First Steel Cut for Second Royal Caribbean Quantum Ultra Class Ship

Royal Caribbean starts construction of its second Quantum Ultra class ship.

Royal Caribbean not only marked a construction milestone for their second Quantum Ultra class cruise ship, but they also announced its name will be Odyssey of the Seas.

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The Navigator of the Seas: the World’s Longest Water Slide at Sea, The Blaster, Will Run for 800 Feet

As part of a $115-million makeover the huge water slide on the Navigator of the Seas will include a section that extends out from the side of the ship.

Navigator of the Seas will be the first Royal Caribbean vessel to receive a major renovation this year.

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Cruise Ship Itinerary Change Rescues Two Men

A Royal Caribbean cruise ship change of the itinerary in an attempt to avoid bad weather leads to а miracle at sea a few days ago. Its crew rescued two men who were stranded at sea for 20 days between Grand Cayman and Jamaica, a Royal Caribbean representative confirmed.

Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas modified its itinerary due to bad weather and sailed near the original ports of call. The crew spotted a small fishing boat and rescued two Costa Rica fishermen who had ran out of gas 20 days earlier.

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Navigator of the Seas Cleared to Sail After Repairs

Royal Caribbean says Navigator of the Seas has ‘received all necessary clearances and approvals’ to resume its cruise.

Following an unscheduled stop for repairs and inspection at the port of Vigo, north-west Spain, Navigator of the Seas has been cleared to resume its itinerary. Continue reading

Royal Caribbean to Add Three More Ships to its Silversea Fleet

Royal Caribbean is already growing its luxury Silversea line.

Months after buying a majority stake in Silversea Cruises, Royal Caribbean is doubling down on its luxury player. Miami-based cruise operator will add three more new ships to its growing fleet, the cruise line spokesman said in an announcement on Monday. Including vessels that are currently in the works, that one will bring Silversea’s total number of luxury and expedition ships to 14.

Over the next few years, luxury line Silversea Cruises will take its ships’ standard to an even higher level though Project Invictus, a program covering everything from product upgrades to ship-wide refurbishments fleetwide.

The first Project Invictus enhancements began rolling out on Silver Muse on August 19, with an enhanced Champagne and caviar experience and some other upgrades, yet to be revealed, and become fleetwide.

The Silver Muse, 40,700 gross tonnes, was delivered by Fincantieri last April and is the largest of Silversea ships. Silversea luxury cruises are known for their butlers and fine dining. A recently launched 140-day world cruise offered suites that ranged from between $81,000 and $317,000 per person.

In addition, Silversea operates four expedition vessels, so after the purchase, Royal Caribbean will enter the rapidly-expanding expedition cruise market. In total, Silversea has a fleet of nine ships, with two more due to launch in 2020 and 2021.

One of the new ships, called Silver Origin, will be a 100-passenger expedition vessel destined for the Galapagos Islands, due in March 2020.

The other two ships will be a new design for the operator, called “Evolution Class.” The first is expected by 2022 and no other details have been released yet.

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