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Good Things Happen to those who plan ahead.

There’s never been a better time to plan next year’s vacation. And who better to vacation with than Royal Caribbean International®. Right now you have the best choice of itineraries, ships, schedules and accommodations for 2015 and 2016 sailings. To sweeten the deal, book now for travel next year and your traveling companion enjoys 50% savings. So don’t delay. Make 2015 a year you get more of a very good thing. Destination WOW.

Hurry – This limited-Time offer is only valid from May 1-31, 2014.

Choose where you want to sail and then call The Cruise Experts at (866) 968-2789, and we will make all the arrangements. Payment plans are available on most sailings and we are group specialists if you want to make a party out of your next cruise.

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Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced today that it has agreed with STX France to move forward on the order of a fourth Oasis-class ship for delivery in 2018. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard D. Fain and President and Chief Operating Officer Adam Goldstein, along with STX France Chief Executive Officer Laurent Castaing, announced the planned ship order at the keel-laying ceremony for the third Oasis-class ship at the STX shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.

“The Oasis Class was a revolution in maritime design when it was launched in 2009. Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas continue to be in a class by themselves both in terms of guest satisfaction and financial returns. Today’s announcement is a reflection of their success,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “We are thrilled to announce the order of a fourth Oasis-class ship during the keel-laying milestone of the third. This announcement is also a testament to the men and women of STX France who have worked so hard and so cooperatively on Oasis III.”

The order is subject to documentation and satisfaction of financing and other customary conditions. Projected capital expenditures for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 are $1.4 billion, $1.4 billion, $2.2 billion, $0.3 billion and $1.5 billion, respectively, taking into account this order and existing ship orders.

Known for pushing the boundaries and as part of the cruise line’s continuous improvement mantra, Oasis III will be approximately 20 percent more energy efficient than Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas,  which already are the most energy efficient cruise ships in the world. The fourth Oasis-class ship will further build on that efficiency.

“We are very excited that Royal Caribbean has agreed to move forward with a fourth Oasis-class ship demonstrating their confidence in STX France to construct the most superior cruise ships in the world,” said Laurent Castaing, Chief Executive Officer, STX France. “We look forward to advancing the efficiencies of our ship building process to produce the most innovative ships that vacationers have come to expect from Royal Caribbean.”

The keel laying of the third Oasis-class ship marks an important milestone in the development of the ship, as it signifies the beginning of its physical construction. During the ceremony, a 1,000-ton block measuring 32-ft by 154-ft (10 x 47 meters) was lifted by crane into the building dock. Newly minted coins were placed under the keel and will stay in place there until the end of the ship’s construction. Once the ship is near to completion, the coins are retrieved and presented to the ship’s Captain and crew to be placed onboard the ship. According to maritime tradition, the coins are said to bring luck to the ship during its construction process and then to its Captain and crew when she is sailing out at sea. Still to be named, the third Oasis-class ship will be delivered in spring 2016.

The third and fourth Oasis-class ships will join Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas – which took the cruise industry by storm with their launch in 2009 and 2010, respectively – and share the title of the largest ships in the world. They feature a revolutionary design with a split superstructure and the cruise line’s neighborhood concept of seven distinct themed areas. At 225,282 gross registered tons and spanning 16 decks with 2,700 staterooms, the Oasis-class ships also introduced extraordinary “firsts” at sea such as an 82 foot-long zip line, a handcrafted carousel, the Rising Tide elevating bar, the AquaTheater high-diving performance venue, and the Central Park with more than 12,000 live trees and plants. The Oasis Class also offers amenities that can only be found on Royal Caribbean, such as twin FlowRider surf simulators, cantilevered whirlpools, an ice-skating rink, the H2O Zone kids aquapark, and the Royal Promenade, an interior boulevard that stretches nearly the length of the ship and flanked by restaurants, lounges and boutiques, among many others.

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Royal Caribbean is offering Special Military Fares on more than 500 sailings to show appreciaton to our country’s brave service men and women. Save up to 25% on select sailings.

Please download this flyer and share with your friends and family and help honor our military. Thank you for your support.

