vacationers with Quantum cruising.”

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Cruising is Loving New York

The cruise industry is showing the Big Apple some lover these days. Well maybe it not just New York City but the area surrounding it. Two new ships will be calling this area home in the near future. Both of these ships sound spectacular and innovative as well. And both of these ships are causing the whole cruise world to talk.

Norwegian Breakaway

Norwegian Breakaway

Norwegian Breakaway

The first one to arrive is actually on her way here as I type this. The Norwegian Breakaway, from Norwegian Cruise line, will arrive in New York on May 7, 2013. She will be sailing year-round from Manhattan Harbor with itineraries to Bermuda, Florida and the Bahamas, and the Southern Caribbean.

ncl_Brkwy_Waterfront_Boardwalk ncl_Brkwy_OceanPlace_Atrium

There are so many exciting features on this ship. From areas like the Aqua Park & Sports deck, 678 Oceanplace, and The Waterfront (a boardwalk community right on the ship). Entertainment on the Breakaway will include three Broadway shows: five-time Tony nominated ROCK OF AGES; the dance sensation BURN THE FLOOR; and CIRQUE DREAMS & DINNER JUNGLE FANTASY. If you want to be pampered in an exclusive “ship with-in a ship”, maybe The Haven is for you. You can read more about the haven in an earlier post: A Look at The Haven on the New Norwegian Breakaway

Quantum of the Seas

Quantum of the Seas

Quantum of the Seas

The second ship to call the New York area home will be the Quantum of the Seas from Royal Caribbean. Launching in 2014 She will sail out of the New York Harbor from her homeport of Cape Liberty on 7- to 12-night itineraries during the winter 2014/15 season. The Quantum of the Seas is currently being built Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany. Knowing Royal Caribbean’s style and history, with the Oasis class ships, we will be talking about this ship a lot more before it launches.

RipCord by iFly

RipCord by iFly

A few weeks ago, Royal Caribbean released some of the innovated features that will grace this ship. We are talking about skydiving at sea, hanging out over the edge of thee boat in a glass pod, and inside cabins with a view of the ocean. I wrote about these features in an earlier blog post: Quantum of the Seas Dazzles.

Virtual Balcony

Virtual Balcony

Northstar

Northstar

Bumper Cars SeaPlex

Bumper Cars SeaPlex

There will be more information coming on the Quantum of the Seas to build excitement for her launch.

To learn more about the Quantum of the Seas click here.

It is clear that the cruise industry is excited about the New York area market, and why not? It is a large market with many people who wouldn’t have to travel to catch their ship. For those who are from a “non-cruising” market, like me, New York provides a great place for a pre or post cruise stay. Either way I say, “Keep them new ships coming!”

Author: Nathan Nehmer nate@cardinalcruiseandtravel.com

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Quantum of the Seas Dazzles

Royal Caribbean International is at it again. The cruise line on April 16th released some of the new innovative feature of their new ship, Quantum of the Seas, set to launch in November of 2014. She will sail out of the New York Harbor from her homeport of Cape Liberty on 7- to 12-night itineraries during the winter 2014/15 season. If some of these new features don’t make you say wow, then it must take a lot to impress you.

Quantum of the Seas

Quantum of the Seas

“This new generation of ships gave us an opportunity to make another leap in vessel design.  Innovation has always been part of our DNA and we have taken advantage of all that creativity to design Quantum cruising,” stated Richard D. Fain, chairman & CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. Innovations were plentiful on the company’s Oasis class ships. From balcony stateroom on the inside of the ship, to the 7 different “neighborhoods”, to the zip line on board the ship, they had their work cut out for them to make a splash with their new class of ships.

Industry first on the Quantum of the Seas include:

  • RipCord by iFly, the first skydiving experience at sea which allows everyone from first-time flyers to seasoned skydivers to enjoy the sheer thrill and exhilaration of skydiving in a safe, controlled, and simulated environment.

    RipCord by iFly

    RipCord by iFly

  • North Star, an engineering marvel, takes guests to new heights – literally – with a jewel-shaped, glass capsule, transporting them on a spectacular journey more than 300 feet above the ocean and over the sides of the ship to deliver awe-inspiring 360-degree views.

