Brilliance sets sail from Dubai

Brilliance of the Seas

ROYAL Caribbean International’s Brilliance of the Seas will commence its inaugural seven-night cruise to five major Gulf destinations from Dubai, UAE on January 18.

The new route will visit Muscat, Fujairah, Abu Dhabi and Mina Salman in Bahrain. The weekly programme will run from January to April 2010.

“Bookings for Brilliance of the Seas cruises are on track and performing well,” said Helen Beck, Royal Caribbean International regional sales director.

“We are seeing good levels of interest from the Middle East markets. Having Brilliance of the Seas sailing in the Gulf region for the first time gives us a wonderful opportunity to show off this beautiful ship.”

Brilliance of the Seas will be the biggest cruise ship in the Middle East in terms of guest capacity.

The ship, boasts one of the highest space-per-guest ratios in the industry and will carry 2,501 guests a week. The seven-night cruise starts from $800 per person.

With a beam of 30.6 m and a length of 293 m, the ship weighs 90,090 tonnes and can travel at a speed of 25 knots. More than 50 per cent of the 1,055 staterooms have balconies and offer guests breathtaking vistas of the passing landscape and sea.

The ship features indoor and outdoor pools, a seaside fitness centre with modern exercise equipment and a full-service spa, an indoor and outdoor sports deck with golf simulator, sports courts, a rock-climbing wall and a jogging track. There is also a wide range of dining options, shopping arcades and a theatre as well as numerous conference and meeting facilities for business travellers.