We are closely monitoring global developments regarding the coronavirus, and we are fully focused on protecting the health and safety of our guests and crew.
Celebrity Beyond, the third ship in the highly acclaimed, award-winning Edge Series from Celebrity Cruises, has made the monumental move from concept to construct today as the first piece of steel was cut at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.
“Celebrity Beyond is the perfect natural next-step in the Edge Series,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “The Edge Series is all about innovation and pushing beyond boundaries and convention, and Celebrity Beyond will continue this legacy.”
“With the launch of our Edge Series, Celebrity Cruises redefined modern cruising. Celebrity Edge impressed the world with its outward-facing design and innovation; Celebrity Apex takes the onboard vacation experience to the pinnacle; and now with Celebrity Beyond, we’re charting new territory once again,” added Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. “While we can’t say much just yet, with Celebrity Beyond three’s a charm.”
“This is a new milestone in the long success story we have with RCCL and Celebrity,” stated Laurent Castaing, General Manager, Chantiers de l’Atlantique. “Celebrity Beyond will be the symbol of this cooperation based on mutual trust and our common innovation spirit.”
With the second-in-class Celebrity Apex set to arrive in Southampton in April 2020, the brand expects delivery of Celebrity Beyond in fall 2021.
COCO BEACH CLUB!
Coco Beach Club has opened on Perfect Day at CocoCay. It’s like nothing we’ve ever done before. We’re turning up the luxury factor for our guests in a really big way, with a 2,600-square-foot oceanfront infinity pool, a private stretch of white-sand beach, and a restaurant with elevated dishes like grilled Bahamian lobster and herb-marinated filet mignon — all in a laid-back island setting that’s only for club guests. And just wait until you see the Floating Cabanas. Sounds exclusive, right?
You bet it is, and we couldn’t have done it without all your hard work.
To assist you in your marketing needs we have gathered all our brand essentials in a user-friendly, web-based portal. The portal features a image bank, videos, social media assets, short texts, sales kits, brand guidelines and much more. Easy to download assets and create baskets to send to your colleagues.
For WAVE we have created a specific folder with everything you need for the coming months. Login and have a look:
The busiest season of the year is here, and we have been working on preparations to make it successful for our trade partners. To be able to support you as quickly as possible, we have been training an English speaking team who is ready to support your call.
This team is now handling all calls for sales and service related questions. Infono@rccl.com, Groups, Air and Customer service will still be handled by our Nordic speaking team. The English speaking team have 3-4 years’ experience of handling calls from our global contact centres. They are now also fully trained on Nordic specific topics.
We are confident that this change is an enhanced experience for you. If you should have any concerns or feedback to us, please contact your local Key Account Manager.
Opening hours will remain the same: Mon – Fri 9-18 (CET +1)
We are delighted to welcome back Magnus Wrahme who will be working with us on an interim basis until June 2020. Magnus previously spent an incredibly successful 13 years with Royal Caribbean (1998 – 2011) in a variety of International roles before moving on to other Senior Management roles in Norway. He has now set up his own consultancy company which has presented us with the perfect opportunity to invite him back to lead our Sales and Commercial teams in the region.
Magnus is very much looking forward to meeting you all alongside our Head of Sales, Simen Opsahl, and team as we build our plans for Wave 2020. The relationships we hold with you, our trade partners, across Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark are critical for our present and future success.
Interim Commercial Director Nordics
+47 47 22 55 80 email@example.com
Effective, January 6th, Celebrity Cruises will increase the daily gratuity rate by $1.00 per guest, per day for all sailings.
Guests who have already prepaid their gratuities will not be impacted by this change. Guests currently booked that have not yet prepaid their gratuities, will have until the time of sailing to do so at the old rate.
You may find the new policy here:
Stateroom obstruction is a topic that has not been very clear for our guests. This is why we have updated our invoiced to include the obstruction percentage. The stateroom obstruction percentage will be presented in the top portion of the invoice:
And remember! The possible obstruction will continue to show in Espresso, in the stateroom details.
