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Quantum of the Seas to be homeported in Shanghai

Royal Caribbean International today announced that its newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, will make its home port in Shanghai (Baoshan), China, bringing the company's most innovative ship to the world's fastest-growing cruise market. The ship will reposition to China in May 2015, following her inaugural winter season sailing out of New York Harbor to the Caribbean. In China, Quantum of the Seas will join Mariner of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas in Asia, increasing the company's capacity in the region by 66 percent.

"Consumers in China have grown to expect the best the world has to offer, and Quantum of the Seas meets that standard like no other ship," said Adam Goldstein, President and COO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. "We are ready to accelerate the growth of this vital market with a ship that will capture the imagination of travelers looking for a one-of-a-kind vacation experience."

"Every trend we are seeing in China tells us we can achieve real long-term competitive advantage and appealing returns on our investments in this fast-growing market by accelerating our presence there," Goldstein said. "We will have to be nimble, but the ability to move fast is one of our strengths."

Goldstein said the company was able to make the move because its new-ship pipeline will keep the New York region supplied with top-rate ships as well.

"We are very mindful of the importance of New York, which is why we are bringing Liberty of the Seas and then Anthem of the Seas to this market."

Quantum of the Seas will debut in November 2014, and will spend its inaugural season sailing from Cape Liberty in Bayonne, N.J., before repositioning to China in May 2015. Beginning late June 2015, the ship will sail three- to eight-night itineraries year-round from Shanghai to Japan and Korea. Liberty of the Seas will then arrive to Cape Liberty to sail to Bermuda, the Caribbean, and Canada and New England for the 2015 summer and autumn seasons. The Freedom-class ship will be the company's newest and largest ship to offer cruises to Bermuda from the New York-metropolitan area.  Finally, Quantum of the Seas' sister ship, Anthem of the Seas, which launches in April 2015, will complete her inaugural Europe season from London (Southampton), U.K., before arriving to Cape Liberty in November 2015 to continue Quantum-class cruising to the Bahamas and Caribbean for the winter 2015-16 season.

"These incredible ships will meet the sophisticated expectations of consumers in Shanghai, New York and London. Our mantra for the new Quantum class of ships is 'this changes everything' – and upping our game in these key markets achieves just that," said Dominic Paul, Vice President, International, Royal Caribbean International. "Our distinctive style of high quality innovative cruises has become known to travelers around the world and we will continue to deploy our most technologically advanced ships where the demand is, with the expectation of winning new converts to cruising."

The groundbreaking Quantum-class ships, Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, will debut a new set of first-at-sea onboard experiences, such as Ripcord by iFLY, a heart-pounding skydiving experience; North Star, a thrilling adventure that transports guests more than 300 feet in the air on a breathtaking journey; cutting-edge transformative venues including SeaPlex, the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea with bumper cars, roller skating and more; and the cruise line's largest and most advanced staterooms ever.  Guests also will enjoy the new Quantum-class "Dynamic Dining," a completely new culinary experience that offers a landscape of 18 restaurant concepts as vast and varied as dining in the world's most cosmopolitan cities, including specialty restaurants created with partner-chefs Jamie Oliver, Devin Alexander and Michael Schwartz.

The Quantum Class spans 18 decks, encompass 167,800 gross registered tons, carry 4,180 guests at double occupancy and feature 2,090 staterooms. More information on Quantum class is available at http://www.RoyalCaribbean.com/QuantumoftheSeas. Media can find more details, images and videos at http://tinyurl.com/n6fmy5k.

TUI Travel expects online to account for half of 2014 bookings, to generate £1.8 billion in turnover

TUI Travel, the London based tour operator, expects online sales will hit 50% of total sales this year, worth £1.8 billion in turnover, Travel Weekly reports in a daily newsletter.

The company is a major retailer of cruises and owns Thomson Cruises that operates five ships on the British market.

A quarter its bookings in the first quarter of this year came via tablets or smartphones, the company has revealed. This represents a 78% increase in bookings made from mobile devices between January and March last year. In the same period, 49% of total web traffic came through smartphones.

TUI UK and Ireland managing director Dave Burling said: "This shows the investment we have made in these devices. Customers want to research these holidays on the devices of their choice."

Burling added: "We have got a huge online business. This January we had half a million browsers of our hotel videos on our website; this gives you an indication of the scale of the business.

“The biggest trend online has been the move towards developing sites which can work not just on desktops but on tablets and smartphones. We are continually looking at investing in this business and in terms of the quality and service we give,” he was quoted as saying.

AIDAprima delivery to be delayed

The delivery of AIDAprima, the first of two 124,500 gross ton cruise ships AIDA cruises in Germany has on order at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan, will be delayed, AIDA Cruises said in a statement.

“Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI) asked us for more time to complete the construction of AIDAprima. Although we regret these circumstances they are nothing unusual for the construction of prototypes. With AIDAprima we will receive something very special – the prototype of a whole new AIDA generation,” AIDA said.

"Our highest aim is to build a ship that will delight our guests with its product innovation, a top quality and more service, even if we will receive it now later than originally planned. We have informed all guests who have already booked a trip with AIDAprima in the premiere season, and of course offered them attractive alternatives."

The ship was due to enter service in June 2015.

“Our highest aim is to build a ship that will delight our guests with its product innovation, a top quality and more service, even if we will receive it now later than originally planned. We have informed all guests who have already booked a trip with AIDAprima in the premiere season, and of course offered them attractive alternative,” the company said.

