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Hi

 

Has anyone in the US/Canada been able to get any information with regards to booking opening on Wednesday for the Allure in Europe 2015.

 

My US TA called RCCL reservations and they didn't know anything about it.

 

So my TA then checked with her DM who still couldn't get any information from anyone.

 

Someone over the pond must know something about the Allure opening up for booking ?

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Royal Caribbean International today announced that, for the first time since the ship was delivered in Turku, Finland, in late 2010, Allure of the Seas will return to Europe in summer 2015 and homeport at Barcelona, Spain, and take vacationers to new, fascinating Mediterranean destinations for the first, full Oasis-class Europe season.

 

Royal Caribbean’s Crown & Anchor Society loyalty program members have the exclusive privilege to book Allure of the Seas’ Europe season one week earlier on Feb. 12, 2014.

 

Additionally, Rhapsody of the Seas will offer three 10- and 11-night Black Sea itineraries from Istanbul, Turkey, and then sail a variety of seven- to 11-night Greek and Turkey itineraries from Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy. For its part, Splendour of the Seas will offer seven-night Greek Isle and Turkey itineraries from Venice, Italy. Allure of the Seas, Rhapsody of the Seas and Splendour of the Seas’ summer 2015 season will be open to the general public on February 18, 2014.

 

“Royal Caribbean will be taking vacationers to spectacular Europe destinations and delivering the WOW aboard the world’s most innovative ships in 2015,” said Carol Schuster, senior vice president of Marketing for Royal Caribbean International. “Each Royal Caribbean ship sailing in Europe has already undergone extensive enhancements as part of our fleetwide revitalization program to deliver some of the most popular concepts that debuted on the unmatched Allure of the Seas. No matter which Royal Caribbean ship you choose, every member of our friendly and engaging staff and crew will deliver our signature Gold Anchor Service on an unforgettable Europe vacation.”

 

Starting May 24, 2015, Allure of the Seas will sail every Sunday from Barcelona and sail a seven-night itinerary, calling at Palma De Mallorca, Spain; Provence (Marseilles), France; and Florence/Pisa (La Spezia), Rome (Civitavecchia), and Naples/Capri in Italy. Vacationers can also choose to embark Allure of the Seas for a seven-night sailing, roundtrip from Rome (Civitavecchia).

 

On board, Allure of the Seas’ guests will enjoy the most innovative and extensive array of onboard amenities contained in seven themed neighborhoods, such as an 82 foot-long zip line, a handcrafted carousel, the Rising Tide elevating bar, a fully-licensed Broadway musical, the high-diving Aquatheater, and Central Park with more than 12,000 live trees and plants, and many more. Allure of the Seas also offers amenities that can only be found on Royal Caribbean, such as twin FlowRider surf simulators, cantilevered whirlpools, an ice-skating rink, the H20 Zone kids aquapark, and the Royal Promenade, an interior boulevard that stretches nearly the length of the ship and flanked by restaurants, lounges and boutiques, among many others.

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As it is open for C&A only on Wednesday, would a call to C&A directly not be the best strategy to get an answer?

 

They have a direct number now from outside the USA. +1 541-285-9723. This line goes right into C&A in Oregon.

 

I doubt they know anything more than a DM would have access to though.

 

They do have a screening selection that cuts you off if you say you are calling to book a new cruise, but for all other matters you just remain on the line.

 

I remember the confusion onboard the Liberty when they opened up Oasis as they did not have any information on pricing until booking was actually open.

 

I saw one UK agent was taking pre-bookings, but without specific cabin pricing.

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The one thing I've noticed is that Royal Caribbean seems to target homeport guests. Over here it's almost like they are trying to keep it a secret that any ships are in Europe. We heard nothing on Oasis and are seeing the same thing with Anthem and Allure over there. The UK group has been sending out fliers and brochures but nothing over here. I was even surprised that during the big Anthem announcement the US Royal Caribbean twitter account completely ignored the event. Really don't know why they do it, but they seem to. You would think the more bookings the better regardless of origin.

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I wanted to book a week on Allure for June 2015 and was literally shocked at the prices. Somehow RCCL must think that it will be very easy to get 6000 passengers per week to fill Allure up. An ocean view cabin on all sailings in June is around 4'500 Swiss Francs, equals USD 4'800 for two people. That's exactly double the price we paid for Allure in the Caribbean last February. And June is not even high season yet, school vacation in Europe start in July...

 

Regarding vacations, I'm really not greedy, but last year we paid for a Western Med cruise on the Liberty 2'400.- for two in a D1 Ocean View Cabin. It's not making much sense to pay double that price for one week of vacation. We will wait a bit and maybe look for another cruise line.

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I wanted to book a week on Allure for June 2015 and was literally shocked at the prices. Somehow RCCL must think that it will be very easy to get 6000 passengers per week to fill Allure up. An ocean view cabin on all sailings in June is around 4'500 Swiss Francs, equals USD 4'800 for two people. That's exactly double the price we paid for Allure in the Caribbean last February. And June is not even high season yet, school vacation in Europe start in July...

 

Regarding vacations, I'm really not greedy, but last year we paid for a Western Med cruise on the Liberty 2'400.- for two in a D1 Ocean View Cabin. It's not making much sense to pay double that price for one week of vacation. We will wait a bit and maybe look for another cruise line.

 

This is part of RCL's new strategy to use reduced pricing in frequent sales to fill their ships. Step one is to increase prices so they can discount prices. You need to wait for a BOGO sale to book your cruise. Seems dumb and inconvenient to me, but this is their new marketing strategy.

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