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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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Ctrip, Royal Caribbean Cruises to End SkySea Joint Venture

Photo: SkySea Cruise Line

Royal Caribbean Cruises and Ctrip announced today that they are ending the SkySea Cruise Line joint venture. TUI AG's Marella Cruises has agreed to purchase Golden Era, with delivery expected in December, 2018. As a result of this transaction, TUI Cruises will now retain Mein Schiff 2 in its fleet, rather than selling it to Marella Cruises, giving TUI Cruises increased capacity in the strong German market. After the sale of Golden Era, it is expected that SkySea will wind down its business operations before the end of 2018.

Royal Caribbean Opens Sao Paulo Office

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is ramping up its commitment to growing the South America cruise market with the official opening of a new office in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the first Royal Caribbean company-owned office in the region. The event was marked on August 6 by a formal visit by Royal Caribbean International President and CEO, Adam Goldstein, highlighting Brazil as a key region earmarked for both investment and growth. “The cruise market in Brazil is one of the fastest growing in the world, and with increased investment and commitment, we aim to accelerate this trend” said Goldstein. The new Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. office, located in Sao Paulo…

Bayley Tapped as President, CEO Celebrity Cruises

Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. said that Michael Bayley has been promoted to President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, replacing Dan Hanrahan, whose departure was recently announced. Bayley will report directly to Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. Bayley has been with Royal Caribbean for over 30 years, most recently as Executive Vice President of Operations. Prior to this role, Bayley served as Executive Vice President — International, where he oversaw the international expansion for the company. “In his role as Executive Vice President — International, Michael successfully spearheaded our aggressive expansion efforts into emerging and high-growth markets, and most recently has overseen all Operations for Royal Caribbean International,” said Fain.

'Navigator of the Seas' to Homeport Port of Galveston

Navigator of the Seas: Photo credit  CCL Bahnfrend

Port of Galveston say that Royal Caribbean International is to base their Voyager-class ship year-round from Galveston, from November 2013. The Navigator of the Seas, due for an extensive drydock refit in January 2014, will replace Mariner of the Seas to offer Texas vacationers roundtrip seven-night Western Caribbean itineraries throughout the year. “The repositioning of Navigator of the Seas to the Port of Galveston represents Royal Caribbean’s confidence in the Port of Galveston’s efficient cruise  operations and ability to attract passengers on its Voyager class ships…

RCL's Mariner of the Seas Upgrades with Valmet

Photo: Royal Caribbean International

Valmet will upgrade the Damatic XDi automation system to a Valmet DNA system onboard the Mariner of the Seas cruise ship owned by Royal Caribbean International. With this upgrade, the operators of the machinery and air conditioning systems will have a modern and efficient Valmet DNA user interface, including a state-of-the-art history storage and data analyzing and reporting tools. The order was included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2017 orders received. Valmet's delivery will take place in April 2018 and will be completed in late June 2018.

RCL to Transfer Sovereign of the Seas

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. said that Royal Caribbean International's Sovereign of the Seas will be reassigned to the company's Pullmantur fleet, and the Los Angeles-based Monarch of the Seas will assume Sovereign of the Seas' sailings out of Port Canaveral. These changes will take place in October and November 2008. "We are fortunate that our mix of brands allows us the flexibility and opportunity to expand in key strategic markets and to diversify in existing ones," said Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Adam Goldstein. Sovereign of the Seas' last scheduled sailing for Royal Caribbean International will be on October 31, 2008.

RCCL: Bayley, Lutoff-Perlo take CEO Posts

Michael Bayley

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (NYSE, OSLO: RCL) named two senior company executives to lead the company’s two largest brands. Michael Bayley, who worked his way up from an assistant purser’s position aboard the Nordic Prince, will serve as President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, whose career at the company began in the New England sales office, will serve as President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises. “This is a happy day for Michael and Lisa, and a proud day for all of us at the company,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Royal Caribbean Anchors In Asia

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced the opening in Singapore of its Asia-Pacific headquarters - Royal Caribbean Cruises (Asia) Pte. Ltd. The regional headquarters, which is located in Singapore's central business district, will support the marketing efforts in the Asia-Pacific region for three of the company's cruise brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises. Headed by Rama Rebbapragada, managing director for Asia Pacific, the office also will provide sales and trade support in the region. With the number of cruise guests sailing in the Asia-Pacific region projected to grow by more than 40 percent, from 1.07 million in 2005 to 1.5 million by 2010, the opening of Royal Caribbean's Asia-Pacific regional office is strategically timed.