At Celebrity we have always been passionate about closing the gender gap. We’re doing this because we are the only cruise line that can, and to celebrate International Women’s Day in a meaningful and powerful way.
While progress has been made, the reality is that only 2% of the world’s mariners are women. But not at Celebrity Cruises. The modern luxury brand is leading the industry into a more diverse future with their bold initiatives to #BRIDGEthegap. Now, the brand that made headlines by hiring the first American female cruise ship captain, Kate McCue, and again by announcing that 22% of their bridge teams are made up of women, is now continuing with another historic milestone: the announcement of the first-ever sailing with an entirely female bridge and officer team.
Nobody does the tropics like Royal Caribbean — and in 2021-2022 we’re going bold in the tropics with all four Oasis Class ships
sailing from Florida, plus returning winter season favorites like Vision of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas. Your clients can set
sail on epic getaways from Galveston and San Juan. Visit unforgettable ports like Virgin Gorda and St. Lucia. And enjoy more stops
at our game-changing private destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay — these adventures are available to book now.
Radiance and Serenade of the Seas return to Hawaii with 2021 sailings now ready to book. Turn your Polynesian adventure into a Pacific plunge as you sail between Oahu and Vancouver. And with late night and overnight stays in Lahaina, Maui, you’ll get to soak up all the island has to offer —from sunset surf sessions to luaus under the stars. Plus, right now enjoy the biggest savings of the year with our best promotion.
Get ready to dive deeper into Old World adventures in Summer 2021. Rediscover the Med’s greatest hits onboard Harmony of the Seas, sailing from Barcelona and Rome, or on returning favorites Vision and Rhapsody of the Seas. Head north for unforgettable sights in the Baltics and the British Isles onboard Jewel of the Seas. Choose from fjord filled thrills in Norway to Mediterranean marvels and everywhere in between onboard Anthem
of the Seas, sailing from Southampton —all open to book now.
The 2021/2022 deployment is underway, starting with the Winter 2022 deployment which is open for sale as of 12 November!
Opened for sale: Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Hawaii and South America
Here is the planned schedule (subject to change) and overview of deployment (PDF)
More flyers coming soon..
New Ultimate Panoramic Suite – Only on Oasis of the Seas
There’s plenty of room for awesome in the Ultimate Panoramic Suite coming onboard the Amplified Oasis of the Seas — 914 square feet to be exact. Your clients can take in sweeping 200 degree views from wall to wall and floor to ceiling glass windows, enjoy ample space for their belongings in the walk-in closet, and an upgraded bathroom with panoramic views of its own. Plus, as part of Royal Suite Class, the Ultimate Panoramic Suite gives your clients all the top-tier Star amenities — including their personal Royal Genie who grants VIP access shipwide.
Royal Caribbean Adventure Ocean & Celebrity Cruises Camp at Sea
These new shipboard apps will assist with the Child Registration process on the first day of the voyage, as well as the Check-In/Out process on a daily basis by replacing the existing paper forms.
In addition to reducing the amount of paper required, the digital registration time for each child will be significantly less than the old paper forms.
Adventure Ocean – Available on following ships:
Camp at Sea – Available on following ships:
The rest of the fleet has not yet been scheduled.
Untamed beauty. Uncharted adventure. This is America’s Last Frontier —Alaska. And in summer 2021, nobody takes your clients further into the wild than returning favorites Ovation of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas and Serenade of the Seas, all upgraded with our new Ocean View Balcony Spa Staterooms.
No matter which itinerary your cilents choose, they can look forward to fjord flightseeing in Juneau, glacier gazing in Alaska’s Inside Passage, and peak seeking in Sitka on select sailings. This is the start of their wildest expedition yet!
The new Odyssey of the Seas is set to arrive in one year, and here’s your official rundown of all the cool things that will be onboard — like a Sky Pad with a twist, a wide-open pool deck, and our most decked-out SeaPlex yet. It’s all debuting Fall 2020 in Fort Lauderdale before heading to Rome to shake up the Med in 2021.
