Royal Caribbean will send Adventure of the Seas to Malaga

Adventure of the SeasRoyal Caribbean International will re-position its Voyager-class ship Adventure of the Seas in Malaga, Spain, for five months in the summer of 2010, reports Cruise Critic (www.cruisecritic.com/news), citing a press release published jointly by Royal Caribbean and the City of Malaga.

Royal Caribbean's 137,000-gross ton and 3,114-passenger Adventure of the Seas has been sailing year-round from San Juan, Puerto Rico since 2001, when it was delivered from the Kvaerner Masa-Yards Turku shipyard (now STX Europe). What makes this news extraordinary, is that Royal Caribbean will not necessarily have a ship based in Puerto Rico year-round, which it has had over a decade. However, there is still no word yet whether Adventure of the Seas will be replaced by another RCI vessel.

Malaga has invested a lot in its cruise facilities and now boasts one of the most modern cruise terminals in the Mediterranean. The city, in the heart of Spains Costa del Sol, is ideally located for operation of 7-night cruises to the Canary Islands or 7-night cruises to the Western Mediterranean with improved flight connections. Currently, Delta Air Lines offers non-stop service from New York.

This is the second surprising redeployment move from Royal Caribbean this month. The cruise line earlier announced it would pull Serenade of the Seas, one of three vessels there, out of Alaska for the 2010 summer season.

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