December 30, 2002
Just as Seattle is trumpeting a brand new tourist guide aimed at cruise travelers, Royal Caribbean is pulling a ship from that port. Radiance of the Seas, slated to sail a handful of short-ish voyages -- two, three and four-day "northwest" themed trips that include ports such as Vancouver and Victoria -- is being redeployed. That news may come as a surprise to some passengers booked on those sampler cruises, which were to occur in September and October. A Royal Caribbean spokeswoman confirms that the Seattle-based itineraries are canceled but says that "redeployment plans are not 100 percent final." The ship will instead offer a few additional cruises out of its summer home port of Vancouver before heading to warmer climes, including Hawaii and then, ultimately, the Caribbean. The rationale for canceling the Seattle-based voyages, the spokeswoman says, was greater-than-anticipated demand for Alaska -- and a desire to transfer Radiance to the Caribbean a little bit earlier than initially planned. Passengers booked on the canceled cruises are being offered the usual full refund as well as a $75 credit toward another Royal Caribbean trip.