More Cruise options from Southampton makes for no-mess summer sunshine

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Taking Cruises from Southampton has become a great deal more fun with news that two activity-packed Royal Caribbean International ships will set sail from the port during the summer of 2013 for the first time. Bringing more rock climbing, ice skating, surfing and great entertainment than ever before, both Independence of the Seas and Adventure of the Seas will call the UK home from May 2013 until late October 2013.

The 3,634-guest Independence of the Seas has been based in Southampton since 2008 and continues to receive rave reviews from UK holidaymakers. In 2013 for the first time Royal Caribbean International is doubling the number of ships based from the port as the 3,114-guest Adventure of the Seas brings yet more cruise holiday options to the popular port.

Cruises go on sale on 20 March 2012, and there are a host of early booking offers up for grabs including free car parking in Southampton, free coach travel to UK departure ports, and low prices on regional flights to UK departure ports on all cruises booked of ten nights or more as part of the early booking deal.

Itinerary highlights from the new Adventure of the Seas UK-based 2013 season include:

  •     Seven-night France and Spain cruise departing Southampton and calling at Vigo, Gijon and Bilbao in Spain, and Le Havre for Paris in France available from £599 based on 24 May 2013 departure
  •     Baltic cruises over 12 nights feature destinations such as Oslo, Copenhagen, Tallinn, Helsinki and an overnight stay in St. Petersburg departing Southampton from just £999 based on a 31 May 2013 departure
  •     Mediterranean cruises over 14 nights Cities cruise departing Southampton on 7 July and 13 October 2013 with ports of call in Malaga, Cannes, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Valencia, Cartegena, Lisbon and Vigo from £1,199

When Adventure of the Seas arrives in Southampton on 5 May 2013 the ship will offer a series of seven, 12, 13, 14 and 16-night cruises. An early booking offer allowing savings of up to £500 per stateroom will apply to all Adventure of the Seas cruises booked before 31 May 2012.

On 2 May 2013 Independence of the Seas will arrive in Southampton following a dry dock enhancement and will offer a series of new itineraries including more shorter voyages such as two-night cruises from Le Havre for Paris and three night cruises to Le Havre for Paris and Zeebrugge for Bruges. Independence of the Seas will also offer eight night cruises to Norway, 14-night Norway and Cork cruises, various 14-night Mediterranean cruises, and 12 night Canary Islands cruises.

Further new destinations and cruises for Independence of the Seas in 2013 include seven and eight night cruises to various destinations in Norway, and a new call to Ibiza on a 14-night Spanish Mediterranean cruise.

For more information on Royal Caribbean International, Adventure of the Seas and Independence of the Seas please visit royalcaribbean.co.uk, call 0844 493 2061, or talk to your travel agent.

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Media Enquiries:
RCL Cruises Ltd: Louise James (louisejames(at)rccl(dot)com) and Surinder Manku (smanku(at)rccl(dot)com) on 01932 834 200

Siren Communications: Sarah Rathbone (sarah(dot)rathbone(at)sirencomms(dot)com), Matt Chandler (matt.chandler(at)sirencomms(dot)com), Stacey Stockwell (stacey.stockwell(at)sirencomms(dot)com) or Sally Crossley (sally.crossley(at)sirencomms(dot)com) on 0208 237 1210 / 07595 055 882

About Royal Caribbean International:

Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand with 22 innovative ships, calling on more than 270 destinations in 72 countries across six continents. The line also offers unique cruise tour land packages in Alaska, Canada, Dubai, Europe, and Australia and New Zealand.
Royal Caribbean International is part of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., a global cruise vacation company that also operates Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Pullmantur, CDF Croisieres de France, as well as TUI Cruises through a 50 percent joint venture with TUI AG. The company owns a combined total of 40 ships and has one under construction and one under agreement.

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