What's New With Royal Caribbean

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A Family Oceanview stateroom with balcony aboard Oasis of the Seas.


From playing host to Vacation.com’s International Conference & Trade Show, to debuting new cruise itineraries to Dubai, Royal Caribbean International is going into its 2012 cruise season with some brand-new offerings.

Vacation.com recently announced a surprising site for its 14th annual International Conference & Trade Show: Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas.

To be held May 5-12, 2012, the event will be the largest travel industry conference ever hosted on board a cruise ship, according to Vacation.com. Conference time will be spaced out during the 7-day voyage, which departs from Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale and visits Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Maartin.

Just as in previous years, participants attending the tradeshow can take advantage of a wide range of hands-on training in the Experience Room, as well as attend dozens of classes and Preferred Supplier sessions.

“Between conference, the ship itself and the fabulous Caribbean islands we visit, our members will have an action-packed week,” says Lovell. He also adds that members do not have to pay a registration fee to attend this year’s event. All they pay for is the cabin of their choice within the Conference group, which Royal Caribbean is offering at discounted prices.

For more information on next year’s International Conference & Trade Show, Vacation.com members should visit agentnet.com. All other agents should visit JoinVacation.com for more on becoming a Vacation.com member.

Another recent big announcement involving Royal Caribbean was the line’s deployment of Serenade of the Seas to Dubai for its winter 2012-13 season. Serenade of the Seas will offer vacationers 17 sailings, departing every Monday on 7-night United Arab Emirates and Oman itineraries from December 2012 through April 2013. Serenade of the Seas will replace Brilliance of the Seas on these itineraries.

Vacationers can choose the Arabian Explorer cruisetour itinerary, which combines a 4-night escorted land tour with Serenade of the Seas’ 7-night cruise. Destinations featured on the land tour include Dubai, Al Ain and Ras Al Khaimah, where guests can enjoy “dune bashing” (off-road desert safaris); savor dinner and entertainment at a Bedouin desert camp; and visit the Hili Archaeological Gardens and the Ali Ain National Museum.

Serenade of the Seas’ 7-night itinerary also calls at Fujairah and Abu Dhabi in the U.A.E.,and features overnight stays in Muscat, Oman, and Dubai at the conclusion of the cruise. Guests can also can choose a 15-night Mediterranean and Suez Canal transit cruise, departing Dec. 2, 2012, from Malaga, Spain, to Dubai; and a 15-night return to Barcelona, departing April 15, 2013.

Serenade of the Seas’ winter 2012-13 Dubai cruises and cruisetours are currently open for booking.

If your clients are already booked on an upcoming Royal Caribbean cruise, they may be excited to know the cruise line is relaunching its art program with Art on Royal.

The new program integrates the entire onboard collection aboard Royal Caribbean’s fleet 22 ships, and features pieces from Royal Art Icons—select artists among the entire Royal Caribbean art collection—and works by Royal Caribbean Signature Artists such as Romero Britto and Thomas Kinkade. The program also includes an expanded number of onboard art-inspired events, tours, seminars and auctions.

Art on Royal was developed in partnership with Art Actually, and was first piloted aboard Oasis of the Sea. The program is also currently aboard Adventure of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas, and will be available on most ships by the end of the year.

“Royal Caribbean International has compiled one of the world’s largest private art collections, valued at $120 million, on display aboard our fleet of ships,” says Lisa Bauer, senior v.p. of hotel operations, Royal Caribbean International. “Art on Royal will offer guests the opportunity to take home a lasting work of art as a memory of their cruise vacation, as well as provide a broad menu of enriching, art-inspired programs, featuring Royal Caribbean Signature Artists and Royal Art Icons pieces.” For more information, visit artactually.com.

For more information on Royal Caribbean, visit rccl.com.