It’s that time of year when cruise lines slowly roll out their 2018 ship deployments, meaning new itineraries for the upcoming year.
Royal Caribbean Europe cruises announcement for 2018 included some fanfare for their soon-to-be-launched Symphony of the Seas. Taking to the water in summer 2018 and part of Royal Caribbean Europe cruises announcement, Symphony of the Seas will be the world’s largest ship and definitely one of the most noticeable in Europe next year.
Royal Caribbean Europe cruises for 2018 will introduce a brand new port-of-call for the 2018 summer season: Holyhead on the Isle of Anglesey, Wales. Destinations returning to European itineraries in 2018 after a brief hiatus include: Flam, Molde, and Skjolden in Norway and Isafjordur, Iceland.
In total, Royal Caribbean Europe cruises include over 110 “European Odysseys” as they call their new itineraries.
More about Symphony of the Seas Europe cruises
Debuting April 2018 in Barcelona, Symphony of the Seas will spend an inaugural summer season in the western Mediterranean. Beginning April 21, the ship will offer seven-night itineraries from Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Provence, France; Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples/Capri, Italy. Round-trip sailings from Rome are also available.
Also new in 2018, Vision of the Seas joins Symphony to offer 12-night sailings from Barcelona with ports-of-call in Rome, Italy; Nice, France; Santorini and Athens, Greece.
In Northern Europe, Brilliance of the Seas will sail new 12-night itineraries from Amsterdam visiting countries throughout the Baltics, Norway and the British Isles, including the new port of Holyhead, Wales.
Royal Caribbean Europe cruises wrap-up for 2018
Barcelona Mediterranean Adventures
- Symphony of the Seas, heads to the Western Mediterranean on seven-night sailings, round-trip from Barcelona, Spain or Rome, Italy.
- Vision of the Seas adds new 12-night Greek Isles itineraries from Barcelona, plus 12-night Mediterranean adventures to France and Italy, including stops in Rome and Florence/Pisa, the Amalfi Coast and an overnight in Venice.
British and Scandinavian Cruises
- Brilliance of the Seas will call Northern Europe home for the first time, with 12-night itineraries from Amsterdam, exploring the Baltics and British Isles, and featuring new port-of-call Holyhead, Wales.
- Independence of the Seas returns to Southampton, offering three- to 14-night cruises to the Mediterranean plus a 14-night adventure to the Canary Islands from Southampton.
- Navigator of the Seas will join Independence, sailing five- to 14- night itineraries from Southampton.
- Serenade of the Seas will offer seven-night sailings to the Norwegian Fjords, plus a fabulous Scandinavia and Russian voyage departing from Copenhagen, Denmark and Stockholm, Sweden.
Italian Adventures from Venice and Rome
- After a $30 million makeover in 2016, Jewel of the Seas will sail seven- and nine-night cruises 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 Greece & Croatia.
If you’re chomping at the bit for a Royal Caribbean Europe cruise, keep in mind that the best stateroom selection and deals are at the very beginning of the deployment announcement. Your deposit is refundable before final payment and you can monitor the rates and set a price drop alert through the link below.
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