Royal Caribbean Sends Two Ships Southward

Royal Caribbean International's Legend of the Seas will home port in the Dominican Republic for the first time, from Dec. 16, 2007 through spring 2008. The ship will feature two seven-night itineraries that can be combined for a 14-night vacation. Ports of call will include Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Roseau, Dominica; St. George's, Grenada; Margarita Island, Venezuela; Oranjestad, Aruba; and Basseterre, St. Kitts; Point A Pitre, Guadaloupe; Fort De France, Martinique; Bridgetown, Barbados and Castries, St. Lucia. In addition, Splendour of the Seas will sail within the South American region from Dec. 20, 2007 to mid-February 2008. That vessel will sail alternating, eight-night and six-night round trip itineraries from Santos (Sao Paulo), Brazil calling on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Punta Del Este, Uruguay; Portobelo, Brazil; and four other destinations in Brazil: Buzios, Cabo Frio, Angra Dos Reis, and Ilhabela. Both itineraries feature no U.S. port calls, and should be attractive to international guests, according to Royal Caribbean officials. In mid-February 2008, Splendour will also sail "around the horn" of the curved southern tip of South America from Santos. These 13-night and 15-night special itineraries will sail from Santos to Valparaiso, Chile (15-night); from Valparaiso to Buenos Aires (13-night), from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso (13-night) and finally from Valparaiso to Santos (15-night). Ports of call include: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Puerto Madryn and Ushuaia in Argentina; Cape Horn, Punta Arenas, Puerto Montt and La Serena (Coquimbo) in Chile; and Punta Del Este, Uruguay. Bookings open June 8 for the new winter 2007 itineraries for the two ships.

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