Royal Caribbean Announces 2008-09 Seasonal Caribbean Itineraries for Grandeur of the Seas And Vision of the Seas

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MIAMI, June 11, 2007 – Cruisers looking for a quick winter escape to the Caribbean will continue to have diverse Royal Caribbean cruise offerings during the 2008-09 winter season. The cruise line recently announced 42 Caribbean sailings aboard Grandeur of the Seas and Vision of the Seas. Ranging from four- to 10-night Eastern, Western and Southern Caribbean voyages from Tampa or Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Grandeur and Vision sailings are currently open for bookings.

“Royal Caribbean offers travelers many choices for an exhilarating cruise vacation during the winter months,” said Alice Norsworthy, senior vice president, Marketing, Royal Caribbean International. “Tampa is a convenient port for travelers from the eastern Gulf Coast to enjoy a rejuvenating weekend getaway aboard Grandeur of the Seas. And for a truly authentic Caribbean experience, Vision of the Seas will sail from Santo Domingo to the lesser-trodden island-gems in the Southern Caribbean.”

Travelers may choose from 10-night Eastern Caribbean cruises or four- and five-night Western Caribbean roundtrip voyages starting November 10, 2009, aboard Grandeur of the Seas. Eastern Caribbean ports-of-call include San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Basseterre, St. Kitts; St. Johns, Antigua; and Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Travelers have two itinerary choices on the five-night Western Caribbean sailings, calling at Yucatan (Progreso) and Cozumel, Mexico; or Costa Maya, Mexico, and Belize City, Belize. The four-night voyage will include calls at Key West, Florida, and Cozumel.

At the beginning of 2009, Vision of the Seas will take guests on two fascinating seven-night itineraries to the Southern Caribbean. Sailing roundtrip from Santo Domingo, she will call at Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe; Fort De France, Martinique; Bridgetown, Barbados; and Castries, St. Lucia. The alternate itinerary takes guests to ports-of-calls at Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Roseau, Dominica; Margarita Island, Venezuela; and Oranjestad, Aruba. Travelers also can choose a 14-night eastbound Panama Canal repositioning cruise, sailing on January 4, 2009, with calls at Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco, and Huatulco, Mexico; Puntarenas and Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Cristobal Pier, Panama; and Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Both Vision-class ships, Grandeur of the Seas and Vision of the Seas feature a solarium covered by a crystal canopy, a glass roof that retracts to take advantage of the tropical Caribbean weather. Guests can enjoy a total of 10 restaurants and lounges, 24-hour room service, Royal Caribbean’s award-winning Broadway-style productions, and Vegas-paced gaming in Casino Royale. Grandeur and Vision’s extensive fitness programs and world-class spa menu, coupled with intriguing ports-of-call, offer guests additional choices for an exhilarating and rejuvenating vacation experience. The line’s award-winning Adventure Ocean youth program, with five age-tiered curricula, also entertains and enlightens younger guests under the age of 18. Furthermore, Royal Caribbean’s friendly and engaging staff and crew help make each guest’s cruise vacation a unique and unforgettable experience by providing the line’s signature Gold Anchor Service.

Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand with 21 ships currently in service and three under construction. The line also offers unique land-tour vacations in Alaska, Canada, Europe and Australia through its cruisetour division. For additional information or to make reservations, call your travel agent, visit Royal Caribbean website or call (800) 327-6700. For travel professionals, go to CruisingPower website. or call (800) 327-2056.