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Royal Caribbean Eyes Dubai for 2010

October 14, 2008
Royal Caribbean International has announced that Brilliance of the Seas will begin sailing from Dubai in 2010. The port is a growing cruise destination and homeport -- European line Costa Cruises already has two ships, Costa Victoria and Costa Classica, sailing regular ex-Dubai itineraries during the winter months -- and Brilliance of the Seas will become the biggest U.S.-branded ship (and biggest ship period) sailing an entire season from the Middle Eastern port.

From January to April 2010, the 90,090-ton, 2,112-passenger Brilliance of the Seas will offer seven-night itineraries from Dubai. Royal Caribbean has yet to announce the itineraries, but they could be similar to Costa's -- that line's ships take in ports such as Muscat, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.

In addition to Costa, Peter Deilmann and Silversea Cruises offer roundtrip Dubai itineraries, while lines such as P&O, Crystal, Cunard, Holland America, Regent and Silversea offer one-way itineraries departing from the port. Royal Caribbean's Legend of the Seas is also scheduled for one-way cruises out of Dubai.

Dubai, located in the United Arab Emirates, is best known for its outrageous hotels and shopping malls, and creative building projects (a hotel shaped like a sailboat sail, a resort of manmade islands in the shape of a palm tree, indoor skiing). Visitors can also venture into the desert on safaris leaving from the city.

We'll keep you posted when we learn more about Royal Caribbean's plans.

--by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor

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