Of The Seas

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Of The Seas

The magnificent twin ships from Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, the Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, are about as similar as two ships can be! Same length, same breadth, same tonnage, amazing public spaces including seven distinct neighborhoods, heavenly staterooms and soothing spas. Yet there are certain areas in which these twins show their individuality, namely in some new shopping and dining venues.

One of the outstanding changes is the addition of a Brazilian-style steakhouse called Samba Grill on the Allure of the Seas. By day the area is a cafe in the adult only solarium. By night, the Solarium is transformed into a true churrascari with both indoor and outdoor seating, authentic Brazilian meats and seafood offerings carved table side, as well as lively music and specialty drinks. There is also a buffet with soups, appetizers and salad. The charge is $25 pp to eat at Samba Grill, and this does not include any beverages or alcoholic drinks.

Replacing the Seafood Shack from the Oasis, the Allure offers Rita's Cantina, a vibrant new Mexican restaurant in the Boardwalk neighborhood. The offerings include ceviche, chips with salsa and guacamole, as well as fajitas, tacos and flautas, a veritable fiesta on the Allure of the Seas. Let's not forget the margaritas. There's a selection of more than 15 different flavors to choose from, of course these have to be purchased separately. The charge to dine is $7.95 per person, and you can order as much as you'd like. Rita's also offers evenings of Latin delights with live guitar music, dancing and delightful libations. At least once per 7 day cruise, Rita's will have a Fiesta package available. For $20 pp you get 3 margaritas, tastings of various foods, party gifts and live entertainment.

Not to be outdone by the south of the border crowd, the Boardwalk area will also sport a new snack bar called the Boardwalk Dog House. It's pretty obvious what this venue will have to offer, but you get more than a variety of hot dogs including the ever popular Coney Island dog. Also available are brats, sausages and lots of toppings. This Dog House will occupy the space held by the Donut Shop on the Oasis of the Sea, but fear not, the Donut Shop has not been displaced, just relocated next to the Ice Cream Parlor right across the way.

Also unique to the Allure of the Seas are several venues that are a first on any cruise ship. Enjoy Starbucks at sea open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, shop at the new Guess store selling accessories including watches, belts and purses or shop for paintings and sculptures at the Romeo Britto store.

The Oasis of the Seas offers their rendition of the Broadway play, Hairspray. The Allure of the Seas cast performs the musical Chicago. The ice shows are different, with the Allure using the cast of the film How to Train Your Dragon. Comedy club, jazz and piano bars, a sports bar and various lounges can be found on both ships.

The Allure of the Seas was also the first RCI ship to feature a 3D movie screen at sea. The picture quality and sound are excellent. Various movies are shown during a 7 day cruise. Sorry folks, no popcorn but you can go grab a slice of pizza or cookies on Deck 5 before heading over to the movie. For the best view, enter through deck 4.

Last but not least, the Allure of the Seas was the first ship to feature characters from various DreamWorks movies including Shrek, KungFu Panda and Madagascar. Characters participate in a sail away party, parades and are available for pictures and a character breakfast as well. Dreamworks characters will also be featured on the Oasis of the Seas beginning in April 2011.

The Royal Caribbean

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The Royal Caribbean

Western Mediterranean cruises as well as Eastern ones can be purchased as Royal Caribbean Mediterranean cruises. Find out about where the luxury cruise will visit, which cruise liners you will travel on and also where you will need to get on board. Seven separate ships are used by Royal Caribbean International on these routes. The older of them have been brought up to date to the same standard as the newer ones.

Their names are:-

Splendour Of The Seas
720 people can be on board RCI's smallest boat here although there is lots of room for everyone.

It will be a 12 day Eastern Mediterranean cruise leaving from Civitavecchia or Venice.

Vision Of The Seas
There are only 765 people on board this boat which makes it nice and cosy. Climbing rocks and lots of similar pastimes are still available on board though. It rarely is seen in the Mediterranean as it is based in Northern Europe.

It departs from the Turkish city od Istanbul or from Venice and caters mostly for Holy Land cruises.

Voyager Of The Seas
3114 passengers can be travelling on this Royal Caribbean International (RCI) liner in the voyager style.

Make your way to the Spanish city of Barcelona or Venice in Italy to embark in these cruises. Venice is a very old city for trade in the Med. It is unusual in that all the houses are built on stilts in water. I have seen few such unusual places.

Before starting on your 7 day cruise do visit the city and enjoy some of the wonderful sights there. There are some smells also!

Navigator Of The Seas
There are fifteen decks on this enormous luxury ship. There is rock climbing and and ice skating rink. Brilliant service will be received by the 3114 passengers because there is one member of crew for about each 2.6 travellers.