 

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Margolf Cruise

Hello Robin and your Entire Crew,

 

As you are aware, our family has planned cruises exclusively with you for many, many years. (it’s actually too many years to count.) You have been straight forwarded with business tact, but also caring to each and every family member. You have come to know our personalities and what each of us would like or not like. This illustrates your dedication to our cruising needs.  And when we ask for a favor, you try your best to help make it happen. You have become our personal Cruise Planner Blessing! This is why you will continue to have our entire families’ cruising business.

 

So, of course, I would call upon you to help me plan my husband, Jeff’s 50th Birthday Party Cruise, and you did not hesitate. You and your team were on point, on task and assisted with my every question and concern. During the planning phases, Robin helped ease my mind with the who, what, when, where and hows of this party cruise!  Since we had such a large group, your website and Facebook helped to keep our group well informed.

 

The cruise ship became our private venue or so it seemed to us.  We celebrated Jeff’s 50th Birthday with a Bang, as well as other birthdays and anniversaries to be tossed into the mix.  We really didn’t need a reason to celebrate, we were all thrilled and happy to be Cruising.  Our ports of call were what Jeff wanted!  Jeff’s Birthday theme, well let’s just say, everyone on the ship knew who we were.  From our adjoining balconies to our party favors, you and I had everything covered. Robin- all your special touches were noticed by each and every one of us…again!!!!!

 

Jeff’s 50th Birthday Party Cruise was a huge success!!!! My husband had the time of his life!  And for this my hat is off to you and I say, “A Thousand Thank Yous Robin!” I could not have done it without you.

 

Until our next cruise, Robin!  Which will be soon…

 

Godspeed, Denise

 

PS. The attached photo is some of our group on Jeff’s favorite Island.  It was a GREAT Day! 😉

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Spb_collage-214x300This was originally posted by Doug Parker at Cruise Radio.

Over the past couple years I’ve had the opportunity to take a few river cruises and I admit, on my first cruise I had no clue if I was going to like it or not. Turns out it was a grand slam and I have another river cruise on the books for this fall. I’m slowly learning about the unique itineraries they offer to, like sailing up the Mekong River in Southeast Asia or sailing the rivers of Russia.

Here are five reasons to river cruise:

1. Relaxing. It has been said that an ocean cruise is a drinking man’s cruise and a river cruise is a thinking man’s cruise. I couldn’t agree more. Sailing down the river and passing castles, locks and small quaint villages is something that an ocean cruise couldn’t give you.

It was peace and serenity while sailing in Northern Europe, the Mississippi River and Alaska. Words can’t describe the feeling when it’s just you and nature.

2. Intimate setting. One thing that I instantly fell in love with on my river cruise was the setting and the people that I met. A river cruise is a social cruise because you have set dining times, excursion times and activity times – so it’s possible by the end of the cruise you’ll know your fellow cruisers.

On my Mississippi River cruise I met a retired executive from NBC, a retired federal prosecutor and a school principal. It was so intriguing hearing the stories of my fellow cruise passengers. We literally talked for hours.

3. Personalized service. River cruises have a concierge desk that I would put against any landside resort. If you want to dine at finest restaurant in Amsterdam or get a workout in a buff gym in France, all you have to do is ask.

I had trouble finding my hotel on disembarkation day and the concierge desk used their personal cell phone to find the exact location and how to get there.

4. Unique Excursions. Besides docking right in the middle of town, you are offered some of the most unique shore excursions on a river cruise. Enrichment, adventure, culinary with local guides allows you to make the most of your shore side experience.

One fond memory that sticks out in Europe was docking right in the middle of Amsterdam where we did a local guided walking tour of the Red Light District, the Anne Frank house and took an inland tour of the canals that ran through the city.

5. Bucket list check.  We all have destinations we want to check off our bucket list. Maybe you want to do a cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg or just ply the waters of Southeast Alaska on a 68-guest riverboat – the opportunities are endless.

Are river cruises for everyone? I wouldn’t say that, but if you want to experience the world and parts of countries like never before – go for it! Before I took my first river cruise, I had dozens of ocean going cruises under my belt and was hesitant to do a river cruise because I heard it was full of “old” people. That wasn’t the case at all. There were people younger than me on all three of my river cruises.

Life is short, enjoy and take in the experiences.

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