From Europe to Alaska, Royal Caribbean is offering a wealth of new cruise itineraries for its 2012 season. Last month the cruise line announced various new offerings, including six escorted tour options in Europe, a number of shorter sailing options out of the Northeastern U.S. and several new Alaska experiences.
Royal Caribbean will be increasing its presence in Europe, operating a lineup of 12 ships for 2012—up from 11 ships in 2011—that will again include twoFreedom-class ships. Amsterdam will debut as a homeport, for a total of 12, with ships calling at 101 ports in 34 countries on itineraries ranging from three to 16 nights.
Serenade of the Seas will be making its European debut from Barcelona, while Brilliance of the Seas will be operating a new series of Northern European itineraries out of Amsterdam and Copenhagen. Mariner of the Seas will also add new Holy Land vacations and 7-night Western Mediterranean cruises from Rome.
“Every year Royal Caribbean surpasses its previous Europe offerings to continue to exceed the expectations of visitors,” says Betsey O’Rourke, senior v.p. of marketing for Royal Caribbean. “In 2012, the line will add 23 more ports in seven additional countries, giving vacationers the opportunity to tailor-design their cruise experiences.”
Indeed, Royal Caribbean is also offering eight interports where guests can board itineraries en-route. This option creates 20 choices for embarkation and debarkation, including Toulon and Marseilles, France; Bari, Italy; Valencia, Spain; and Kusadasi, Turkey, among others.
And to add even more options to its Europe vacation offerings, the line will offer six cruise tours that enable guests to couple sailings with escorted land tours to create packages to coincide with six of Royal Caribbean’s ships. Options include four nights in Madrid (available on Serenade of the Seas), five nights in Venice, Florence or Rome (available on Mariner of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas) and three nights in Lake Como and Venice (available on Voyager of the Seas), among others.
Meanwhile, Royal Caribbean’s 2012 offerings will also include new sailings to Canada, New England, and Bermuda from three U.S. homeports for a variety of itineraries ranging from five to 10 nights.
“Our new 2012 sailings from the Northeast U.S. offer convenient options for area vacationers to enjoy our amazing service, exclusive of innovative onboard amenities, and great destinations within just a few-hours drive from home,” says O’Rourke.
Enchantment of the Seas, for instance, will offer 8-night Bermuda & Northeast and 6-night Bermuda itineraries departing on Thursdays and Fridays, respectively, from Baltimore throughout the spring and summer. The 6-night sailing will call at Kings Wharf, Bermuda, for three days, while the 8-night sailing also calls at Boston and Newport, R.I. Jewel of the Seaswill continue to operate on its popular series of 7-night Canada roundtrip itineraries from Boston, which visits Portland and Bar Harbor; St. John, New Brunswick; and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Departures are available in September and October.
Alaska-bound travelers also have a wide range of vacation choices as Royal Caribbean recently unveiled three new Alaska cruise tours in conjunction with Radiance of the Seas 7-night itineraries between Vancouver and Steward. The offerings feature a 12-night program geared toward families, featuring a Resurrection Bay & Wildlife cruise— in which participants can take in the region’s dramatic cliffs and alpine glaciers—a trip to Fox Island and a visit to the Anchorage Museum & Imaginarium.
Additionally, a 6-night Canadian Rockies cruise tour will combine the destinations of Calgary, Banff, Jasper, Vancouver and Victoria with an overnight train journey aboard VIA Rail and accommodations atFairmont hotels. Also available is the 18-night Ultimate Cruise Tour, which couples the Canadian Rockies pre-cruise with a 5-night Alaksa post-cruise land tour.
For more information on these and other 2012 Royal Caribbean itineraries, visit royalcaribbean.com.