Royal Caribbean looks to 2013 with less European cruises


Having travelled on a number of cruises over the last couple of years it’s nice to see a range of brands using the port of Southampton as a departure port, although there are plenty of other fly and cruise options around Europe, but personally we love to walk on and off without the hassle sometimes found at Airports.

Our last Royal Caribbean cruise had been onboard the Independence of the Seas, and while it had been pretty busy you were sure to always have something to do. From a relaxing time in your room with on-demand television to an Ice Show or the big parades each evening along the row of shops, it was an experience to remember.

Sadly it looks like there will be less of Royal Caribbean around Europe come 2013, which is thanks to their plan to have less cruise ships in this area of the world going forward. USA Today report that Royal Caribbean will drop to 9 ships from 12 this year, and 2013 will also see 58 different itineraries and 276 sailings from the popular cruise brand. It seems that they’re not the only cruise brand to be cutting back, and we’ve had word on Oceania Cruises as well.

Why do you think certain brands are cutting back on cruise ships in Europe next year? Do you think the Costa accident could have anything to do with it?

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  • SB

    Unusually, there are no RCI cruises in Europe over the Easter holidays 2013 – which is an ideal time for us as we have to go during school holidays, and find Med cruises a bit too hot in the summer months. In fact, there are no RCI ships in Europe at all in March! This is a great disappointment, and I’m sure it must be for many others that cruise over Easter. What a letdown by RCI. Surely they risk losing customers to other lines?