Â Royal Caribbean recently announced it was adding two sailings to Oasis of the SeasÂ inaugural season: a four-night voyage to Labadee departing Dec. 1, 2009 and a seven-night Eastern Caribbean itinerary, departing Dec. 5, 2009.
The travel bug hit Michael Coleman at an early age.
He was just 11-years-old when he boarded his first cruise ship from Miami – Carnival’s vaunted Mardi Gras in 1973.
Since then, he has sailed on dozens of the world’s best cruise ships either as a cruise line PR executive (Orient Lines and Crystal Cruises) or cruise travel writer.
His Cruise Guide newspaper column is read by some 300,000 people each week in a host of Florida markets and thousands more online. He has been a contributor to cruisecritic.com, cybercruises.com, Vacation Agent Magazine and a number of other in-print and online cruise travel publications. He is the editor of Cruise News Weekly which he founded with business partner, Matt Roseboom, in 2009.
His career choices have been as interesting and as varied as any cruise ship itinerary, mass market or otherwise. He is a cruise consultant for Regent Seven Seas Cruises; served as press secretary to Canada’s Minister of Tourism; worked as an executive editor with The New York Times Regional Newspaper Group; authored a top-selling book – Marco Island Culture and History and was recreation director at one of Marriott International’s premier properties: the Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort.
His wanderlust, however, remains as strong today as it did on that Miami pier some 36 years ago.
Matt Roseboom fell in love with cruising around the same time he fell in love with his wife.
His wife introduced him to cruising on their honeymoon in 1995 and they’ve been on more than 30 cruises since.
He has more than 15 years of publication experience, including working for The New York Times Regional Newspaper Group in a variety of roles and five years as owner and publisher of a community newspaper in Marco Island, Florida, Marco Island Sun Times. That’s where his friendship with Michael Coleman began when Coleman’s Cruise Guide column debuted in the Sun Times. After many years of planning, Cruise News Weekly was created.
After selling the newspaper to the Gannett company, he moved to Orlando because of his other love of theme parks. Now he’s also publishing Orlando Attractions Magazine.
As a professional photographer, he’s able to bring high quality images to all of his endeavors. Now Roseboom, his wife Jackie, and son Quinn are cruising and visiting theme parks for business and pleasure. But he said it’s hard most days to really call it work – Do what you love and you’ll love what you do.
The New Year may produce the greatest values ever seen on the high seas as mass market, premium and ultra-luxury cruise lines slash prices to levels not seen since 2001.
An industry which weathered the after-effects of 9/11 is positioning itself to survive the global financial meltdown through 2009 all the while striking a fine balance as it prepares to launch new vessels plus the worlds largest, mass-market cruise ship.
Fuel surcharges, added when oil was trading at just under $150 a barrel, have now been virtually eliminated across the board.Â
The best deals, typically found on older cruise ships, are now being offered on many of the newest vessels at sea. Ruby Princess, Celebrity Solstice, Holland Americas Eurodam and Royal Caribbeans Independence of the Seas, each just a few months old, offer attractive roundtrip Caribbean voyages from Fort Lauderdale through winter. Â Continue reading “Cruise Guide: Cruise lines brace for challenging 2009”