    NorthStar

    NorthStar

  • The largest indoor active space at sea, SeaPlex has new features that will impress guests of all ages.  You can experience a circus school with flying trapeze, or play basketball on a full-size regulation basketball court.  By night, the first-ever bumper car and roller skating offerings deliver fun and excitement.  Guest can dance the night away to music provide by a DJ in a floating booth.

 

Bumper Cars SeaPlex

Bumper Cars SeaPlex

They didn’t stop here! They also gave the staterooms some of their innovating touches as well. These are just as exciting as the public space features.

  • Virtual Balcony staterooms virtual balconies to interior staterooms offering expansive real-time views of the ocean and exciting destinations.

    Virtual Balcony

    Virtual Balcony

  • Family-Connected staterooms deliver more flexibility, using three different stateroom categories that connect to form a special layout that provides separate bedrooms and bathrooms for all.  These accommodations allow families and groups of friends traveling together to enjoy the best of both worlds when it comes to together and alone time.
  • With Quantum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean introduces the largest variety of stateroom categories, including new Studio staterooms, some with balconies for single travelers, three Junior Suite categories and larger Loft Suites.

Don’t worry they are not getting rid of the popular thing you already see on their ships. Their venues and experiences popular with families such as the Rock Climbing Wall; FlowRider surf simulator; the award-winning Adventure Ocean children’s program; the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery; and the DreamWorks entertainment and events featuring the characters from animated movies: Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar; will all be back on Quantum class. They have also promised to keep the information on new and exciting features on the Quantum of the Seas coming. It’s going to be a fun few months.

 

To learn more about the Quantum of the Seas click here.

 

 

Author: Nathan Nehmer

Pictures and information courtesy of Royal Caribbean.

 

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DreamWorks and Royal Caribbean

I think everyone with kids have seen these and has seen the kids love them. I’m also ready to bet that the parents and even the adults without kids love them too. I am talking about the DreamWorks movies and characters. With 24 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon; you can say that DreamWorks is on the top of their game.

LibertyOTSsailaway

Sail away party on the Liberty of the Seas

This past week, Royal Caribbean International announced they are expanding their partnership with DreamWorks Animation. They will be adding the DreamWorks Experience to a sixth ship, Mariner of the Seas when she arrives in the Far East this coming May. This partnership began when Princess Fiona, from the Shrek movies, inaugurated the Allure of the Seas as her godmother. It has since been expanded to the Oasis of the Seas, sailing from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Freedom of the Seas from Port Canaveral on Florida’s Space Coast; Liberty of the Seas, which splits her year between Port Everglades and Barcelona, Spain; and recently, Voyager of the Seas in the Far East and Australia and New Zealand.

AllureOTSCharacterparade

Character Parade on the Allure of the Seas

“Royal Caribbean continues to be the perfect host for the DreamWorks Experience and this expansion agreement ensures that more and more fans will have the opportunity to interact with our characters and properties,” said Kerry Phelan, Head of Worldwide Licensing for DreamWorks Animation.

“Royal Caribbean is the only cruise line to offer the DreamWorks Experience to vacationers throughout the world and we are delighted to expand our partnership with DreamWorks,” said Lisa Bauer, executive vice president of Global Sales and Marketing, Royal Caribbean International. “The DreamWorks Experience really resonates with our guests since we launched it aboard Allure of the Seas. We worked with DreamWorks Animation to create an incomparable entertainment experience for our guests, no matter what their age, and their feedback has been nothing short of stellar.”

The ships that have the DreamWorks Experience feature parades, themed activities and events involving the beloved characters from the DreamWorks films. The ships are also equipped with a 3-D theater showing the latest DreamWorks animated films. They also feature the popular DreamWorks Character breakfast in the main dining room, where you can meet with the characters while you are served breakfast, as well as plenty of photo opportunities throughout the day. Fellow travel agent and friend, Monica Tillotson, and I were able to stop for a photo opportunity with Puss In Boots on a recent ship inspection of the Oasis of the Seas.

Monica and I with Puss In Boots

Monica and I with Puss In Boots

This is just one of the reasons Royal Caribbean is a leading cruise line for families of all ages.

 

 

Press Release, video and most photos courtesy of Royal Caribbean International. I took some photos on the Oasis of the Seas.

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