Discover the new Odyssey of the Seas, the first Quantum Ultra class ship to sail in the US and Europe, debuting November 2020 from Fort Lauderdale and from Rome in Summer 2021! The ship’s features have been officially revealed and will include:
Applies to Celebrity Cruises:
Please be advised the pricing structure for the 3rd and 4th guests has recently changed. You will see a varying price for 3rd and 4th guests in a quad stateroom where the 4th guest will be priced lower than the 3rd guest. Before, the 3rd and 4th pricing was the same.
The goal is to offer families of 4 a lower rate for the 4th guest. This can be a really good selling point when there is space to max out a room.
Previously booked groups, cruise tours, charters for example will not be adjusted, this pricing will only affect new bookings and repricing on existing bookings.
Categorization 2.0 will help you assist guests faster and also includes new features. Read below about our new Spa Class staterooms, new connecting double staterooms and update to our categories.
Available to book starting the week of October 28, 2019.
Spa staterooms will be available on all ships except for Empress of the Seas & Majesty of the Seas, and Vision Class ships, for our 2021-2022 sailings.
Spa Staterooms include the following amenities and room features*:
Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or simply looking to recharge, the Spa staterooms will allow you to relax, unwind, and rejuvenate.
*Spa Stateroom benefits, amenities, and features are subject to change at any time without notice.
Get your compass ready, because we’re going way, way off the grid. The Royal Caribbean family is introducing the second destination in our Perfect Day Island Collection — Perfect Day at Lelepa, opening 2022. And though it’s going to be a world away from Perfect Day at CocoCay, our guests are going to love it every bit as much.
Part of the island nation of Vanuatu, Lelepa sits on the eastern edge of the South Pacific’s Coral Sea, just over 1,000 miles east of Brisbane, Australia, and about 650 miles west of Fiji.
Perfect Day at Lelepa will welcome our guests who cruise the South Pacific. That includes lots of families and couples from Australia, international explorers, and some first-time cruisers looking to try the Royal Caribbean experience.
Perfect Day at Lelepa will be the first destination of its kind in the South Pacific. And between its rugged beauty and Vanuatu’s rich local culture, it has so much to offer. But we don’t just want to share this natural gem with our guests — we want to safeguard it for generations to come.
Over the next few years, we’ll be working closely with the local community and environmental groups to protect and maintain the island’s natural ecosystems.
This is not a cruise. This is an island-hopping adventure right from the belle of the bayou. Colorful culture and Creole cuisine await you on a cruise to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean from the city of jazz and gumbo. In January 2020, Majesty of the Seas® sets sail from New Orleans, Louisiana for adventures to the Caribbean and The Bahamas, with many sailings calling at the ultimate newly opened private destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay.
It’s been 10 years since Royal Caribbean introduced the incredible Oasis Class. And 10 years since we began cruising in China. Now the newest addition to our Royal Caribbean family is going to reset the bar on both legacies. Meet Wonder of the Seas. The biggest ship in our fleet — and the world — will sail from China starting in 2021. And it’s going to be packed with experiences never seen before, building on our reputation as China’s favorite cruise line. Soon we’ll reveal more about what’s behind the name. More details will follow, including itineraries and new onboard features. Stay tuned to learn more!
The Royal Caribbean International May 2021 through April 2022 deployment schedule has been announced.
Effective October 10, 2019, a beverage charge will apply when choosing a Celebrity Cruises sailing including beverage package. The beverage package will be added automaticlly on sailings on or after 2 January 2020. On sailings before that you will need to be add it manually via View promotions in Espresso (instructions below).
This will automatically be shown in Espresso.
This applies only to new individual and group bookings.
If guest is under the legal drinking age, do they still pay the same price for the beverage package perk?
Yes, if the guest is under the legal drinking age, they will still see the increased cost. The package will be non-alcoholic.
Why should I purchase a beverage package when I book my cruise?
The best value for the guest continues to be selecting the beverage package as a perk.
Will pricing change with currency fluctuations?
The exchange rates may be periodically updated.
Will travel agent receive commission on the beverage package pricing?
Travel agents will continue to receive commission for the package as part of the cruise fare.
