Royal Caribbean to Base Three More Ships in Europe in 2013
By Theresa Norton Masek
April 03, 2012 2:58 PM
Royal Caribbean International announced that Liberty of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas and Serenade of the Seas will sail in Europe in 2013, joining the Southampton, U.K.-based Independence of the Seas and Adventure of the Seas. Overall, the 2013 Europe deployment includes 121 sailings on 25 itineraries that call at 30 beautiful ports.
Sailing round-trip from Barcelona from April through October 2013, Liberty of the Seas will begin with a series of five-night Western Mediterranean cruises with calls in France and Italy. Liberty of the Seas then will sail every Sunday on seven-night Western Mediterranean itineraries, which call at ports on the French and Italian rivieras, including Provence (Toulon) and Nice (Villefranche), France; and Italy’s Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Rome (Civitavecchia), and Naples. Vacationers can choose to embark on a seven-night cruise at Toulon or Naples. Called interporting, the option lets guests board a cruise at secondary embarkation ports. In turn, guests are required to sail the itinerary round-trip back to their respective port of embarkation.
Navigator of the Seas will sail seven-night roundtrip itineraries from Rome (Civitavecchia) in the Eastern Mediterranean. Ports of call include Sicily (Messina), Italy; Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey; and Athens (Pireus) and Chania (Souda), Crete, in Greece. Passengers can choose to board in Sicily.
Serenade of the Seas offers 12-night Mediterranean Greek Isles and Mediterranean Venice itineraries, both sailing round-trip from Barcelona. Nearly all Mediterranean Greek Isles itineraries call at Cannes, France; the Italian cities of Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Rome (Civitavecchia), and Naples (Salerno); the Greek ports of Athens (Piraeus) and Santorini; and Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey. The Mediterranean Venice itinerary also offers several variations, but all feature an overnight call in Venice, as well as calls in Livorno, Civitavecchia, Naples, and Ravenna, Italy, and a call at either Cannes, France, or Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Through April 15, vacationers can choose air and cruise pricing starting at $1,349 per guest (exclusive of taxes and fuel surcharges) aboard more than 75 Europe sailings in 2012. On nearly all the select Europe 2012 sailings, U.S. and Canadian vacationers also get balcony staterooms for the price of an outside stateroom. Offer details can be found at www.RoyalCaribbean.com/EuropePlus. Furthermore, Crown & Anchor Society members in outside or higher category staterooms aboard the select 2012 Europe sailings can enjoy a 10 percent savings on all shore excursions, as well as receive up to $125 onboard credit per stateroom for introducing Royal Caribbean to first-time family and friends on the same sailing.