Royal Caribbean Invests $120M in a 15-year-old Ship to Attract Millennials

Royal Caribbean has invested $120 million in the Mariner of the Seas, a 15-year-old Voyager-class cruise ship in order to amp its offerings up and attract younger travelers with shorter cruises. The renovation is a part of a $900 million program, called Royal Amplified, and involving 10 ships in a period of four years, including the recently amplified Independence of the Seas.

Мillennials prefer more frequent and shorter vacations, because of that the Mariner of the Seas is expected to meet that demand, according to Michael Bayley Royal Caribbean President and CEO. Continue reading

Carnival Cruise Line Bans Carry-on Bottled Drinks

800px-Sparkling-bottled-waterCarnival Cruise Line will ban passengers from bringing their own beverages aboard its ships, starting this summer.

The Miami-based cruise operator announced its new beverages policy in a statement earlier this week. Passengers and travel agents are being sent a letter explaining the new rules. Continue reading

World’s Newest Cruise Ship Is Heading to Sea

Quantum_of_the_Seas_07The world’s newest cruise ship has had its first taste of water. Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas left dry dock at Meyer Werft shipyards in Papenberg, Germany only two weeks ago. The Anthem of the Seas took the 20-mile trip up the River Ems from Meyer Werft shipyards to Eemshaven and the North Sea where it began sea trials. The trip lasted 10 hours and brought out thousands of spectators while the massive vessel was travelling in reverse with the aid of two tugboats at about 2-3 knotts. Continue reading