Liberty, Navigator and Serenade set sail for Europe

Royal Caribbean International has announced that Liberty of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas and Serenade of the Seas will be among the cruise line’s ships in 2013 to deliver the culture, history and cuisine that Europe has to offer. This latest deployment opening offers 121 sailings on 25 itineraries that call on 30 ports. This is in addition to the already announced Independence of the Seas and Adventure of the Seas’ deployment from Southampton, U.K. Royal Caribbean’s 2013 Europe cruises and Cruisetours for these five ships are open for booking and additional deployments in the region will be announced later this month. Sailing roundtrip from its homeport of Barcelona from April through October 2013, Liberty of the Seas, which offers the DreamWorks Experience, will begin with a series of five-night Western Mediterranean cruises with calls in France and Italy. Liberty of the Seas will then sail every Sunday on seven-night Western Mediterranean itineraries, which call at ports on the French and Italian rivieras, including Provence (Toulon) and Nice (Villefranche), France; and Italy’s Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Rome (Civitavecchia), and Naples. Travellers can choose to embark on a seven-night cruise aboard Liberty at Provence (Toulon) or Naples. Called interporting, the option offers guests the flexibility to board a cruise at secondary embarkation ports. In turn, guests are required to sail the itinerary roundtrip back to their respective port of embarkation and enjoy the full cruise experience. Navigator of the Seas will sail seven-night roundtrip itineraries from Rome (Civitavecchia) and in the Eastern Mediterranean. Ports of call include Sicily (Messina), Italy; Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey; and Athens (Pireus) and Chania (Souda), Crete, in Greece. Vacationers also can choose to embark their seven-night Eastern Mediterranean cruise roundtrip from Sicily. Serenade of the Seas offers a choice of 12-night Mediterranean Greek Isles and Mediterranean Venice itineraries, both sailing round trip from Barcelona. Vacationers can choose among several variations, but nearly all Mediterranean Greek Isles itineraries feature calls in Cannes, France; Italian cities of Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Rome (Civitavecchia), and Naples (Salerno); and Greek ports of Athens (Piraeus) and Santorini; and Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey. The Mediterranean Venice itinerary also offers several variations, but all feature an overnight call in Venice, as well as calls in Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Rome (Civitavecchia), Naples, and Ravenna, Italy, and a call at either Cannes, France, or Monte Carlo, Monaco. And, vacationers and the cruise line’s Crown & Anchor Society loyalty program members can take advantage of Europe Plus, limited-time offers on a variety of sailings for a Europe vacation this year. Through April 15, travellers can choose highly competitive air and cruise pricing starting at $1,349 per guest (exclusive of taxes and fuel surcharges) aboard more than 75 Europe sailings in 2012. On nearly all the select Europe 2012 sailings, Canadian travellers can also enjoy balcony staterooms for the price of an outside stateroom. (