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Wonder of the Seas - Confessions of a Small Ship Lover

I’m writing this from the world’s largest cruise ship, the new Wonder of the Seas.  I’m also very much a “small ship” person (by today’s ship size standards, at least).  I like knowing I’m on the water, I enjoy everything being close by, and sailing with a small number of other guests.  Ships like Oceania Regatta, and new kid on the block Scarlet Lady are in my wheelhouse.  So,how have I felt stepping on this absolutely mammoth, nearly 7,000 passenger Oasis-class Wonder of the Seas? read more

The Effectors - Royal Caribbean Shows-Off Tech Instead of Story Telling. Is It Worth It?

The Effectors on Odyssey of the SeasIn recent years, Royal Caribbean has dedicated a lot of time, hard work, and money into creating their own evening shows.  Each of these aims to wow the audience with some over-the-top demonstration of technology and stagecraft, and their latest creation, The Effectors, is no exception.  There were a few moments in this show that were unlike anything we'd seen on land or sea.  How did it work as a show though?  Well, if you're going strictly for the story, I'd skip it, but don't cancel your evening cruise plans just yet. read more