Sad day for people who love smaller cruise ships. Royal Caribbean obviously believes the future floats on giants – so the company has decided to sell a family favourite of ours, Legend of the Seas, to the UK cruise line Thomson Cruises in March 2017.
This follows a similar sale of sister ship Splendour of the Seas in 2015. I can’t help but feel the days are fast arriving when the cruise market is so saturated that cruise lines will battle to survive – just about every advertisement these days talks about free upgrades, flights or on-board credit.
Not at the moment however – particularly in Australia. the sale will result in the cancellation of five of Legend’s Brisbane departures. A February 20 2017 departure will now see the ship reposition to Singapore over 11 nights.
The ship’s onward itineraries in Asia and Europe will also be affected. Agents have been told that If a client is affected, they can expect to receive a follow up email outlining compensation details byJune 3, 2016.
Written by Ian McIntosh