Royal Caribbean expands 2001-2002 itineraries

MIAMI -- Royal Caribbean will expand its Legend of the Seas Australia/New Zealand cruises next year, allowing passengers more time to explore Sydney, Australia, and Auckland, New Zealand.

The ship will sail Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific for the third season.

Dating from 1999, the program, called Royal Journeys, will be renamed Exotic Destinations.

Seven cruises between Sydney and Auckland are scheduled. They will be the first to include overnight stays aboard the ship while at the two cities, allowing guests a day and night there, the cruise line said.

Pre- or post-vacation packages, including an Outback/Ayers Rock tour, will be offered. An Explore Overnight program will provide guests the option of disembarking for a New Zealand overnight stay and reboarding at the next port.

Exotic Destinations will begin with an Athens-to-Dubai cruise (14 nights, departing Nov 10, 2001), followed by Dubai-to-Singapore (13 nights, Nov. 24) and Singapore-to-Sydney (16 nights, Dec. 7), with calls at Bali, Indonesia, and Darwin, Cairns and Brisbane, Australia.

Four 14-night Sydney-Auckland cruises (departing Dec. 23, Jan. 20, Feb. 17 and March 17) will call at Melbourne and Hobart, Australia, and Dunedin, Christchurch and Tauranga, New Zealand.

Three 14-night Auckland-Sydney cruises (Jan. 6, Feb. 3 and March 3) will have the same port calls.

The season ends with a 16-night Auckland-Honolulu cruise, departing March 31 and calling at Tauranga; Moorea, Bora Bora, and Papeete, French Polynesia, and Hilo and Lahaina, Hawaii.

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