Royal Caribbean to add second ship in Southampton

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For the first time, Royal Caribbean International in 2013 will base two ships in Southampton, England.

The 3,114-passenger Adventure of the Seas will join the 3,634-passenger Independence of the Seas in the U.K. port, starting in May 2013, Royal Caribbean announced.

The line started cruising from Southampton in 2005 with the deployment of the 2,435-passenger Legend of the Seas. The Independence of the Seas has operated from Southampton every spring and summer season since 2008.

The Adventure of the Seas will offer a series of seven-, 12-, 13-, 14- and 16-day cruises to France and Spain, the Western Mediterranean, the Baltics and Scandinavia.

The Independence of the Seas will sail a series of new itineraries from Southampton in 2013, following a ship renovation, the line said.

Its new itineraries include a two-night cruise to Le Havre, France, and a three- and four-night cruise to Zeebrugge, Belgium and Le Havre. It also will offer a six- and eight-night cruise to Norway, 14-night Norway and Cork cruises, and a series of 14-night Mediterranean and 12-night Canary Islands cruises.

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