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day-dream a-float – Royal Caribbean Cruise

On a roller-coaster passage, floating like a paper boat, sailing on a wind-boat, from coast-to-coast, sometimes…. You see the sunrise-sunrise – and – You feel like You see the morning in Your eyes.

by William M Cardozo
Pictures – RCCL

Hubbard Glacier - Alaska Radiance of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International | Ethnicity magazine
Hubbard Glacier – Alaska
Radiance of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International

Waving and flourishing into the lands of plenty, wherein, nature abounds…. And it means a vacation that’s more than a Cruise – and – a journey by Land and Sea, now, to Alaska and to the Canadian Rockies, onboard… the Royal Caribbean Cruises, afloat… like a paper boat, sailing across  to the  far-flung.

Royal Caribbean International offers amazing cruise deals to some of the most sought-after destinations in the world. Explore Europe, and experience more….

Oceans apart, day-after-day, and far across the distance, its spaces in between us, as our memories rush down, to come true…. with the traditional Scottish folk song – ‘My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean’ – keeps reminding us of our ‘Bonnie lying over the ocean’ and our ‘Bonnie lying over the sea’, all through…, through-and-through, within the winds, and by-and-by, as seasons come by…. we sail on… over…  The Destined Baby.

RCI Alaska AerialGlacier | Ethnicity magazine
RCI Alaska AerialGlacier

Then…. indeed, it’s always a good sign of goodness, as my eyes turn on to other side of the orb, whilst, I close my eyes and I know where I go. And the further I go… the better know…. as we roll and row over… rowing on a wind-boat.

In her majesty, it’s she WHO we are now talking about… it’s the Royal Caribbean International – a global cruise line with 22 innovative ships touching more than 270 destinations in 72 countries across six continents, providing a world-class vacation experience with a wide range of signature onboard amenities, entertainment, and award-winning family programming.

RCI Alaska BowRiders | Ethnicity magazine

Interestingly, Royal Caribbean International is part-and-parcel of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. – a global cruise vacation company, operational, with Celebrity Cruises – Azamara Club Cruises, Pullmantur, CDF Croisieres de France etc.

Royal Caribbean International is a cruise line brand founded in Norway and based in Miami, Florida, United States of America. It is owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Hubbard Glacier - Alaska | Ethnicity magazine
Hubbard Glacier – Alaska

From relaxation rooms and state-of-the-art thermal suites to solariums, Persian gardens and Turkish baths; from nutrition experts and Spa consultants to interactive workshops and seminars; from dedicated Spa cafes to speciality restaurants serving an exhaustive selection of health-conscious dishes, a Spa at Sea offers the best from land and embellishes it with ever changing scenery.

Today, some of the world’s leading spa and skincare brands have perfected award winning experiences afloat their luxury spas. Floor to ceiling vistas surround you with a backdrop ranging from thundering glaciers and exotic islands to a beautifully distorted sun setting in the horizon.

RCI Alaska Dogsledding | Ethnicity magazine
RCI Alaska Dogsledding


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After 40 years of cruising, Royal Caribbean has learned a thing or two about innovation at sea. There’s only one rule: Anything is possible. We push the limits of the imagination for a vacation that exceeds every expectation. The vacation you deserve. We call it the Royal AdvantageSM – our promise to give you the most innovative ships, exciting worldwide destinations and best personalized service to each and every guest.

With hundreds of destinations in 72 countries on 6 continents to choose from, all you have to do is pick a spot and go. While you sail, enjoy first-at-sea experiences on our innovative ships such as the FlowRider® surf simulator, rock-climbing walls, zip line, ice-skating rink, AquaTheater shows and Boardwalk® carousel. Whether you’re lounging at the pool, enjoying a gourmet meal in the dining room, relaxing with a massage in the spa or taking a break in your room, you will be wowed by our Gold Anchor Service®.

RCI Oasis SPA | Ethnicity magazine

Royal Caribbean International’s day spa offer a host of exotic treatments ranging from oxygenating facials, detoxifying seaweed wraps, aromatherapy and reflexology massages to exotic treatments such as Chakra Stone therapy, Rasul, Bamboo massage and Thai Poultice Massage. Featuring exclusive products from Elemis, Steiner Hair Care and Cosmetics, La Therapie and Ionithermie the perfectly designed Spa is a luxury experience unrivalled by any.

RCI spa | Ethnicity magazine

Royal Caribbean’s Vitality Wellness Programmes offers a holistic approach to well-being with a host of health, fitness and beauty demonstrations; educational seminars presented by qualified professionals; information and advice on healthy dining options; customised fitness programs and spa treatments.

