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If you have cruised with Royal Caribbean or thinking about taking a Royal Caribbean cruise vacation, here is an informative video about the enhancements to their passenger loyalty program.

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I’ll let the video speak for itself….

I have resisted the urge to voice my opinion on this matter for days.  Part of me thought “Let the big-wigs in the industry fight this one out,” and another part of me thought “It doesn’t matter what I as one agent think, it’s what the cruise line thinks.”  But I’ve seen this topic come up in countless consumer and travel industry news bulletins, and a client asked me about Labadee last week, so here’s my take on it:

I can definitely understand the viewpoint that asks “How can people be enjoying themselves on vacation when there’s death and devastation 100 miles away on the same island?”  Nobody is implying that cruise passengers and crew who visit Labadee don’t have the people of Haiti and their current struggles in their hearts and minds.

While it is quite unusual and ironic to think that people could enjoy a port call to a nation in such a situation, just imagine what would happen if Royal Caribbean and Celebrity had decided to skip all port calls in Labadee for the foreseeable future.  No one knows how long the clean-up and rebuilding efforts in Port au Prince and its environs might take, and in that time, would it be right to cut off the livelihoods of so many others outside of Port au Prince?  Sure, the cruise lines could choose to divert their ships to other ports, and their employees would continue on as usual, once all the details were ironed out.  But what about the people in Haiti who depend upon cruise tourism to make their living?  And wouldn’t the lack of visitors to Haiti increase the likelihood that citizens of other countries would start to not only disregard Haiti as a cruise destination, but forget about it altogether?

Travel industry professionals like myself believe strongly in supporting the locales from which we make our living.  The thought in this regard is much the same as protecting and preserving the environment in which cruise ships sail, resorts operate, and so on.  With that being said, I agree with Royal Caribbean and Celebrity’s decision to return to the port of Labadee.  They are doing so in support of the economy in Haiti, and their ships bring in much-needed supplies each time they are in port.  Especially with the cruise lines’ buildings and attractions in Labadee undamaged by the earthquake, what better way to make use of the port and incoming ships?

I came across this tweet from @msnbc_travel: Royal Splash – Luggage Goes Overboard

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34846894/ns/travel-cruising/

While this cruise passenger’s story is far removed from the typical cruise experience, it serves to drive home a very important tip for all cruisers:  Always pack a daypack with your medications, valuables, and anything else you might need for the first few hours onboard.  The daypack is a bag that you keep with you.  Do not check this bag in at the cruise terminal.

The reason why this is so important is because after you check your bags in with a porter and board the ship, it can sometimes take a significant amount of time before all of your bags are delivered to your stateroom.  For passengers with multiple bags, it is common for bags to show up at your stateroom door one or two at a time.  Don’t let a simple mistake like this passenger made ruin your much-anticipated cruise vacation.

If you have cruise- or travel-related questions, we invite you to post a message so we can help you out.   In addition, please visit Celebrations’ Cruises Homepage.

Royal Caribbean will require children ages 3 to 11 aboard its ship “Oasis of the Seas” to wear wristbands that contain an electronic tracking device. Staffers and youth counselors can read the bands to learn information about the kids and help them reconnect with their parents (who, in turn, can rent reconfigured Apple iPhones for $17.50 per cruise to track their kids on the ship in real time).

For more information on the Oasis of the Seas or any Royal Caribbean cruise vacation, contact us.  Cruise on!

FUN FACTS about the OASIS OF THE SEAS

  • 3,000 – Miles of cable on the Oasis
  • 24 – Restaurants
  • 37 – Bars
  • 2,700 Deck chairs
  • 150 – Suites on the Oasis
  • 37 – Stateroom categories with 8 of them being completely new.
  • 13 – Retail outlets including Coach, Pets at Sea ( build a bear concept), Candy Beach – specialty candy store, Pinwheels – children retail, Regaliafine jewelry and gifts, Solera, perfume and cosmetic shop, Prince and Green – boutique style fashions.
  • Central Park includes 12,175 plants with 734 hanging vines, 56 trees and bamboo. Some will be over 24ft high.
  • The Aqua Theater pool is the largest and deepest at sea, at 17ft in depth.The pool’s depth will rise and fall to meet the need of each performance while underwater cameras will film performers and project images onto 2 giant LED screens that flank the stage.
  • The Rising Tide Bar, the first ever at levitating bar at sea, offers cruise guests a 4 minute ride from deck 5 to 8 where they can stop at any point in the middle and have a party.
  • Oasis also offers the first dedicated Teen Spa facility at sea. There is a complete menu of treatments for teens so they can enjoy being pampered.
  • Oasis introduces the Royal Babies and Royal Tots Nursery for children ages 6 months to 36 months that will be staffed with a specialized nursery staff.
  • Sure to be a personal favorite, The Cupcake Cupboard, the first cupcake shop at sea offering a broad assortment of cupcakes at a la carte pricing.

View information on Oasis of the Seas sailings, or learn more about Royal Caribbean cruises on the Celebrations International Travel Web site.


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