Royal Caribbean announced 2016 Alaska and Europe

By ,   March 16, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

Royal Caribbean International announced brand new 2016 cruise vacations, totaling 8 of its cruise ships that will sail from six homeports in Europe. The RCI vessels will call at 80 destinations in 27 countries in the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, Baltic and Canary Islands.

Four of the line’s cruise ships will be new to the European region. RCI Harmony of the Seas will sail her inaugural season from Barcelona, while the Independence returns to Southampton.

Explorer of the Seas will be the largest cruise ship that has ever sailed in Alaska, joining Radiance of the Seas for the 27th consecutive season of Royal Caribbean International in the region.

Following her delivery in May 2016, Harmony of the Seas will be homeported at Barcelona and sail 7-night round-trip Western Mediterranean itineraries. Vacationers will also be able to embark Harmony of the Seas at Civitavecchia (Rome). Brilliance of the Seas will alternate 12-night Greek and Italian Mediterranean cruises.

In 2016 summer the U.K. welcomes back Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas. The ship will sail 10- to 14-night Canary Island or Mediterranean cruises from Southampton. Navigator of the Seas will pamper British guests with a wide range of new 6- to 14-night Baltic, Norwegian Fjords, Canary Islands or Mediterranean itineraries.

Serenade of the Seas will sail 7-night Norwegian Fjords and 7- to 13-night Russia and Scandinavia itineraries, round-trip from Denmark (Copenhagen) and from Sweden (Stockholm).

Jewel of the Seas will alternate new 10-night Adriatic & Greece and 11-night Turkey, Greece & Croatia itineraries departing from Venice, doubling line’s capacity at this unique and most desirable city. Vision of the Seas will alternate 7-night Greek Isles and Turkey cruises. 

Rhapsody of the Seas will be homeported at Civitavecchia (Rome) and sail 9-night Greek Isles voyages in early summer and autumn. From late June through August, Rhapsody will alternate 7-night Greek Isles and Turkey cruises.

Meanwhile, Explorer of the Seas will debut in Alaska with 7-night round-trips from Seattle, Washington. In September, the Explorer will offer three Pacific Coastal trips, 7 nights in duration, featuring an overnight in San Francisco, California.

Radiance of the Seas will alternate 7-night north- and southbound Alaska cruises between Seward and Vancouver, B.C. On these itineraries, travelers will venture into the Disenchantment Bay for close-up views of Hubbard Glacier.