Archive for November, 2009

Age Minimums: The ABCs

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

For me, the beauty of a cruise is that I can have my cake and eat it too. There’s plenty of opportunity for family togetherness and much-needed time apart as well. If you’ve got little ones, it’s key of course to know the cruise lines’ age policies for kids programming. You don’t want to show up at the gangway only to realize yours are too young for the drop-off playroom (nightmare!). For those of you with older teens, it’s equally as important to know when your young adults can (and can’t) drink and gamble. Click here if not redirected in 5 seconds.

Apple iPhone Rentals For The Whole Family On Oasis?

Monday, November 23rd, 2009


Oasis of the Seas launches an innovative new program that uses Apple’s popular iPhone as the technology platform. The program, known as Royal Connect, allows guests to rent modified iPhones to stay connected while on board. The cost for unlimited usage, which includes phone and chat functions, is $17.50 per device for the duration of the voyage.

Royal Connect allows guests to stay connected and provides “peace of mind for parents” who can use the device to keep tabs on where their children are on the ship, says Rinat Glinert, Royal Caribbean’s manager of strategic projects and newbuilding.

A chip device in muster bands, which children are required to wear, connects electronically with what Royal refers to as the “communication device” (trademark issues prohibit the device being branded as an iPhone).

Royal Connect functions like a GPS, but with added features that allow guests to make and receive calls to any extension or Royal Connect device on the ship. Royal Connect also allows guests to chat, add friends and access the daily activity brochure, called Cruise Compass.

Oasis of the Seas: Big Thrills for Kids!

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Oasis Grafitti

The 225,282-ton, 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas made waves as she entered US waters this week as the newest and certainly the biggest cruise ship in the world. Families are a large market for Royal Caribbean and naturally their new flagship has some amazing stuff for children.

Now, where to start?