Experience the world’s largest cruise ship even sooner

 

A rendering of the Oasis Sports Deck
A rendering of the Oasis Sports Deck

 

 Royal Caribbean recently announced it was adding two sailings to Oasis of the Seas inaugural season: a four-night voyage to Labadee departing Dec. 1, 2009 and a seven-night Eastern Caribbean itinerary, departing Dec. 5, 2009.

Guests booked on the original inaugural sail date of Dec. 12, 2009 will be contacted by their travel agent or a Royal Caribbean representative, and given the opportunity to move their cruise vacation to either the Dec. 1 or Dec. 5 sailing. Continue reading “Experience the world’s largest cruise ship even sooner”

Cruise News Weekly: About Us

Cruise News Weekly is your one-stop guide to the latest cruise news and ship reviews. You can also:

 

Cruise News Weekly is also home to Cruise Guide, a travel column featured in a host of U.S. based newspapers, magazines and their Web sites.

Michael Coleman, Editor – [email protected]
Matt Roseboom, Publisher – [email protected]

The travel bug hit Michael Coleman at an early age.

Editor Michael Coleman
Editor Michael Coleman

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.

Publisher Matt Roseboom
Publisher Matt Roseboom

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.

Cruise Guide: Cruise lines brace for challenging 2009

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Royal Caribbeans Oasis of the Seas, at 220,000 tons the worlds biggest cruise ship by a long shot, will debut in 2009. Shell span 16 decks, carry 5,400 passengers and feature a new neighborhood concept complete with seven distinct-themed areas.
Royal Caribbeans Oasis of the Seas, at 220,000 tons the worlds biggest cruise ship by a long shot, will debut in 2009. Shell span 16 decks, carry 5,400 passengers and feature a new neighborhood concept complete with seven distinct-themed areas.

By Mike Coleman

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. 

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.   Continue reading “Cruise Guide: Cruise lines brace for challenging 2009”