Lee Travel and Royal Caribbean International Launch Norwegian Fjords Cruise for 2013

Lee Travel and Royal Caribbean International Launch Norwegian Fjords Cruise for 2013

Tuesday 02 October 2012


Lee Travel have announced an exclusive agreement with Royal Caribbean International that will see Ireland’s favourite cruise company and the award-winning travel agent working together to invite holidaymakers to board Europe’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean International’s Independence of the Seas, for cruises direct from Ireland for the very first time. 

The exciting venture will enable 200 guests that book with Lee Travel to board the ship at Ireland’s only dedicated cruise berth in Cobh, Co. Cork and join the ship’s other guests for a choice of two 12-day Norwegian cruises, on either 3 June or 9 September 2013.

This is a great vote of confidence in the cruising industry in Cork, a boost to Cobh tourism, and will contribute towards the €43.9 million and 212 full time equivalent jobs that the cruise industry brings to the Cork economy annually.

The Norwegian cruises will take in scenic fjords, narrow glacial inlets, castles, the Norwegian countryside and the modern and vibrant capital city of Oslo.  Guests for the cruises will be among the first to enjoy all-new features recently added to Independence of the Seas as part of a fleet wide USD $300 million makeover programme.  New restaurants, bars, outdoor movie screens, shipside wi-fi and a new nursery will join the ship’s many attractions that include three pools, six whirlpools, over eight restaurants, a spa and fitness centre as well as innovative and family-friendly features including a rock climbing wall, a Flowrider surf simulator, a H2O waterpark, ice skating rink and 1,320-seater theatre and the Adventure Ocean kids and teen clubs.

Announcing the news, Declan O Connell, Managing Director of Lee Travel, said, “We are all very excited in Lee Travel to be the first Irish company to have secured the agreement with Royal Caribbean International to embark passengers in Cobh.  There is a demand for such a service from Cork and we are confident that these cruises will be very popular and that Royal Caribbean will sail more ships out of Cobh for many years to come.  Our dedicated cruise team, who have almost 40 years experience , are available to speak about everything these cruises have to offer to existing and new cruise fans to ensure it truly is a memorable holiday.”

Lorraine Quinn, Head of Sales Ireland, Royal Caribbean International, said, “We are delighted to partner with Lee Travel to launch Royal Caribbean International’s first ever cruise from Ireland.  Guests can look forward to the characteristic welcome and service; excellent dining and innovative family-friendly facilities with a choice of accommodation options that have kept Irish guests coming back time and again.”

Captain Michael McCarthy, Commercial Manager of the Port of Cork said “The Port of Cork is very much looking forward to welcoming the Independence of the Seas back to Cobh next year and we are particularly delighted to see passengers embarking this magnificent vessel in Cobh for the first time. The Port of Cork has been promoting the concept of “interporting” with cruise lines for many years and every time Independence of the Seas comes to Cobh people are asking us why they cannot join the vessel. Now thanks to Lee Travel and Royal Caribbean International, it is possible to being a marvellous cruise from our own port. Cobh is one of the most attractive ports in Europe and we can assure all intending passengers of a great experience with one of the world’s leading cruise companies.”

The Norwegian Fjords Cruise is exclusive to Lee Travel, voted Irish Travel Agent of the Year 2011, with prices from €1,699 per person (based on 2 adults sharing an inside stateroom).  Fly/Cruise price includes flights back to Dublin/Cork with transfers and checked baggage allowance; a 12 night cruise departing from Cobh on 3 June or 9 September, 2013 and calling at Olden, Norway; Alesund, Norway; Flam, Norway; Stavanger, Norway; Kristiansand, Norway; Oslo, Norway and Bruges (Zeebrugge), Belgium before ending in Southampton, England UK; meals and entertainment onboard and all relevant cruise taxes/fees. 

For further information, see www.leetravel.ie, call 1850 201 214 or, visit any of the branches of Lee Travel in Cork (24 Princes St., Cork City, Midleton, Youghal , Ballincollig, Paul Street Shopping Centre).

Sinead Kavanagh
Commercial Marketing Executive
Port of Cork Company
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