Another Megaship to Join Royal Caribbean Cruise Fleet

Anthem of the Seas passes newly enhanced Explorer of the Seas as she departs on her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK. Photo: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

Royal Caribbean has ordered a fourth ship for its Quantum Class family of ships from Meyer Werft. The ship will be delivered in 2019. With two Quantum-class vessels already delivered and a third under construction, Royal Caribbean Cruises on Thursday announced plans to order a fourth. The Miami-based cruise ship company said it had entered into an agreement with the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany to build the 4,180-passenger vessel. The sister ship to Quantum and Anthem of the Seas will be delivered in 2019…

Royal Caribbean to Sell Splendour of the Seas

Photo courtesy of RCL

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its cruise ship Splendour of the Seas to TUI Cruises in the second quarter of 2016. The ship will then be leased to Thomson Cruises, which will operate the vessel. Richard D. Splendour of the Seas will complete all scheduled open deployment, and no sailings will be altered or disrupted due to the sale. Her final sailing will commence on April 4, 2016, and all officers and crew will remain with…

Royal Caribbean Cuts Steel, Names Ships

The steel cutting took place at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, where the two ships will be built. Pictured here are (from left to right) Jan Meyer, Managing Partner, Meyer Werft and Harri Kulovaara, EVP, Newbuild and Design, Royal Caribbean International.

Cruise Line Celebrates Project Sunshine milestone, Steel Cutting and Reveals Names of Newest Ships. Royal Caribbean International took a major step this week in the development of the cruise line’s next generation of cruise ships when the first piece of steel was cut for the first of two Project Sunshine ships. The steel cutting took place at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, where the two ships will be built. To celebrate the milestone, Royal Caribbean announced the names of the two new ships – Quantum of the Seas…

Royal Caribbean, ABB Ink 15-year Service Contract

Photo courtesy of RCC

ABB has signed an extensive service agreement with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCC) to increase cost efficiency and predictability of maintenance costs. The agreement spans 15 years and encompasses six vessels under RCC’s brands Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International. The financial value of the service agreement is in excess of $50 million. The agreement covers four Solstice and two Oasis class vessels and includes an option to extend the agreement to additional existing vessels, vessels that are currently under construction and future newbuilds.


Sembcorp Marine’s wholly-owned subsidiary Sembawang Shipyard has secured an agreement with RCL Cruises Ltd., a member of the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. group, to perform the extensive revitalisation of Royal Caribbean International’s 137,276-gross tonnage, passenger-ship 'Voyager of the Seas'. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a global cruise vacation company that owns Royal Caribbean International, among other cruise brands. This milestone revitalisation contract will further boost Singapore’s status as a major Asian cruise hub and reinforce Sembawang Shipyard’s reputation as one of the world’s leading shipyards in the highly specialised segment of cruise ships repair, refurbishment and conversion. Mr. P.K.

RCL Names Goldstein, Hanrahan President/CEO of Cruise Brands

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has named two of its top executives to president and CEO of their respective brands. Nineteen-year Royal Caribbean executive, Adam Goldstein, president of Royal Caribbean International since 2005, becomes president and CEO of that brand, and eight-year Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises veteran, Dan Hanrahan, president of Celebrity Cruises since 2005, adds CEO to his title as well. Both officers will continue to report to Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain, and both changes are effective immediately.

Royal Caribbean - Amaral Dir. Brazil Ops

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has selected Brazilian cruise industry veteran Ricardo Amaral as managing director of its operations in Brazil. In the newly created position, Amaral will oversee all commercial and operational activities for three of the company's brands, Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises. Amaral will assume his new position in January. Amaral has 17 years of experience in the cruise industry, which includes working for leading cruise companies as their local representative and head of their marketing and sales operations in Brazil. For the past nine years, Amaral has worked as the director of Marketing and Sales for Sun and Sea Representacoes, the company that has represented Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. in Brazil for 21 years.

