Royal Caribbean International has announced its summer 2013-14 Australasian programme, revealing a line-up of the region’s three most exciting and innovative cruise ships sailing together again for a second consecutive season. Guests can choose among 53 distinctive itineraries aboard Voyager of the Seas, returning for a second and extended season, and the recently revitalised Radiance of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas. In total, the three ships will offer 55 sailings calling at 56 beautiful Australian, New Zealand and South Pacific ports, with departures from September 2013 to April 2014.
According to Adam Armstrong, commercial manager, Royal Caribbean Cruises Australia, the 2013-14 programme is a further testament to the company’s continued commitment to cruising in the region.
“It’s with great pleasure that we can confirm that sister ships, Voyager of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas, will be back to wow Australian cruisers in summer 2013-14. For the next two summer cruise seasons, Royal Caribbean International will be the largest cruise line operating out of Sydney, and these newly revitalised “premierships” will offer the very latest in cruising – experiences guests previously had to travel to other parts of the world to have,” said Adam.
“We’ve added more cruises on Australia’s first megaliner Voyager of the Seas and some new itineraries across the entire fleet to ensure that there are even more options to suit different lifestyles and needs. It’s our widest ever range of cruises Down Under. The good news too is that if you book your cabin now, you can save up to AU$1,000 per person in our Earlybird sale.”
Itineraries range from two to 18 nights and guests can select from favourites such as Round Australia and New Zealand, as well as popular favourites in Queensland and South Pacific islands of Fiji and New Caledonia. There are longer cruises for a truly pampering experience, or shorter ones for those who want to have a taste of cruising.
For her second season down under, Voyager of the Seas will sail from Sydney and Perth. Her 2013-14 season will feature four new itineraries and two additional sailings – a 10 percent extension from her maiden season. Her programme highlights include:
- NEW - A 14-night cruise from Singapore to Sydney on October 24, 2013, which begins with an overnight in Singapore and calls at Kuala Lumpur (Port Kelang), Malaysia, Darwin and Brisbane.
- NEW – A two-night weekend sampler cruise departing from Sydney.
- Five sailings to New Zealand, including popular 14-night cruises as well as a NEW shorter 11-night itinerary.
- NEW – One ten-night South Pacific Fiji cruise with more ports in Fiji, and one nine-night sailing.
- NEW - A nine-night Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia cruise, sailing February 4, 2014, featuring an overnight at Hobart on this one-time only itinerary.
- Two 14-night sailings which uniquely combine calls in New Caledonia, Fiji and New Zealand.
- A spectacular Round Australia 18-night cruise from Sydney ending in Perth
- Voyager of the Seas will return to the Asia on a 14-night sailing on 27 March 2014 from Perth to Singapore, via Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City.
Radiance of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas also will commence sailings out of Sydney from October 2013 to April 2014. Together they will offer guests a wide variety of itineraries, ranging from five to 18 nights to Tasmania and Queensland, New Zealand, Fiji and New Caledonia.
Radiance of the Seas’ programme will feature:
- NEW – An eight-night cruise to Queensland departing on Australia Day, allowing embarking guests to watch the day’s festivities on the harbour from the open decks.
- Two and five-night sampler cruises from Sydney.
- Six South Pacific cruises ranging from eight to 11 nights
- Radiance of the Seas will also circumnavigate twice around Australia. Guests can choose to sail a 16-night ‘Top End’ cruise or a 17-night south coast and New Zealand sailing, or choose to combine the cruises into one majestic 33-night voyage. Cruises depart October 24, 2013 and February 14, 2014.
- A 17-night Trans-Pacific Tahiti and NZ cruise, from Honolulu to Sydney departing 23 September 2013, or an 18-night Sydney to Honolulu sailing on 10 April 2014.
Rhapsody of the Seas’ programme will feature:
- NEW – A 16-night Trans-Pacific Fiji and Samoa cruise from Honolulu to Sydney departing 18 September 2013 or Sydney to Honolulu on 18 April 2014.
- NEW – A 15-night Queensland and South Pacific New Year cruise – a first for the cruise line.
- Ten South Pacific cruises ranging from nine to 13 nights.
- A seven-night Tasmania cruise.
- Four 11-night Queensland sailings.
Prices for an eight-night South Pacific cruise aboard Radiance of the Seas departing 11 January 2014 start from $1,425 per person. Fares for a 14-night Voyager of the Seas New Zealand cruise departing 9 November 2013 start from $1,995 per person and a nine-night South Pacific cruise aboard Rhapsody of the Seas departing 10 November 2013 start from $1,395 per person.
Visit www.royalcaribbean.com.au for a selection of earlybird savings of up to $1,000 per person.
About the ships
Royal Caribbean’s fleet of three “premierships” will feature activities and onboard amenities never before seen in Australia. Voyager of the Seas will give holidaymakers the most unique and entertaining cruise experience in the region. Exclusively offering the DreamWorks Experience at sea in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, beloved DreamWorks characters like Puss in Boots, Po of “Kung Fu Panda” and Shrek will come to life in parades and special events like interactive character breakfasts. The ship is the first among a class of ships that revolutionised the industry by introducing the active cruise holiday, debuting the first onboard ice-skating rink, rock-climbing wall, and the Royal Promenade, an interior boulevard that runs nearly the ship’s length; flanked by restaurants, lounges and boutiques; and where enchanting parades and evening street parties are held.
Fresh from a $54 million revitalisation, Rhapsody of the Seas features a new high-flying Centrum entertainment experience, where aerialists glide through the five-story atrium as guests enjoy a cocktail in the new 60’s-themed R Bar. In the evenings, guests catch a small bite in the new chic Viking Crown Lounge in the evening. Both Rhapsody and Radiance of the Seas also newly feature an oversized LED video screen overlooking the main pool, the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery, bow-to-stern WiFi service, and completely refreshed staterooms with new flat-panel interactive TVs, and a Concierge Lounge and Diamond Club for suite and Crown & Anchor Society member guests. Guests on Rhapsody of the Seas can enjoy the convenience of iPads in every room.
Also newly revitalised, Radiance of the Seas, commonly referred to as the “culinary ship”, will also offer guests a wide spectrum of the most contemporary dining and entertainment options. Revitalised in 2011, she has ten dining venues - Park Café, Chef’s Table, Giovanni’s Table, Izumi, Rita’s Cantina, Samba Grill, Windjammer Café, Chops Grille Steakhouse, Boardwalk Doghouse and main dining room – and the new Quill & Compass Pub.
RCL Cruises Ltd Australia commenced operation in December 2008 as the Australian arm of global cruise holiday company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. In Australia the company operates Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises. Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand with 22 innovative ships, calling on more than 270 destinations in 72 countries across six continents. In the 2012-13 summer cruise season, the cruise line will be the largest operator in Sydney, with three Royal Caribbean ships sailing in Australia including Voyager of the Seas, the largest ship ever based in Australia & New Zealand. Royal Caribbean’s innovative ships are renowned for amenities such as rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks and surf simulators. Its ships include the world’s largest cruise ships, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas. The cruise line also offers unique cruise-tour land packages in Alaska, Canada, Dubai, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE/OSX: RCL) is a global cruise holiday 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 two under agreement. For additional information or to make reservations, call your travel agent, call 1800 754 500 or visit www.royalcaribbean.com.au or the RCI Australia and NZ Facebook page - www.facebook.com/rciaustraliaandnz . Travel professionals Travel can call 1300 754 500 or visit www.cruisingpower.com .
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