Royal Caribbean Cruises 2013 Additions
With a new year, comes new changes and Royal Caribbean International is no exception to this rule. Half of the Royal Caribbean fleet will be enhanced with new technologies in the rooms and common areas, new entertainment aboard each ship, and new dining options that allow for more enjoyment than ever before.
Royal Caribbean has a total of 23 innovate ships, calling on more than 270 destinations in 72 countries across six continents. The line also offers unique cruise tour land packages in Alaska, Canada, Dubai, Europe and Australia/New Zealand.
Here is a brief summary of what Royal Caribbean has in store for travelers in 2013.
In 2013, there will surely be a surprise coming to those who want to enjoy trips with Royal Caribbean: instead of 12 ships being sent to Europe by the company like usually done, only 9 ships in Europe will bear a Royal Caribbean name. While this does mean there are less ships in Europe, Royal Caribbean International has beefed up its itineraries for each ship with more ports and more shore excursions.
Out of these ships, three will sail from the United Kingdom (Independence of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas, and Brilliance of the Seas), three will sail from Italy (Navigator of the Seas, Splendour of the Seas, and Legend of the Seas), two from Spain (Liberty of the Seas and Serenade of the Seas), and one from Copenhagen and Stockholm (Vision of the Seas). The reason for these changes is that research has found that a large quantity of British passengers choose to begin cruising from a resident United Kingdom port rather than another so it has been made that more ships and itineraries start in the UK and less in other European countries.
One noteable new port is Bari, Italy. Tourists rarely get to "heel of the boot," on cruises or tours, so the locals are very excited.
There will be a total of 140 sailings visiting 20 ports in over 31 itineraries in the Caribbean from the Winter months through April 2014. The names of these ships are the Explorer of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Independence of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas, and Adventure of the Seas.
The itineraries of the Oasis, Allure, Freedom, Independence, Navigator, and Serenade will all be similar with some specified to allow passengers views of colonial history primarily in San Juan along with visits to Cozumel and the Cayman islands. The Explorer of the Seas has a great number of new improvements aboard that will allow for truly wonderful experiences aboard as well as in the ports it visits such as the Samana Bay in the Dominican Republic, home of a large estuary that is home to humpback whales, Bermuda, and other beautiful and fun locations. The Jewel of the Seas and Adventure of the Seas depart every Saturday to allow passengers enjoyment of seven day trips through the Southern Caribbean.
Newly revitalized, Radiance of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas, will take passengers on amazingly beautiful vacations through Alaska. There truly isn’t a more effective and luxurious way to visit the majestic wildlife and scenery of Alaska. There are also options to add cruisetours to any 2013 Alaska itinerary. Each cruisetour provides a closer and more intimate look at the Alaska background on land with Specialists who will escort any group or individual who decides to join the cruisetour. These vacations ranger from 10 to 13 nights. While in port, travelers can choose from over 160 shore excursions.
North America 2013
North American cruises of 2013 will include itineraries based around ports in New England, Eastern Canada, or a few including Caribbean islands. The ships that will be used are the Grandeur of the Seas which sails from Baltimore, and Brilliance of the Seas which sails out of Boston. The Grandeur of the Seas will have cruises through Bermuda, Canada, and New England during the fall and the Bahamas and the Caribbean during the winter months. The Brilliance of the Seas will have itineraries offered that have ports in New England and Canada in the fall and Western Caribbean in the winter. Itineraries are length of cruises vary.
Mediterranean and Transatlantic 2013
If the Mediterranean is a place where someone wanted to visit with minimal flying, a transatlantic cruise is a great way to get there. Typically you will spend 5 or 6 days at sea traveling to or from the U.S. to Europe. That's what makes Royal Caribbean such as great choice. You can't beat the amount of entertainment and onboard activities available to fill those days at see up. You do have to have plenty of time off, as transatlantic sailings usually are 12 to 15 days in length, and then of course you are going to want to spend time exploring Europe once you get there.
Australia and New Zealand 2013
The 2013 Royal Caribbean way to visit the land Down Under will be by Voyage of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas, and the Rhapsody of the Seas (the latter two are newly improved). The itineraries based on ports in Australia include visits to the Opera House, other famed locations in Sydney, Australia, and beautiful views of the Indian Ocean. Additionally, there will be a visit to the tallest Southern Hemisphere tower which is located in Auckland, New Zealand.
Royal Caribbean Ship Enhancments
Royal Caribbean is constantly upgrading their fleet. Each ship is being enhanced with new dining options, entertainment, children's programs and technology.
In 2011, the following ships were enhanced: Oasis of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas, Splendour of the Seas, Rhapsody of the Seas and the Marinder of the Seas.
For 2012, the Grandeur of the Seas was just completed in May. The Serenade of the Seas and Enchantment of the Seas will be done in November and December.
In 2013/2014 the remainder of the ships will be enhanced: Legend of the Seas, Vision of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas and Independence of the Seas.
We anticipate the release of the remaining 2013 schedule within a few weeks for the following regions:
Winter Dubai - Recently renovated Serenade of the Seas will make 17 stops in Abu Dhabi, Dubai.
Summer/Winter Asia - we do know that the Mariner of the Seas will join the Voyager of the Seas to offer cruises to Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia. The ship arrives there in June 2013 and will offer 3 to 12 night cruises. These ships will adapt to the region and offer some Chinese-style menus, entertainment and language services. The new $395 million dollar Singapore cruise terminal is ready to receive larger cruise ships including the Oasis.
Royal Caribbean Cruises 2014 will be absolutely amazing, but that's nothing extraordinary for this Cruise Liner!
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