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Brilliance of the Seas

After a successful test run on board Splendour of the Seas and Brilliance of the Seas in the summer of 2009, Royal Caribbean has decided to extend their late departure program to all their ships sailing in Europe.  For a fee of $35 for adults and $17.50 for children 3 to 17 (free for children under 3) departing guests may stay on board their ship until 90 minutes before the next sailing.

Guests will still have to place their luggage outside their stateroom the night before, and will have to leave their stateroom by 9AM.  Not all restaurants and services will be open, but guests will be abe to use the pool, spa and fitness center, eat in the Windjammer Cafe, and relax in any of the public lounges.  Complimentary lemonade, iced tea, water or coffee (specialty coffee excluded), as well as sodas for guests who purchased a Beverage Package for their cruise will be avaialble.  On select ships, drinks may be purchased at the bars with a credit card.

Passengers will be able to purchase the option under shore excursions on Royal Caribbean’s website.  In addition to the two test vessels, the program will be available on Independence of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas, Vision of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas.

I think this is a great option.  I’ve spent many hours at airports after having been hustled off the ship at 8AM for a 1PM flight.  Often there simply isn’t enough time to do a shore excursion before a flight, but more than enough time to sit in an uncomfortable seat at the airport.  How much nicer it would be to relax on the ship for just a little longer.

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