Will travel agent be able to see the charge in Espresso and booking documents?
Yes, the charge will automatically show in the pricing quote as a separate charge. Same applies to Booking Offer Details and Confirmation Invoice.
Will the beverage package perk pricing effect pricing on all Celebrity Cruises sailings?
No, this cost does not apply to Galapagos ships/sailings since the Galapagos pricing is all inclusive.
Will my Group booking be affected?
Any groups created before 10th October (even unnamed) will not be affected by this update.
PLEASE NOTE! Beverage package will not automatically include in any cruises departing before 2 January 2020. The package needs to be added manually (at a cost of $15 per day/person) if the guests wish so.
When in Espresso, in Categories view – go to View Promotions:
Then choose the Beverage Charge and Select
After this you go on and choose the category and continue as normal with the booking. Always make sure to check the price quote.
Coco Beach Club opens January 31, 2020 but is now available to reserve on Cruise Planner.
There is an admission fee for guests to enter Coco Beach Club. The fee includes the following:
There are also two types of cabanas available for a charge, the Floating Cabanas & Beach Cabanas! Each Cabana rental includes complimentary admission to Coco Beach Club for up to 8 guests.
Explorer of the Seas is scheduled to begin it’s Royal Amplified dry dock in starting in March 2020 and will sailing be from Rome starting May 2020!
Below is a summary of the new venues and experiences added to the ship:
New and replaced features
Food and Beverage
Family – Go for bolder bonding as you roam the Mediterranean together. Tackle The Perfect StormSM waterslides and glow-in-the-dark laser tag. Plus a reimagined Adventure Ocean®.
Destinations – Experience the best of the Mediterranean on the newly Amplified Explorer of the Seas®. Wander the whitewashed paths of Oia in Santorini, and take in legendary Greek sunsets from the top deck. Sailing from Rome May 2020.
Beginning January 1st 2020, we will be discontinuing The DINE • DRINK • DISCOVER program. The program up until 31st December provided additional amenities, included in the price of the stateroom, to guests booked in the Central Park and Boardwalk Balconies.
Guests who are already booked in our Central Park and Boardwalk Balconies on sailings on or after 1 January 2020 will receive $50 non-refundable Onboard Credit, per stateroom, as a goodwill gesture to make up for the change.
Deployment of our new Quantum Ultra class ship, Odyssey of the Seas has opened for sale . Odyssey will be sailing mostly 6 and 8 nights from Fort Lauderdale to Southern & Western Caribbean and Perfect Day CocoCay. On some of the itineraries, two of our most loved ports of call in the Caribbean, Labadee and CocoCay, are included on the same sailing. The inaugural sailing of Odyssey of the Seas is 5th November 2020.
Did you know that RCL has its own coral reef? Located just off the coast of Virginia Key in Miami, the “Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Reef” (yes, that’s really its name) is an active site for coral reef research, restoration, and citizen science. Royal Caribbean began partnering with University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science “Rescue a Reef” program in 2017, following Hurricane Irma’s destruction of many underwater environments in the area.
Last week, RCL employees met at the Rosenstiel School for a “Corals and Cocktails” presentation by Dalton Hesley, head of the Rescue a Reef program. We learned how the reef, plus our volunteer and sponsorship efforts, specifically aid in the regrowth and survival of area corals key to coastal resilience and the future storm protection of our shores.
Last year, employees of the Port of Miami campus worked together in the 1050 building’s Anchor Plaza to build coral “trees,” structures made of PVC pipe on which small coral pieces are affixed, giving them greater chances to survive and grow new colonies of their own. During dive expeditions employees sourced corals from the “trees” and planted them onto our reef. This year, groups of RCL scuba divers and snorkelers are volunteering their time on follow-up expeditions, to check on these trees and continue the development of our reef.
In the decade since the Rescue a Reef program began, it’s outplanted over 20,000 corals to more than 60 restoration sites in South Florida. These include more than 40 different types of coral colonies, bred in and then transplanted from three main coral nursery sites. The Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Reef is chiefly Acropora Cervicornis, or “staghorn” corals, that attract marine life to create a lively neighborhood of coral colonies and the fish and aquatic animals that love them.
