Sea ViewsFrom President and COO, Adam Goldstein

Sea Views Blog with Adam Goldstein

A Thanksgiving Weekend With Royal Caribbean: Guest Post by Michael Poole

Michael Poole is a long-time Royal Caribbean International cruiser. He follows us on Twitter at @RoyalCaribbean, where we love seeing him and his brother chime in in response to our updates. Last month, when we tweeted a sneak-peak photo of our float for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Michael asked if we needed any loyal cruisers on our float. We responded by inviting him and three guests to join us at the parade and celebrate Thanksgiving weekend in New York City.

LZ_DpkK7wz6-z8xidqHlrbUASOQ7Du-6DvGdhD5IzRA,-XPPz8VM_ytJI9k_ZSdjC2E4dFv4qtuwS4g3_Fh9waMHi, I’m Michael Poole from Knoxville, Tennessee, and I’m loyal to Royal. I often say, “I work so that I’m able to cruise!” I’m excited to share my experience traveling to “The Big Apple” to see Royal Caribbean’s float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, led by Kristin Chenoweth, godmother of Quantum of the Seas.

First, let me start with how excited I was to call my brother, Jason Poole, and tell him we were traveling to New York City for Thanksgiving with Royal Caribbean! Actually, I don’t even think he believed me at first, but I just kept telling him to pack his bags, because we’re flying out in five days. (Yes, it happened that quickly.)

Ri77zeXPSIO_0YG69jRXzL5NcBAydc8LODfIHf4O0Mk,ytOgajeSy6wtch6SaO_Pp7CgCEO2SeFSGVgr3hh4jpQ
Gobble, gobble! It’s Thanksgiving Day and we are headed to Macy’s for the parade. That is where our seats were: front-row in the grandstand seats. Can you imagine the excitement that was running through us? We were about to see the parade live, in person, and front row, too! The first few hours we were really enjoying ourselves, but kept talking about how we were ready for the Royal Caribbean float. Then there she was making the turn on 53rd Street. I literally jumped out of my seat and screamed. Okay, I got a few weird looks, but I couldn’t hold my excitement any longer! I was about to see Kristin Chenoweth on Royal Caribbean’s float up close and in person. The float was so impressive, complete with palm trees and even some Royal Caribbean signatures like a rock climbing wall and FlowRider replica. It really showed the country that a Royal Caribbean cruise can wow anyone. And if the float wasn’t exciting enough, things got even better when Royal Caribbean announced they will be featuring Mamma Mia! the musical on their newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, debuting in Fall of 2014.” How exhilarating to feature such a successful Broadway musical on the high seas.

iop5g4uh3opCmkq7L0vCR5Kev-hRpZO8he7OA-GV8oY,M_7F_BrqbvluNfmv2YEBh7I0KxJ0lMPEXBwNzv1KsP8d_XMW5rH61mSV67dm7-ktDw8MAtCk4m_rVhijOm5T1M
Now, there was only one thing left to do on Thanksgiving: EAT! Royal Caribbean provided a wonderful dining experience at Balthazar in SoHo. My family and I enjoyed traditional Thanksgiving fare while sharing what we were thankful for this year. Needless to say, I could not stop talking about how thankful I was for Royal Caribbean giving this experience to a loyal cruiser like myself.
rcuzJdJ23859MXtuRF67MmMm_vVdxNskxTkt6f-pZk8,W6VjvwIcBPA4ohHykugSxHL7xMT4WEL3S2xaPMq2Qb8
Our final day in New York was Black Friday, and while most were out shopping we headed to Broadway to see Mamma Mia! This musical surpassed my expectations with a dramatic story, great singing, and lively dancing. I cannot wait to see it again on Quantum of the Seas, and I know everyone will be as impressed as I was with the show. After the musical, Royal Caribbean arranged a backstage tour of the theater. Getting to stand on a Broadway stage, sharing the energy of so many incredibly talented performers, was an unforgettable experience.

From the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to the Thanksgiving dinner to the Broadway musical, I will be forever grateful for Royal Caribbean. I thank Royal for giving me memories I’ll cherish for a lifetime. I look forward to seeing you all on the high seas.

Michael Poole
Twitter: @Mpoole3

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Close

Connect With us

Tab indicator
Royal Caribbean's avatar
Royal Caribbean@RoyalCaribbean
@Andrea_guzy You can find our Romance Packages at: http://t.co/HH7lmpEIir
Royal Caribbean's avatar
Royal Caribbean@RoyalCaribbean
@debritz Please try again. Thank you.
Royal Caribbean's avatar
Royal Caribbean@RoyalCaribbean
@debritz Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Can you please DM us with your booking number and contact information?
Royal Caribbean's avatar
Royal Caribbean@RoyalCaribbean
@ANewChapterPt2 After Quantum, NY will welcome Freedom-class Liberty of the Seas & then Quantum’s sister ship Anthem of the Seas next Winter
Royal Caribbean's avatar
Royal Caribbean@RoyalCaribbean
@mr_hooper All of our ships are equipped with North American standard, 110 volts AC & standard European 220/230 volts AC outlets.
Explore even more of the world. See where your favorite ship is sailing from in 2015.
When are you constantly moving, but always in the same place? 
#allureoftheseas  
Next step in building #QuantumOfTheSeas: putting the azipods into place.
Countdown to November: Today the final block of #QuantumOfTheSeas was moved into place. 
You've got questions, he's got answers. CEO Adam Goldstein is hosting a Google hangout today at 1:30 / 12:30 CST to talk about Quantum dining: http://bit.ly/1g4n6du 
Watch Adam Goldstein and Moderator Colleen McDaniel as they answer questions and discuss the latest innovations coming to Quantum of the Seas
Get a taste of our next Quantum reveal. Stay tuned for an exciting announcement next week.
Disembark to a new world. #norway  
So much more to explore.  #stmaarten  
The options are endless.  #allureoftheseas  

JavaScript and Flash are required to view video content. View the playlist on YouTube.

