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February 7, 2010
SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN A room with a view If you book Royal Caribbean's "7 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise" through eCruises.com by Feb. 28, you'll get upgraded to a balcony room. Aboard Adventures of the Seas, you'll glide over azure waters and disembark onto no fewer than five of the region's most attractive islands. Itinerary: San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao; Roseau, Dominica; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and back to San Juan.
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January 29, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
BAYONNE, N.J. - At first he thought it was the fish. Maurice Weizmann, a Montreal businessman on a Royal Caribbean cruise with his wife, started vomiting on the second night of the 10-day voyage after eating dinner and watching a show on the ship Explorer of the Seas. His wife did too. Soon they learned the reality: They were only two of hundreds of passengers sickened by an as-yet unidentified gastrointestinal illness that shortened their cruise by two days and created a floating sick bay on the high seas.
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December 16, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Royal Caribbean's nine-night spring cruise of the Mediterranean starts in Rome and stops at six classic ports of call in Italy, Greece and Turkey. And the price is nice too. Cabins start at $727 -- or about $80 a day -- per person. That's a lot of cultural capital for not much capital. The deal: TravelZoo tipped me to this deal in its Top 20 list this week. The wow factor is the length of the cruise and the incredibly low prices. Prices for the 9-Night Mediterranean Cruise start at $727 per person, based on double occupancy, for an interior cabin and $1,099 for an outside cabin; prices don't include tax and fees.
NATIONAL
January 29, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
BAYONNE, N.J. -- At first he thought it was the fish. Maurice Weizmann, a Montreal businessman on a Royal Caribbean cruise with his wife, started vomiting on the second night of the 10-day voyage after eating dinner and watching a show on the ship Explorer of the Seas. His wife did too. Soon they learned the reality: They were only two of hundreds of passengers sickened by a yet-unidentified gastrointestinal illness that shortened their cruise by two days and created a floating sick bay on the high seas.
BUSINESS
July 13, 2003
"Ships Trying to Get Everybody on Board" (June 29) neglected to mention that Royal Caribbean was unable to complete the ship's renovations prior to its inaugural sailing on June 6. Unfortunately, my girlfriend and I were on that cruise and were extremely disappointed. Most of the facilities you mentioned in your article were not yet available: There was no food court, no gourmet pizza, no sushi bar, no Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, and the Jacuzzis were not finished nor operable during the trip.
TRAVEL
June 15, 1997 | SHIRLEY SLATER and HARRY BASCH
With a new name, a new logo and advertising slogan and yet another new ship in its rapidly growing fleet, Royal Caribbean International, formerly Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, bears a passing resemblance to the proverbial old woman who lived in a shoe. With six of its 10 ship names ending in "of the Seas," it must get confusing down at the office. We were struck with deja vu aboard the new Grandeur of the Seas.
BUSINESS
July 3, 1997 | (Bloomberg News)
Overseas Shipholding Group Inc. said it signed a definitive agreement to merge its Celebrity Cruise Lines Inc. with Royal Caribbean Cruises Inc. in a transaction valued at $1.3 billion. Under the agreement, Royal Caribbean will buy Celebrity for $245 million in cash, $800 million in assumed debt and the balance in Royal Caribbean stock. Royal Caribbean, the industry's second-largest cruise line, announced last month it would buy Celebrity.
BUSINESS
June 18, 1997 | (Associated Press)
Royal Caribbean said it is buying money-losing Celebrity cruise lines in a $1.3-billion deal that will give Royal Caribbean five relatively new ships and an opportunity to expand. The combined company, which will keep the two brand names, ranks second in the industry behind Miami's Carnival Corp. and ahead of London-based P&O Cruises, parent of Century City-based Princess Cruises.
BUSINESS
March 15, 2002 | Bloomberg News
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., the third-largest cruise line, said its first-quarter earnings would beat analysts' estimates because it has been selling trips for higher prices than it expected. Miami-based Royal Caribbean expects earnings of 25 cents to 30 cents a share for the first quarter, the company said. Analysts expected the company to break even, according to Thomson Financial/First Call.
BUSINESS
June 3, 1998 | Bloomberg News
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. agreed to pay $9 million in criminal fines and plead guilty to charges that it systematically dumped oil in the ocean from 1990 to 1994 and deceived U.S. Coast Guard investigators. The plea agreement resolves charges against the company in Miami and Puerto Rico, although the company said it could face additional charges as an investigation by the Justice Department continues.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
A possible outbreak of norovirus that has sickened more than 600 passengers and crew members on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship has prompted company officials to cut the trip short, the company said late Sunday. The ship, Explorer of the Seas, is heading back to its home port, Cape Liberty, N.J., two days earlier than anticipated, even after the vessel has undergone sanitation procedures at two ports as passengers grew ill.  In a statement, Royal Caribbean said a spike of "gastrointestinal illness" over the weekend led to ending the cruise early.  "After consultation between our medical team and representatives of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we think the right thing to do is to bring our guests home early, and use the extra time to sanitize the ship even more thoroughly," the company said.  Royal Caribean said its doctors suspected norovirus was behind the outbreak.
