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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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We’ve all been there. That dreaded cruise hangover.  But on a cruise, the  captain is your designated driver, so why not live it up?  The only thing  you have to do is have a good time! Right? – but be smart!

Hangovers suck. It may cause you to miss an excursion, late for debarkation or just feel like crap the next day. Here are some tips crowdsourced from fellow cruises and professionals on how to avoid that dreaded cruise hangover.

Before You Drink

1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. It’s no secret that alcohol causes dehydration. Keep your body well hydrated before you head to the bar. Slam some extra waters before slamming the drinks.

2. Carb it up. Your body will metabolize alcohol based on what kind of food you eat. Eat a lot of protein, fats and carbs before ordering your first drink. This isn’t going to stop your hangover but will give your body nutrients before the big night.

3. Go (Port) Shopping. And make sure Gatorade is on that list. Gatorade is also known for its large number of electrolytes; consuming a bottle the next day can help your body regain its balance.

While You Drink

4. Stay clear. The darker liquors have more toxins and sugars in them. Try switching it up to a clear alcohol like Vodka. According to a study at Brown University,  bourbon contains 37 times more toxic compounds than vodka.

5. One to one ratio. Try matching an 8 oz. glass of water with every drink. It’ll keep the tissue around the brain hydrated and will assist in keeping you headache free the next day. This works wonders for me.

6. Avoid Champagne. “The carbon dioxide in carbonated beverages like champagne helps absorb the alcohol,” says Boris Tabakoff, a pharmacology professor at the University of Colorado. “You get a faster rate of absorption, higher blood alcohol levels – and brain levels – if you drink champagne as opposed to something non-carbonated.”

After You Drink

7. Take a multivitamin. This tip comes from a Harvard article. Those who drink may benefit the most from by getting extra Vitamin B, since alcohol moderately depletes our body’s store of it.

8. Water. This is a reoccurring theme. Our bodies are around 65% water. Alcohol is a diuretic (makes you pee) and purges water from our body. So it’s obvious that we must replenish the fluids we lose. So put that big bottle of expensive water bedside!

9. Go for a deck walk. Even though bright light is probably the last thing you want to see, did you know that oxygen increases the rate that alcohol is broke down? Fresh air also promotes metabolism and blood flow, so it’s good all around.

Final Thoughts

The only surefire way to avoid a hangover is to not drink, especially on the last night of your cruise. There’s nothing worse than having to disembark and travel with a hangover.

Disclaimer

I am not a doctor, nor have I ever played one on TV or the radio! The contents of this post are not intended to offer personal medical advice. You should seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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The biggest cruise ships in the world are getting a bigger sister next year, and Royal Caribbean has given her a name, Harmony of the Seas.

“We are orchestrating a medley of new exciting concepts with the best Royal Caribbean innovations to strike the perfect chord for adventurous vacationers. That is why we are calling our third Oasis-class ship Harmony of the Seas,” said Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley.

The Harmony of the Seas will be just slightly larger than the line’s two other Oasis-class ships, the Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, which both sail out of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. Harmony will be 227,000 gross registered tons, which is 1,718 tons larger than the two earlier vessels. The line says the ship will hold 5,479 passengers at double occupancy in 2,747 staterooms, which is 41 more staterooms than either older ship.

Currently under construction at the STX France shipyards in Saint Nazaire, France, just where the 16-deck vessel will debut in April 2016 will be revealed in March, as will the home port of Royal Caribbean’s third Quantum-class ship under construction, the Ovation of the Seas, which is also due in April 2016.

Fort Lauderdale was originally named the home port for the line’s newest ship coming to market, the Anthem of the Seas, coming this April. That ship recently got its first taste of water at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenberg, Germany. But with the growing market in China, Royal Caribbean changed itineraries to send Quantum of the Seas, which debuted last fall, to sail 3-to 5-night cruises from a variety of Asian ports, which caused a shuffle that will send Anthem of the Seas to Cape Liberty to serve the New York market.

“South Florida specifically as being the No. 1 cruise sourcing in the market, it only behooves any cruise company to have their latest greatest ship sailing from South Florida,” said Stewart Chiron, known at the Cruise Guy.

Whether that means Miami or Port Everglades will get either of Royal Caribbean’s ships due in 2016 remains to be seen.

As far as Harmony of the Seas goes, it will be similar to the lines Oasis-class ships with features like Central Park, which has real trees and grass in the middle of the ship. What’s new on Harmony, though, will be three water slide that will hang out over Central Park 10 decks below. One of those slide will feature a bowl feature that lets riders swirl around before sliding out a hole in the middle before exiting the ride.

The line often takes concepts from its newer ships to roll out in new designs, as well as retrofit older ships when they go into drydock. That notion means there will be more robot bartenders at sea as the Bionic Bar, which debuted on Quantum of the Seas, will also be aboard the Harmony.

As far as accommodations, virtual balconies will be installed in inside staterooms offering an ocean view of sorts, while single cruisers will have studio options. Those ponying up for suites will get more exclusive areas including a private lounge, sun deck and their own restaurant called Coastal Kitchen.

The line announced some specialty restaurants aboard including Izumi Hibachi & Sushi and Sabor Modern Mexican as well as Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine, a new concept that promises a culinary adventure for the senses in a whimsical setting.

“The Oasis class ships continue to astound and delight both new and experienced cruisers. They shatter preconceived notions of what cruising can be and continue to stand in a category by themselves,” said Royal Caribbean Cruises Chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain. “With Harmony of the Seas, we are making the most exciting experience at sea even better.”

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Royal Caribbean Incentive Rewards certificates are normally reserved for purchase by businesses only, but now they’re available to you through this exclusive offer.

Give friends and family (or yourself!) the gift of WOW – an unforgettable cruise for two starting at just $583* on 3-4 night Bahamas cruises. Choose from endless options for departure ports, ships, itineraries, nights and accommodations. Plus, there’s no expiration date so your gift can be used at any time!

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*Certificate Rates are for 2 people based on double occupancy. Each purchase includes two Certificates (one per person) and both must be applied to the same cruise reservation. Certificate rates are inclusive of the cruise fare, taxes and fees, and standard recommended gratuities (except for Bronze Level Certificates, which only include cruise fare). Additional cost for 3rd and 4th guest at the prevailing rate for the sailing. All Certificate Levels exclude Oasis Class Ships except for the Royal Crown Diamond Level. All Certificate Levels excludes Quantum Class Ships. Interior Staterooms based on categories Q and N. Ocean View Staterooms based on categories H and I. Balcony Staterooms based on categories D1 and D2 for Sovereign and Vision Class, E1 and E2 for Radiance, Voyager and Freedom Class and D8 and D7 for Oasis Class. Blackout Dates (Christmas and New Years Week) apply to all Certificates. Certificates can be upgraded or applied to a different sailing at time of redemption (recipient pays difference between Certificate value and lowest fare publicly available from the cruise line at the time of redemption, excluding special rate programs- see Terms and Conditions for more details). No money is refunded if lower cost sailing is booked. Certificates are nonrefundable and not replaceable if lost, stolen or damaged. The two certificates issued per purchase must be submitted together at time of redemption and at least seven (7) business days prior to the sail date.

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Cable Beach Nassau Bahamas

We found these 4 last minute deals that may interest those who live in Central Florida. 2 are from Tampa, and 2 from Port Canaveral.

7 Night from Tampa Christmas Cruise

7 Night from Tampa March 1st.

4 Night from Port Canaveral, December 15th

3 Night from Port Canaveral, December 12th

 

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