Why We Love RCL
My wife and I have traveled to many countries and every continent over the past 50 years. We have visited some of the most amazing places in the world and have been on many cruises, of all types.
There were the wonderful river cruises we took, one of our best river cruises was down the Nile River in Egypt. We also took one down the Amazon River, but that was more about avoiding bites from all sorts of bugs then anything else, see my Amazon adventure here.
We have also done so many cruises on the big and the smaller ships. Our cruise to Alaska, the Panama Canal (on the Brilliance of the Seas) and the Mediterranean all come to the top of my list of the most memorable ones .
Things have changed a great deal over these past 50 years and ships have also changed. Cruising is no longer about the destinations, but in many cases, really about the ships you cruise on.
Being a photojournalist married to a travel agency owner, means we both had many opportunities to travel and cruise. We have cruised with most of the major and many of the smaller cruise lines and we still keep coming back to Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
Is it the RCL ships we love so much? Could it be the friendly staff? The great food? The activities and shows? I think it is all these things. You can see my article and video on the Voyager class ship the Navigator of the Seas that I published in 2011. RCL and my family go back a long way.
Now we truly loved this ship, it had everything. We were familiar with this ship because we had cruised on its sister ship the Freedom of the Seas in June 2006, only one month after it was launched. That cruise was also a six day cruise for VIP’s, travel agents and the media. We were excited to see, what was then, the largest passenger ship on the seas. I ran through the ship and visited all the staterooms and facilities they listed on our tour guide. I was able to take some wonderful photos of the ship, including some of their executive suites.
You will actually see some of those photos in my video of this ship. You see, we couldn’t gain access to the larger suites on this cruise because, all the suites were occupied. You will see one of the executive suites that we were able to film. We waited until the end of the cruise when the passengers had vacated the suite. Housekeeping got on it and made it up so we could get it on camera before we had to leave the ship. There are three “Freedom Class Ships” in the RCL fleet and the second one built was the Liberty of the Seas, launched in 2007. Each ship is basically the same, but the interiors have subtle decorating changes and they all have cruise itineraries. In the winter, all of them head back to Florida for Caribbean Cruises.
This year, we had planned to go to Florida to visit my son and his family during the Holiday weeks. I decided it would be a wonderful opportunity to contact RCL and do an extensive video and article for IMPress. I looked at the availability and found that the Independence of the Seas had a nice Western Caribbean cruise going out on January 7th for 6 days. This would be perfect and I contacted Lyan-Sierra Caro who is a Senior Acct. Executive and our media contact at RCL. I told her of my plans to video tape the officers on the ship as they talk about their duties, background and the ship and we started to plan the trip.