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Anthem of the Seas to return to Southampton in 2020

Royal Caribbean have announced its next round of deployments for 2020 and 2021. The Quantum Class ship Anthem of the Seas will return to Southampton for the first time in five years, after relocating from its current home in New York. The ship will visit coastal towns along the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Canary Islands, on 8 to 14-night itineraries.

Modernised in 2018, Independence of the Seas will return to Southampton for the season and sail 7 to 14-night cruises around the Norwegian Fjords, Canary Islands and North Africa, Scandinavia, Russia and Italian Mediterranean. The itineraries will include new destinations Agadir, Morocco and Ponta Delgada in the Azores. Guests will also be able to revel in the beauty of the Baltic with a 14-night itinerary – a first for a Freedom Class ship – featuring an overnight in Copenhagen, Denmark and two nights in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Independence of the Seas
Independence of the Seas

Allure of the Seas and Explorer of the Seas will debut multimillion-dollar modernisations as they journey across Europe for the 2020 summer and autumn seasons to rediscover legendary landmarks, charming coastlines and diverse cultures. Allure of the Seas will be the first Royal Amplified Oasis Class ship in Europe offering 7-night Western Mediterranean itineraries that depart from Barcelona. She will be joined in the city by Vision of the Seas.

From Rome, the reimagined Explorer of the Seas will offer a mix of 7 to 12-night sailings along the Greek Isles, uncovering stories of temples, amphitheatres and villages. Rhapsody of the Seas will return to Venice, Jewel of the Seas will sail out of Copenhagen and Brilliance of the Seas will embark on a third summer based out of Amsterdam. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, adventurers can board Brilliance of the Seas for a 15-night crossing, as the ship repositions from Amsterdam to Boston, Massachusetts.

Skypad and Perfect Storm on Indy
Skypad and Perfect Storm on Indy

US and Caribbean itineraries

After undergoing an extensive refurbishment, Oasis of the Seas will spend much of 2020 sailing out of New Jersey. She’ll embark on short cruises to the Bahamas, New England and Canada. She will be joined in New Jersey by Adventure of the Seas and Vision of the Seas.

Meanwhile Symphony of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas will homeport in Miami and Port Canaveral, offering 7-day itineraries to the Eastern and Western Caribbean. Mariner of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas will offer short cruises to the Bahamas, sailing out of Miami and Port Canaveral. Further Caribbean sailings will take place on Liberty of the Seas and Enchantment of the Seas which will be based out of Galveston, Texas.

European itineraries will be available to book the week of 17th December, 2018. All itineraries will be open to book by Crown & Anchor Society loyalty members one day prior to the general opening date.

About Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean International sails 25 of the world’s most innovative cruise ships to the most popular destinations in Bermuda and the Caribbean, Europe, Canada and New England, Alaska, South America, Asia, and Australia and New Zealand. The cruise line features an expansive and unmatched array of features and amenities only found on Royal Caribbean ships, including jaw-dropping, West-End style entertainment and industry-acclaimed programming that appeals to families and adventurous holidaymakers alike. On board, guests are catered to with the cruise line’s friendly and engaging service by every staff and crew member.

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