Check out our reef on Google Maps!
Freedom of the Seas is scheduled to undergo a substantial amplification beginning January 2020 and will be sailing the Southern Caribbean year round from San Juan starting March 2020!
Below is a summary of the new venues and experiences added to the ship:
74 New Staterooms
The Perfect Storm
Laser Tag: Clash for the Crystal City
Reimagined spaces for Adventure Ocean
Pool Deck Experience
Amplified Pool Deck
Expanded resort style pool featuring in-water lounge chairs & Casitas
The Lime and Coconut
Dining & Nightlife
Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen
El Loco Fresh
Izumi Hibachi & Sushi
Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade
Some venues will be removed or replaced; and several public areas will be refreshed.
Royal Caribbean is celebrating 100 days of Perfect Day with new 4-night itineraries with 2 stops at Perfect Day CocoCay. In one short getaway guests will have twice the time to thrill and chill on their choice of nearly 40 sailings beginning September 30th, 2019. Another thing our guests are asking for is to experience the island after dark — so 3 sailings in September will stay until 10 p.m. Our guests will enjoy an island barbecue, junkanoo bands, fire dancers, laser shows, and a spectacular fireworks show to end the night.
Late Night Stays
Guests have a late-night (10:00 PM departure)
Navigator of the Seas:
2-Stop Perfect Day
Mariner of the Seas:
Navigator of the Seas:
For some time now, our guests, travel partners and agents have been asking us for a Winter Caribbean product out of Tampa, we are now delighted to fulfill this request and start offering long Caribbean sailings starting October 31, 2020 through April 19, 2021.
We’re excited to announce our newly revolutionized ship, Celebrity Constellation®, is making Tampa her winter home beginning in November of 2020 and will be offering 10- and 11-night island-hopping vacations in the Caribbean. With the addition of Constellation® to our Caribbean roster, we’re extending our presence in paradise to a total of seven award-winning ships.
Our longer sailings are the perfect escape from the winter blues. Get more in-depth island time with visits to incredible islands and cities, including St. Kitts & Nevis, Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, Cartagena, and Colon (just to name a few). Experience the famous locks of the Panama Canal into Lake Gatun, and back again. We’ve carefully designed these itineraries to give you the best of the Caribbean—sun-drenched beaches, colorful reefs, local cuisines, and so much more.
The newly revolutionized Celebrity Constellation is the perfect complement to our new Caribbean itineraries. Step aboard and discover completely redesigned staterooms, including our new suite experience, The Retreat®. Suite guests will enjoy exclusive new spaces like The Retreat Sundeck and The Retreat Lounge along with private dining at Luminae. Throughout the ship, you’ll enjoy luxuriously updated restaurants, bars, and lounges. Ship in new boutiques featuring the hottest designer names. If you’ve sailed Constellation® in the past—you won’t believe the change. She’s got an updated look without losing her undeniable charm.
Celebrity Constellation’s Caribbean sailings are now open for booking. So, don’t wait!
Celebrity Apex will be completed ahead of schedule, allowing her to enter service earlier than expected. That means we can offer a new 4-Night Preview voyage in advance of the currently scheduled 8-Night Maiden voyage.
o NEW Apex Preview Sailing: 4-Night Northern European Cruise departing from Southampton, England on April 1st, 2020 and visiting Belgium and the Netherlands.
o Maiden Voyage Spain & Portugal: 8-Night Spain & Portugal Cruise that departs from Southampton, England on April 5th, 2020.
The deployment for 2020-2021 Royal Caribbeans Majesty and Empress of the Seas is now open for sale.
It’s the parade of the decade as Majesty of the Seas® becomes a NOLA local with a year of sailings from the Big Easy. Break away
from beignets for an epic beach day on a 7-night adventure to Perfect Day at CocoCay on almost every sailing.
