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Adventure of the Seas to Southampton, Summer 2013

Adventure of the Seas is a Voyager class ship at 138,000 tonnes. Sailed on several of them and they are lovely. The Mall on deck 5 is a fabulous place to see some of the "Street Shows" they put on like "Mardi Gras". Cabins are a good size and lots of outer deck space for relaxing and soaking up the sun. It’s the favourite class of ship of her Who Shall be Obeyed.


Ok that’s reassuring. Just need to choose one now.

Essex UK

They actually have it well under control by staggering the times etc. You also have to remember that it is a minority that take the ships excursions. Many people do their own thing with independent companies, whilst others use taxi’s offering tours or the Ho-Ho buses offer excellent value.

A Cruise Ship Somewhere

I haven’t been on a really big ship of circ 3000 guests yet but do have a bit of a concern about how quickly they can get that many people on or off the ship for the various excursions on offer?

Essex UK

The company is throwing in a number of incentives to capture the still buoyant cruise market, which include early-booking savings of up to £500, free car parking in Southampton, free coach travel to UK departure ports, and low prices on regional flights to UK departure ports on all cruises booked of ten nights or more as part of the early booking deal.

This certainly wont be welcomed by other cruise lines currently operating out of Southampton – but should benefit the cruise passenger who will have a greater choice of lines to choose from.


Royal Caribbean International is adding to its summer 2013 deployment in the U.K. – in May 2013, the 3,114-guest Adventure of the Seas will offer cruises from Southampton alongside the 3,634-guest Independence of the Seas, based in Southampton for its fifth season.
Royal Caribbean International first based a ship in Southampton in 2005 with the 2,435-guest Legend of the Seas and this has since steadily increased with larger and larger ships calling the cruise city home. The year 2013 is the first that two Royal Caribbean International cruise ships will be based from Southampton.

In 2008 the world’s largest cruise ship at the time – Independence of the Seas – launched from Southampton and has remained based from the port during the spring and summer months of the year ever since. The addition of Adventure of the Seas to Royal Caribbean International’s U.K. deployment sees the cruise line offering more Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Iceland, Baltics and Canary Island cruises than ever before.

When Adventure of the Seas arrives in Southampton on May 24, 2013, the ship will offer a series of seven-, 12-, 13-, 14- and 16-night cruises. Itinerary highlights from the new Adventure of the Seas U.K.-based summer 2013 season include:

- A seven-night France and Spain cruise departing Southampton on May 24, 2013 and calling at Vigo, Gijon and Bilbao in Spain, and Le Havre for Paris in France.
- A 12-night Baltic cruise, featuring destinations such as Oslo, Copenhagen, Tallinn, Helsinki and an overnight stay in St. Petersburg, departing on a May 31.
- A 14-night Mediterranean Cities cruise departing on July 7 and October 13, with ports of call in Malaga, Cannes, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Valencia, Cartegena, Lisbon and Vigo.

Adventure of the Seas features an in-line skating track, an ice-skating rink, a rock-climbing wall, a boulevard of restaurants, boutiques and lounges, running through the center of the ship, extensive family facilities, and a host of restaurants from fine Italian dining to casual burger bars.

On May 2, 2013 Independence of the Seas will arrive in Southampton, following a dry dock enhancement, and offer a series of new itineraries, including three short cruises aboard the Freedom-class ship: a two-night cruise to Le Havre for Paris, and a three- and four-night cruise to Zeebrugge for Bruges, Belgium and Le Havre. Independence of the Seas also will offer a six- and eight-night cruise to Norway, 14-night Norway and Cork cruises, various 14-night Mediterranean cruises, and 12 night Canary Islands cruises.

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