If you visit the Cruise118 blog regularly, you’ll have no doubt have picked up on how I excited we’ve all been about the impending launch of the feature-packed Royal Caribbean vessel Anthem of the Seas – set to sail from Southampton next spring. It’ll replace the Independence of the Seas at the port and its larger passenger capacity will mean around a 1,000 more cruisers will potentially be able to enjoy sailing from Southampton with Royal Caribbean next year.
However, though 2015 is obviously a big year for Royal Caribbean when it comes to new ships, there’s also some interesting news regarding itineraries. The line has recently announced that its 2,076-passenger ship Splendour of the Seas will begin a 16-week-long season in the Persian Gulf in the winter of 2015-16.
The announcement will see the line returning to the Gulf for the first time since leaving it last year. Royal Caribbean Regional Director, Helen Beck, commented: “Following on from positive and collaborative discussions with our key partners in the region, we are pleased to announce our return to cruising in the Arabian Gulf for the winter of 2015/2016. This is a welcome step in continuing to promote the economic and touristic benefits of cruising and I’m sure the season will be very successful.”
The 70,000-ton Vision Class vessel will operate 16 weekly round-trip cruises during the season and will call at a number of ports in Dubai, Oman and Abu Dhabi.
The Splendour of the Seas was extensively renovated at the end of 2011 and offers such facilities as an outdoor movie screen and the Centrum – a new entertainment area featuring exciting performances by aerialists which take place inside the ship’s five-story atrium. The line’s Vision Class ships are called that for a reason, as like her sister ships, Splendour of the Seas offers ship-wide glass walls, which are sure to offer visitors to the Persian Gulf some sensational views of the region.