AIDA Cruises is part of Carnival Corp & plc group.

Explorer to join Voyager and Radiance of the Seas in Australia and South Pacific for winter 2015-16 season

Royal Caribbean International today announced that Explorer of the Seas will join Voyager of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas for the winter 2015-16 season at Sydney. Royal Caribbean’s winter 2015-16 Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific season will open for reservations on April 29, 2014.

From November 2015 through April 2016, Explorer of the Seas will primarily sail 11- and 14-night New Zealand cruises, with up to seven ports of call in the South Pacific country, while Voyager of the Seas will sail 8- to 12-night South Pacific and Fiji cruises, all round-trip from Sydney.

During its inaugural Australia season, Explorer of the Seas also will offer 3- and 4-night cruises in November 2015 and in February and March 2016 for vacationers to sample one of the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ships. During its third consecutive winter season, Voyager of the Seas also will sail a 13-night South Pacific and New Zealand cruise on Nov. 5, 2015, which will call at Bay of Islands and Auckland in New Zealand, as well as a 7-night Tasmania cruise on Nov. 28, which will feature an overnight at Hobart, as well as call at Melbourne, Australia.

For its part, Radiance of the Seas will offer vacationers a variety of itineraries to the South Pacific and Fiji, New Zealand, and throughout Australia. Vacationers can choose eight- to 14-night South Pacific itineraries from Dec. 2015 through Jan. 2016, or circumnavigate Australia in November 2015 and from late-February through March, 2016 – each comprising a 16-night New Zealand and southern Australia sailing from Sydney to Perth (Fremantle), followed by a 16-night northern Australia and Bali cruise back to Sydney. Radiance of the Seas also will sail four- to seven-night Tasmania cruises, departing Dec. 11, 2015, and Feb. 18 and Mar. 28, 2016, and a 10-night Queensland cruise, departing Feb. 8, 2016.

Vacationers also can chose among a wide variety of sailings that span distant regions as part of each ship’s repositioning. Explorer of the Seas will take guests on a 10-night Singapore to Perth itinerary, departing Nov. 3, 2015, followed by a 16-night southern Australia and New Zealand cruise that arrives in Sydney on Nov. 29 for an overnight stay. The ship reverses these itineraries at the end of the season, departing from Sydney on Apr. 12 and from Perth (Fremantle) to Singapore in late April. Voyager of the Seas also will reposition between Singapore and Sydney on 14-night northern Australia itineraries on Oct. 22, 2015, and April 16, 2016, with the former featuring an overnight in Singapore.

Alternatively, Radiance of the Seas’ trans-Pacific crossing will combine Hawaii with Australia or Canada on a 10-night Hawaii cruise from Vancouver, B.C. and subsequent 18-night, trans-Pacific itinerary to Sydney, departing Sept. 11 and 21, 2015, respectively. A return trans-Pacific cruise will sail from Sydney to Hawaii on Apr. 3, 2016, followed by an 11-night Vancouver-bound sailing on Apr. 20.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. promotes Adam Goldstein to President and COO

Adam Goldstein has been named president and chief operating officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., the company announced today.

Goldstein, a 25-year company veteran, had spent the previous 12 years as president and CEO of the company's largest cruise line, Royal Caribbean International.

"Adam has played a key role in growing Royal Caribbean International, step by step, into a global leader. In the course of doing so, he has become an impressive leader in his own right," said Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. "In this new role, Adam will be able to put his broad worldview and strategic insights to use leading our varied cross-functional teams."

As well as working with Fain on the company's strategic direction, Goldstein's portfolio will include Human Resources, Information Technology, Supply Chain, Corporate Communications, Safety & Environment, Government Relations, Guest Port Operations and Commercial Development.  "We believe that it's important for our brands to have their own personalities and business plans," Fain said. "But it's also important to pursue best practices, and to make sure that the insights we learn within individual lines can be applied to the entire company's benefit. When we do that, we are a stronger business," Fain said.

Goldstein said he was looking forward to the challenge.

"Royal Caribbean was a five-ship company when I arrived here, and today we are many times larger than that," Goldstein said. "We now have more than 60,000 employees taking our guests to every continent of the world, as well as the most technologically advanced ships at sea. The opportunity we have is to take even greater advantage of our global scale and knowledge, while delivering the guest satisfaction that helped us grow to where we are today."

Goldstein begins his new responsibilities immediately, Fain said. A search for a new leader for the Royal Caribbean International line is underway.  In the meantime, Goldstein will assist with transition while he also takes up his new responsibilities.

"Today's announcement underscores the strength and stability of our company and its depth of leadership talent," Fain said. "We believe our strategy of appealing to vacationers around the world, matched with our commitment to innovation, safety and sensible growth, positions us well for the future. I am pleased to have Adam bring his skills to bear on bringing this strategy to life."

Goldstein joined the company in 1988, and served in a number of positions before taking the helm of Royal Caribbean International, including Senior Vice President, Total Guest Satisfaction; Senior Vice President, Marketing; and Corporate Secretary to the company's Board of Directors.

Goldstein is a member of the Washington-based Energy Security Leadership Council. He served on the board of the Travel Industry Association of America (now the U.S. Travel Association) from 1993 to 2012, and is a member of the advisory board for Our Kids, which is engaged in foster care and related services for Florida youth.

Goldstein graduated with honors from Princeton University. He also has a law degree from Harvard University and an MBA with distinction from the French business school INSEAD. Goldstein and his wife have two children and live in Coral Gables, FL.

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