Royal Caribbean heads to the Black Sea in 2015
Royal Caribbean International will sail its first Black Sea cruises in summer 2015, including visiting Sochi, Russia.
The cruise line is moving its 1,998-passenger Rhapsody of the Seas from Alaska for the new itineraries. The Vision-class ship will do three round-trip 10- and 11-day sailings from Istanbul beginning in June.
The Rhapsody will make maiden calls in Sochi; Burgas, Bulgaria; Odessa, Yalta and Sevastapol, Ukraine ? with overnight stays in Sochi, Odessa and Istanbul.
From July to November, the Rhapsody will cruise on 7- to 11-day itineraries from Rome.
Meanwhile, Royal will deploy two Radiance-class ships to cruise Alaska for the 2015 summer season ? the cruise line’s 26th year in the 49th State.
The 2,100-passenger Radiance of the Seas will return to Alaska, where it will also cruise this summer. New in the market will be sister ship Jewel of the Seas.
The Radiance-class ships are noteworthy for their expanses of glass. The addition of the Jewel also brings Royal Caribbean more oceanview and balcony cabins in the Alaska market.
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