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Ice-skating rinks. Rock-climbing walls. Planetariums. Mini golf courses. If it seems like cruise ships have it all, that's because they must cater to the whims of thousands of travelers with differing interests, all with the single goal of a good time.
Starting this November, that good time will be enhanced by yet another cruise line first, as Royal Caribbean debuts the 4,900-passenger Quantum of the Seas and her extendable arm viewing capsule, the "North Star." This contraption, which lifts passengers up and over the ship for a 360-degree view, would be a lovely little mid-ocean joyride, if only the key promotional rendering wasn't so misleading.
Google Street View is on the move again, and this time they’re heading somewhere that lacks any roads—the water.
The camera and photo arm of the search giant just finished checking out one of the ships over at Royal Caribbean, as Allure of the Seas smiled and posed for well over 20,000 images of all its goings-on.
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Royal Caribbean is taking their business out of the water and onto the land, as they’re working on starting up some kind of tour company spinoff.
At this point details are limited, but they did confirm things on a recent blog post; however, we’re wondering if that was only because Travel Weekly kind of beat them to sharing the news.
We’re going to go ahead and call it at this point, as we think the food truck craze has finally jumped the shark. Please let us know if you feel differently, but the latest offering by the folks over at Royal Caribbean just takes things to the next level of wrong.
It attempts to cash in on the food truck craze Royal Caribbean is working to install a food truck—or the equivalent sea-worthy version. The plan is to get things up and running aboard Quantum of the Seas, as SeaPlex Dog House will serve up things like hot dogs, sausage, and other to-go eats as part of the ship’s entertainment hub.
Although we’re quick to criticize, we’d probably visit for a bite to eat after taking in a ride on the very first bumper car track aboard a cruise ship.
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Last week, we dished on Air Pacific's brand new airplane, new look as Fiji Airways, and even mentioned how to test out the fresh bird.
Just the thought of Fiji seems exotic, pretty far away, and difficult to get to. Exotic, yes. Far away, sure. Hard to get to, not at all. With major airline routes and cruise ship itineraries, you too can set your watches to Fiji-time soon. If you just can't wait and feel the need to wiggle your toes in the sand while enjoying a sunset like the one above, here are our recommendations to get yourself to the middle of paradise:
Friends, we have good news: Your days of sneaking booze past cruise ship security are over.
Royal Caribbean announced a new policy that allows for two 750-milliliter bottles of wine per cabin to be brought on board free of charge so long as it is consumed in the uber-cozy confines of your guest cabin. If you choose to consume it in a public spaceaka a restaurant, lounge, or poolsidethey’ll ding you $25 for the corking fee. Note once again that it is two bottles per cabin, not per person.
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Wedding bells can now ring anywhere Royal Caribbean ships sail with the introduction of onboard nuptials. Leave the details to the experts on the ship and your big day will be just as nice as on terra firma.
This is a first for the cruise line, and the 'Royal Romance' program allows for couples to say their "I dos" and those already wed to renew their vows while on vacation. The ship's captain officiates the ceremony and the registration for the marriage will be based in the Bahamas, the registry of the fleet of ships.
While everyone was reeling at the 2012 Volkswagen Beetles that Oprah gave to her lucky audience in yesterday's final "Ultimate Favorite Things" episode, we were busy scoping out her other picks from the double-episode free-stuff extravaganza. And no, we don't mean the glittery Uggs—really, Oprah? Among the goodies, there were a number of great gifts for travelers on your holiday list, or yourself. We won't judge.
Check out our version of Oprah's Favorite Things: Travelers' Edition after the jump.
Cruise ships these days have though of just about every creative way to squeeze a couple extra dollars out of you, including yoga classes, Johnny Rockets and "premium" restaurants, but they still don't have Starbucks. That is, until today. Royal Caribbean announced this morning that their newest ship, the Allure of the Seas, will be the first to have Starbucks at Sea.
As it is, most modern cruise ships already have specialty coffee stands (like "Creams" onboard the Carnival Glory), and although they can make you all the frappuccinos and venti soy lattes you wanted, they couldn't call them that (because Starbucks owns copyrights, you see). USA Today has the first image of the Starbucks at Sea here, and it looks pretty meh. You could be anywhere, like a suburban mall, from the way it looks. And although we understand that Starbucks has their brand to maintain, but this is just super not exciting.
Anyways, the ship debuts next month and knowing that it'll hold some 5,400 passengers, who wants to place bets that the Starbucks line will be even more annoying than morning rush hour at your nearest local drive-thru 'bucks?
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So, Royal Caribbean cruises has pretty much announced the one thing that contradicts the point of taking a cruise, but we'll run with it (no pun intended). During one of the December sailings on the Allure of the Seas, the cruise line will stage it's first 5K Marathon, called "The Royal 5K," to take place on the island of St. Maarten. We doubt it'll include the famous road at the end of the airport's runway, over which plane's fly dangerously low, but trust that there will be scenery involved regardless.
All guests sailing will have the opportunity to join, to quickly shave off whatever fat they've already piled on at shipboard buffets. The marathon is $50 for adults and $35 for children, and you're welcome to walk, run or jog the course. If you're quite serious about running, they've got an optional training program to follow as well:
How much do you love Shreak or Kung Fu Pands? Hopefully you love them enough to be stranded with them for days out on the open ocean...that is, onboard a cruise ship. Royal Caribbean Cruises has announced that beginning during the holiday 2010 season, popular characters from Dreamworks films will hit the decks to entertain passengers onboard select ships.
The first to get a dose of Madagascar, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon madness will be the Allure of the Seas, followed in early 2011 by the <>Liberty of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas. All of this includes themed ice showsbecause yes, these ships have ice skating rinks down in themas well as 3-D Dreamworks movies onboard and the characters roaming about the ship looking for photo ops. The promise of "table-side visits" at dinner makes us shudder, but then we aren't starry-eyed 8 year old kids on their first cruise.
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The year is more than half over, which means we're more than halfway done with 2010 travel stories. Since things slow down over the summer, we figured this was a perfect time to pause and reflect on just how insane this year has been. And by insane, we mean stupid.
We wanted to avoid things that were stupid in the "that obviously won't work" kind of way and instead turn to the mind-boggling, inexplicable, "what could they have been thinking" sort of stupidity. And, thanks to the nature of the travel industry and airport security, there was more than enough to go around.