The Explorer of the Seas, part of the Royal Caribbean International family, is to set sail with a brand new look this summer. Following an impressive $110million (£89million) revamp, the vessel boasts an array of global culinary delights, as well as fun for the whole family. This summer the Explorer will dock at some of the finest ports across Italy and Greece, giving passengers a taste of Mediterranean Europe. However, even once the adventure on land has ended, the ship promises to offer an experience to remember at sea. Offering something for everyone, The Explorer’s new $110m - or roughly £89,000,000- boost has transformed the liner into a perfect family escape. Impressive technology means that passengers can surf on deck thanks to an advanced surf simulator or watch a family favourite while enjoying the weather at the outdoor cinema. However, possibly the most ground-breaking feature of all is the addition of virtual balconies, allowing interior room passengers … [Read more...] about Cruise: Surfing on deck & virtual balconies – Royal Caribbean’s Explorer’s £89m revamp
Today we'll take a closer look at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE:RCL) from a dividend investor's perspective. Owning a strong business and reinvesting the dividends is widely seen as an attractive way of growing your wealth. Yet sometimes, investors buy a popular dividend stock because of its yield, and then lose money if the company's dividend doesn't live up to expectations. With a 2.9% yield and a eight-year payment history, investors probably think Royal Caribbean Cruises looks like a reliable dividend stock. While the yield may not look too great, the relatively long payment history is interesting. The company also returned around 0.9% of its market capitalisation to shareholders in the form of stock buybacks over the past year. When buying stocks for their dividends, you should always run through the checks below, to see if the dividend looks sustainable. Explore this interactive chart for our latest analysis on Royal Caribbean Cruises! Payout ratios Dividends are … [Read more...] about Should Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE:RCL) Be Part Of Your Dividend Portfolio?
At long last, we have a lull in the Atlantic hurricane season: For the first time in several weeks, there are no named tropical storms or hurricanes anywhere in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea or Gulf of Mexico. But forecasters at the National Hurricane Center are monitoring a tropical wave in the Caribbean that has a 20% chance of development within the next five days: "A broad area of low pressure is centered a little more than 100 miles south of the western tip of Cuba," the hurricane center reported Thursday. "This system is forecast to move westward across the northern portion of the Yucatan peninsula and into the Bay of Campeche during the next few days." Although surface pressures are forecast to remain low across the area, upper-level winds do not favor any significant development for now. "This feature has a chance of organizing, but not until next week when it gets into the southwestern Gulf of Mexico," said Dan Kottlowski, AccuWeather's top hurricane expert. You may … [Read more...] about A tropical wave is forming in the Caribbean as Lorenzo is expected to hit Ireland and the UK
Activists in Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados this month held their countries’ first-ever Pride parades. Hundreds of people took part in a Pride parade in the Trinidadian capital of Port of Spain on Saturday. Many of the participants were holding Pride flags as they participated in the event. Newsday, a Trinidadian newspaper, reported a health fair took place in a local park named after former South African President Nelson Mandela before the parade. “The visibility we share here, today, is going to shine a light on the issues that LGBTI people face, that so many people want to stifle and keep us in the closet and don’t want to deal with to find the kind of solutions we are looking for,” Kennedy Maharaj, chief administrative officer of the Silver Lining Foundation, a Trinidadian advocacy group, told Newsday. More than 100 people took part in Barbados’ first Pride parade that took place Bridgetown, the island’s capital, on July 22. Donnya Piggott, … [Read more...] about Caribbean countries hold first-ever Pride parades
World International Affairs Leaders from Caribbean islands are urging President Donald Trump to take climate change seriously before they disappear due to extreme weather conditions, according to reports. Hurricane season poses an existential threat to the islands as increased rainfall caused by climate change makes hurricanes stronger, experts say. Recently, leaders from the Caribbean began urging Trump to understand the gravity of global warming. “In 2017 we saw some of the most devastating and destructive hurricanes we’ve seen in our history,” Selwin Hart, Barbados’ ambassador to the U.S. told The Guardian. “This needs to be recognized ... This isn’t some scientific debate, it’s a reality with loss of life implications. We need the U.S. to be back at the table and engage. It’s imperative. We wouldn’t have a Paris climate agreement without the U.S. and we need them back now.” Ricardo Rosselló, … [Read more...] about Caribbean Islands Want Donald Trump to Address Climate Change Before They Disappear