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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL DOUBLES SHIP PRESENCE IN THE UK FOR 2013


Adventure of the Seas to join Independence of the Seas during her fifth season in Southampton

Royal Caribbean International is celebrating an addition to its summer 2013 deployment in the UK; the 3,114-guest Adventure of the Seas will join sister ship, the 3,634-guest Independence of the Seas, who will be based in Southampton for her fifth season. 2013 will be the first year that Royal Caribbean International will have two cruise ships based in the region. Royal Caribbean International first based a ship in Southampton in 2005 with the 2,435-guest Legend of the Seas and has since steadily increased its capacity with larger and larger ships calling the cruise city home.

The addition of Adventure of the Seas to Royal Caribbean International's UK deployment sees the cruise line offering more Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Iceland, Baltics and Canary Island cruises than ever before. In 2008 the world's largest cruise ship at the time – Independence of the Seas – launched from Southampton and has remained based from the port during the spring and summer months of the year ever since.

When Adventure of the Seas arrives in Southampton on May 24, 2013, the ship will offer a series of seven, 12, 13, 14 and 16 night cruises, with itinerary highlights including:

•                      A seven-night France and Spain cruise departing May 24, 2013 and calling at Vigo, Gijon, and Bilbao, Spain; and Le Havre (Paris), France.
•                      A 14-night Mediterranean Cities cruise departing on July 7 and October 13, 2013 with ports of call including Malaga, Cannes, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Valencia, Cartegena, Lisbon and Vigo.

Independence of the Seas is scheduled to arrive in Southampton on May 2, 2013, fresh from a dry dock enhancement and will offer a series of new short itineraries, including:

•                      A two-night cruise to Le Havre (Paris), France
•                      Three and four-night cruises to Zeebrugge (Bruges), Belgium and Le Havre (Paris), France.

Other itineraries for Independence of the Seas include:

•                      Six and eight-night cruises to Norway
•                      14-night Norway and Cork cruises
•                      Various 14-night Mediterranean cruises
•                      12 night Canary Islands cruises.

Fares for Independence of the Seas' fifth UK season start from $2,329 per person for a 14-night Italian Mediterranean sailing, and June 15, 2013 departure. This roundtrip cruise from Southampton takes in luxurious ports of call including Gibraltar, Provence, Florence/Pisa, and Rome, and also has departure dates on 13 July and 10 August 2013.

And fares for Adventure of the Seas' maiden season start from $1,929 per person for a 12-night Baltic cruise (based on 13 June 2013 departure).  Destinations featured include Oslo, Copenhagen, Tallinn, Helsinki and an overnight stay in St. Petersburg.

For additional information or to make reservations, call your travel agent, call 1800 754 500 or visit www.royalcaribbean.com.au. Travel professionals Travel can call 1300 754 500 or visit www.cruisingpower.com.

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