MIAMI, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
announced today that Royal Caribbean International's Sovereign of the Seas
will be reassigned to the company's Pullmantur fleet, and the Los Angeles-
based Monarch of the Seas will assume Sovereign of the Seas' sailings out
of Port Canaveral. These changes will take place in October and November
"We are fortunate that our mix of brands allows us the flexibility and
opportunity to expand in key strategic markets and to diversify in existing
ones," said Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Adam Goldstein.
"We thank our partners at the ports of Los Angeles, Ensenada, Catalina and
San Diego for our outstanding and ongoing relationship. We look forward to
providing our Monarch of the Seas guests with exceptional vacations as we
visit those locations through next fall."
Sovereign of the Seas' last scheduled sailing for Royal Caribbean
International will be on October 31, 2008. Two subsequent cruises,
scheduled for November 3 and 7, will be canceled, and guests booked on
those cruises will receive a full refund and an onboard credit for
rebooking an earlier Sovereign of the Seas sailing during 2008 (excluding
holidays). All rebookings must be made by December 31, 2007. All guests
currently booked on Sovereign of the Seas on or after November 10, 2008,
will be re-accommodated onboard Monarch of the Seas.
Monarch of the Seas will make its last regularly scheduled sailing out
of Los Angeles on October 13, 2008. All guests currently booked on a
subsequent sailing will receive a full refund and an onboard credit for
rebooking a three, four or five-night Caribbean sailing, or a seven-night
Mexican Riviera sailing, onboard Royal Caribbean International in 2008
(excluding holidays). All rebookings must be made by December 31, 2007.
On October 17, 2008, Monarch of the Seas will reposition to the East
Coast when it departs Los Angeles on a 16-night Panama Canal cruise to
Miami. The ship will then undergo a scheduled, weeklong dry-dock before
welcoming its first Port Canaveral guests for three and four-night Bahamas
sailings starting November 10, 2008.
Royal Caribbean International has established a special help desk to
assist its guests and travel agents impacted by these changes. The toll
free phone number is 1-888-281-9344.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a global cruise vacation company that
operates Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur,
Azamara Cruises and CDF Croisieres de France. The company has a combined
total of 35 ships in service and seven under construction. It also offers
unique land- tour vacations in Alaska, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe,
Latin and South America and New Zealand. Additional information can be
found on www.royalcaribbean.com, www.celebrity.com, www.pullmantur.es,
www.azamaracruises.com, or www.rclinvestor.com.
SOURCE Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.