BREAKING: Royal Caribbean To Redeploy Spectrum of the Seas to Australia and Offer Complimentary Cruises to First Responders

In response to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis in China, Royal Caribbean has announced it will move Spectrum of the Seas to Australia and offer complimentary cruises to first responders as a way to give back to those that put forth so much to combat the wildfires.

We are in a fortunate position to offer these brave and selfless members of the Australian community the opportunity to join us for a few days and let them relax and unwind in the company of other volunteers and first responders,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. “By welcoming and accommodating them aboard Spectrum of the Seas, we hope to recognize their contribution and offer them our hospitality.

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Royal Caribbean International President and CEO, Michael Bayley also went on to say

We are in a fortunate position to offer these brave and selfless members of the Australian community the opportunity to join us for a few days and let them relax and unwind in the company of other volunteers and first responders,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. “By welcoming and accommodating them aboard Spectrum of the Seas, we hope to recognize their contribution and offer them our hospitality.

Bayley noted that the ship and its crew have not been in China for more than two weeks, exceeding public health guidelines.

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Anthem of the Seas Sailing Delayed Until Tomorrow

Royal Caribbean is turning away passengers for today’s sailing on the Anthem of the Seas following the Coronoavirus scare this morning. Guests are being told to come back tomorrow.

 

In a press release, the cruse line assured passengers that none of the 4 passengers tested positive for conavirus and that the Anthem of the Seas will depart tomorrow.

“We appreciate the CDC’s abundance of caution and their partnership. We understand CDC intends to test samples from four guests for coronavirus. None of the four guests showed any clinical signs or symptoms of coronavirus while they were onboard our ship. One had tested positive onboard for Influenza A. Our records indicate the guests had not been in China since January 26 — 14 days ago.

All other guests have been permitted to disembark as usual. We have also been cleared by authorities to depart on our next cruise as usual. However, to reassure concerned guests, we will delay our departure until tomorrow, when we expect to receive conclusive test results from CDC.”

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Anthem of the Seas Docked in New Jersey This Morning for Coronavirus Screening

Four Royal Caribbean cruise passengers have been taken to the hospital in New Jersey  for observation and 23 more are being screened for the Coronavirus. While none of these Chinese nationals aboard the Anthem of the Seas are from Wuhan, the outbreak’s epicenter, nor have traveled there since the outbreak was first identified, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is not taking any chances.

In a statement from Royal Caribbean, spokesperson Melissa Charbonneau said the company is participating in “elevated levels of guest screening to check the spread of coronavirus.”

“We are closely monitoring developments regarding coronavirus and have rigorous medical protocols in place onboard our ships. We continue to work in close consultation with the CDC, the WHO, and local health authorities to align with their guidance and ensure the health and wellbeing of our guests and crew,” Charbonneau continued.

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Health officials and the CDC took the 23 other passangers, who all happen to be Chinese nationals, off the ship this morning to be taken to the airport and sent back to China. This was just a precautionary measure as there is no indication any of the passengers have the coronavirus.

 

 

 

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VIDEO: January 25, 2020 Miami Sail Aways

We took a ride down to Port Miami for the sail away of the Symphony of the Seas and caught 6 additional cruise ships making their way down Government Cut heading for the open ocean for the start of an amazing vacation. The weather was perfect and the seas were calm. So calm that a group of teenagers decided to have a little fun jumping off the pier in South Point Park. Watch it all here in 4k.

 

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VIDEO: January 18-19, 2020 Sail Aways

Watching our favorite ships sail away as they leave the port is always an impressive sight to see! We decided to head over to Fort Lauderdale beach and hang out on the jetty with other tourists as they waved goodbye to friends and family as their cruise left the port.

On Saturday, January the 18th we caught the Adventure of the Seas leave Port Everglades along with a few other ships.

 

We then came back on Sunday, January 19th to bid the Allure of the Seas farewell.

 

Hearing the thunderous horns of the ships as they leave the harbor is always an amazing sight to see and hear!

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Augmented Reality Comes to Anthem of the Seas

Royal Caribbean has launched a new free to play augmented reality game on the Anthem of the Seas called Expedition Two70. Once aboard the ship you will access the interactive game via the Royal Caribbean App and head to the Two70 venue to begin the game.

