Royal Caribbean International’s new ship Anthem of the Seas is not returning to the UK next year after its maiden season sailing from Southampton this summer.
The line will instead deploy Independence of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas from the port in 2016.
Anthem of the Seas will sail in Bermuda, the maiden season for the line’s Quantum class, and continue year-round sailings from Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, New Jersey, for the 2016-2017 season.
New Oasis-class ship Harmony of the Seas will make its debut in Europe with summer 2016 sailings from Barcelona and the port of Rome.
The giant vessel will run seven-night itineraries to ports such as Palma and Naples.
Five other Royal Caribbean ships will operate in Europe next summer.
Brilliance of the Seas will operate alternate 12-night Italian Mediterranean and Greek and Italian Mediterranean cruises.
Serenade of the Seas is to sail seven-night Norwegian fjords and seven- to 13-night Scandinavia and Russia itineraries from Copenhagen and from Stockholm.
Jewel of the Seas will run alternate 10-night Greece and Adriatic and 11-night Greece, Turkey and Croatia itineraries from Venice.
Vision of the Seas will sail on alternate seven-night Greek islands and Greek islands and Turkey cruises.
Rhapsody of the Seas will sail from the port of Rome (Civitavecchia) on nine-night Greek Isles cruises in early summer and the autumn. From late June through to August, the ship will alternate seven-night Greek islands and Greece and Turkey cruises.
Independence of the Seas’ itineraries include three to 14-night sailings from Southampton.
These include mini breaks to provide access to Paris and Bruges, seven-night cruises to France and Spain and 14-night Mediterranean sailings.
Navigator of the Seas will offer six to 14-night Norwegian fjords, Baltic, Mediterranean and Canary Islands itineraries.
Bookings open this month for the eight ships sailing in Europe in 2016.
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