Royal Caribbean Unveils 2012 European Deployment

Cruise giant Royal Caribbean International unveiled its 2012 Europe cruise deployment earlier this week, becoming the latest cruise line to raise capacity in the fast growing region. In total, the line will have 12 vessels sailing European waters on itineraries ranging from 3 to 16 nights, calling at 101 ports in 34 countries, including maiden visits to Arhus, Kenes and Klaksvik. Guests will also have the option of boarding itineraries enroute at 8 “interports” (Bari, Genoa, Kusadasi, Le Havre, Marseille, Messina, Toulon and Valencia).


Northern Europe

Amsterdam makes its debut as a homeport for Royal Caribbean, with the 90,090-GRT Brilliance of the Seas operating a series of 12-night Norwegian Fjord & Arctic Circle roundtrip sailings through mid-July 2012 from the Dutch city, as well as 7-night Scandinavia & Russia cruises from Copenhagen. Vision of the Seas will cruise the Arctic Circle on a 12-night roundtrip departing on 9 August 2012 from the Danish capital, in addition to 13 other different itineraries exploring ports in the British Isles, Norwegian fjords, Russia and Scandinavia. From Harwich, Jewel of the Seas continues to sail 12-night Scandinavia & Russia roundtrips from mid-May to mid-August 2012, whilst featuring a new Fjords & Iceland itinerary on 20 June 2012.


Canary Islands and Mediterranean

The 2,490-passenger Serenade of the Seas makes her European debut with 12-night alternating cruises from Barcelona, where selected sailings offer an overnight stay in Venice as well as port calls in Greece and Turkey. Navigator of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas will also homeport in Barcelona for their respective European seasons, operating itineraries ranging from 5 to 8 nights, while Grandeur of the Seas’ cruise schedule will include 7-night Western Mediterranean roundtrips from Palma de Mallorca.


For the third consecutive year, Independence of the Seas will be positioned year-round in Southampton, primarily sailing an alternating series of 14-night Mediterranean Treasures and Italian Mediterranean cruises. In October and November 2012, she will also offer 10- and 11-night sailings to the Canary Islands. Adventure of the Seas will also call at the Canary Islands towards the end of her season, sailing 5 voyages from Malaga, prior to which the ship will continue its pattern of 7-night Western Mediterranean itineraries.


Mariner of the Seas returns to Europe with 7-night cruises and a new series of 12-night Holy Land roundtrip itineraries from Rome, featuring overnights in Alexandria and Jerusalem. Splendour of the Seas will spend the bulk of her season sailing 7-night explorations of the Greek Isles and Turkey out of Venice, where she is joined by the Voyager of the Seas operating 10- and 11-night itineraries that include overnights in Istanbul and Kusadasi.


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