Sunday, 9 February 2014

Barcelona Bags A Biggie!

Royal Caribbean is bringing its mega-ship cruising to the Mediterranean for a full season for the first time in 2015 when the 220,000-ton Allure of the Seas will sail a series of cruises from the Spanish port of Barcelona.

After carrying more than two million passengers to date in the Caribbean, Allure will return to Europe - from where it was delivered by STX Finland in late 2010 - to operate for five months next year.

The impressive vessel will arrive in Barcelona in May and sail from the port until October.  Royal Caribbean's mega-ship deployment follows the announcement of a short Mediterranean season for Oasis of the Seas this autumn. 

Allure's seven-night cruises will visit Palma de Mallorca, Marseilles (for Provence), La Spezia (for Florence and Pisa), Civitavecchia (for Rome) and Naples. Passengers will also have the option to join the ship in Civitavecchia for a week-long cruise starting and ending in the Italian port.

Royal Caribbean’s Crown & Anchor Society loyalty programme members also have the opportunity to book for this rare European season starting on Wednesday (Feb 12), one week before general bookings open on February 18.

In addition, the line's Rhapsody of the Seas will offer three 10 and 11-night Black Sea itineraries from Istanbul, then sail a variety of 7 to 11-night Greece and Turkey itineraries from Civitavecchia while Splendour of the Seas will offer seven-night Greek Isles and Turkey cruises from Venice.

Allure has sailed year-round from Port Everglades since entering service as well as sister ship Oasis of the Seas, which debuted in 2009. This year's Mediterranean season for Oasis in September consists of several cruises round-trip Barcelona and one from Barcelona to Rotterdam, where the ship will enter dry-dock for routine maintenance. It then returns to Port Everglades in October.

More info: call 0844 493 4005 of visit www.royalcaribbean.co.uk.

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