ROYAL CARIBBEAN ANNOUNCES TWO RADIANCE-CLASS SHIPS TO SAIL 2015 ALASKA SEASON
MIAMI, Feb. 27, 2014 – Summer 2015
will mark Royal Caribbean International’s 26th year in taking vacationers
to experience the immense unspoiled wilderness of Alaska.
will deploy two Radiance-class ships, Radiance of the Seas and Jewel of
the Seas, to the Last Frontier and offer more oceanview and balcony staterooms
for guests to take in the unfolding landscape on an Alaska vacation.
a more immersive Alaska experience, vacationers also can choose a Royal
Caribbean Alaska Cruise Tour to explore deeper inland and encounter the
multitude of wildlife that call Alaska home, or delve into the beauty and
exceptional towns and cities of the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British
Columbia and the Okanagan Wine Valley. Radiance of the Seas and Jewel of
the Seas’ 2015 Alaska seasons are now open for bookings.
Additionally, Royal Caribbean announced
that Rhapsody of the Seas and Splendour of the Seas will join Anthem of
the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas, Brilliance of the
Seas, Serenade of the Seas and Vision of the Seas to total eight Royal
Caribbean International ships to sail Europe in summer 2015. Rhapsody of
the Seas and Splendour of the Seas will take guests on a range of Greece,
Turkey and – for the first time for the cruise line – Black Sea itineraries
that unveils the unique colors and cultures of the region. Rhapsody of
the Seas and Splendour of the Seas’ summer 2015 Europe seasons also are
now open for bookings.
From May to early-September 2015, Radiance
of the Seas will alternate northbound and southbound Alaska and Hubbard
Glacier cruises, both seven-night itineraries from Vancouver, B.C. and
Seward, Alaska, respectively. Guests will cruise the Inside Passage and
by Hubbard Glacier, and call at Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point, Juneau and
Skagway. On a special Sept. 4, 2105, sailing, Radiance of the Seas will
sail a seven-night round-trip itinerary from Vancouver; cruise Tracy Arm
Fjord to Sawyer Glacier; and call at Icy Strait Point, Juneau, and Ketchikan.
For its part, Jewel of the Seas will sail seven-night round-trip itineraries
from Seattle, Wash., which cruise the Alaska Inside Passage and also Tracy
Arm Fjord to Sawyer Glacier, and call at Juneau, Skagway, and Victoria,
Additionally, vacationers can select
among four Jewel of the Seas’ sailings that explores the California Coast,
ranging from six to eight nights in duration, at the beginning and end
of the ship’s Alaska season. Furthermore, a 14-night westbound Panama
Canal sailing, departing May 2 from San Juan, Puerto Rico to San Diego,
and a 15-night eastbound trans-Canal sailing, departing Oct. 10 from Los
Angeles to San Juan, will bookend Jewel of the Seas’ 2015 Alaska and California
Vacationers also can explore Alaska’s
interior on a variety of exciting Royal Caribbean Cruisetours, which combines
a sailing aboard Radiance of the Seas with a three- to six-night land tour
adventure. Royal Caribbean takes care of all the planning, transportation
and lodging on fully escorted tours that spend at least one night in Denali
National Park and one leg on the Wilderness Express, a plush, glass-domed
train cars that offer panoramic views of the grand Alaskan frontier. Vacationers
also can combine a Radiance of the Seas or Jewel of the Seas’ Alaska cruise
with one of four pre- or post-cruise land tours throughout the Canadian
Rockies and the Okanagan Wine Valley. For a comprehensive Alaska and the
Canadian Rockies adventure, the Ultimate Cruisetour combines both region’s
land tour programs with a seven-night cruise aboard Radiance of the Seas
for a 19-night grand adventure on land and sea. For more details, please
More Options for a Royal Caribbean Europe
In June 2015, Rhapsody of the Seas will
mark Royal Caribbean’s first time in the Black Sea, offering vacationers
three round-trip sailings, 10- and 11-night in duration, from Istanbul,
Turkey. Guests will join the ship in making maiden port calls at Burgas,
Bulgaria; Odessa, Yalta and Sevastapol, Ukraine; and Sochi, Russia, with
overnight stays in Odessa, Sochi and Istanbul. Rhapsody of the Seas’ arrival
at Istanbul will be preceded by a series of sailings that will reposition
the ship from Sydney, Australia, to the Black Sea on Apr. 17, 2015. The
ship will sail Australia’s north coast to Singapore; follow the Indian
sub-continental coast to Dubai; and transit the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean
to arrive for the summer season on June 1.
From July to mid-November, Rhapsody
of the Seas will homeport at Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, and sail seven-
to 11-night Greece and Turkey itineraries. The seven- and nine-night itineraries
focus on smaller ports such as Katakolon, Thessaloniki, Mykonos, and Santorini
in Greece; and Bodrum, Turkey. Rhapsody of the Seas will then reposition
to Sao Paolo, Brazil, for the winter season on a Royal Caribbean trans-Atlantic
Ocean Voyage, departing from Barcelona, Spain, on Nov. 19.
Rounding out Royal Caribbean’s summer
2015 Europe season, Splendour of the Seas will return to homeport at Venice,
Italy, for the 10th consecutive summer season, and sail seven-night Adriatic
and Greek Isles round-trip itineraries for an extended season through November.
A special 12-night itinerary from Barcelona to Venice will kick off the
season and sail on May 4 to the French and Italian rivieras as well as
Dubrovnik and Split, Croatia.
Royal Caribbean International
is an award-winning global cruise brand with a 45-year legacy of innovation
and introducing industry “firsts” never before seen at sea. The
cruise line features an expansive and unmatched array of features and amenities
only found on Royal Caribbean including, jaw-dropping, Broadway-style entertainment
and industry-acclaimed programming that appeals to families and adventurous
vacationers alike. Owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE/OSE: RCL),
the cruise line sails 21 of the world’s most innovative cruise ships to
the most popular destinations in the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska, South America,
the Far East, and Australia and New Zealand. World renowned for its friendly
and engaging Gold Anchor Service, delivered by every staff and crew member,
Royal Caribbean has been voted “Best Cruise Line Overall” for 11 consecutive
years in the Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards.
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