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Royal Caribbean has announced today that they’ve entered an agreement to sell their ship Legend of the Seas to Thomson Cruises.  The vessel will leave the fleet this coming March, and immediately make the transition to her new owner.  Because of this, the current deployment of Rhapsody and Vision of the Seas will be adjusted, which will require the cancelling and shuffling around of various sailings.

Legend of the Seas Leaves the Fleet on March 26

  • the current roundtrip Brisbane, Australia sailings departing on January 6, 15, 29, and February 8 will sail as scheduled
  • all scheduled cruises from February 20 on will be canceled.  This includes the summer cruises from Venice, as well as the rest of the Brisbane itieraries
  • a series of 3 repositioning cruises will be offered beginning February 20 from Brisbane.  It will include an 11-night to Singapore, a 10-night from Singapore to Dubai, and a 13-night from Dubai to Barcelona.

Rhapsody of the Seas Transitions to Venice

  • Rhapsody will offer the full schedule of cruises from Tampa in the fall and winter as scheduled.
  • on April 29, she will offer a 14-night transatlantic from Tampa to Barcelona
  • on May 13, she will sail a 7-night open jaw sailing from Barcelona to Venice
  • from May 20 to the end of October, Rhapsody will offer a variety of 7-night cruises roundtrip from Venice
  • all previously planned sailings from Cape Liberty, New Jersey are cancelled
  • at the end of the Mediterranean season, the ship will return to Tampa as planned and begin sailings on November 19, 2017.

Vision of the Seas Fall Foliage Sailings from Cape Liberty

  • on August 22, Vision will offer a 16-night transatlantic from Copenhagen to Cape Liberty, with calls in Denmark, Norway, Scotland, and Iceland.
  • on September 7, she will offer a 13-night open jaw sailing from Cape Liberty to Quebec City.  The sailings departing from Cape Liberty on September 20, October 1, and 11 will replace the previously planned sailings offered on Rhapsody and include calls in Boston, as well as multiple ports in Maine and Nova Scotia.
  • the ship’s current fall European itineraries, including those departing from Venice from August 22 to November 17, 2017 will be canceled.

For guests booked on the affected sailings, Royal Caribbean is providing a full refund of their cruise fare, the opportunity to rebook on another Royal Caribbean ship, and onboard credit for the new sailing.  Also, guests who bought airfare through the cruise line will receive a full refund.  Guests purchasing their own airfare will be given a refund for their airline change fee.

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