The line which pioneered ocean cruising is now offering sun-soaked nine-month round-the-world voyages
Royal Caribbean International has announced a nine-month round-the-world cruise to Spain.
The luxury line, which pioneered ocean cruising, has set sail from Barcelona to the Canary Islands and then to Malaga for a stopover before continuing through the Sardinia Strait, on to Lampedusa off Italy, Morocco and the Middle East, Singapore and on to Dubai and back to Barcelona.
Onboard 3,329 passengers will enjoy 40 destinations on 12 ships, including colourful coral reefs, the sphinx’s cave in Egypt and India’s Colombo Fort, but the top spot in the company’s Holiday of a Lifetime series still goes to Bahia de Bataan, in the Salvador Dali Historic Triangle. The visit includes a visit to Brazil’s Auluxu Lake, where there will be a pig roast and a bull-roaring dinner in the Marquesas Islands to celebrate Brazil’s bicentennial of Independence.
The cycle is part of Royal Caribbean’s “Rendezvous of the Seas” cruise, a world tour intended to appeal to long-haul cruisers who might also be looking to make a long-haul port stopover. Last year, the line welcomed the introduction of short winter cruises from northern Europe to the French Riviera, Florence and Venice.
Around 2,000 people applied for the latest round of 750 round-the-world seats. There were 350 applicants from outside the USA. “We have been overwhelmed by the number of applicants we received for this opportunity,” said Ken Moore, an insider with the line. “We had upwards of 200 over-subscription applications, and still had 400 who did not make the cut.”