Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Royal Caribbean's Big 2012 Deployment

Royal Caribbean International has unveiled its 2012 Europe cruise and cruise-tour season, upping the ante with no less than 12 ships in the region. This will include two Freedom-class ships, the largest and most ground-breaking in the line’s fleet to sail European waters.

Highlights for the 2012 Europe season include:

Independence of the Seas (above) positioned year-round from Southampton.

New for 2012, Amsterdam will debut as a home port.

New for 2012, Serenade of the Seas will make its European debut from Barcelona.

Brilliance of the Seas will operate a new series of Northern Europe itineraries out of Amsterdam and Copenhagen.

Mariner of the Seas will add new Holy Land cruises and seven-night Western Mediterranean cruises from Rome

Liberty of the Seas will offer new five-night Western Mediterranean itineraries

Maiden calls will be made at Aarhus (Denmark), Klaksvik (Faroe Islands) and Leknes (Lofoten, Norway). Itineraries as short as three nights or as long as 16 will all be available.

For the third consecutive year, Independence will be positioned year-round in Southampton, primarily operating on an alternating series of 14-night “Mediterranean Treasures” and “Italian Mediterranean” programmes, but three 10 and 11-night Canary Islands itineraries will be available in October and November. Independence will also offer one three-night sailing, overnighting in Paris (port of LeHavre) in May and a four-night cruise spending the night in Cork.

For more info, see or call the UK's cruise specialists, The Cruise Line on 0800 008 6677.