Royal Caribbean International today announced new Mexican Riviera itineraries for the 2009-10 winter and spring seasons. Radiance of the Seas willextend its season from San Diego, offering West Coast vacationers a total of 24 Mexican Riviera sailings, ranging from four- to 12-night itineraries, and two West Coast cruises, a nine- and a 10-night itinerary. These new sailings aboard Radiance, in addition to Mariner of the Seas’ debut in Los Angeles in February 2009, will give vacationers a wider breadth of itineraries to choose from the two Southern California ports. Subsequently, the cruise line is announcing the cancellation of Radiance of the Sea’s previously planned South America cruises during the same time period.
Radiance of the Seas will increase the total number of San Diego sailings from September 2009 through May 2010 with 10 long cruises to the Mexican Riviera. These nine- to 11-night roundtrip itineraries are in addition to the 12 short cruises – four- and five-night itineraries – announced earlier this year. Guests also can choose an additional 12-night holiday cruise departing December 21, 2009, when guests will celebrate Christmas and herald in the New Year on board, or a thirteenth five-night short cruise, sailing on May 3, 2010. Ports of call on these Mexican Riviera cruises include: Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, Ensenada, Huatulco, Ixtapa (Zihuatanejo), Manzanillo, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta. Radiance’s call at Manzanillo on Thanksgiving Day 2009 will mark the cruise line’s first return to the port since 1999.
Guest also can choose among two West Coast cruises, one sailing from San Diego to Vancouver on January 22, 2010 for 10 nights, and in reverse on March 2, 2010 for nine nights. Each sailing includes ports of call at Catalina Island and an overnight in San Francisco, California; Astoria, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; and Victoria, British Columbia.
Guests holding either individual or group reservations on Radiance of the Seas’ previously scheduled South America cruises from November 21, 2009 through March 7, 2010 will be offered the option to rebook on Radiance of the Seas’ South America cruises from November 23, 2008 through February 1, 2009 and February 28, 2009 through April 26, 2009, subject to availability and at the prevailing rate. Rebooking guests will receive onboard credits of $200 per standard stateroom and $400 per suite. Travel agent partners also will receive a $50 bonus commission per stateroom when rebooking their affected customer to one of these suggested sailings.
All guests and travel agent partners with affected bookings are being contacted by Royal Caribbean International. A special toll-free number has been established to answer questions: 888-281-9344. The number is the same for both individual and group bookings. All bookings for the affected sailings will be immediately cancelled.
Extending the choices available to West Coast vacationers is the February 2009 arrival of Mariner of the Seas at its new year-round homeport of Los Angeles. Mariner will be the largest cruise ship to be based in the Pacific Ocean and offer guests some of the cruise line’s innovative and exclusive onboard amenities. Mariner of the Seas is among Royal Caribbean’s Voyager class of ships, known for revolutionizing the cruise industry in the ‘90s by introducing an onboard rock-climbing wall, ice-skating rink, and Royal Promenade – a boulevard running nearly the length of the ship that is lined with lounges, stores and restaurants, including a Ben & Jerry’s scoop shop.
Guests of both shipswill enjoy Royal Caribbean’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 relaxing environment. On international sailings, guests also enjoy select popular food, beverage and entertainment options found in the region of their cruise.
Younger cruisers will laugh and learn in the line’s award-winning Adventure Ocean kids program, while teens 12 and older have more mature activities in the ships’ teen-only spaces. Families also can stay in and order room service – always complimentary 24 hours a day – and catch a popular on-demand movie. Throughout their stay, every guest will enjoy Royal Caribbean’s Gold Anchor standard of friendly and engaging service from staff and crew.