Proudly parading the seas with 23 ships in its fleet, Royal Caribbean sails around all corners of the world, from the ices of the Arctic Circle to the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean. But with more ships, such as the vast Allure of the Seas making Europe their base and more exciting ports-of-call being added, we thought we’d show you a few local cruise itineraries from Royal Caribbean that we’ve got our eye on for 2015. With Royal Caribbean now offering all-inclusive packages for no extra cost (limited time only), it’s certainly worth seeing where you could get to on your cruise holiday next year…

Anthem of the Seas:  Italian Mediterranean

Anthem of the Seas Cruise

The arrival of Royal Caribbean’s newest recruit is causing quite a stir, with its innovative features and cruise grandeur. Anthem of the Seas is a ship that boasts state-of-the-art entertainment such as virtual concerts, and adrenalin inducing activities like the iFly sky diving simulator. If you’re a fan of Michelangelo, tempted by plates full of handmade pasta and appreciate a fine Baroque dome, the Italian Mediterranean Cruise is sure to float your boat.  Calling in at Rome, Florence and Pisa, you can bask in Italy’s splendour and marvel at its incredible ancient history. With more stops along the way in neighbouring Med countries, days spent in Gibraltar, Marseilles and Lisbon make for a culturally captivating holiday.

Explorer of the Sea: Madeira, Azores and the Canaries

Explorer of the Sea

Setting sail from Southampton, the freshly refurbished Explorer of the Seas now extends its 3 to 16 day cruises to Africa and the Azores. Call in at stops like Lanzarote, Madeira and Ponta Delgada to explore the scattered paradise islands around the Iberian peninsula and beyond. Take a wander around Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote or climb a volcano to witness crater lakes in the Azores: opportunities for shore excursions are rife.  With other itineraries to choose from, including the Canary Islands Adventure and Canaries & North America, there’s a good reason it’s called the Explorer!

Allure of the Seas: Western Mediterranean

Allure of the Seas Cruise

Luring you in with its ‘World’s Largest Cruise Ship’ title, Allure of the Seas comes to the Mediterranean. Replacing Liberty of the Seas, the liner will depart from Barcelona as it takes three, five and seven night journeys around beautiful European spots. The Western Mediterranean cruise guides you to Marseilles, Florence, Rome, Split and Venice. Between each delightful destination, immerse yourself in the incredible on-board entertainment such as the high-diving acrobatics at the AquaTheatre or tuck into some scrumptious sea fare at the intimate 150 Central Park. Allure of the Seas makes the perfect host to show you around the Med.

Whether you’re sticking to local waters or venturing further afield to the likes of the Middle East, Asia or Australia, Royal Caribbean are covering more of the world’s treasures than ever next year. Talk to a CruiseDeals expert to find your ideal 2015 itinerary today.

Have you been on a cruise around the Canaries or Mediterranean? Are you planning on boarding the new Anthem of the Seas? Tell us your cruise plans in the comments box below.

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