#makeshiphappen Says Virgin Voyages

Here we are. In Genoa, Italy. March 22, 017 “FIRST” ever steel cutting for Virgin Voyages! This will be the first of three Virgin Voyages ships. The vessels will have a capacity of 2,700 passengers with a crew of 1,150. The first vessel is to set sail in 2020. We look forward to her keel laying at the end of 2017.

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Celebrity Cruise Line Magic Carpet

You can finally take a “Magic Carpet Ride” when you board your Celebrity Edge cruise ship. – Debuting December 2018.

What is The Magic Carpet? “Be one with the Sea” quoted by Richard Fain, CEO And Chairman of RCCL. The Magic Carpet is a movable deck cantilevered on her starboard side.  The Magic Carpet will be poised on Deck 2 as “Destination Gateway” and acts as a disembarkation platform for tender ports of call. Celebrity also announced their all-new tenders called “Launches”. These launches will feature padded seating and will be air conditioned. There will be 8 launches each carrying 182 passengers. “Destination Gateway”, will be a multipurpose area. When it is docked on Deck 2 for example in the evenings it could serve as “Game-On” with interactive games for adults and children alike. It will also be used for meeting space and art auctions as well as “Trunk Shows” like a Bazaar from a specific port of call. There will be “all sorts of technology”. When docked on Deck 5, the Magic Carpet will serve as a lounge destination and dining     venue ($). Rumored is this will also be an extension of a Raw Bar., and we can’t wait! When the Magic Carpet climbs up to Deck 16 it will be a lounge as well as offerring,”Dining on the Edge” ($).  When stationed on Deck 14, The Magic Carpet will be an extension of the pool deck and be the spot for happy hours, late night bites and a specialty restaurant that will alternate theme menus like Lobster Bakes and Bubbles and BBQ ($). This all goes back to,”Be One With the Sea”, Richard Fain.

Cococay Pier Construction

Royal Caribbean’s private island, Cococay in the Bahamas will undergo a facelift, and will be under some construction. There will be spaces for Bahamian vendors and artisans, new to Cococay. RCI will be training Bahamians in both a school setting and on-site training from shipboard professionals.

Biggest news is COCOCAY GETS A PIER! By the 2019 completion cruisers will no longer need to tender from ship to shore.

Onboard Lifeguards – Royal Caribbean Cruises

Another “Coming Soon”! Royal Caribbean is adding lifeguards fleetwide. This week on Oasis of the Seas guests saw something new! There were lifeguards. No, not pool security like in the past, actual trained and licensed Lifeguards. While there is a lot of controversy over this topic, we feel this is a step in the right direction for the cruise line.  Look for lifeguards onboard your next cruise.

If you are cruising with children, make sure you know where to get life vests for them. 

The full roll-out schedule:

(subject to change)
Oasis of the Seas: February 26-March 5
Anthem of the Seas: March 11-14
Liberty of the Seas: March 12-19
Freedom of the Seas: March 22-29
Allure of the Seas: March 23-26
Quantum of the Seas: March 26-31
Ovation of the Seas: March 29-April 3
Navigator of the Seas: March 31-April 5
Serenade of the Seas: March 31-April 7
Jewel of the Seas: March 31-April 4
Majesty of the Seas: April 21-24
Empress of the Seas: April 24-29
Mariner of the Seas: May 26-June 4
Radiance of the Seas: May 28-June 6
Vision of the Seas: June 15-27

 

 

Coming Soon!! Celebrity Edge…..

COMING SOON

Yes! Wave campaign has been on since December! Quietly announced by Celebrity Cruises senior Vice President Dondra Ritzenthaler in London this week, Celebrity Edge destinations and itineraries to be released in mid March. Along with itineraires announced, ship innovations will also be released to the public!

What are cruisers saying? “I can not wait to book Edge.” And “We seriously need to book a reunion cruise on Celebrity Edge!”, And,”Can’t wait to see where she is going!”, And,”The S Class set the bar high, Edge will have to be pretty special.”