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Grandeur of the Seas to visit Colombia


Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas will arrive in Cartagena, Columbia on Monday with about two thousand foreign tourists at the opening of the season 2010 -2011.

Royal Caribbean chose Cartagena as the city that will be the opening of the 2010-2011 season of the boat. Proexport reported that for the cruise season, which runs until May 2011, is expected to arrive in Cartagena of 208 boats with about 500 thousand tourists.
Proexport reported, the arrival of the vessel continues to consolidate at the Colombian Caribbean as a destination inevitable in the international cruise.
"In 2007 we reached our ports, vessels 99 126 000 890 passengers in 2008 with 228 vessels landed 161 thousand 221 tourists and last year we had 218 346 000 693 cruise tourists," revealed the President of Proexport, María Claudia Lacouture.
For this cruise season, which runs until May 2011, awaiting the arrival of 208 ships with about 500,000 tourists, whose presence in the Heroic City will leave about 40 million dollars in profits for the region.
After his stop in Cartagena, the Grandeur of the Seas will sail the next day to Santa Marta. There Proexport and the Port Society of the city will welcome the passengers with typical regional groups and invited to tour the sights of the capital of Magdalena.

Photo of the Day: Grandeur of the Seas


Photo by Rodrigo Borges

MagicMeets offers cruise for Disney lovers


If you're a fan of Disney and/or the Disney Parks, there's a Royal Caribbean cruise for you!

Magic Meets, a Disney fan gathering, is holding their annual event onboard Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas, which departs Bayonne, New Jersey for a 5 night cruise to Bermuda on July 16-21, 2011.

The cruise offers Disney fans from online communities a place to gather to share their interest in all things Disney.  Magic Meets has been running for a number of years with the event last year held for for the first time on a cruise, which was on Grandeur of the Seas this past July.

Prices start at $931 per person for an inside cabin (price includes taxes and fees).  You can book a cabin with MEI-Mouse Fan Travel.

Grandeur of the Seas to skip CocoCay today


Majesty of the Seas will not go to CocoCay today. Instead, the ship will stay in Nassau overnight until 5 p.m., before finishing its cruise in Miami on Friday morning as originally scheduled.

Credit to CruiseCritic for information

Tropical Storm Nicole changes Grandeur of the Seas itinerary


Tropical Storm Nicole has affected the itinerary of Grandeur of the Seas. Instead of stopping at CoCo Cay, Grandeur of the Seas will stop in Nassau, Bahamas today. The rest of the ship's itinerary is unaffected

Credit to CruiseCritic for information

Panama structures ready for cruise season


Panama is preparing its port facilities and tourism services for the cruise season that begins in October, with aspirations to outperform the previous period, according to Panamanian sources.

Data from the Tourism Authority show that in the activity of this modality for the 2009-2010 period there were 246 trips from various destinations in the Caribbean and the U.S..
More than 300 000 passengers arrived in Panamanian ports, a figure that can be left behind if they meet forecasts for the coming season.
So far it is anticipated that at least seven companies are responsible for providing that option, and two of them (Pullmantour and Royal Caribbean International) used at the port of Colon in the province of the same name as the base.
Pullmantour operate with the ship Ocean Dream (thousand 422 passengers) to offer 36 departures between October this year and July 2011.
Meanwhile, Royal Caribbean will use the ship Grandeur of the Seas, with capacity for two thousand 466 tourists and 25 trips scheduled to come November to April next year.
In addition to the benefits of this modality to the ports, joins the positive impact on hotels and airlines because of the demand for accommodation and transportation.

Royal Caribbean will send more ships to Europe


Royal Caribbean is planning on sending in the summer of 2011 as many cruise ships to Europe as ever before. Eleven ships will be in operation in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, the company said in Frankfurt, Germany.

That's three more ships than in the current summer season 2010. Also announced, the Brilliance of the Seas in the winter season 2011/12  will be reinstated in the Persian Gulf. The first tour to/from Dubai begins in November 2011 and that two months earlier than in the coming winter season.
For the first time this side of the Atlantic, Liberty of the Seas with space for up to 3634 guests, will be traveling in the summer of 2011 the 339 meters long, . It belongs to the second largest class of ship in Royal Caribbean's fleet and will travel from Barcelona to the western Mediterranean. Also for the first time in Europe is Grandeur of the Seas (279 meters, 2446 passengers), with a base port in the Palma de Mallorca. In Genoa, Mariner of the Seas begins the third Euro-novice their travels.

Grandeur of the Seas possibly to skip Key West


UPDATE: Guests aboard Grandeur of the Seas reporting they will skip Key West.

Due to a tropical storm Tropical Storm Bonnie brewing near the Bahams right now, there is a possibility that Grandeur of the Seas, which departed today, may not be able to dock in Key West. It has left port in Fort Lauderdale but a statement by Royal Caribbean had this to say about what lays ahead:

"According to the most recent weather forecasts, the ship will be able to depart on time and head south to Key West, Florida. However, U.S Coast Guard has closed the Port of Key West until tropical storm force winds have subsided. If the Port of Key West has not reopened by early tomorrow morning, Grandeur of the Seas will be unable to make its scheduled port of call there tomorrow. Should the ship be unable to visit Key West, Grandeur of the Seas will spend the day at sea tomorrow, sailing directly to Cozumel, Mexico, where it will arrive earlier than scheduled on Saturday."

Photo of the Day: Grandeur of the Seas


Photo by Fred Block

Photo of the Day: Grandeur of the Seas in Key West


Photo by Ashley Sindaco