Royal Caribbean International Announces New Routes

Royal Caribbean International is adding new itineraries next year to the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand for its Rhapsody of the Seas liner, which comes on the heels of the company's previously announced 2008 routes in the Far East. The front end of the Far East expedition sets sail on Sept. 28 from Honolulu, stopping in Maui and the island destinations of Papeete, Moorea, Bora Bora and Lautoka, before making its initial docking in Sydney. On Oct. 15 the liner will again set out, calling on Noumea and Isle of Pines in New Caledonia; Suva in the Fiji Islands; and Vila in Vanuatu. The last leg of the Down Under journey leaves on Nov. 24, for a 15-night cruise to Singapore, before beginning its Asia routes in Jan. 2008. Cruiseco, a consortium of more than 120 cruise specialist travel agencies in Australia, will charter the new itineraries. Rhapsody of the Seas will also offer 14-night roundtrip cruises from Sydney to New Zealand on Oct. 27 and Nov. 10. For reservations in Australia or information on the Cruiseco charters, visit [].

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