Ask Adam Blog Series — June 2013 Q & A

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We appreciate all of the questions submitted to our monthly “Ask Adam” blog series. To see the responses to May’s “Ask Adam” post, click here, or if you have a question you would like to ask Adam regarding Royal Caribbean or his life as the President & CEO of Royal Caribbean International, please follow this link to our Facebook Discussions Page and submit your questions there.

Adam, I know that a third Quantum-class ship is in the works, but will there ever be a third ship in the Oasis-class? I personally love that class of ship, with its unique onboard neighborhoods. – Jackie B.

Good news Jackie, in addition to ordering a third Quantum-class ship we also ordered a third Oasis-class ship.  Both ships are scheduled for delivery in mid-2016.

Hi Adam, will Oasis of the Seas make regular return visits to Europe? – Leo C.

Hi Leo, thanks for the question.  We have been quite pleased with the response to the short season Oasis of the Seas will sail while in Europe and will keep this in mind for our future planning. However, at this time we cannot comment on any plans beyond our announced deployment through winter 2014 to 2015.

Adam, it seems that the lobster dinner served in the main dining room on formal night has become a thing of the past. Is there any chance you will revisit this great tradition in the future? – Gloria S.

Great question, Gloria. We serve lobster tail on our “Jasmine” menu on 7 night cruises that sail from US ports. We found that the demand for lobster during our European itineraries was minimal, and therefore changed the offering on our Europe cruises to jumbo prawns.  In addition, we offer a 1 ½ pound lobster in our main dining room as part of our a la carte offering for an additional fee.

Hi Adam, I’m Loyal to Royal and would love to see you return to California. Would you consider Mexico or West Coast cruises from Catalina to San Francisco, Portland and Seattle, for example? Please consider sending a ship to those of us on the West Coast. Thank you! – Joshua Y.

Thank you for your feedback, Joshua.  We will certainly continue to review this but at the present time we do not have plans to return to the west coast.

I have noticed that on many of the shore excursions at Labadee, and maybe elsewhere, an alcoholic drink of some sort is included. Are there any non-alcoholic options for non-drinkers? – Rick S.

Hi Rick, yes, we are always mindful of the non-alcoholic drinkers as well as guests that are under 21 years of age.

What is the status of this year’s Diamonds in December? I understand some people have received emails stating that it won’t be taking place. Is this true? – Jim T.

Thank you for reaching out, Jim.  It is always nice to hear from our most loyal guests.  This year we will not be hosting, “Diamonds in December” but we are always looking for new ways to reward and thank our Crown & Anchor Society members for their continued appreciation to our brand and to the cruising industry.  Stay tuned for announcements about new and exciting promotions.

Hi Adam, I love cruising with Royal and I am very excited about the new Quantum-class cruise ships. What restaurants will be onboard Quantum of the Seas? Thank you very much. – Matthew C.

Hi Matthew, at this time we are not disclosing the restaurants that will be onboard Quantum of the Seas.  Please stay tuned for an announcement at a future date.

I would love to see a Royal Caribbean International ship do a world cruise. Would you consider one beginning during the summer season here in Australia? I am Loyal to Royal and would be the first to book. – Jill F.

Thank you Jill.  We like to keep our options open for future deployment of our ships, however at this time I do not see us offering a world cruise as it is not in our scope of business.

Hi Adam. We live in Australia and are wondering when Crown & Anchor Society members who are non-US residents will have access to the magazine and other special offers available to US-based members? – Scott L.

Hi Scott, we pride ourselves on recognizing our loyal Crown & Anchor Society members around the world.  Offers such as savings certificates and balcony and suite discounts are offered to all members regardless of their country of residence.  Additionally, all members receive exclusive onboard discounts to use during their voyages.  The Australian online newsletter is currently in development and will be coming your way in the future.  Happy cruising!

Will there be any British Isles sailings next year? Royal Caribbean is my favorite cruise line and I would love to see Ireland, Scotland and Wales! – Francine W.

Hi Francine, perhaps! Our Deployment team is working through many options for our 2015 deployment now and will take this into consideration.

Hi Adam, I’m wondering how often you change the itineraries for your European cruises. I sailed on both Western and Eastern Mediterranean cruises – are you planning anything new we can look forward to? Thanks. – Rona K.

Hello Rona, our offerings in the Mediterranean are a blend of stable and new programs which vary each year.  For instance, I would suggest that you consider the 10 or 11 night itineraries from Venice offered by Legend of the Seas this fall or the program of 9 and 12 night sailings from Rome offered next fall by Serenade of the Seas, which just opened.  Each program is unique and different from our core 7 night programs.

Since so many new ships are being built, do you have any plans to add new ports or destinations? – Chris B.

Chris, we are always considering new ports and destinations and we add a few each year.