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Royal Caribbean trio of revitalised ships sail from Southampton and Harwich in 2014

Three revitalised Royal Caribbean International ships, Independence of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas and Brilliance of the Seas, will be setting sail from the UK during the summer of 2014, giving British cruisers more choice than ever.

The cruise line’s extensive ship investment programme has seen more than $300m spent on enhancing the facilities and guest experiences onboard ships across the fleet.

Both Independence of the Seas and Adventure of the Seas will share the Port of Southampton for their second consecutive seasons from May 2014 until late October. Sister-ship Brilliance of the Seas will return to her home port of Harwich after a debut season in summer 2013.

Brilliance of the Seas
Brilliance of the Seas will be sailing out of Harwich for the summer of 2014

Jo Rzymowska, general manager for Royal Caribbean International, commented: “Our guests can continue to enjoy our innovative facilities and activities onboard including rock climbing, ice skating and surfing, plus our great entertainment. We want to continue to give our guests unforgettable experiences.”

The 3,634-guest Independence of the Seas, based in Southampton since 2008, continues to receive rave reviews from UK holidaymakers, most recently in the 2013 Cruise Critic UK Cruisers’ Choice Awards, where it was honoured in the best food, entertainment, families, fitness and service categories.

The ship will feature a range of itineraries in 2014, including shorter sailings such as a three-night and four-night cruise to Le Havre for Paris, and Zeebrugge for Bruges. Independence of the Seas will also showcase a six night cruise to France and Spain, an eight-night cruise to Norway, various 14-night Mediterranean cruises, plus 11 and 12-night Canary Islands cruises.

From May 2014, Adventure of the Seas will return to a series of seven to 16-night cruises from Southampton around the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, plus shorter sailings, including a four-night trip to Belgium and France.

Brilliance of the Seas, sailing from Harwich, will visit Northern Europe on 12-night Norwegian Fjords and Iceland cruises and the Baltic Sea on 12-night Scandinavia & Russia cruises.

Itinerary highlights for 2014

  • A 12-night Scandinavia and Russia cruise onboard Brilliance of the Seas departing Harwich and calling at Copenhagen, Denmark; Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; Talinn, Estonia; Gothenburg, Sweden; and an overnight in St Petersburg, Russia. Departs 7 August.
  • A 14-night Italian Mediterranean cruise onboard Independence of the Seas departing Southampton and calling at Gibraltar (UK), Ajaccio (Corsica), Rome (Civitavecchia, Italy), Florence/Pisa (Livorno, Italy), Provence (Toulon, Italy), Seville (Cadiz, Spain), Lisbon (Portugal) and Vigo (Spain). Departs 12 July 2014.

  • Posted on 6th March 2013 at 05:22 pm in Cruise News | Cruise Lines | Royal Caribbean |

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