Royal Caribbean announces biggest-ever Europe programme for summer 2023
By Katie McGonagle | 8 Jan 2022
Royal Caribbean is set to operate nine ships on Mediterranean and Scandinavia sailings, including Anthem of the Seas from Southampton
The announcement represents the line’s largest-ever deployment of ships in Europe, with 35 itineraries to choose from across 25 countries.
New home ports include Haifa in Israel and Limassol in Cyprus, along with fresh ports of call such as Skiathos, Thessaloniki and Olympia in Greece.
The latest addition to the fleet, Odyssey of the Seas, will spend a second summer in the region, based in Rome for cruises to Naples, the Greek isles, Turkey, Cyprus and Israel.
Families can also make the most of Anthem of the Seas returning to Southampton for a third year, sailing seven-night voyages to Spain, France and the Norwegian fjords, along with longer itineraries to Lisbon in Portugal, Vigo in Spain and the Canary Islands.
Among other highlights of the 2023 programme are Symphony and Serenade of the Seas, both based in Barcelona for western Mediterranean holidays to the likes of Naples, Palma de Majorca, Provence, Cannes and Ibiza.
Explorer of the Seas will be cruising from Venice to the Aegean and Adriatic, with highlights including Kotor in Montenegro and Chania in Crete. Also setting sail from Italy, Brilliance of the Seas will be cruising from Rome and Venice, along with sailings out of Athens and Barcelona.
Meanwhile Rhapsody of the Seas will be heading further east for seven-night holidays in Turkey, Israel and Greece, followed by a season of shorter four and five-night breaks starting in September that combine Israel, Cyprus and the Greek Isles.
Setting its sights on northern Europe, Voyager of the Seas will be touring Scandinavia, Russia and Estonia from bases in Copenhagen and Stockholm, with highlight excursions to the likes of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St Petersburg and the Unesco-listed Suolmenlinna fortress in Helsinki.
Likewise, Jewel of the Seas will be sailing out of Amsterdam on 12-night trips to the Arctic Circle, British Isles, Iceland and Ireland.
Pictured: Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas in Haifa, Israel