Royal Caribbean dropped a bombshell last week when it announced Adventure of the Seas would be leaving San Juan, where the ship has been based year-round since it debuted in 2001, to sail a season of cruises from Spain's Malaga. Well, here comes another one: The line has now confirmed that the ship will be leaving its longtime homeport of San Juan -- for good. According to cruise line spokesperson Harrison Liu, Adventure of the Seas will not return to San Juan after it leaves the Caribbean port in May 2010 for a series of European sailings through November 2010. Liu could not confirm where the ship will head for winter 2010-2011.
So which ship, if any, will replace Adventure of the Seas in San Juan? A source at Continental Shipping, Inc. -- Royal Caribbean's port agent in San Juan -- tells us that the smaller (90,090-ton, 2,100-passenger) Serenade of the Seas will replace its larger (137,308-ton, 3,114-passenger) Voyager-class fleetmate in San Juan year-round. However, Liu can only confirm that Serenade of the Seas will sail Southern Caribbean itineraries out of San Juan between November 2009 and April 2010 as scheduled.
We'll have to wait until spring for the complete story on San Juan's fate -- Royal Caribbean will release all 2010 itineraries this spring, sometime between March and June 2009. Until then, the cruise line is keeping mum on the rest of Adventure of the Seas' and Serenade of the Seas' 2010 schedules, as they have not been finalized.
In other Adventure-related news, Briony Peters, a Royal Caribbean spokeswoman based in the U.K., tells us that ship's cruises from Spain are unlikely to be immersion cruises -- meaning rather than altering the onboard experience to appeal to European, Spanish-speaking travelers, the line will continue to cater to English-speaking travelers from the U.S. and U.K.
After next year's controversial departure from San Juan on May 2, 2010, Adventure of the Seas will head for Barcelona, where it will offer eight four- and five-night cruises. Then the ship will reposition to Malaga, where it will sail five- and seven-night itineraries from June 26 to November 28, 2010.
--by Erica Silverstein, Associate Editor, with additional reporting by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor
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