NEWS
January 27, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield
It's bad enough that it's Monday, but after what happened at the Vatican on Sunday, I'm feeling especially blue on this Monday. You've probably seen the pictures and/or the video: Pope Francis punctuated his plea for peace in the restive Ukraine by having two youngsters release a pair of snow-white doves from a window overlooking St. Peter's Square. Unfortunately, what came next was straight out of “Mars Attacks!” PHOTOS: Pope Francis' small steps to lift liberals' hearts First, a crow attacked one of the doves.
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May 27, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Another month, another troubled cruise ship. The Royal Caribbean cruise ship Grandeur of the Seas -- and its 2,224 passengers and 796 crew members -- saw their trip come to an abrupt end after the ship's aft mooring deck burst into flames not far from the Bahamas early Monday morning. Royal Caribbean reported that two passengers fainted but that no one was hurt in the fire. The company said it was working on arrangements to return its passengers to Baltimore. The ship never lost power and made it to a nearby port in Freeport in the Bahamas, about 75 miles east of Palm Beach, Fla. The Grandeur of the Seas had left Baltimore on Friday and was on a seven-day trip that included stops in Florida and the Bahamas.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
"Legally Blonde" is headed for the high seas. Norwegian Cruise Lines will bring the Tony-nominated Broadway musical on board its Getaway, a 4,028-passenger ship set to debut in January 2014. And "Blonde" isn't the only musical to sail. CHEAT SHEET: Spring Arts Preview Getaway's sister ship, Breakaway, will stage "Rock of Ages" and Royal Caribbean recently held auditions for its "Hairspray" and "Chicago" productions. The 2001 movie-turned-musical "Legally Blonde" premiered on Broadway in 2007 and played 595 performances before closing in 2008.
NEWS
September 13, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Barbie joins Princess Fiona and the "Shrek" clan as the latest kiddie character to invade Royal Caribbean International cruises. The iconic doll from Mattel will become the centerpiece of a "cruise experience" for girls 4-11 on the entire 22-ship fleet starting next year, the company said. The Barbie Premium Experience starts with staterooms decorated with Barbie pink everything -- pillows and blankets, toothbrushes and tote bags. Then there's a dress-up fashion show, mermaid dance class and a Tiaras & Teacups party featuring pink pastries and pink lemonade.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2012 | By Meg James
It was a theatrical entrance even for the Tony Awards. Actor Harvey Fierstein -- wearing a tuxedo jacket, a blue plastic inflatable inner-tube hugging his stomach, pink swim trunks, and hoisting a cocktail glass sporting a tiny umbrella - waddled on stage two hours into the awards ceremony telecast Sunday on CBS. But rather than revealing who would win the next category, Fierstein instead introduced a commercial segment that promotedRoyal Caribbean...
BUSINESS
October 7, 2002 | BONNIE HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Call it the Princess' prerogative. After spurning Carnival Corp.'s aggressive courting for more than a year in favor of another, P&O Princess Cruises may now want to change its mind. On Friday, U.S. regulators cleared the way for both Carnival, the world's biggest cruise line, and No. 2 Royal Caribbean Cruises to pursue their respective bids for the No. 3 company, and the sought-after Princess quickly considered making the most of either deal, saying Carnival's didn't look so bad after all.
BUSINESS
December 17, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Setting up what could become a hostile takeover battle, P&O Princess Cruises on Sunday rejected an unsolicited $4.6-billion offer from industry leader Carnival Cruise Lines Inc. The bid appeared to be an attempt by Miami-based Carnival to thwart the pending merger of P&O and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., which would create the world's largest cruise company. P&O is the parent of Princess Cruises, its North American line based in Santa Clarita.
NEWS
June 12, 2012 | By Meg James
Broadway is trying to find its sea legs. Two hours into the Tony Awards ceremony broadcast by CBS on Sunday night, actor-writer Harvey Fierstein -- wearing a tuxedo jacket, a blue plastic inflatable inner-tube hugging his stomach, pink swim trunks, and hoisting a cocktail glass sporting a tiny umbrella - waddled on stage. But rather than revealing who would win the next category, Fierstein instead introduced a commercial segment that promoted Royal Caribbean International's cruise lines that offer full-length Broadway shows onboard.
BUSINESS
January 14, 2011 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
With Mexican cruises slumping in popularity, two of the largest ships serving the Port of Los Angeles are pulling up anchor for more lucrative markets elsewhere. Royal Caribbean said its 3,100-passenger Mariner of the Seas, after a Mexican Rivera voyage that begins Sunday, will leave the Port of L.A. for South America and Europe, ending up in Galveston, Texas. Norwegian Cruise Lines will pull its 2,348-passenger Norwegian Star out of the port in May. The ship will eventually settle in Tampa, Fla. Cruise line officials and port officials say the moves stem from the sour economy and continuing drug-related violence in Mexico.
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