Royal Caribbean International will double its seasonal presence in Tampa in the fall of 2014 with the addition of a second cruise ship. According to an August 29 press release received by Examiner, Vision of the Seas will reposition to Tampa in November 2014 to operate week-long cruises to the western Caribbean. She will join fleetmate Brilliance of the Seas, which will continue operating 4- and 5-night cruises from the Gulf Coast city.
Vision of the Seas
After a nine-night repositioning cruise to Tampa that departs Port Everglades on November 6, 2014, Vision of the Seas will begin her series of weekly, seven-night cruises to the western Caribbean. Her 2014-2015 season from Tampa will run from November 15, 2014 through the departure on March 14, 2015. All will stop in Cozumel and Costa Maya; all but the November 15 cruise will call on Belize City, and the remainder will stop at Georgetown or Roatan.
According to Royal Caribbean, Vision of the Seas measures and 915 feet long and more than 78,000 gross tons, and can accommodate 2,000 passengers, double occupancy. She was built in 1998 and was refurbished in 2000. Another refurbishment is scheduled for September 2013.
Brilliance of the Seas
Brilliance of the Seas will continue her seasonal four- and five-night cruises from Tampa from November 23, 2013 through April 26, 2014. She will return to Tampa for her 2014-2015 season, which will feature four- and five-night cruises departing from November 13, 2014 through April 25, 2015. The four-night cruises will call on Cozumel; the five-night cruises will add Georgetown or Key West, depending upon departure date.
Additionally, Brilliance of the Seas will make a seven-night cruise on November 16, 2013 to Key West, Georgetown, Roatan, and Cozumel. She will conclude her 2013-2014 winter season with a 14-night transatlantic cruise that will call on Boston, Cork, Cherbourg, Zeebrugee, and Harwich.
Brilliance of the Seas measures 962 feet long and more than 90,000 gross tons, and has a passenger capacity of 2,142 guests, double occupancy. The ship’s maiden voyage was in 2002 and she underwent an extensive refurbishment in May 2013.
The complete schedule of sailings may be found on Royal Caribbean’s website. For more information, contact your travel agent or Royal Caribbean.