  • Sea cave on Benagil Sea cave on Benagil Beach, Algarve, Portugal. 13 hours + 41 minutes ago
  • Explore the groundbr Explore the groundbreaking art and architecture of Barcelona, Spain. 13 hours + 41 minutes ago
  • Take in the sights o Take in the sights of Barcelona, Spain. 13 hours + 41 minutes ago
  • Umbrellas float abov Umbrellas float above the street in Agueda, Portugal. 13 hours + 41 minutes ago
  • Buddha in Java, Indo Buddha in Java, Indonesia. 1 day + 14 hours ago
  • Bali, Indonesia | 30 Bali, Indonesia | 30 Amazing Places on Earth You Need To Visit 1 day + 14 hours ago
  • Dawn in Benoa (Bali) Dawn in Benoa (Bali), Indonesia. 1 day + 14 hours ago
  • Temple in Bali, Indo Temple in Bali, Indonesia. 1 day + 14 hours ago
  • Pura Lempuyang Door Pura Lempuyang Door in Bali, Indonesia. 1 day + 14 hours ago
  • Semporna, Sabah in I Semporna, Sabah in Indonesia. Canoe past starfish and mountains. 1 day + 14 hours ago
  • Picturesque villages and beautiful beaches? Welcome to the Greek Isles. Follow the link in our profile for the full itinerary.
  • Wander the winding streets in the historic heart of Athens. Follow the link in our profile for Mediterranean itineraries.
  • Not to be missed in Montenegro: the Old City of Kotor, one of the best preserved medieval towns in the Adriatic. Link to Mediterranean itineraries in our profile.
  • First stop on our Mediterranean trip: Venice, built on 118 submerged islands. Follow the link in our profile for Mediterranean itineraries.
  • Your #royalwow view awaits in the Mediterranean. Set sail with us tomorrow as we explore the European coast.
  • The banana toffee panini. Simple, sweet, sublime. Follow the link our profile to see the full menu for Michael's Genuine Pub.
  • A taste of the Mediterranean. The Greek farro salad at Michael's Genuine Pub, made from the freshest ingredients available. (Follow the link in our profile to see the full menu.)
  • The ultimate comfort food: thick-cut potato chips with pan-fried onion dip. Coming this November to Michael's Genuine Pub onboard Quantum of the Seas. (Link to full menu in our profile.)
  • Love 150 Central Park? We're partnering with Michael Schwartz again to create his newest restaurant onboard Quantum of the Seas. All this week we're giving you a sneak peek of the menu (or follow the
  • When are you constantly moving, but always in the same place?
Autism Friendly Family Vacations: What You Need to Know

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 10:09 AM

Autism friendly. Two seemingly simple words, but they are having a huge impact for our guests and the autism community. My name is Ron Pettit and I’m ADA and Access Compliance Consultant at Royal... Continue Here to Read More…

Why Everyone Should Get Involved and Volunteer Everywhere

Friday, April 18, 2014 11:50 AM

GIVE Day (Get Involved Volunteer Everywhere) is the corporate global volunteer day for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and is our largest employee community event. My name is Helen O’Connell, Manager... Continue Here to Read More…

Quantum Class Ships: Empowering Guests to Take Full Control of Their Dining Experience

Thursday, April 10, 2014 2:14 PM

Hi everyone. I’m excited to begin our Quantum of the Seas blog series by sharing details about a new approach to dining at sea onboard Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum Class ships. Our... Continue Here to Read More…

How to Connect with a Colleague When You Have Conflicting Interests

Monday, March 10, 2014 10:11 AM

We are not all the same.  Not in life and not in business.  As a consequence, maintaining a healthy perspective on differences among people is a critical success factor in a business career. Some... Continue Here to Read More…

Humorous Travel Stories

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 3:30 PM

It might be my impending trip to Shanghai for dinner with four red eye flights in five nights.  I want to believe this will be tolerable.  So I find myself thinking of some of the humorous things I... Continue Here to Read More…

Why We Needed Bumper Cars to Go Head to Head

Friday, February 14, 2014 1:56 PM

Guest post by Nick Weir I’m Nick Weir, the Vice President of Entertainment at Royal Caribbean International.  As usual we’ve been hard at work and are very focused on Quantum of the Seas in... Continue Here to Read More…

She’s Back…Navigator of the Seas Emerges After Massive Makeover

Friday, February 7, 2014 6:20 PM

Guest blog by Lisa Lutoff-Perlo It’s a very exciting week for us here at Royal Caribbean International. After spending a month in drydock, we’re pleased to announce Navigator of the Seas is... Continue Here to Read More…

Productivity Hacks: Build a Great Team at Work and at Home

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 12:35 PM

When you live at the outer limits of multitasking, you never feel productive enough. So it’s nice of LinkedIn to assign a topic on the premise that I am in fact productive. Time is the scarce... Continue Here to Read More…

Why Project Radiance Didn’t Turn Out as Planned

Monday, January 13, 2014 3:00 PM

A reader recently asked if there was a time where I did something and it didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to, and what I did after that.  There are probably many relevant examples, but the one... Continue Here to Read More…

The Importance of Shipyard Visits

Monday, January 6, 2014 5:59 PM

Recently I visited both shipyards that are currently building ships for Royal Caribbean International.  First I traveled to Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany (builders of Quantum of the Seas,... Continue Here to Read More…