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Allure of the Seas heading to Europe in ’15

 
 
 <span class="cutline_leadin">MEDITERRANEAN IN ITS FUTURE: </span>The giant Allure of the Seas will spend summer 2015 in Europe.
MEDITERRANEAN IN ITS FUTURE: The giant Allure of the Seas will spend summer 2015 in Europe.
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One of the world’s largest cruise ships will spend next summer in Europe after being based in Fort Lauderdale for nearly five years.

Royal Caribbean International announced Wednesday that the 5,400-passenger Allure of the Seas will sail seven-night Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona starting May 24, 2015.

The Miami-based cruise line is only opening 22 sailings for the ship, the last in mid-October. The itinerary includes Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Provence, France; and several Italian stops, including Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples/Capri. Travelers can also embark in Rome for a seven-night trip.

The ship’s deployment after those 22 European sailings has not been announced.

Next summer’s Allure voyage follows a shorter trip to Europe this year for sister ship Oasis of the Seas, which is scheduled to leave Fort Lauderdale for a 12-night trip to Barcelona on Sept. 1. The vessel, which shares the title of “world’s largest cruise ship” with Allure, has three sailings in Europe before undergoing routine maintenance in Rotterdam. Oasis, which debuted in 2009, will head back to Port Everglades on Oct. 14.

Royal Caribbean has not announced whether Allure of the Seas, which launched in late 2010, will undergo similar maintenance next summer.

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