Royal Caribbean Liability in White Island Volcano Deaths May Turn On ‘Act of God’ Defense

By Tom Hals (Reuters) - Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd's potential liability for a deadly excursion to a volcanic island in New Zealand could hinge on whether the eruption was an unforeseeable "act of God," according to maritime lawyers. Cruise ship passengers were among the tourists on White Island [last Monday] when it erupted. While no lawsuits have yet been filed, legal … [Read more...]

Meyer Werft Delivers Spectrum of the Seas to Royal Caribbean

German shipbuilder Meyer Werft has handed over the new Spectrum of the Seas to Royal Caribbean International during a ceremony Thursday in Bremerhaven, Germany. The vessel is the first ship in Royal Caribbean’s new Quantum-Ultra class. It has a rating of 169,000 GRT, and measures 347.1 m in length and 41.4 m in width, with capacity for 4,246 passengers. Building on Royal … [Read more...]

Royal Caribbean Orders Oasis 6

Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE: RCL) announced Monday that it has entered into an agreement with French shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique for the construction a sixth Oasis-class ship for delivery in 2023. “It is such a pleasure to announce the order of another Oasis-class ship,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “This order is a … [Read more...]

Royal Caribbean Starts 2019 with Record Bookings, Sees Strong Demand in China

By Uday Sampath Kumar Jan 30 (Reuters) - Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd said on Wednesday it was heading into 2019 with record bookings for cruises and seeing higher demand from Chinese tourists, sending its shares up 7 as much as percent. A slowdown in the world's second-biggest economy which has been flagged by several U.S. companies over the past few weeks, did not dampen … [Read more...]