You will be embarking on this ship in Italy. You can go and visit the Pope at the Vatican as Civitavecchia, the boarding port, is near Rome. An Eastern Mediterranean cruise as well as Western will leave from here.

Brilliance Of The Seas
The 2501 travellers on this ship will all be boarding the liner in Barcelona. Its cruises last for 12 nights. Eastern Mediterranean cruises are the speciality of this luxury cruise liner.

You will be stopping of on Greek islands like Corfu, seeing the splendour of Egypt at Alexandria and visit ancient Athens and unusual Venice.

Adventure Of The Seas
2004 saw this fantastic cruise ship get modernised and each traveller will find that they have a lot more space than they did before that.

It sails out of Spain from either Barcelona or Malaga. If you are one of her 3114 passengers, you will be on a short cruise. This means that you will have plenty of time to fit in some sun worshipping after it on the glorious beaches of the Med for to make your vacation that little bit longer.

Make it a holiday of two weeks and have double the fun.

Independence Of The Seas
A maximum of 3634 voyagers can be accommodated on this luxury liner. It is the biggest they have. It was only built in 2008. This luxury cruise liner has 14 decks full of exciting things to see and do.

Southampton, England is its base port so your holiday could include visiting London and the other historic places in the U.K.

The Canaries, off the coast of Africa are included in some trips she makes. The Western Mediterranean cruise actually lasts for 18 days.

Cruise deals will be on offer on a lot of them, whatever the name of the liner, when you book a Royal Caribbean International Mediterranean cruise.

With the way that the economy is today I have had to become the money advice expert for our family and would like to share some ideas that I have found.

Royal caribbean cruise pictures

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 our anniversary is just around the corner.
well, it's in december.
but with every weekend from now until new years booked, we have to start thinking about it.
and the fact that hotels are booked now.  we should probably get on that.

so I spend a good portion of my day dreaming of what we should do/where we should go.
groupon getaways can be really addicting.

Royal caribbean ships

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 No I'm not going mad there really is a room on the Independence of the Seas called the cow room.
Once again continuing with my series of posts I'm writing about the little known features of some Royal Caribbean ships.......... did you know the Independence of the Seas has a cow room?It's a PR grade room which for those of you who haven't been on a Royal Caribbean cruise stands for a promenade stateroom. You may or may not know that the bigger Royal Caribbean ships have a promenade running through the middle of them with shops, restaurants and bars all along the length. At times it's hard to remember you're even at sea. During the day they sometimes have shows and parades that go up and down as well for the entertainment of the guests.
Anyway, when they were designing this Royal Promenade as it's called they decided to make it three decks high and any inside cabins that overlooked it were fitted with windows so that you could see out over the promenade and 'people watch'.
One of the shops along this promenade is a Ben and Jerrys ice cream parlour and as part of their advertising they have a big plastic cow on the awning above their shop. Unfortunately this slightly blocks the view of the promenade stateroom directly above it, as you can see from the picture. This then is the Cow room.
To compensate for this slightly obstructed view anyone in this room gets free Ben and Jerrys ice cream all cruise and to continue the theme Royal Caribbean have decked the room out with a cow hide theme and pictures of cows on the wall.
It's the only room of it's kind on the ship so it's normally quite hard to book but the next time you're looking at a PR grade room on the Independence of the Seas and you fancy something different why not ask your travel agent if it's available to book?

caribbean cruise line

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 Well good morning everybody! Hope everyone had a nice and relaxing weekend. This weeks article has to do with cruise ships and the only reason i picked this article is this weekend i was at my boyfriends family party and they were talking about taking the royal Caribbean cruise this summer, so it caught my attention, enjoy this short and sweet article!

The year's first big outbreak of illness on a cruise ship has taken place on a Royal Caribbean vessel, Radiance of the Seas, causing a slight delay to its current voyage.

The line reported 150 of 2,336 passengers on the Jan. 3 sailing of the ship were struck by a gastro-intestinal illness marked by diarrhea and vomiting. Three crew members also were reported ill.

The five-night voyage ended in Tampa on Saturday, and the Radiance remained in the port five hours longer than normal to undergo a ship-wide cleaning before the current sailing of the ship began.

Such outbreaks are relatively rare when put into context of the thousands of sailings on major ships each year, and have been on the decline in recent years as the industry steps up prevention efforts.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta recorded just 14 outbreaks of illnesses on cruise ships operating out of U.S. ports in 2010, down from 15 in 2009 and in 2008, 21 in 2007 and 34 in 2006.

Cruise ships arriving in U.S. ports must report all cases of gastrointestinal illness treated by on-board medical staff to the CDC's Vessel Sanitation Program division, and a separate notification is required when the number of cases exceeds 2% of passengers and crew. When the number of cases exceeds 3% of passengers and crew the CDC issues a public report.