Royal Caribbean International Unveils 2014 European Deployments

*Update 27 March 2013 – Royal Caribbean International announced today that Oasis of the Seas will move to Europe for a short autumn season in 2014, marking the first time the ship has left Caribbean waters after entering service. Highlights of her deployment include an exclusive preview of the upcoming Quantum-class experience and special programs for passengers onboard.


Oasis of the Seas will depart from her homeport in Fort Lauderdale on 1 September 2014 and sail across the Atlantic Ocean to Barcelona. Once in Europe, she will offer 2 roundtrip sailings on a 5-night Western Mediterranean itinerary from the Spanish city as well as a 7-night Spain itinerary from Barcelona to Rotterdam. Following a routine drydock maintenance, Oasis of the Seas will sail back to Port Everglades on 14 October 2014.


Cruise giant Royal Caribbean International has revealed its deployment plans in Europe for the 2014 season, with 8 ships sailing in the region. The Adventure of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas, Independence of the Seas and Legend of the Seas will cruise Scandinavia and northern Europe, while Liberty of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas and Splendour of the Seas will offer Mediterranean voyages.


From Southampton

The 137, 276-GRT Adventure of the Seas will offer vacationers roundtrip Baltic Sea, Iceland, Western Mediterranean and Norway sailings ranging from 7 to 16 nights. Independence of the Seas returns to Southampton to continue her popular sailings 12- and 14-night itineraries to the French, Italian and Spanish rivieras, as well as shorter sampler cruises.


During the season, both ships will visit ports such as Akureyri, Alesund, Bilbao, Cadiz, Cagliari, Cannes, Cartagena, Civitavecchia, Funchal, Gibraltar, Gijon, Helsinki, Le Havre, Lanzarote, Las Palmas, Lisbon, Livorno, Malaga, Molde, Olden, Palma de Mallorca, Stavanger, Tallinn, Tenerife, Trondheim, Valencia, Vigo, Villefranche and Zeebrugge. Highlights for cruisers include overnights in Reykjavik and St. Petersburg, as well as calls to the sun-kissed Canary Islands.


From Harwich

Brilliance of the Seas will position in Harwich to offer 12- and 13-night cruises. The Scandinavia & Russia itinerary features an extended stay in St. Petersburg, while a Fjords & Iceland sailing departing on 26 July 2014 explores the natural beauty of Norway, Scotland and the Faroe Islands.


From Copenhagen

The recently enhanced Legend of the Seas sails out of Copenhagen on Nordic itineraries. Highlights include a 11-night Arctic Circle cruise calling as far north as Tromso and Honningsvag, as well as a 11-night Ultimate Scandinavia & Russia sailing with a 3-day stay in St. Petersburg and overnight in Stockholm.


From Barcelona

Liberty of the Seas sails roundtrip from Barcelona on a 7-night Western Mediterranean itinerary calling at Civitavecchia, Florence, Naples, Provence and Villefranche. Cruisers seeking the Freedom-class experience on a shorter cruise may do so on a 4-night itinerary calling at Florence and Villefranche.


Serenade of the Seas will join her larger sister in Barcelona. The Radiance-class vessel will offer alternating 12-night Mediterranean & Greek Isles and Mediterranean & Venice itineraries from the city between May and August 2014 before moving east.


From Civitavecchia

The roman port of Civitavecchia hosts Navigator of the Seas, which sails 7-night Eastern Mediterranean cruises from the port. She will call at Chania, Kusadasi, Messina and Piraeus during her season, showcasing the best of the Greek islands.


From Venice

When she repositions to Venice from Barcelona in late August 2014, Serenade of the Seas will sail alternating 10-night Greek Isles and 11-night Greece & Turkey cruises, providing vacationers the opportunity to marvel at the beauty of Santorini and visit the bazaars of Istanbul. Concluding her European season on 27 October 2014, the ship will traverse the Adriatic and Mediterranean Seas on a 10-day westbound voyage back to Barcelona.


The enhanced Splendour of the Seas will spend her entire season sailing from Venice. Following a season-starting Italian, Mediterranean and Adriatic itinerary, she alternates 7-night Greek Isles and Greek Isles & Turkey voyages before concluding the deployment with a 7-night Western Mediterranean cruise to Barcelona prior to crossing the Atlantic Ocean enroute to Sao Paolo.


Despite the multiple deployments, Royal Caribbean International has been steadily scaling back its operations in Europe. The line has chosen to send more of its ships to Asia, Oceania and South America, where growth continues for the cruise industry.


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