Month: July 2011

Ports, Royal Caribbean

China, Asia-Pacific region beckon Voyager of the Seas

By Michael Coleman VENICE, Italy — July 30, 2011 – The largest cruise ship in the world, just a decade ago, is set to make a big splash in the world’s largest market. Voyager of the Seas, the globe’s most innovative cruise ship when it was launched in Nov. 1999 and which spawned the large …...

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Royal Caribbean

Voyager of the Seas dazzles a decade later

By Michael Coleman VENICE, Italy, July 29, 2011 – Voyager of the Seas, a marvel of engineering, foresight and ingenuity, still shines bright just over a decade after her launch. Once the world’s largest cruise ship — it took three years and some 10 million man hours to build before it debuted in Nov. 1999 …...

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Europe, Royal Caribbean

Follow us in the Mediterranean aboard Voyager of the Seas

By Michael Coleman Royal Caribbean’s 3,114-passenger Voyager of the Seas is in the midst of a 7-night roundtrip Mediterranean journey from Venice, Italy, this week. Just over a decade ago it was the largest cruise ship in the world. Today, five other ships within the Royal Caribbean fleet alone are larger, but Voyager at 137,276...

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Celebrity Silhouette indulges the soul – ‘The Alcoves’ generating a buzz

By Michael Coleman HAMBURG, GERMANY, Friday, July 22, 2011 — Among the host of soul-stirring indulgences afforded passengers aboard the new Celebrity Silhouette, few compare to the luxurious cabana setting unveiled aboard the vessel here this week. The ship, like her sisters Solstice, Equinox and Eclipse, oozes sophistication and...

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Celebrity, Europe

New Ship Launch: Chic Silhouette sparkles

By Michael Coleman HAMBURG, GERMANY: Thursday, July 21, 2011 — It may very well be Celebrity Cruises’ finest hour. Today, here in this industrial port city, the chic 2,886-passenger Celebrity Silhouette debuted, slightly overshadowing her impressive sisters — Solstice, Equinox and Eclipse – each launched in successive years...

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Dining, Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean planing a fleet wide ship revitalization

By Jackie Roseboom Royal Caribbean has announced it will bring the latest innovations to all their ships and introduce the highest guest-rated programs from its Oasis-class ships. Coming soon at are a variety of new onboard dining and entertainment options, pervasive Wi-Fi, iPod docking stations and more. “The Royal Advantage...

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Dining, NCL

NCL to offer pizza delivery 24/7

By Michael Coleman You’ll have to book a cruise to enjoy it but Norwegian Cruise Line announced this week it will now offer pizza delivery service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, fleet-wide. Presently offered only aboard the line’s newest ship, Norwegian Epic, “Pizza 24/7’’ is scheduled to roll out to the eight …...

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Celebrity Silhouette completes tight squeeze

By Michael Coleman The shiny new Celebrity Silhouette will welcome passengers for the first time later this month in Germany but that’s the easy part for one of the world’s premium cruise lines. Silhouette departed the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany for open seas this week but not before completing a 26-mile navigation of...

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