Happy New Year to all of our loyal readers and especially to our loyal Royal Caribbean cruisers. As we head from one intense year in the cruise industry to the next, I would like to express my appreciation to everyone who contributes in some fashion to the ongoing success of Royal Caribbean. I am grateful to our 40,000 employees who continue to Deliver the Wow to our 3.5 million guests each year. Both on the water and on the land, my colleagues give Gold Anchor Service with a passion that results in our winning global recognition for being the best at delivering great cruise vacations. I am also very thankful to the thousands of professional travel agents who sell our cruises across the world. Keep up the great work. Thank you!
We have a lot to look forward to in 2014 at Royal Caribbean. For the first time since 2010, we can say we will take delivery of a new ship during the year. It has been a pleasure to see our readers’ excitement about Quantum of the Seas and her sister Anthem of the Seas. During 2014 we will give more details on this extraordinary new class of ship so stay tuned. No doubt the introduction of Quantum of the Seas in New York Harbor in November will be very special.
Well before Quantum arrives at Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, NJ, we will begin the revitalization of our Voyager-class ships. In fact, Navigator of the Seas is just a few weeks away from an extensive dry-dock that will add a Flowrider surfing machine, large tv/movie screen by the pool, digital signage around the ship, specialty restaurants, new suites, pervasive WiFi and much more. Voyager of the Seas will undergo the same treatment in the fall. And please do not forget that we have already revitalized our Vision- and Radiance-class ships.
From Galveston, Texas to Tianjin, China we are ready for another year of doing what we do best – Delivering the Wow. As you may have noticed, we are now referring to the Royal Caribbean International cruise experience as Destination Wow. Okay, maybe that’s not a new standard for humility, but we do think it captures the spirit of what we offer on board our fabulous ships and in the nearly 300 destinations we visit around the world.
I look forward to another year of telling our loyal readers about my professional and personal doings. Please do not hesitate to make suggestions about what you would like to see in this blog and on board the ships.
In closing 2013 and opening 2014, I would like to say two more thank you’s. First to my senior leadership team. You are a pleasure to work with and a great asset to Royal Caribbean. And second to Jill Weiss our Director of Global Media and our friends at R/GA, whose support makes it possible for me to write this blog.
Happy New Year!