Happy New Year from Everyone at Royal Caribbean International

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Happy New Year and welcome to 2010 everyone. I wish all of the readers a happy, healthy and prosperous year with at least one cruise in it.

We are just a few days away from the so-called “Wave” booking season when a somewhat disproportionately high % of our annual bookings are made. The reason for this phenomenon is rooted in people emerging from their winter holidays and wanting to get their next vacation on the books. It helps if the weather is unseasonably cold for a while and people suddenly want to get the heck out of the cold north. Even if they cannot escape right away it’s comforting to know they will eventually get to warmer weather.

Oasis of the Seas
had a very successful holiday period and should now settle into a normal routine. We appear to have survived the supreme test of our Chairman Richard Fain and his extended family cruising on Oasis last week. I will hear all the details on Monday. In case you were wondering if I was onboard too to celebrate my 50th birthday, the answer is no. I was at a youth soccer tournament in Tampa.

Before we turn the page on 2009 altogether, I want to thank all of the guests who cruised on our fleet during the holiday season. I hope you enjoyed the vacation as much as you were hoping to do if not even more. It was our pleasure to serve you.