 AquaSpa by Celebrity Cruises is one of the largest, most luxurious spas afloat. Offering treatments acupuncture and beauty services inspired by rituals from exotic cultures these award-winning Spas offer transformative treatments in world-class facilities. With the introduction of AquaClass staterooms aboard their Solstice Class ships, Celebrity Cruises has created some of the first and finest ‘Destination Spas’  offering  everything a spa enthusiast dreams of-even your  own health-focused restaurant.

Celebrity SL PersianGardens | Ethnicity magazine
Celebrity SL PersianGardens

In-suite spa treatments, couple treatment rooms, dedicated Teen areas and Spa services etc. are some of the additional options offered by select ships. Some exotic Spa treatments available at Sea include Elemis Aroma Spa Seaweed Massage with half body massage, Thai Herbal Poultice Massage, Pain Management Acupuncture, Ionithermie Cellulite Reduction Program, Restylane® and Perlane® Marionette Lines, Exotic Rasul, Elemis Musclease Aroma Spa Ocean Wrap or Float, Bathing Rituals

This Summer, see Alaska by sea! Embark on an immersive vacation amidst Alaska’s wilderness, wildlife, active glaciers and a multitude of other awe inspiring natural wonders. Royal Caribbean International is offering more than 34 cruises and 21 cruise-tours (a combined cruise vacation and land tour in Alaska, the Canadian Rockies and Whistler) ranging from 11-13 nights. Choose from a series of seven night roundtrip cruises or seven night northbound and southbound cruises from Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., May through September.

Wilderness Express | Ethnicity magazine
Wilderness Express

State-of-the-art, award winning Radiance and Vision Class ships offer breathtaking vistas through acres of glass surrounding their central atrium, solarium, sea-facing elevators and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout. Standing in front of the thundering Hubbard Glacier has often been described as a life-altering experience and you can admire Alaska’s longest ice face and most active glacier with its 1,350 square miles of blue ice, from just about anywhere on the ship.

In the Land of the Midnight Sun experience brilliant colours of the Northern Lights that flash across the dark night sky, invoking a sense of wonderment in any spectator who has ever seen them.

Celebrity CS Persian Garden | Ethnicity magazine
Celebrity CS Persian Garden

Head into Canada on White Pass & Yukon, the “Scenic Railway of the World”; hike through glacial waterfalls and rainforests outside Juneau; take in the spectacular Juneau Ice Field from a helicopter; enjoy a wildlife excursion onboard a high-speed catamaran and race across a glacier in an exhilarating dogsled ride.

There is no Alaskan holiday better than a cruise-tour to truly conquer the final frontier’s thundering glaciers and many inland treasures. A Royal Caribbean Cruise tour to Alaska will introduce you to expansive heartland, unspoiled, untouched and full abundant splendour. Visit the historic gold rush town of Fairbanks, the coastal towns of Seward and Alyeska, and the not-to-be-missed journey into Denali National Park, home of Mt. McKinley, North America’s largest mountain. See moose, caribou, grizzlies and eagles up close while travelling by the custom, luxurious glass-domed train-cars, the Wilderness Express® and the deluxe motorcoaches.

RCI Alaska AlyeskaResort | Ethnicity magazine
RCI Alaska AlyeskaResort

The Alaska “Family Style” Cruise tour packs an abundance of educational opportunities and experiences in with a whole lot of fun. The expert Adventure Specialists create an intimate setting for all our families travelling together, providing family focused insider tips and suggestions throughout the journey.

Royal Caribbean appeals to family vacationers as well as couples and singles The median age is low-40s, slightly lower on three- and four-night cruises and slightly higher on longer cruises of 10 or more nights. Its guests have an appetite for new experiences and an interest in activities that take them out of the ordinary, connect them with other people and enable them to explore new places and learn about other cultures. They are keen travellers seeking a quality vacation at the best value, one that caters to an array of travel needs and preferences. About three-fourths of Royal Caribbean’s guests have cruised before and more than a quarter have sailed with them previously – it enjoys one of the highest repeat passenger percentages in its market segment. Guests are almost evenly divided between men and women and about 75 percent are North American.

Celebrity IN AquaSpa | Ethnicity magazine
Celebrity IN AquaSpa

As far as its financial status is concerned, in fiscal 2009, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. reported net income of $162.4 million.  The company is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:RCL) and on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSSE:RCL) with its ‘Fleet’ – Monarch of the Seas, Majesty of the Seas, Legend of the Seas, Splendour of the Seas, Grandeur of the Seas, Rhapsody of the Seas, Enchantment of the Seas, Vision of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas, Independence of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, and has made history in business of worldwide shipping to be now reckoned as, “‘Ships’ meant for luxurious Cruising or for Cruising luxuriously”.

Safe Journey!