Winter blues got you down already? Never fear. Royal Caribbean has big things happening in 2015.
Starting this summer, Allure of the Seas will sail European waters for the first time. The winner of Travel Weekly’s “Best Overall Cruise Ship” award for two years running, Allure features seven distinct neighborhoods , along with the Tony Award-winning musical Chicago!, a working carousel, surf simulators, and a zipline. Oh, and on these new itineraries, you’ll get to see some real European gems, including Barcelona, Provence, Naples, Rome, and more.
Hot on the heels of her sister ship Quantum of the Seas, which debuted in November, Anthem of the Seas is just about ready to rock Southampton, England, this April. Guests can experience Quantum favorites like a skydiving simulator, bumper cars, bionic bartenders and pub grub, plus a few new touches like the hit musical We Will Rock You, based on songs by the legendary band Queen. Anthem will mark her inaugural Europe season with 19 cruises to the Spanish, French and Italian Rivieras, as well as the Canary Islands, on 3- to 16-night cruises.
Far, Far East
This May, the new Quantum of the Seas will set sail on her epic 53-night global odyssey from New York to Shanghai, visiting four continents via the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean. Travelers can choose between five sailings (Cape Liberty to Barcelona, Barcelona to Dubai, Dubai to Singapore, Roundtrip Singapore, and Singapore to Shanghai) or do the whole shebang for a cool $27,000* for two people.
Tacos and Tequila
That’s what guests can expect on the new Freedom of the Seas when she emerges from a 24-day refresh at the end of January. The refresh includes the addition of modern Mexican restaurant Sabor (which first debuted on Navigator of the Seas), where you can get barbacoa or pollo tacos and a Patron tequila flight, among other authentic delicacies. (Pro tip: Don’t miss the tableside guacamole and margarita cart.) Other highlights include a new Giovanni’s Table Italian trattoria and R Bar, serving up retro cocktails that are a throwback to the Rat Pack days.
Ready to book?
We’ve got a “Vow to WOW” offer going on for Caribbean sailings right now. Check it out! (Book by January 31, 2015).
*Prices are based on a balcony room at double occupancy, as of Jan. 12:
Leg 1 – 11-Night Cape Liberty to Barcelona: $3,968.32
Leg 2 – 16-Night Barcelona to Dubai: $5,054.12
Leg 3 – 14-Night Dubai to Singapore: $7,403.36
Leg 4 – 3-Night Singapore to Singapore: $2,898.26
Leg 5 – 9-Night Singapore to Shanghai: $7,393.50