Dust off those tango shoes, and head to the South American summer in winter 2009-10. Royal Caribbean International today announced nine South America cruises, ranging from 11- to 15-night itineraries, aboard Radiance of the Seas for the ship’s second consecutive winter season in the region. As one of the Royal Caribbean ships that offer the highest percentage of oceanview staterooms, Radiance features glass elevators in a 10-story glass atrium for spectacular vistas of the unfolding South American coastline. Bookings for these cruises open today.

“South America is such a fascinating destination and we are pleased to bring Radiance of the Seas back to the region,” said Alice Norsworthy, senior vice president, Marketing, Royal Caribbean International. “On any of these Radiance cruises, guests will have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of South American cultures and celebrations during the region’s prime season. Guests also can extend their vacations with a Royal Caribbean cruisetour to visit more inland attractions.”

Four-night pre- or post-cruise cruisetour programs give guests the opportunity to explore the metropolitan charms of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the awe-inspiring Iguazu Falls along the Argentina and Brazil border. Cruisetour guests enjoy fully escorted itineraries, which include deluxe hotel accommodations, air and ground transfers, certain meals, and time for individual pursuits.

For the 2009-10 winter season, vacationers can choose among six cruises which ‘round the horn’ of South America and journey through the Straits of Magellan. These 12- to 14-night itineraries alternate departures from Valparaiso, Chile, and Buenos Aires, featuring a cruise through the glacier-filled Chilean fjordlands, and a call at Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world. On three particular sailings, guests enjoy an in-port overnight stay aboard Radiance in Buenos Aires at the beginning or end of the cruise.

A very special 11-night itinerary, sailing on February 10, 2010, features three days in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which coincides with the city’s annual Carnival festivities. Guests sail round-trip from Buenos Aires, enjoying an in-port overnight stay aboard Radiance to kick off the cruise.
Cruisers also can select from among two Pacific equatorial crossings aboard Radiance, sailing from San Diego to Valparaiso on November 21, 2009, and returning on March 7, 2010.

Guests aboard Radiance enjoy the line’s award-winning Broadway-style musical revues from Royal Caribbean Productions, multiple onboard bars, lounges and discos throughout the ship, and Vegas-style gaming in the Casino Royale. The ships’ onboard Day Spa also offers a full range of rejuvenating treatments, and the adults-only Solarium pool provides a more sedate and relaxing environment.

Younger cruisers will laugh and learn in the line’s top-rated Adventure Ocean kids program, with teen-only spaces fleetwide.  Families also can stay in and order room service – always complimentary 24 hours a day – and catch a popular on-demand movie.

Throughout, every guest will enjoy Royal Caribbean’s Gold Anchor standard of friendly and engaging service from staff and crew.