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Royal Caribbean International won’t retire Majesty of the Seas from its fleet in 2016 after all.

Instead, the cruise line plans to upgrade its oldest ship with new entertainment and dining options and move it from Miami to Port Canaveral for three- and four-night cruises to the Bahamas.

Starting in May, passengers sailing on the revamped 2,767-passenger cruise ship also will get free and unlimited access to its high-speed Internet service Voom, Royal Caribbean said.

Voom is already available to passengers sailing on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class and Quantum-class ships at a cost of $15 daily per device, but it will be offered free for the first time to cruisers aboard Majesty of the Seas next summer.

Other new features to be added include multiple waterslides, an enhanced casino, new Izumi Japanese and Sabor Taqueria Mexican eateries and the Chef’s Table, an exclusive restaurant hosted by the ship’s executive chef and Sommelier.

Entertainment additions will include Jacuzzis, a poolside movie screen and the Dreamworks Experience, which offers activities and entertainment with Shrek, Fiona and other characters from the animation studio’s popular movies.

“We are stepping up our game,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International.

Consumers can now book cruises for the ship’s inaugural Port Canaveral season, which will begin May 27, 2016.

Last November, Royal Caribbean announced that it would transfer Majesty of the Seas to Spanish cruise line Pullmantur Cruises, which is owned by its parent company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. The ship is the last of Royal Caribbean’s Sovereign-class vehicles. Two others — Sovereign of the Seas and Monarch of the Seas — were previously transferred to Pullmantur.

The 74,077-ton Majesty of the Seas sailed its maiden voyage April 26, 1992, and was built at Chantiers de L’Atlantique (now STX France) in St. Nazaire, Royal Caribbean said.

Enchantment of the Seas will replace Majesty of the Seas at PortMiami and will sail on short Caribbean itineraries, a Royal Caribbean spokeswoman said Thursday.

Arlene Satchell, Sun Sentinel

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Diamond Club

Recently Royal Caribbean began a new policy of offering complimentary drink vouchers per night to select levels of Crown and Anchor Society members to help offset congestion in its Diamond and Concierge lounges.

How does these new complimentary drink coupons work?

Three drink vouchers per day will be applied to each eligible Diamond, Diamond Plus and Pinnacle Club members corresponding SeasPass card to be used to get a free drink at bars on the ship.

One drink may be redeemed at any one time.

Who is eligible for the drink coupons?

Guests who are Diamond, Diamond Plus and Pinnacle Club members.

When can I use the drink coupons?

Between 4:30pm and 8:00pm

Which drinks are available with the coupons


  • Bacardi Rum
  • Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • Tanqueray Gin
  • Finlandia Vodka
  • Dewar’s White Label Scotch Whiskey
  • Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey
  • Jose Cuervo Gold Tequilla
  • Courvoisier VS Cognac
  • Sandeman Port Wine

Wines by the glass

  • St. Martin Chardonnay
  • Zonin Pinot Grigio
  • Beringer White Zinfandel
  • St. Martin Cabernet Sauvignon
  • St. Martin Merlot


  • Budweiser
  • Miller Light
  • Amstel Light
  • Corona
  • Heineken

Can I still go to the Diamond Lounge if I use these coupons?

Yes, Diamond, Diamond Plus and Pinnacle members can continue to enjoy all the amenities in the Diamond Lounge.

Where can I not use the complimentary drink coupons?

Drink vouchers may not be redeemed in the dining room, specialty restaurants, room service or Windjammer.

Are the drink coupons available on all cruises?

Not yet. Royal Caribbean promises they will be rolled out by Fall 2014 but already a number of ships are offering it, including Navigator of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean has begun a new policy of offering complimentary drink vouchers per night to select levels of Crown and Anchor Society members to help offset congestion in its Diamond and Concierge lounges.

Emails are starting to go out to Diamond, Diamond Plus and Pinnacle Club members who have an upcoming Royal Caribbean cruise booked to alert them about this new policy.

Diamond Coupons

The SeaPass card of each eligible Diamond, Diamond Plus and Pinnacle Club member will be loaded with three drink vouchers for each night of the sailing. Vouchers expire daily. Drinks vouchers are not valid in the main dining room, the Windjammer Café or in specialty restaurants.

