Royal Caribbean to leave Dubai after this winter

By Jerry Limone
Responding to decreased demand, Royal Caribbean will no longer base a ship in Dubai after the 2012-13 winter season.

“In past years, Royal Caribbean has been proud to take delivery of a new ship almost every year, allowing us to move other ships in our fleet to new regions of the world to develop new programs,” Royal Caribbean said in a statement. “This was the case for the Dubai program. We were initially very pleased with the program, and while we expected continued growth, the demand has declined in recent seasons.

“In addition, the planned transfer of Monarch of the Seas out of the Royal Caribbean fleet next spring has made us face some difficult decisions about continuing existing programs. In this case, the trends for Serenade of the Seas did not justify continuing to deploy her in the region.”

Royal Caribbean began its Dubai program in January 2010. The 2,490-passenger Serenade will begin a season of seven-day cruises out of Dubai on Jan. 28.
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