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“Journey to Two70 and test your adventuring skills in four fully immersive augmented reality games. Locate artifacts placed around the room and scan them with the Royal Caribbean International app to begin each challenge. Raise temples, blast ruins and more on your quest to recover ancient masks. Finish all four games to win.” – Royal Caribbean

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This AR experience made its debut on the Spectrum of the Seas, which has been sailing out of Shanghai since June, 2019. Royal Caribbean has since announced that Anthem of the Seas will now have this technology as well.

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Royal Caribbean has been working with Firstborn, a creative innovation agency out of New York, to create the first ever augmented reality experience designed specifically for a moving ship. This groundbreaking technology transforms event space of the Quantum class ships into a massive experience “designed to delight guests and expand Royal Caribbean’s adventurous brand into new, uncharted territories.” In one challenge, players fire arrows out across the balcony at an archipelago of floating islands. In another, they walk 360º around the stage as they navigate a giant maze carved into a four-story temple. With four fully-immersive games, Firstborn designed a cohesive universe with an authentic and ownable connection to the Royal Caribbean brand to create a guest experience on a scale never before seen at sea.

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Augmented reality (AR) is an interactive experience of a real-world environment where the objects that reside in the real world are enhanced by computer-generated perceptual information.

We will be keeping a close eye on further digital entertainment offerings from Royal Caribbean as this looks to be an experience for the entire family!

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Five Liberty of the Seas Sailings Canceled – Royal Caribbean Needs More Time for Ship Amplification

Guests from 5 sailings in 2021 have been informed that Royal Caribbean (RCL) is canceling their trips.

The cruise line stated in an e-mail to guests that they need more time for the ship’s scheduled dry dock next year and have canceled sailings starting from February 14th 2021.

Royal Caribbean gave the guests affected several options to choose from for the inconvenience of re-booking as well as on board credit. Guests will receive $200 for interior, ocean view and balcony staterooms and $400 for suites plus an additional $50 for each third or more guest.

Guests may re-book on the Liberty of the Seas beginning April 18th 2021, they may also choose to sail on the Jewel of the Seas with sailings staring January 17th 2021. The option to book on a different class of ship is available or to cancel altogether. 

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The amplification is part of Royal Caribbean’s $1 billion Royal Amplified Program which was announced in March of 2018.

The Royal Amplified program spans 10 ships in four years, and touches every facet of the guest experience on a lineup of the world’s most highly regarded and award-winning ships, including Oasis and Allure of the Seas, as well as all Freedom and Voyager Class ships. The program is set to introduce a wide range of innovative features and bold, new experiences that will further build on Royal Caribbean’s best-in-class global vacation offering.” -RCL

Royal Caribbean has not announced what upgrades and enhancement Liberty of the Seas will receive we are sure they will not disappoint. According to their general statement the amplification program is to include iconic pools and attractions, elevated dining and nightlife and redefined short Caribbean getaways.

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World Largest Cruise Ship to Set Sail From China

The keel was lowered into place at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard on October 10th officially starting the physical construction of the newest Oasis class ship, Wonder of the Seas. During what is known as the keel-laying ceremony, a 970-ton block, measuring 155 feet by 65 feet, was lifted onto the building dock with a 1,400-ton crane.

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Royal Caribbean International has announce that the fifth Oasis class ship‘s homeport will not go to a port in Florida but will set sail from Shanghai, China instead.

The announcement was made by Royal Caribbean President and CEO Michael Bayley at a global cruise industry conference event held in Shanghai. This highly anticipated debut will be in 2021. The world’s largest cruise ship will introduce a new era of cruising as the first of the renowned Oasis Class to sail the Asia Pacific.

“Royal Caribbean is known for its innovation and constantly pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, and an Oasis Class ship in China is proof of that,” said Bayley. “Wonder of the Seas will redefine the ultimate vacation and be revolutionary in her own right, and she marks one of Royal Caribbean’s most exciting chapters to come.”

Wonder of the Seas will be part of the Oasis class of ships, the largest in the world, and will combine the iconic seven-neighborhood concept that her sister ships feature along with a bold lineup of thrilling experiences, imaginative dining, unparalleled entertainment and the latest technology. RCI will announce more information on Wonder’s itineraries as well as new adventures soon.

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