Royal Caribbean International has announced that its two upcoming 5,400-passenger Genesis ships will be called Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas. The names were submitted by George Weiser, of Livonia, Mich., among more than 91,000 entries in a Name That Ship contest in partnership with USA Today. Jennifer Conley of Robertsville, Mo., was the second Grand Prize winner for her submission of Mystique of the Seas and Allure of the Seas.
Winners received a trip for two to the April naming of Independence of the Seas in England and a two-day inaugural cruise, as well as a trip for two to the inaugural of one of the two Genesis ships and a weeklong Caribbean cruise on the same ship.
By far the largest cruise ship in the world, Oasis of the Seas is scheduled to launch in late 2009 and will homeport at Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Allure of the Seas will follow in 2010.
Onboard features include seven “neighborhoods” and the company has announced the first: Central Park, will be a landscaped area the size of a football field open to the sky with a piazza that will be the ship’s town square. The neighborhood will be lined with six decks of balcony staterooms that have views of the park below and the sky above.
Around the central space will be upscale boutiques and a group of restaurants, with choices ranging from elegant dining at the new 150 Central Park to a picnic lunch at the Central Park Cafe, where guests can sit outdoors and people-watch. Other dining choices will include the Italian restaurant Giovanni’s Table, Vintages wine bar and Royal Caribbean’s signature Chops Grille steakhouse.
Several bars will be scattered through the park, including the Canopy Bar, located at one of two glass-domed canopies, and the Rising Tide, which will span three decks.
Dolce Announces New GDS Code
Dolce International announced the launch of its private label GDS code, making it simpler for travel agents to access Dolce’s 26 properties across the U.S., Canada and Europe, including Dolce Hayes Mansion in Northern California and Utah’s Zermatt Resort & Spa.
The DX code allows agents to find information on all Dolce properties in one location on the GDS. Additionally, consortia and negotiated-rate solicitations can be submitted for the entire brand via the Sabre, Amadeus, Worldspan and Galileo GDS systems using the DX code.
Now that Dolce properties appear in the GDS as a brand, agents will have the ability to display the entire portfolio as a preferred brand, enabling them to view and cross-sell Dolce properties.