Royal Caribbean International’s fourth Oasis class ship Symphony of the Seas is to spend her inaugural season sailing in the Mediterranean, following her April 2018 delivery.
Symphony of the Seas is currently under construction at the STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France and will be the world’s largest cruise vessel.
From 21 April, the newbuild will homeport in Barcelona, Spain and embark on seven-night itineraries from the port to Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Provence, France; Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples/Capri, Italy. Guests can also opt for roundtrips from Rome. Symphony of the Seas will then reposition to Miami in early November to begin seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.
Vision of the Seas will join Symphony of the Seas, offering 12-night sailings from Barcelona to ports of call in Rome, Italy; Nice, France; Santorini and Athens, Greece.
Elsewhere in the region, Jewel of the Seas will sail seven- and nine-night sailings though the Greek Isles and Western Mediterranean. Rhapsody of the Seas will return to Venice, Italy with seven-night excursions to the Greek Isles and Croatia.
Brilliance of the Seas will head to Northern Europe for the first time, sailing new 12-night itineraries from Amsterdam, Netherlands to countries throughout the Baltics, Norway and the British Isles. These voyages will feature Royal Caribbean’s first visits to Holyhead on the Isle of Anglesey in Wales.
Also in Northern Europe, Serenade of the Seas will offer seven-night sailings to the Norwegian Fjords. She will also provide Scandinavia and Russian adventures with departures from Copenhagen, Denmark and Stockholm, Sweden.
Meanwhile, Independence of the Seas will return to Southampton, UK to sail three- to 14-night voyages to the Mediterranean and a 14-night cruise to the Canary Islands. Navigator of the Seas will join the ship in Southampton and provide five- to 14- night itineraries.
Collectively, the eight vessels will sail more than 110 European odysseys in summer 2018.