Empress of the Seas brings big adventure to small ports with new destinations for Royal Caribbean®. Explore the seaside lights and
historic sights of Canada and New England with more to see from Montreal to Newport. And linger a little bit longer in Bermuda with
overnight stays in St. George’s Island and Hamilton. Plus 6, 7 and 8 night Caribbean itineraries from Miami.
The most awarded ship in the world is stealing the spotlight again with all-new ways to play and stay in the Mediterranean. Like a 10-story ride down the tallest slide at sea. Face offs in an icy new laser tag battle. Savoring hand-tossed pizzas hot from the oven at a reimagined Italian trattoria. Or snacking on crazy good Mexican fare and bold barbecue bites. And when the Tuscan sun goes down, the night heats up at exciting new hotspots. Plus, with endless experiences that offer the best of Europe, your clients can conquer a continent’s worth of adventures. All on the newly Amplified Allure of the Seas®.
Introducing RoyalUp/MoveUp — a new bid-based stateroom upgrade program. In just a few simple steps, your clients could score a fantastic upgrade. From Ocean View and Balcony staterooms to the most expansive suites at sea.
If your clients are booked on an eligible sailing, they will receive an email between 45 and 75 days prior to sailing with instructions on how to bid. Make sure they’re signed up to receive our communication. To receive an email invitation to bid on a stateroom upgrade guest must be opted-in to Royal Caribbean/Celebrity Cruises Marketing e-mails. To opt-in, to receive emails guests can sign up on our website, opt-in through the online check in process or within from My Reservations/Guest Account section of the website.
And the best news for our partners, we upgrade – you get the commission!
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has announced that it has entered into an agreement with shipbuilder Meyer Turku to order a third Icon-class ship for delivery in 2025.
The ship will join its two sister ships – to be delivered in 2022 and 2024, respectively – in Royal Caribbean International’s fleet, an industry leader in innovation, clean technology, and breakthrough ship design.
Our entire RCL Cruises Ltd. fleet is growing – ordered ships at this moment:
5th Quantum class ship (ultra class) – 2020
5th Oasis class ship – 2021
6th Oasis class ship – 2023
1st Icon class ship – 2022
2nd Icon class ship – 2024
3rd Icon class ship – 2025
2nd Edge class ship – 2020
3rd Edge class ship – 2021
4th Edge class ship – 2022
5th Edge class ship – 2024
Voyager of the Seas is scheduled to undergo a Royal Amplified drydock starting in September of 2019. The newly updated ship will be arriving in Singapore by October 2019 and in Sydney by November 30, 2019.
Below is a summary of some the updated venues and experiences coming to the ship:
In a game-changing moment two years in the making, Celebrity Cruises officially launched the revolutionary new Celebrity Flora a 100-guest, all-suites mega yacht that’s poised to connect travelers to the Galapagos Islands like never before. The ship was welcomed to the brand’s award-winning fleet with a sustainability-focused ceremony where executives, valued travel advisers and journalists joined the ship’s Godmother, environmental advocate and former World Wildlife Fund International President Yolanda Kakabadse, in blessing the ship. In another first, a partnership was announced with EarthEcho International, a nonprofit organization founded by Philippe Cousteau. Jr., to inspire young people to act now for a sustainable future.
The naming ceremony brought together distinguished guests, employees and crew members to commemorate the debut of Celebrity Flora, the first ship of its kind designed specifically for the Galapagos Islands.
During the event, a partnership was revealed with EarthEcho International. Celebrity and the team at the non-profit will work together to introduce a comprehensive and customized youth strategy, designed to empower a new generation of environmental advocates both in the local communities of the Galapagos, as well as aboard Celebrity Flora and Celebrity Xpedition in the region. The program will include:
Celebrity Flora is also one of the most energy-efficient ships in its class, with a 15-percent reduction of fuel consumption and equivalently fewer air emissions, thanks to the introduction of an advanced propulsion system, hull configuration and specially designed diesel engines.
Celebrity Flora’s dynamic positioning is a first in the Galapagos. It has anchorless technology, which maintains the ship’s position while protecting the sensitive sea floor system, with zero speed stabilizers promising smooth sailing throughout.