Celebrity Cruises Appoints New VP

of Onboard Revenue. to shore excursion product development. vice president of Product Marketing and Strategic Alliances. Seattle's Best Coffee, Johnny Rockets and Crayola. of National and Corporate Sales.

Cruise Ship Emerges from Shipyard Virtually New Say Owners

After a month-long $54 million dry dock, Royal Caribbean International's cruise ship Rhapsody of the Seas has emerged from Singapore's Sembawang Shipyard (a subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine Ltd.) as a virtually new ship say the owners. The newly refurbished liner will have a host of new dining options, visual entertainment and  amenities following this bow-to-stern transformation. Guests also will find that staying connected at sea will be easier with Wi-Fi availability throughout the ship and enjoy a host of technology enhancements that include, flat-panel televisions in all staterooms, an outdoor LED movie screen on the pool deck…

Royal Caribbean International And Celebrity Cruises Planning Normal Cruising Schedules

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., like everyone, is devastated by yesterday's tragedy, but expects all of its Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises ships to maintain their normal cruising schedules throughout this week and beyond. The company's offices remain in operation with reservations personnel currently available on a 24-hour basis; RCCL is also working with travel agents and U.S. port authorities to ensure the normal operations of both fleets. The situation in New York will be monitored on a continual basis allowing the company to use the coming days to determine if any changes are needed regarding its Bermuda cruises, that depart from and return to New York.

Royal Caribbean International Names Shaiken VP

as vice president of Onboard Revenue. streams. Shaiken will join the team on December 18. for Smithsonian Business Ventures for the Smithsonian Institution. Corporation.

Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas to Sail from LA

Royal Caribbean International's Vision of the Seas will arrive in Los Angeles on September 28 to offer seven-night Mexican Riviera itineraries. Vision will be the cruise line's second ship in the market, joining Monarch of the Seas, which offers year-round, three- and four-night Baja Mexico cruises. "We are very excited to offer two great cruise vacation options - week-long vacations on Vision of the Seas and shorter getaways aboard Monarch of the Seas - from a port that is so convenient for many travelers from the western United States," said Dan Hanrahan, senior vice president, Marketing and Sales, for Royal Caribbean International. At 78,491 tons, Vision of the Seas is 915 ft. long and holds 2,000 guests double occupancy.

Royal Caribbean International's Latest Megaships to Debut in 2008

Royal Caribbean International announced plans to deploy Independence of the Seas - the third in its new Freedom class of ships - in the United Kingdom, when she debuts in May 2008. to be home-ported in Europe. a rock-climbing wall and a boxing ring. sail the 2008 summer season from Southampton, United Kingdom.

Royal Caribbean Deploys ElevenOS on Entire Fleet

Photo courtesy of Eleven

Royal Caribbean International has selected ElevenOS as the guest Internet management platform for its entire fleet of cruise ships, and has completed deployment of ElevenOS on all 22 ships at the end of 2014, including smartship Quantum of the Seas, hospitality technology provider Eleven announced today. ElevenOS is used to manage all aspects of this Internet service including custom branded portal pages, guest authentication, billing and advanced reporting. With ElevenOS and its satellite communications partners…

Grandeur Of The Seas Loses Power Near Curacao

The Royal Caribbean International cruise ship Grandeur of the Seas experienced a loss of electrical power while approximately 7.5 miles outside of Curacao. "The ship's 2,040 guests and 842 crew members are in no danger," said Jack Williams, president of Royal Caribbean International. "Their safety and comfort are our first concerns. After the outage, the four-year-old ship was functioning on emergency generators. Air conditioning, lighting and plumbing functions were fully restored soon after. The company coordinated with local marine officials to have tugs tow the ship to the port of Willemstad, Curacao. Additional marine operations personnel are being flown on a chartered jet to Curacao to assist with repairs.

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