Fain confirms talks on RCI new build

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#2
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Originally posted by cruisingator2
Looks like we may be reading about a new ship soon.

http://www.cruise-community.com/inde...=910&Itemid=69
Although the Allure and Oasis are very cool ships (and VERY large) I would like to see RCI maybe focus on something that is a little smaller but maybe more upscale. Not that I think their current ships are lacking but maybe something with a few more luxury ammenities as opposed to activities that might target more experienced cruisers.
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People with Royal Caribbean have been talking for a short while about a new class called the "Sunshine" class, which will be larger than the Radiance class and smaller than the Voyager class.

Sounds like a wonderful size to me.........if it is true!!

Rick
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They probably figure that pricing wise it may be a good opportunity right now....also I can't see Majesty and Monarch being around lots longer.
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I agree that Majesty and Monarch should be replaced soon. These are big money makers, and they would do well to add passengers to these shorter trips.
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Thanks for sharing, I've been around here long enough (short time compared to some of you) to remember hearing rumors of the Freedom class and what it may offer, then going through it with the Oasis class. Made for enjoyable reading.
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#8
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Originally posted by Host Elizanessie
Does anyone else find the wording strange "RCI-Brand Newbuild"

Could this mean a rebrand of another ship..perhaps a Celebrity one?
Fain stated the the new build would be for RCI.

From the article.

He gave no details other than to confirm the order would be for the Royal Caribbean International brand,.
#9
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Originally posted by cruisingator2
Fain stated the the new build would be for RCI.

From the article.

He gave no details other than to confirm the order would be for the Royal Caribbean International brand,.
Thanks Gordon..couldn't remember my login for that site so didnt read all the details

I remember when I first heard Project Sunshine mentioned last year it seemed to me to sound like it may involve Celebrity..."Here comes the Sun", is the Celebrity song I believe.

Although of course this could be nothing to do with Project Sunshine.
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Originally posted by rubrrick
People with Royal Caribbean have been talking for a short while about a new class called the "Sunshine" class, which will be larger than the Radiance class and smaller than the Voyager class.
Rick
Sounds perfect I hope this is true - enought of the giants for now
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Radiance and Celebrity Millennium classes are on same hull.

Celebrity Solstice class could be adopted easily to RCI as the basic layout is the same.

RCCL would be dumb not to do it......and Fain/Goldstein are not dumb.
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Originally posted by ehfl
I agree that Majesty and Monarch should be replaced soon. These are big money makers, and they would do well to add passengers to these shorter trips.
How many people were taking these short, inexpensive cruise to bolster their status in the Crown and Anchor Society? It will be interesting to see if bookings fall off a little now that C&A has announced their new point system.
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Originally posted by bajathree
They probably figure that pricing wise it may be a good opportunity right now....also I can't see Majesty and Monarch being around lots longer.
We would be pleased to see a new class of RCI ships be built. We might like to take a cruise to Bermuda from Florida on some new RCI ship. Really sounds good. We like to sail on new ships especially if they put in the new technology. I did love the computer TV's on the Solstice, being able to pause a movie while going to dinner or up on deck then coming back and resuming it. I was surprised to see that the Allure did not have this technology. I also loved the speaker port for my Ipod touch on the Allure.

Maybe the Critter's can do a cruise on this new smaller ship, Capt Liz... wouldn't that be fun, we would nearly fill a smaller ship. LOL.

Take care...
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Originally posted by cruiseguy1016
How many people were taking these short, inexpensive cruise to bolster their status in the Crown and Anchor Society? It will be interesting to see if bookings fall off a little now that C&A has announced their new point system.
Disney just put their brand new ship into Port Canaveral to do the same 3/4 day runs. I think if these were not money making cruises, the Disney Dream would be doing alternating 7 day Eastern/Western Caribbean cruises.
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Originally posted by wayne_trisha
Disney just put their brand new ship into Port Canaveral to do the same 3/4 day runs. I think if these were not money making cruises, the Disney Dream would be doing alternating 7 day Eastern/Western Caribbean cruises.
Disney is a special case. They sell the short 3/4 day cruises hooked into a stay with the Mouse on land. Your Disney SeaPass card also unlocks your Disney hotel and your luggage is delivered right to the hotel on the bus,

The second new Disney ship, out next year, will be doing the 7 day itineraries out of Florida.

Have you checked Disney's prices? Of course they give more but they are premium priced.
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Originally posted by wayne_trisha
Disney just put their brand new ship into Port Canaveral to do the same 3/4 day runs. I think if these were not money making cruises, the Disney Dream would be doing alternating 7 day Eastern/Western Caribbean cruises.
I didn't say they weren't money makers . RCI usually sails full so I'm sure they're making money on the full ship. I've never sailed Disney. How does their loyalty program compare to RCI's? I know a lot of people took the short cruises on RCI to pad their status. I'm just wondering if the bookings will drop off because some people may not be as prone to taking the short cruises if it doesn't help their status as much as it used to.
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I would love to be able to afford Disney all the time...but forget it! Yes it's expensive, but it's a wonderful line!

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Disney: $900pp/4nights
Carnival: $480pp/5nights

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Originally posted by The Big Booper
Radiance and Celebrity Millennium classes are on same hull.

Celebrity Solstice class could be adopted easily to RCI as the basic layout is the same.

RCCL would be dumb not to do it......and Fain/Goldstein are not dumb.
I have created a sketch using the Solstice Class Hull & adding some Radiance Class features
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