Celebrity Flora will have in-room water filtration stations and the ability to reuse air conditioning condensation to provide water to the shipboard laundry facilities. Reverse osmosis equipment will be used, so the ship can process sea water into fresh water to supply 100-percent of her needs. Plus, any materials that can be recycled, reused or donated will be as part of a strict waste management system.
Celebrity Flora will sail from Baltra year-round, making its first sailing on June 30, 2019.
We introduce you to a bold new chapter for Azamara Club Cruises as we debut the largest collection of pre-and-post voyage land programs in the cruising industry. More than 1,700 offerings spanning over 41 countries and six continents. Ready to take our guests beyond the coast and deep into the heart of great destinations. Most cruise guests travel to see the land and we help them Explore Further.
Simply put, Azamara Club Cruises is expanding Beyond the Sea. We are now able to combine our voyages with the most intensive experiences on land, this is a game changer. In fact, it’s more than that. It’s a NAME changer. So with that, I am proud to announce that we will officially be removing ‘Club Cruises’ from our name and changing our logo.
Removing “Club Cruises” from our name after nearly a decade of success is a pretty bold move. But that’s what I love about Azamara – we are constantly innovating. We’ve never been confined by convention. If so, we certainly wouldn’t find ourselves at this moment and time.
This evolution to a singular and more impactful brand – Azamara – reflects our expanded commitment to deliver Destination Immersion by both land and sea. It also serves to remind us of who we are. It reminds us that the enduring passion of our company and our guests, for that matter, is to push forward – to see more, do more, experience more. And to do so undaunted. Pushing forward is what got us here … and it’s how we’ll navigate the waters and traverse the exciting new landscapes that lie ahead. This is Azamara, a brand with a clear and concise purpose of connecting people to people and people to cultures.
Azamara. Bold new name. Bold new identity. Both born from a bold new commitment to reach more of the world than even we would have dreamed possible, just a few years ago. We have compiled all the main assets you may need to review the details of the launch below.
Spectrum of the Seas naming ceremony kicked off China season
Spectrum of the Seas, our newest ship, made its highly anticipated debut in China. The first Quantum Ultra Class ship sailed into Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal in Shanghai after completing a 46-night Global Odyssey that spanned 17 cities. In honor of Spectrum arriving to her new home, we celebrated with a grand naming ceremony with Chinese celebrities and Royal Caribbean brand ambassadors, Xiaoming Huang and Angelababy, in attendance. Honored with the lifetime role of Godparents, the popular couple were on hand to name the ship and bestow a blessing of safekeeping over all those who sail on her.
The deployment for Royal Caribbeans Independence of the Seas summer and fall season 2020 is now open for sale.
The ship that revolutionized the cruise industry, Oasis of the Seas, marks its 10-year anniversary with a larger-than-ever, $165 million amplification. The first to introduce the unique seven-neighborhood concept and one-of-a-kind AquaTheater entertainment venue, Royal Caribbean International’s original gamechanger will set a new standard for family vacations with first-to-brand experiences and the latest Royal Caribbean hits. Guest favorites making their way to Oasis as part of the 63-day modernization include a reimagined, Caribbean-inspired pool deck that will feature a Splashaway Bay kids aquapark and The Lime & Coconut signature bar; famed Quantum Class staple, Music Hall; the Perfect Storm trio of waterslides, and the Ultimate Abyss – the tallest slide at sea. Debuting alongside this lineup is the cruise line’s first barbecue concept, Portside BBQ, and dedicated karaoke venue Spotlight Karaoke. The amplified Oasis will set sail on Nov. 24, 2019, beginning 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Royal Caribbean’s new, state-of-the-art Terminal A in Miami.
The architectural marvel will break even more records when she heads to the Big Apple in May 2020 as the largest ship to sail from the New York area. Oasis will reposition to her new summer home at Cape Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey, offering 7-night sailings to The Bahamas with visits to Royal Caribbean’s newly transformed private island destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay.
