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From Royal Caribbean Blog and other news outlets.

 

Royal Caribbean crew member dies and four others injured during lifeboat drill on Harmony of the Seas

 

One crew member died and four other crew members were injured on Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas earlier today.

 

During a lifeboat drill that was conducted in Marseilles, France, an accident occurred when a lifeboat, with five people on board, broke free from the vessel and fell.

 

Royal Caribbean confirmed the injury totals via social media.

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So, Norweigian is building a big ass boat for Alaska cruises. Same class of ship that they are building as a China specific boat with go carts. Tight lipped on the features that make this Alaska specific.

 

http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=7281

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Royal Caribbean is also still buying new ships

 

Not much known...200,000 gross tonnage, 2022/2024 delivery dates, powered by fuel cells and liquefied natural gas.

These new Icon-class ships and Oasis 5 that may possibly be 400m long. If you're an RCI fan who follows the ship builds, can it get any better!?

 

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Viking's entry to river cruising on the Mississippi has been delayed. They have not been able to find a ship builder in the US to build their boats yet and they can not bring them over from Europe due to some law passed the early 20th century that made all vessels on the Mississippi be American built. There is one paddle wheel builder left it seems and they are currently under an exclusive contract. Viking would not be using paddle wheelers but that is a major builder off limits till it is done with their current contract.

 

https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/15892-viking-s-u-s-domestic-waterways-plan-unveiled-in-trademark-filings.html

 

http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/business/article_1bb98ca8-7aa7-11e6-a649-4faa395695df.html

 

 

I still think Disney should get into Mississippi River Cruising. A 400 to 500 passenger boat geared to families with younger children is completely missing from the currently booming mix of options.

 

 

The new MSC boat headed to Miami looks nice with a couple of over the side water slides in the mix, their new private island has been pushed back to late 2018 however.

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It's a little over a year old now, however I have a vlog from the Carnival Valor for the 7 Day Eastern Caribbean Cruise in case anyone is considering that particular cruise.

 

Overall the trip was great. Food was great, ports were fine, but the ship needed a little more to offer in terms of things to do. This was my first cruise, so with that said, I don't have anything to compare it to. For my next cruise I plan on going with Royal Caribbean, because I hear that line is by far better than Carnival.

 

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Never been on a cruise and have only been on small boats to go fishing/around Lake Michigan a handfull of times and I've found myself reading Cruise (Royal Caribbean specifically) blogs a lot recently, haha. Maybe it's because winter is coming, but it seems like you can find really good deals on a cruise vacation.

 

What captured my interested is that so much depends on how old the ship is, where it goes, what's offered on board, the length of the trip, etc. There's so much to learn about for each trip when you're inexperienced/haven't been on a cruise before. That brought me back to this thread to check out all of the past trips that looked like a ton of fun when you have the right group of people!

 

Seriously from what I've seen the entertainment and food game on cruise ships is nothing like what it used to be.

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Never been on a cruise and have only been on small boats to go fishing/around Lake Michigan a handfull of times and I've found myself reading Cruise (Royal Caribbean specifically) blogs a lot recently, haha. Maybe it's because winter is coming, but it seems like you can find really good deals on a cruise vacation.

 

What captured my interested is that so much depends on how old the ship is, where it goes, what's offered on board, the length of the trip, etc. There's so much to learn about for each trip when you're inexperienced/haven't been on a cruise before. That brought me back to this thread to check out all of the past trips that looked like a ton of fun when you have the right group of people!

 

Seriously from what I've seen the entertainment and food game on cruise ships is nothing like what it used to be.

 

I used to make fun of the stereotypical cruise ship crowd. You know, old people dressed up for supper, then gambling. Why would anyone who's younger and fun want to be around them? Then I cruised Disney and Royal Caribbean. Nothing could be further from what I imagined. Days were packed with fun, even on sea days. Awesome shows, water slides, and eventful dinners, were the norm. Waking up at a new port or country to explore after traveling while we slept was so cool. I now love cruising and currently have a Celebrity Alaska trip booked for June.

 

For your first cruise, I would recommend the Disney Dream for a 4 night trip to the Bahamas and Castaway Cay. This is a great introduction to the industry, while still relatively affordable, considering the choice.

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From Royal Caribbean's Facebook page.

 

All three of the Oasis Class Ships meet for the first time today! What an incredible sight!

The three world's largest passenger cruise liners afloat!

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Just finalized payment on my first ever cruise. I am doing the Oasis of the Seas for 7 days out of Orlando. Hitting Haiti, Jamaica, and Mexico. I cannot wait for February to get here.

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For those that may have done this, do you have any recommendations on any particular dolphin encounters in Cozumel? it looks like there are a few options at least.

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For those that may have done this, do you have any recommendations on any particular dolphin encounters in Cozumel? it looks like there are a few options at least.

 

Dolphin Discovery at Chankanaab was pretty good. There are different options available once there. I believe we did the push, pull, swim, plus manatees. It was one of the better dolphin swims we've done.

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