New European homeports for Royal Caribbean


Royal Caribbean has announced an awesome set of itineraries for Summer 2023, with more ships than ever before deployed to Europe, and featuring some interesting new homeports and destinations. Nine of the stunning Royal Caribbean ships will be sailing in Europe – including the return of the new Quantum Class – Odyssey of the Seas – with each having its own home port and routes.  Family favourite Anthem of the Seas is returning to Southampton for the third consecutive year.

 Anthem of the Seas – SouthamptonAnthem will sail 7 night routes to Spain and France, or the Norwegian Fjords. There will also be some longer cruises, 11/ 12 nights, heading down as far as the Canary Islands. Destinations new to Anthem will include Maloy and Haugesund, Norway, and Cobh, Ireland

Sky Pad – Deck 16 Aft Portside Odyssey of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International

Odyssey of the Seas – Civitavecchia. Headlining the European summer lineup is one of Royal Caribbean’s newest ships, Odyssey, returning for an encore after her maiden 2022 season . She will sail a mixture of itineraries ranging from 7 to 12 nights with destinations both within Italy and on to the Eastern Mediterranean including the Greek islands, Cyprus, Turkey and Israel.

Voyager of the Seas – Baltic. Voyager returns to Northern Europe, sailing from Copenhagen, Denmark, and Stockholm, Sweden. She has a mix of itineraries, 7 to 11 nights, visiting the Scandinavian countries, Estonia, Helsinki and Russia.

Seaplex – Deck 15/16 Aft Odyssey of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International

Jewel of the Seas – Amsterdam. Jewel will cruise roundtrips from Amsterdam with 12 night sailings to the Arctic Circle, the British Isles, Iceland and Ireland.  

Brilliance of the Seas – Civitavecchia/ Venice (Ravenna)/ Pireus / Barcelona. Brilliance will be sailing open-jaw itineraries from a choice of four ports giving itineraries in the Western Mediterranean, Greek Isles and Adriatic with plenty of opportunities for some interesting back to back routes. 

Rhapsody of the Seas – Haifa and Limassol. will be the first Royal Caribbean ship to homeport between Limassol, Cyprus and Haifa, Israel, all in one season. 7 night eastern Med explorations with the maiden ports of Skiathos and Thessaloniki, Greece followed by shorter 4/5 night getaways later in the season.

Symphony of the Seas – Barcelona and Rome. Oasis Class ship Symphony will have 7 night Western Mediterranean round trips from both home ports and also visit  Naples, Palma de Mallorca and Marseilles. 

Serenade of the Seas – BarcelonaSerenade will sail a mix of shorter 5, 8 and 12 night cruises including destinations such as Ibiza and the Côte d’Azur. 

Explorer of the Seas – Venice.  Again sailing from the nearby port of Ravenna, Explorer will explore Greece and beyond to Montenegro and Crete.

This looks quite innovative -I think there will be something there for pretty much everyone and obviously there will be some interesting repositioning itineraries to investigate too!!

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