Royal Caribbean today announced the new 2016 Europe vacations. In total eight cruise ships will sail from six European homeports and call at 80 intriguing destinations in 27 countries throughout the Mediterranean, Canary Islands, Scandinavia and the Baltic. Four of the ships will be new to the region, and Royal Caribbean’s third Oasis-class ship, Harmony of the Seas, will sail its inaugural season from Barcelona, while Independence of the Seas returns to Southampton as the U.K.’s largest and most favorite cruise ship.
After its delivery in April 2016, the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, will homeport in Barcelona and sail a round-trip, seven-night Western Mediterranean itinerary. Vacationers can also embark Harmony of the Seas in Rome (Civitavecchia), but guests must sail round-trip for seven nights.
Brilliance of the Seas also will alternate 12 night Italian Mediterranean and Greek & Italian Mediterranean cruises.
The U.K. welcomes back Independence of the Seas in summer 2016. The ship will sail mostly 10 to 14 night Mediterranean or Canary Island cruises from Southampton, while Navigator of the Seas will offer British vacationers a wide range of new 6 to 14 night Norwegian Fjords, Baltic, Mediterranean or Canary Island itineraries.
Serenade of the Seas will sail 7 night Norwegian Fjords and 7 to 13 night Scandinavia and Russia itineraries, round-trip from Copenhagen, Denmark, in early summer and August, and from Stockholm, Sweden, in June and July.
Jewel of the Seas will alternate brand new 10 night Greece & Adriatic and 11 night Greece, Turkey & Croatia itineraries from Venice, while Vision of the Seas will alternate 7 night Greek Isles and Greek Isles & Turkey cruises. Jewel of the Seas will double the cruise line’s capacity at this unique and iconic city.
Rhapsody of the Seas will homeport in Rome (Civitavecchia) and sail 9 night Greek Isles cruises in early summer and autumn months. From late June through August, the ship will alternate 7 night Greek Isles and Greek & Turkey cruises.