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Sail to Europe onboard Royal Caribbean International’s Rhapsody of the Seas

November 19, 2013 Cruise No Comments Email Email

Royal Caribbean International has announced a change to two published itineraries in April & May 2015 for Rhapsody of the Seas, one of Australia’s favourite superliners, which will now reposition to Europe rather than to Alaska.

The two cancelled cruises are on 17 April 2015 (Sydney to Honolulu, 16-nights) and 2 May 2015 (Honolulu to Vancouver, 13-nights).  Guests booked on these sailings are being contacted this week and can choose from either an alternative cruise – including similar Trans-Pacific cruises on Radiance of the Seas – or a full refund.

Three new itineraries to Europe are as follows:

  • Sydney to Singapore – 16-nights, departing 17 April 2015

Sail from Sydney to Queensland, Darwin and Bali on this one-off sailing from just $2,099 per person.* Sidebar-Article-Banner-250

  • Singapore to Dubai – 14-nights, departing 3 May 2015

This much sought after route includes stops in Phuket, Sri Lanka and India. Prices to be released shortly.

  • Dubai to Istanbul – 15-nights, departing 17 May 2015

Oman, the Holy Land and Cyprus are highlights of this Suez Canal itinerary. Prices to be released shortly.

These 3 cruises can also be combined into longer ‘back-to-back’ options:

  • Sydney to Istanbul – 45-nights, departing 17 April 2015
  • Sydney to Dubai – 30-nights, departing 17 April 2015
  • Singapore to Istanbul – 29-nights, departing 3 May 2015 

Adam Armstrong, Commercial Director of RCL Cruises Ltd Asia Pacific, said: “These very exciting itineraries will offer Australians and New Zealanders a brand new route to Asia, the Middle East and Europe.  We think the Sydney to Istanbul option will be especially popular with local guests, as it offers a leisurely way to travel to Europe and arrives on 1 June, just as the Mediterranean summer begins.  It’s the first time that Royal Caribbean International has operated such a route – and we are particularly pleased to be sailing it on our longest-serving Australian ship, Rhapsody of the Seas, which has a tremendous following down under.”

Rhapsody of the Seas is a 2,000-guest cruise ship and is part of Royal Caribbean’s popular “Vision Class”. She entered service in May 1997 and displaces 78,481 tons. Following a $54 million bow-to-stern revitalisation in March 2012, she features an innovative high-flying entertainment experience, where aerial performers glide vertically through the seven-storey atrium as guests enjoy a cocktail in the new 1960’s-themed R Bar below. Four speciality dining venues were also added: Chops Grille Steakhouse, Giovanni’s Trattoria, Izumi and exclusive private fine dining experience Chef’s Table.

She also features an oversized LED video screen overlooking the main pool showing movies and sports, the Royal Babies & Tots Nursery, bow-to-stern Wi-Fi  internet, completely refreshed staterooms with new flat-screen TVs, and a Concierge Lounge and Diamond Club (for Suite and Crown & Anchor Society member guests). She features over 8,000 square metres of glass canopies, skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows – providing one of the lightest atmospheres afloat and offering perfect viewing opportunities while sailing around the world.

*Conditions apply and subject to availability. Price applies to lowest available interior stateroom. Price is based on twin occupancy and is inclusive of all taxes, fees and onboard gratuities.

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