MIAMI, April 16, 2010 â€“ Royal Caribbean International today announced the cruise lineâ€™s 2011-12 Australia and South Pacific cruises and cruisetour season. Radiance of the Seas will debut at Sydney, joining Rhapsody of the Seas for the winter and doubling Royal Caribbeanâ€™s capacity in the region. Both ships will reposition from Alaska and offer a total of 29 sailings, comprising 13 unique itineraries that range from 2- to 18-night cruises and call at 50 ports in nine countries. Additionally, vacationers can choose from 19 escorted Royal Caribbean cruisetours for a more immersive Australia and New Zealand vacation. Bookings for Royal Caribbeanâ€™s 2011-12 Australia and South Pacific cruises and cruisetour land packages open today.
â€œRoyal Caribbeanâ€™s new range of Australia and New Zealand cruises and cruisetour land packages offer exciting vacation choices for families and adventurous couples,â€ said Betsy Oâ€™Rourke, senior vice president of Marketing, Royal Caribbean International. â€œGuests of all ages will enjoy a memorable vacation aboard the regionâ€™s most innovative cruise ships and enjoy the Royal treatment, delivered by our friendly and engaging staff and crew. Additionally, Royal Caribbeanâ€™s cruisetour land packages offer compelling itineraries that take guests to the most renowned sites of Australia and New Zealand.â€
Ranging from 12 to 23 nights, Royal Caribbeanâ€™s Australia cruisetours offer a most memorable Outback adventure by combining a voyage aboard Radiance of the Seas or Rhapsody of the Seas with a pre- or post-cruise land tour to popular destinations in Australia or New Zealand. All Royal Caribbean cruisetours are escorted by a Tour Director who specializes in the region and includes guestsâ€™ transportation, hotel accommodations, certain activities and some meals for an exciting, stress-free vacation, where Royal Caribbean takes care of all the planning and reservations.
Australia and New Zealand also offer guests a wide variety of shore excursions that appeal to every taste and style. Guests can climb Sydneyâ€™s Harbour Bridge to see the city from a different perspective on â€œSydney Bridgeclimb & Rocks,â€ or snorkel in the worldâ€™s largest reef system on â€œGreat Barrier Reefâ€ from Cairns. And in Melbourne, guests would be remiss to pass up an opportunity to observe Australiaâ€™s iconic wildlife in their natural setting on â€œKangaroos & Koalas–In the Australian Bush.â€ At Dunedin, â€œQueenstown Overnightâ€ is packed with breathtaking scenery and opportunities to experience New Zealandâ€™s culture and delicious food and wines, while oenophiles can sample New Zealandâ€™s top rated vintages in Napier on â€œWineries of Hawkes Bay.â€
Radiance of the Seas will offer vacationers a wide array of Australia and New Zealand itineraries, ranging in length from 2 to 18 nights, departing mostly from Sydney. Vacationers can choose among four sailings to explore New Zealand on 14-night itineraries that cruise Milford, Doubtful and Dusky sounds and call at seven New Zealand ports, concluding with an overnight at Sydney. Radiance of the Seas also will offer vacationers two opportunities to circumnavigate the Australian continent, by combining a new 16-night westbound voyage to Perth (Fremantle) with a new 18-night southern return voyage to Sydney via New Zealand. The ship will make maiden calls at Esperance and Geraldton on this 34-night Australia odyssey. Additionally, a new two-night Weekend Getaway itinerary, sailing on Nov 18, 2011, will offer regional vacationers a chance to sample a Radiance-class cruise, while a seven-night Tasmania itinerary, sailing on Feb 12, 2012, will overnight at Melbourne and Hobart, Tasmania, for guests to take in the nightlife.
Rhapsody of the Seas, for its part, will return to its seasonal homeport of Sydney to offer 7- to 12-night roundtrip itineraries in the South Pacific, which include maiden calls at Apia, Samoa; Denarau, Fiji; and Pago Pago, American Samoa. Vacationers also can take advantage of four 11-night Queensland itinerary sailings that are only available aboard Rhapsody of the Seas. Additionally, a new 3-night Sampler itinerary will be offered twice to vacationers looking for a short cruise getaway.
Radiance of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas are both appointed with multi-deck, dazzling glass windows, affording guests sweeping vistas of the landscape as it unfolds. Guests can race to the top of the shipsâ€™ iconic rock-climbing walls for an even more thrilling view from the shipâ€™s highest point or enjoy a variety of rejuvenating spa treatments in the Day Spa. Younger guests will be entertained and enlightened in the cruise lineâ€™s award-winning Adventure Ocean and teen programs, with scheduled activities led by a college-graduate counselor beginning from 9 to 2 a.m. In the evenings, guests can enjoy the Royal Caribbean Productionsâ€™ award-winning Broadway-style musical revues, and recount the dayâ€™s experiences in multiple onboard bars and lounges over cocktails. For additional information or to make reservations, call your travel agent, visit www.royalcaribbean.com or call (800) ROYAL-CARIBBEAN.