Royal Caribbean repositions Rhapsody of the Seas to Europe in 2015

Royal Caribbean has cancelled two Rhapsody of the Seas sailings in April and May 2015 as it repositions the ship to Europe over Alaska.

The two cancelled cruises are; a 16-nights cruise from Sydney to Honolulu departing 17 April 2015; and a 13-nights Honolulu to Vancouver cruise departing 2 May 2015.

The line says it is contacting guests booked on these cruises. They can choose from a full refund or move to an alternative cruise including the Trans-Pacific cruises on Radiance of the Seas.

Replacing the two cancelled cruises, Rhapsody of the Seas will instead sail; a 16-nights Sydney to Singapore cruise departing 17 April 2015; 14-nights Singapore to Dubai cruise departing 3 May 2015; and a 15-nights Dubai to Istanbul cruise departing 17 May 2015.

Royal Caribbean commercial director Asia Pacific Adam Armstrong said the new itineraries will give Australians and New Zealanders new routes to Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

He said: “We think the Sydney to Istanbul option will be especially popular with local guests, as it offers a leisurely way to travel to Europe and arrives on 1 June, just as the Mediterranean summer begins.

“It’s the first time that Royal Caribbean International has operated such a route – and we are particularly pleased to be sailing it on our longest-serving Australian ship, Rhapsody of the Seas, which has a tremendous following down under.”