It’s widely believed this new policy of offering drink vouchers is an attempt by Royal Caribbean to offset crowding in its Diamond and Concierge lounges.

This new policy will be rolled out to the entire fleet by Fall 2014.

Which ships are offering it right now is in flux, but we know that at the latest Freedom of the Seas will by July, Navigator of the Seas by September.

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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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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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Pricess Cruises

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Hi Robin,

I just had to tell you what a great cruise we had. The staff was the best we have ever had on a cruise (35 cruises). The Head Waiter was at our table every night, not once, but several times as did other Head Waiters at breakfast and in the Horizon Court. The waiters and assistant waiters were the best. No request was to small. Anything we requested was delivered. The birthday cakes were the best we have ever had.

Thanks so much for all that you did for us. Getting the credit, military credit, Asti Spamanti, soft drinks, etc. were very appreciated by all of us. We like the ports as they were some we had not visited before (Antigua, St. Kitts, St. Lucia).

The only negative that we encountered was that there was no transportation (golf carts) to transport those who could not walk that far to the terminal in the ports. The only port that offered a shuttle was Nassau and there were three ships in which limited what they could do as there was only one shuttle.

Thanks again for all you did to make our trip very memorable. Princess Cruise 2013

Nancy & Bob
Orlando, FL


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By Sarah Phillips

St. Thomas

Until my first cruise, my only experience or expectations around cruise ships came from one place: Pirates of the Caribbean. I grew up with the Disney ride, and then loved the movie when it came out. I was sure every port we visited would be just like the places I saw in the movie.  You can probably imagine my surprise on my very first cruise when that wasn’t the case.

Several scenes for the movie were shot in California and Hawaii. However, some scenes were shot on location in the Caribbean. But the real Port Royal they talk about? It was in the mouth of Kingston Harbor in Jamaica until it was completely destroyed by earthquakes in 1692 and 1907 (not to mention fires, hurricanes and epidemics). And Tortuga? Well, you’re in luck there actually – it’s now known as the Cayman Islands.

Here are 5 Pirate Ports to check out:

St. Thomas. While St. Thomas wasn’t used in any Pirates filming, it does boast a pretty prolific Pirate history, including the feared pirates Blackbeard and Bluebeard. In the late 1600’s, Charlotte Amalie became a pirate’s refuge. Today, the Charlotte Amalie offers stunning views and many local tours to explore the history of this bustling port.

San Juan. If you’re looking for forts that long ago pirates might have tried attacking, this is your port. Any ship sailing into San Juan goes right by Castillo San Felipe del Morro, known as El Morro. San Juan is also home to the Castillo San Cristóbal fort. You can walk around this fort any day of the year (except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter) and imagine the battles that might have taken place there. For more info on the forts, check out the National Parks Service site: http://www.nps.gov/saju/index.htm.

Dominica. The ‘nature island’ doesn’t boast forts, but instead features tropical rainforests and exotic beaches. Dominica is typically visited on Southern Caribbean routes and was featured in two Pirates movies. When pirates did sail the Caribbean, this island was a popular pirate destination for depositing treasures. In fact, rumor has it that a significant treasure was hidden in caves in 1567 and still hasn’t been found to this day.

St. Vincent. Since the real Port Royal was destroyed by acts of nature, filmmakers used Wallilabou Bay in St. Vincent as a stand-in for the famed city in the first movie. St. Vincent offers tons of natural beauty and exploration as it’s remained largely undeveloped for tourism. Many of the island’s landscape and beauty is reachable only by boat or foot and it also features one of the oldest Botanical gardens in the Western Hemisphere.

Bahamas. One of the most visited places in the Caribbean, the Bahamas did have a role in filming the movies and also a history of real life Pirates. Scenes were shot on Grand Bahama Island and Exuma. Nassau features an interactive pirate museum highlighting the golden age of piracy; it’s appropriate as Nassau was a favorite pirate destination.

Honorable mention goes to Castaway Cay. Owned by Disney, their private island paradise featured a very special draw: the Flying Dutchman, a ship used in two of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

Which port do you think has the best pirate presence? Have you ever done any fantastic pirate tours during your travels?

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