Symphony of the Seas

After a successful summer season cruising in the Med, Symphony of the Seas checked in to her new year round home in Miami. Her arrival also coincided with the opening of a brand new purpose built terminal to service her. The Symphony of the Seas is now the biggest ship in the World and the fourth in the Oasis Class series of ships.

With a total potential guest count of 6,680 passengers in 2,759 total cabins and suites and over 2,200 crew many people just say WOW that’s too big for me. Let me try to explain how this ship works and it works very well. Chairman Richard Fain’s attained his goal of “Car to Bar in 10 minutes” with his new terminal…

Mariner of The Seas

Normally we only do ship reviews of ships we have actually cruised on. However, this review is special and very significant for many reasons. The first is that this is the first time a major cruise line has put a front line ship in the 3 and 4 night cruise market year round. The second is that Royal Caribbean spent mega bucks on this mega ship to give her most of the same bells and whistles of their newest ship, Symphony of the Seas.

While not a new ship, she originally entered service in November of 2003, she is beyond a doubt the flashiest ship in the short cruise market. All of public spaces were totally redone this past May. She has the WOW Factor we all seek, particularly for newer and first time cruisers…

Anthem Of The Seas

The Anthem of the Seas is almost an exact twin sister to the Quantum of the Seas and is the second in an entirely new class of ship for Royal Caribbean, its has a guest capacity of 4,180 passengers based on double occupancy, mostly in balcony cabins. The Quantum of the Seas has been relocated to China after doing a short season out of Royal Caribbean’s port in Bayamon, NJ. (Image courtesy RCI – click to enlarge)

Diana Bloss and I did a two night pre-inaugural cruise on the Anthem and this is barely enough time to see all of the features on the new Mega cruise ships that are today’s norm. It certainly is not enough time to actually experience the many dining and entertainment options that the Anthem has to offer…

Liberty Of The Seas

This review is from a meeting perspective. Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas was the venue for the EGroup Communications fifth Annual “X-Change” a Mice Industry business forum. The Liberty of the Seas, along with 9 other ships, all offer some of the best meeting space and facilities at sea. These similar meeting spaces are versatile, wired for most a/v needs, out of the normal passage ways, and offer the ability to create one large room or 4 small rooms with a reception area leading into the meeting rooms.

The purpose of the meeting was to introduce around 30 MICE suppliers of Hotels, Cruise Lines, DMCs and tourist boards to about 30 hosted buyers in the MICE field. The Suppliers all had a table and chairs with…