There was a short delay, but now Royal Caribbean has announced its 2018/19 summer cruise season will open for sale on Tuesday 30 May!
A Skal International Sydney networking group enjoyed the hospitality on board Celebrity Solstice this month, with 60 members and guests enjoying a ship inspection, followed by lunch in the Tuscan Grille.
“It was a fabulous day aboard Celebrity Solstice,” said Skal International Sydney president Sue Francis.
“Peter McCormack, head of sales Australia and New Zealand Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Australia, and the Celebrity Solstice crew made sure we were superbly looked after.”
Acknowledged during the lunch were Skal International Sydney’s newest members, Melissa Kalan from the Australian Revenue Management Association, and Charlene Canning from Amadeus. Also receiving awards were long time members Sue Francis, Iain Ferguson, Alan Collingwood and Verniece Irvine, with 120 years of membership between them.
Royal Caribbean staff joined almost 400 agents, guests and suppliers at the recent MTA Annual Conference at the Sheraton Grand Mirage on the Gold Coast.
Royal Caribbean was co-sponsor of the 70s themed Gala Dinner, where ‘groovy’ costumes were the highlight!
L-R: Peter McCormack, head of sales, Royal Caribbean; Don Beattie, general manager, MTA; Rob Shaw, DSM Queensland, Royal Caribbean; Mick Boylan, Qantas Holidays; Fiona Daven, DSM Queensland, Royal Caribbean
Royal Caribbean International (RCI) is changing the way staterooms are categorised, with the new structure focused on best-selling categories, with more emphasis on mid-ship.
The way categories are named is also changing, with a number first, then a letter – odd numbers for staterooms for three or more guests, and even numbers for double and single staterooms.
The new system is based on the four most important elements guests look for when choosing a stateroom – deck, size, occupancy and location – making it easier than ever before for agents to find the perfect accommodation for clients.
This fleet-wide (with the exception of Quantum of the Seas) re-categorisation began on 8 March 2017 and will apply to all new 2018 sailings.
International Women’s Day prompted the women at Royal Caribbean Cruises in Australia and New Zealand to consider just how much the company has grown in eight years.
“As we considered our team, we quickly realised that women are very well represented in both the senior leadership team and the broader management team, working across the business from sales, marketing and communications to HR and operational roles. We’re very proud of our women in leadership, and our diverse and inclusive work environment,” said director of sales and marketing Kathryn Valk.
L-R Back row: HR manager, Danielle Riley, sales planning & support manager, Lisa Teiotu; Celebrity & Azamara brand communications manager, Claire Pillans; call centre account manager, Clarissa Williams; Royal Caribbean brand communications manager, Stephanie Moore; online performance manager, Jen Sims; customer relations manager, Miranda Lethlean.
L-R Front row: Head of revenue & planning, Mel Ryan; PR manager, Anna Bathgate; director of sales & marketing, Kathryn Valk
Royal Caribbean International’s (RCI) worldwide WOW Sale is now on, with savings of up to 30%, USD$200 bonus onboard credit and 50% deposits*.
The offer is available for all new bookings on international and local voyages departing after 15 March 2017 … but be quick, the offer ends Saturday 11 March 2017.
Guests who book more than 70 days prior to departure date pay 50 per cent reduced deposits and are eligible to receive up to USD$200 onboard credit per stateroom. Cruises for five nights of less will receive USD$50 per stateroom while sailings for six to nine nights receive US$100 per stateroom. On voyages of 10 nights or more, guests will receive USD$200 per stateroom.
*Terms and conditions apply. Excludes China sailings
Royal Caribbean International is offering family & friends rates on selected sailings on Celebrity Solstice to thank the industry for its support.
To access these great deals, book via Espresso or Reservations on 1300 754 500.
As Ovation of the Seas makes her way to our shores, comes the news that Australia’s brand new and biggest cruise ship, and her sister ships, Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, have broken a Guinness World Record for the highest viewing deck on a cruise ship.
“While the views from the top decks of most cruise ships are spectacular they only go so far,” said Royal Caribbean Australia & NZ managing director Adam Armstrong.
“On Ovation of the Seas, guests can experience the North Star, a viewing capsule that gently rises 90 metres above the sea, giving spectacular 360 degree views.”
“The North Star is an engineering marvel and one of many on Ovation of the Seas, which include robotic bar tenders that mix every cocktail to perfection, the fastest internet at sea and Two70, an incredible venue with 270 degree views by day and spectacular hi-tech shows at night,” Armstrong said.
The Royal Caribbean International (RCI) 2017/18 worldwide brochure is now available for agents – so contact your RCI business development manager now for your copy.
The detailed brochure features all the cruising essentials needed to research and find the perfect cruise, including information about onboard experiences across dining, entertainment, accommodation choices and more, as well deck plans, full itineraries, and shore excursion highlights at each destination.
The brochure also includes a new Personalise Your Holiday Section, allowing quick and easy access to deck plans, stateroom specifications, a full guide on the fleet and countdown to cruise.