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Royal Caribbean expands in South America

Royal Caribbean International will expand its South America cruise offerings to four ships when Splendour of the Seas sails out of Brazil for the Winter 2008-09 season.Taking guests on cruise adventures to some of the most sizzling South American ports of call, Splendour of the Seas will join three other ships to be deployed in Latin America for the season and add to the extensive range of itineraries offered by Enchantment of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas and Vision of the Seas.

“Our commitment of four ships in Central and South America reflects a growing worldwide demand for our signature style of cruising,” said Adam Goldstein, president of Royal Caribbean International. “With the addition of these new itineraries in 2008, Royal Caribbean International will visit more than 250 destinations in more than 75 countries on six continents, further solidifying our position as the world’s largest global cruise brand.”

From December 2008 to March 2009, Splendour of the Seas will offer travellers 19 roundtrip sailings from Sao Paulo (Santos), Brazil, ranging from three to eight nights. On the eight-night sailings, guests will enjoy a two-day port of call to explore Copacabana Beach or Salvador De Bahia, Brazil, or Buenos Aires, Argentina. Other ports of call include Rio De Janeiro, Porto Belo, Buzios, Ilhabela, Cabo Frio, and Parati, in Brazil, and Punta Del Este, Uruguay.


Guests also can choose a 14-night transatlantic cruise aboard Splendour of the Seas to Lisbon, Portugal, sailing on 30th March 2009. Ports of call include Rio De Janeiro, Salvador De Bahia and Recife, Brazil; Casablanca and Agadir, Morocco; and Seville, Spain. Splendour of the Seas’ cruises from Brazil begin at £1,254 per person (based on two sharing an inside cabin), including return flights from London Heathrow, and are currently open for booking.



For even more South America cruise choices, Radiance of the Seas offers travellers 12 sailings from November 2008 to April 2009. Ranging from 13 to 16 nights, guests will call at some of the continent’s most exciting ports of call including Buenos Aires, Argentina; Montevideo, Uruguay; Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; and Valparaiso, Chile, amongst many others. Radiance of the Seas will cruise to the Chilean Fjordlands; journey through the Panama Canal; make its way ‘round the horn’ and call at Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Prices start from £1,723 pp (based on two sharing an inside cabin) for a 13-night cruise departing Buenos Aires on the 7th December 2008.


Travellers also can enjoy cruises along South America’s northern coast and the Southern Caribbean aboard Enchantment of the Seas and Vision of the Seas. The recently announced itinerary for Enchantment of the Seas offers holidaymakers seven-night roundtrip voyages from Colon, Panama, to Colombia, Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. Vision of the Seas will take guests on seven-night cruises from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on alternating itineraries to the Windward or Leeward Islands of the Southern Caribbean.


South America Cruisetours

Holidaymakers can enhance their cruise with a pre- or post-cruise Royal Caribbean Cruisetour. Cruisetours offer guests the best of both worlds by combining a cruise holiday with a four- or five-night hotel stay and land tours, for a complete land and sea adventure.


Guests of Splendour of the Seas can venture into Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls on a four-night escorted pre-cruise land tour. The tour includes city sightseeing of Buenos Aires, the Paris of South America, a gaucho ranch tour, dinner and tango show, and exploration tours at Iguazu Falls. Depending on the itinerary, guests onboard Radiance of the Seas have the option of the Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls cruisetour or a five-night Easter Island and Chile cruisetour, which includes hotel stays and sightseeing tours in Santiago, Chile, and the ecological preserve of Easter Island.