“When Oasis of the Seas debuted as the world’s largest and most groundbreaking cruise ship a decade ago, the typical cruise vacation as the world knew it was forever changed. Today, our Oasis Class ships continue to lead the industry and attract vacationers new to cruising,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “Now with the opportunity to disrupt the industry once again, we’ve gone all-in with our biggest and boldest amplification yet. Oasis will turn heads when she arrives to Miami this November and the Northeast in May 2020.”
The first ship designed specifically for the beautiful Galapagos Islands – Celebrity Cruises’ revolutionary Celebrity Flora – is preparing to embark on her transatlantic journey to her new home in the diverse archipelago following an intimate delivery ceremony.
In honor of the significant moment – a culmination of more than two years of planning and 18 months of construction – Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s Chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain hosted a ceremony aboard Celebrity Flora, while docked in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Company and shipyard executives were also in attendance, plus more than 70 crew members, many of whom are Ecuadorian natives.
The most energy-efficient ship of its kind in the region, the 100-guest Celebrity Flora was designed specifically to explore the Galapagos. The cutting-edge new ship will feature Celebrity’s signature outward-facing design concept, giving guests 360-degree views of the islands, and all-suite accommodations – including an unprecedented 50-percent Sky Suites with Infinite Veranda – with service provided by personal attendants. Unique to Celebrity Flora are the first-ever glamping experience at sea, new dining venues, an open-air stargazing platform, expert-led ecological seminars, and custom-designed Novurania yacht tenders, which create a seamless sea-to-shore experience.
Celebrity Flora will sail from Baltra year-round, making her first sailing on June 30, 2019, the ship offers seven-night inner and outer loop itineraries and selection of 10-, 11-, and 16-night packages, which feature either pre- or post-cruise expeditions.
After four years of planning and 14 months of building, it’s finally here — Perfect Day at CocoCay is officially open. Our first guests at the Grand Opening this past Saturday could not believe their eyes. Check out this video to hear from them.
The introduction of our upcoming itineraries is always an exciting time at Azamara. But this one feels extra special because, for 2021 and 2022, we’re taking our commitment to Destination Immersion® experiences even further.
Of course, we’ll continue with our bucket-list favorites with the addition of springtime country-intensive voyages through Japan. However, we’re also adding a few soon-to-be favorites, including new intensive voyages through the Black Sea and even deeper explorations into Turkey.
Our new schedule also expands our promise to deliver more time in port and more enriching travel experiences for our guests. In fact, for 2021 and 2022 we’ll offer more than 140 overnights in amazing locations around the world. In Spain and France alone we’ll more than double the number of overnight calls we had in 2015.
We’ve also extended our reach by adding 10 maiden ports across several countries and continents including Chile, Australia, Ecuador, Greece, Ghana and more.
As always, in every destination we visit, we’re making sure our guests have exciting ways to reach out, explore, and discover local life. Experiences like a hands-on Andalusian cooking workshop in Seville; a wine journey at a family chateau in France’s Loire Valley; and an “Evening Foodie Experience” in Istanbul – a delicious night out highlighted by the chance to sample over 12 Turkish specialties, from kebabs to baklava.
For guests with a little extra time on their hands, we’re adding a number of new “Grand Voyages” that invite them to combine back-to-back sailings to create one extended journey. Imagine embarking on a 69-night circumnavigation of South America that spans 32 incredible countries and sails through the Antarctic Sound. We’re not just making it possible, we’re rewarding these intrepid travelers with onboard credits during every leg and free Wi-Fi throughout the voyage.
At Azamara, we made a promise long ago to connect our guests with new people, new cultures, and, ultimately, those places within themselves that only travel can reach. Our 2021/22 schedule proves that we continue to grow this commitment with nearly 300 unique ports across 77 countries.
For full details on our 2021/22 itineraries please visit www.azamara.com/2021-2022-voyages.
Royal Caribbean has officially named the newest member of their fleet and second Quantum Ultra Class ship, Odyssey of the Seas.
Odyssey will join the rest of the Royal Caribbean fleet starting in fall 2020 and will begin her journey in the United States.
Read the full press release here