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With more ports, more ships and more flexibility – Europe is yours to sell

Royal Caribbean’s Europe is one big place.

It stretches from the Mediterranean to the Arctic Circle, with some of the world’s greatest attractions in between – the Acropolis, the Colosseum, the Hermitage, the Louvre, the Sagrada Familia – the list could run for pages.

For 2013, a fleet of 9 Royal Caribbean ships will cruise European waters, visiting 95 ports in 32 countries. There’s a wide range of durations too, affording flexibility for a wide range of travel plans. That’s a whole lot of Europe. And what a way for your clients to see it! How about some ice skating after a sunny day exploring Athens? Or a climb up a 43-foot rock wall to get an unforgettable view of Venice? Maybe a little boogie-boarding on the Flow-Rider with the skyline of Barcelona as the backdrop?

How about some ice skating after a sunny day exploring Athens?

Your clients will cruise aboard some of the most innovative ships to hit the waters, many of which have recently received tens of millions of dollars worth of Oasis-class enhancements.

A Royal Caribbean European cruise comes with many advantages. Of course, transport, accommodations and dining are included in one Canadian dollar price. Then there’s the unpacking factor – your clients will only have to do it once – a huge plus for families and seniors. The biggest decision will be what to do next, because the options on each offer something for every age and interest.

Here’s the line-up of Royal Caribbean International ships operating in European waters this year:

Adventure of the Seas:

Based in England’s Southampton, the 3,114-passenger Adventure will cast a wide net, offering itineraries featuring the Central Mediterranean, Iceland and Norway, the Baltic region, Spain and the Canary Islands, France & Spain, the Western Mediterranean and more.

Brilliance of the Seas:

Homeporting at the UK’s Harwich, the 2,112-passenger Brilliance will offer 11- and 12-night Baltic and Northern Europe cruises. Pre-season updates to the ship include a large outdoor cinema screen; new speciality sushi, steakhouse and Mexican restaurants; a traditional English pub; and flat screen TVs in all cabins.

Independence of the Seas:

A record 3rd Royal Caribbean ship to be based in the UK this year, the 3,634 passenger Independence will depart Southampton on a variety of itineraries, including Scandinavia and Northern Europe, Western Mediterranean and a series of European ‘Inland Waterways’ cruises. Durations range from 2 to 14 nights, offering plenty of flexibility.

Legend of the Seas:

The 2,076-passenger Legend will spend summer 2013 offering 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, sailing from Civitavecchia, Genoa and Marseilles. One of the smaller Royal Caribbean International ships in Europe this year, Legend has lots to offer, from a full-service Roman spa to an 18-hole mini-golf course.

Liberty of the Seas:

This 3,634-passenger ship will focus on the Western Mediterranean, with 7-night sailings departing from Naples, Toulon, and Barcelona. Liberty is a Freedom-Class ship and along with sisters Freedom and Independence ranked as the largest cruise ships in the world just 5 years ago.

Navigator of the Seas:

The 3,114-passenger Voyager Class Navigator will base in Italy and explore the Eastern Caribbean this summer, with a series of 7-night sailings departing from either Civitavecchia or Sicily’s Messina. Ideal for active cruisers, Navigator features a rock-climbing wall, ice-skating rink, basketball court and more.

 Serenade of the Seas:

Ideal for clients seeking a little longer cruise, the 2,501-passenger Serenade will offer alternating 12-night Eastern and Western Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona. The ship has seen extensive recent enhancements, including new restaurants, bars and entertainment venues, a poolside outdoor movie screen and flatscreen TVs in staterooms.

Splendour of the Seas:

One of the older and smaller Royal Caribbean vessels in Europe this year, Splendour carries about 1,800 guests. In 2011, $50 million was invested in the ship in a bow-to-stern enhancement and revitalization. It will be based in Venice for much of 2013, offering 7-night Eastern Caribbean journeys.

Vision of the Seas:

Carrying a maximum 2,435 passengers, this is one of Royal Caribbean’s ‘Ships of Glass’ that features wonderful views of the sea through copious windows. Vision will be based in Copenhagen and Stockholm exploring Scandinavia and Northern Europe on 7-11-night sailings.

With this much cruising choice for one continent, Royal Caribbean’s claim of ‘a sea of possibilities’ is pretty tough to dispute. It also gives cruise sellers plenty of options to present to clients seeking an affordable, action-packed European vacation.

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