Symphony of the Seas - the Fourth Oasis Class.

Leave it to the wonders of social media to break the news that Royal Caribbean's fourth Oasis class will be named "Symphony of the Seas."

Symphony of the Seas, as seen by Lloyd Marchand

An image shared online by "Lloyd Marchand" shows the aft portion of the ship still being assembled at STX France was photographed and the news has spread widely online.  What you are able to see here is actually several things.  The ship is put together in large "blocks" which are in-turn moved with large cranes and lowered into position where they welded into place.  There are at least three blocks in this picture.  The middle block is where you see the name highlighted against the bear steel.  It is the section hosting the Aqua Theater, one of the signature features of the Oasis class.  Behind this block appears to be a section intended for the bow of the ship.  Finally a larger and flat section is seen in front of it that might be related to the lifeboat deck.


Adventures in the "Not-so-newlywed" game.

 The “Not-so-newlywed game” is a parody of long extinct TV game show with a similar name. Several couples of different age groups are put on stage and separately asked questions to see how well they know their spouse. Unlike the TV show, couples onboard a cruise are ideally long married. Playing to a typically adult audience cruise directors have made an institution of the hilarity of couples seemingly unafraid to do or say anything in front of hundreds of complete strangers. Of all these organic moments of entertainment on a cruise the Not-so-newlywed game is always a must to see.

My contribution to the Royal Caribbean Fan blog today are these few moments where couples from the audience attempt to out-do each other for the chance to embarrass themselves on stage. Enjoy!

Mannequin Challenge on Explorer of the Seas!

Hotel Director Michael Rasmussen captured this gem of a moment aboard the Explorer of the Seas as 981 guests and crew froze for 3 minutes in an epic Mannequin Challenge.

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