Technical Issue Forces Grandeur of the Seas to Stop for Repairs

A mechanical issue forced 2000-passenger Royal Caribbean’s cruise ship to make a stop for repairs January 10 in Port Canaveral, cruise line officials told the media.
Guests aboard the Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas have been currently stuck in Port Canaveral.
The cruise operator’s engineering team has been working for two days now to resolve the issue. At this time, the Grandeur of the Seas is scheduled to sail back into Baltimore tomorrow, Saturday, January 13. Continue reading

Winter Storm Grayson Delays Cruise Line Sailings

The winter storm Grayson brought some changes to cruise ship schedules.

The monster storm hit the US East Coast during the first week of January. Although no cruise ports are closed at this time, the storm impacted a few cruise ship itineraries.

The biggest issue with cruise ship sailings was in New York City. Cunard’s Queen Mary was forced to remain in New York for an extra day on its transatlantic crossing to Southampton.

Another ship impacted by Grayson is Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway. The ship was scheduled to end its seven-night Bahamas and Florida sailing early on Friday, January 5. However, it came into port a few hours later in the day.

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Mega Yacht to be Berthed at the Port of Palm Beach

The largest private residential ship, The World, has just arrived at the Port of Palm Beach
The world’s largest residential ship arrived as scheduled at the Port of Palm Beach in Riviera Beach at 7 a.m.
According to the port officials, The World is slated to depart from Palm Beach just before midnight today and will journey north to Port Canaveral. Port of Palm Beach spokeswoman Aidy Alonzo noted that there is no public access to the ship.

The gleaming 644 feet-long white vessel is the largest, oldest, probably most exclusive and currently only active residential cruise ship on earth. Collectively owned by its residents, many of whom live aboard the vessel full-time, the 43,188-ton ship is a floating 12-deck luxury city that features the only full-sized at-sea tennis court at sea, a 7,000-square foot spa and fitness center, as well as a 12,000-bottle wine collection. The residents can choose from six restaurants, several bars, a tea room, multiple pools, golf simulators, a library, and cinema.

The legendary vessel, dubbed a “condo cruise liner, features 165 homes, ranging from one-room studios currently priced at around $1 million, to luxurious suites over $15 million that are owned by 130 wealthy families who must have a net worth of $10 million as they pay annual maintenance fees of more than $100,000, and thousands more every month for amenities.

All residents are shareholders and vote on everything- from the ship’s route each year- they plan the yearly itinerary, along with the ship’s captain, to the type of fuel used and the Christmas decorations.

The average age aboard the ship is 64, but 35% of residents are under 50. For most of them, the ship is their home and they spend three to six months aboard and rent the condos out the rest of the year, but some of them actually live on the ship permanently.

The residents visit some of the most exciting and exclusive places on earth. So far they have visited the tribes of Papua New Guinea, tracked polar bears in the Russian Arctic, kayaked among icebergs and undertaken expeditions to two of the most remote regions on earth: the Ross Sea in Antarctica, and Melanesia near New Guinea.

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Royal Caribbean Sends Adventure of the Seas to Help Puerto Rico

Royal Caribbean cancels cruise and sends ship on humanitarian mission to Puerto Rico, nearly 2,000 evacuated.

The cruise line is canceling the September 30 sailing of one of its cruise ships to help victims of Hurricane Maria, officials of the cruise line announced a few days ago. Continue reading

Key West PlansTo Reopen For Tourism On October 20

Royal Caribbean says Key West could open for tourism by Oct. 20.
According to Royal Caribbean, Key West’s government official said the popular destination to open for tourism in just over a month. Andy Newman, CEO of media relations for the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, confirmed that Key West has set October 20 as a target date for reopening Florida Keys city visitors. Newman added that it could be sooner.

 

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