|Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas, which has sailed year-round from San Juan since it launched in 2001, will reposition to Malaga, Spain, for five months in 2010. According to a Spanish-language press release put out jointly by Royal Caribbean and the City of Malaga, the Voyager-class ship will offer 25 five- and seven-night Mediterranean itineraries between June and November next year. The news was revealed at the International Tourism Show (FITUR) held in Madrid in early 2009.|
Adventure of the Seas will sail out of Malaga from June 26 to November 28, 2010. From June 26 to October 9, it will offer 15 seven-night itineraries calling at Cagliari (Sardinia), Rome, Ajaccio (Corsica) and Palma de Mallorca. From October 9 to November 28, it will offer 10 five-night cruises, split between two itineraries -- one calling in Tenerife and Funchal, the other calling in Ajaccio and Villefranche.
Malaga is not a new homeport for Royal Caribbean. In fact, in fall 2009, sister ship Navigator of the Seas will offer six short Mediterranean cruises from the Spanish port. What is more interesting perhaps than its destination is Adventure of the Seas' departure from San Juan, a port so troubled by reduced airlift and negative feedback from cruisers that Cruise Critic rated it a "cooling off" destination in our feature, Caribbean Ports -- What's Hot, What's Not.
Royal Caribbean spokesperson Harrison Liu tells us that 2010 Caribbean deployments will not be finalized until mid-March. Until that time, there's no word on which ship, if any, will replace Adventure of the Seas in San Juan, or even whether the ship will spend the rest of 2010 in its usual Caribbean homeport.
Cruise Critic members are already discussing Adventure of the Seas' redeployment on our message boards. If you've got an opinion or want to join the discussion, share your thoughts here.
--by Erica Silverstein, Associate Editor