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Serenade of the Seas makes inaugural Dubai visit

Posted by RCI fans on February 3, 2013 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Serenade of the Seas made her inaugural call to Dubai on Saturday.

Serenade has replaced Brilliance of the Seas which used to cruise from Dubai. Brilliance will now call Harwich her home port for the Summer season.

Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and Royal Caribbean arranged a grand welcoming ceremony at the Dubai Cruise Terminal in Mina Rashid where the ship will dock.

DTCM invited representatives and partners to attend a press conference on board the ship. Following the press conference, the maritime tradition of a plague and key exchange ceremony took place. The event concluded with a tour of the ship and lunch on board.

Royal Caribbean to end cruises out of Dubai

Posted by RCI fans on September 24, 2012 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Industry watcher Seatrade Insider is reporting that Royal Caribbean plans to drop Middle East cruises out of Dubai after this winter.


The article says the 2,100-passenger Serenade of the Seas will sail an abbreviated season of 11 seven-night voyages from Dubai to ports in the United Arab Emirates and Oman starting in January and then not return to the region in 2014.


"We were initially very pleased with the business development there and expected continued growth," Seatrade Insider quotes a Royal Caribbean executive as saying. But "the demand has declined in recent seasons and as a result we have had to make some difficult decisions, driven by strategic and financial considerations, about discontinuing our program there."


Royal Caribbean began offering cruises out of Dubai in late 2009, following in the footsteps of Carnival-owned Costa Cruises and Aida Cruises, which had pioneered regular Persian Gulf sailings several years earlier. 

Royal Caribbean announces Dubai 2012-2013 cruise itineraries

Posted by RCI fans on July 12, 2012 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean has announced the arrival of Serenade of the Seas in Dubai for the winter season of 2012-2013. Serenade of the Seas will offer passengers 17 itineraries, with departures every Monday for seven-night cruises in the UAE and Oman, from December 2012 to April 2013.


Serenade of the Seas replaced Brilliance of the Seas in the region and will offer guests new cruise experiences that explore the culture of the Middle East. You can choose a combination cruise and land tour such as the "Arabian Explorer", which combines a guided tour of four nights on the mainland to seven nights cruise onboard Serenade of the Seas. The stages of the cruise-tours are Dubai, Al Ain and Ras Al Khaimah. With Royal Caribbean cruise-tour guests are escorted and accompanied by tour guides and all transfers included in the price, the transportation and hotel accommodation with breakfast.


The seven night cruise also makes a stop in Fujairah and Abu Dhabi in the UAE, with overnight in Muscat, Oman, Dubai and, at the conclusion of the cruise.


Guests can also choose a 15-night cruise in the Mediterranean through the Suez Canal, departing December 2, 2012 from Malaga, Spain to Dubai, another alternative is the 15-night cruise from Barcelona to Dubai, April 15, 2013.

Serenade of the Seas to cruise from Abu Dhabi

Posted by RCI fans on May 21, 2012 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean will send its recently revamped Serenade of the Seas to the middle east in 2013. Serenade of the Seas will replace Brilliance of the Seas and will mark the first time Serenade of the Seas has served the Middle East market.


Serenade of the Seas will make 17 stops in the Abu Dhabi starting in January 2013.


Royal Caribbean Regional Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Helen Beck, commented on the news, "The resilience of the Middle East market is very encouraging. Bringing a new-look Serenade of the Seas to the region is testament to that belief. She will undergo a complete renovation and will boast a number of new food and beverage outlets and attractions that haven’t been seen here. It will certainly up the game for the regional industry."