Farewell to an old favourite which makes way for Asia's largest ship
Mumbai, 15th April 2013: Royal Caribbean International’s recently refurbished Legend of the Seas® today called for the first time in Mumbai after its revitalization at the Ballard Pier -Ballard Estate. Mumbai became the final Asian destination for the innovative 'Ship of Lights' as she concluded her 4 year deployment in this region. Her arrival was marked by an official welcoming ceremony and her departure was an emotional moment for those who have sampled her charms and will now need to travel to Europe for this experience. Legend of the Seas® will be replaced by Asia's largest ship next month thus bringing more first-at-sea innovations to this region.
Speaking on this occasion, Ratna Chadha, Chief Executive, TIRUN Travel Marketing, India’s Representative for Royal Caribbean International, said, “It is a sheer delight to welcome one of Royal Caribbean International’s most well-travelled ships. Legend of the Seas® was revitalized in January this year and the extensive 3 week makeover has resulted in a virtually new ship that features more accommodation and dining options, new and exciting entertainment, upgraded technological conveniences and much more.” She further added, "Legend of the Seas® brought the international style of cruising to Asia and introduced innovative signature amenities and activities like the rock-climbing wall and mini-golf. Her presence allowed travel enthusiasts a chance to experience the Royal Advantage closer to home and enabled many Indian travellers to discover how a cruise ship can be a destination in itself.
The 2074-guest Legend of the Seas®has called at over 40 ports spanning 13 different Asian countries and been served by five Captains over the past four years. Recently, the ship received a US$50 million bow-to-stern revitalization which introduced greater culinary options, new visually stunning entertainment and activities on-board, as well as a refresh of all furniture and staterooms.
With floor-to-ceiling windows and acres of glass offering panoramic views this 'Ship of Lights' offers 11 decks of activity, entertainment, dining and accommodation. It brings amusement and relaxation with amenities and attractions like the Signature Casino Royale, a rock-climbing wall, the ship shape Day Spa, a 7 deck centrum and much more. One can savour a wide variety of international cuisine in the Romeo and Juliet Dining Room, watch Broadway-style musicals in the theatre and go for wine-tasting at the Champagne Terrace or simply relax in the adults only Solarium and indoor pool. Toddlers, kids and teenagers are entertained with special activities and clubs designed for different age groups.
In Asia, Legend of the Seas® will be replaced by the bigger Mariner of the Seas®which will be joining her sister ship Voyager of the Seas®later next month. They will concurrently be the ‘Largest Cruise Ships to be based inAsia’. Shedding light on the developments in this region, Mrs.Chadha added "These are exciting times. There is a threefold increase in our guest capacity for Asia and the deployment of two Voyager Class ships means that many new avenues are now open to the traveller. These ships bring unique first-at-sea innovations to this part of the world."
From Dubai, Legend of the Seas®will cruise to Europe for a summer season divided between the Italian homeports of Rome (Civitavecchia) and Venice. Thereafter the ship will head to the Caribbean in November to offer Southern Caribbean and Panama Canal sailings.
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AboutLegend of the Seas®
MS Legend of the Seas®was the first Vision Class cruise ships owned by the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. With a gross tonnage of 69,130 GT, the ship can carry 2,074 passengers. Stretching 867 ft in length and with a 105 ft beam, this ship has 11 decks of activity, dining, entertainment and staterooms. Her maiden voyage was May 16, 1995.
Key On-board facilities include Casino Royale, a theatre and cinema for shows and live music, a fitness center, two swimming pools, a double story dining room called the Romeo & Juliet, the Windjammer Cafe, the Viking Crown Lounge, 4 themed bars, a dance centre, a shopping arcade, a teen disco, a piano bar, an observation centre, a rock-climbing wall, a golf course, and much more. Find your zen at the VitalitySM Spa or retreat to the adult-only Solarium and pool.
Legend of the Seas® is the most-travelled ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet, having been based in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the South Pacific, Alaska, Central America, Caribbean, the Baltic, Mediterranean and the Middle East during her 14 year career at sea. The ship recently emerged from dry-dock and as part of Royal Caribbean International's fleet-wide revitalisation program it has been refurbished and upgraded.
About Royal Caribbean International:
Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand with 21 innovative ships, calling on more than 270 destinations in 72 countries across six continents. The line also offers unique cruise tour land packages in Alaska, Canada, Dubai, Europe, and Australia and New Zealand. Royal Caribbean provides a world-class vacation experience with a wide range of signature on-board amenities entertainment, and award-winning family programming. The cruise line has a 40-year history of giving guests the Royal Advantage – the most innovative cruise ships, exciting itineraries to popular destinations, and world-renowned friendly and engaging Gold Anchor Service. Royal Caribbean International is part of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE/OSX: RCL), a global cruise vacation company that also operates Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Pullmantur, CDF Croisieres de France, as well as TUI Cruises through a 50 percent joint venture with TUI AG. The company has a combined total of 40 ships in service and three under construction
About TIRUN Travel Marketing:
TIRUN Travel Marketing is the exclusive India Representative for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. with a portfolio of 3 of its cruise brands including Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises. A leading travelmarketing representation company, TIRUN has been representing Royal Caribbean in the country since 1993 and continues to successfully undertake exclusive marketing and sales for the various brands while also providing operational support pan-India. Headquartered in New Delhi, the company has proprietary offices in Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Chennai as well as representative presence in Hyderabad and Kolkata.
Recognized as India's premier cruise counsellors, in 2013 TIRUN Travel Marketing celebrates 20 years of its partnership with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. in India.
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TIRUN Travel Marketing welcomes Legend of the Seas®