Video: Royal Caribbean puts 2020 programme on sale early

Royal Caribbean International’s 2020 programme, which sees the return of Quantum-Class ship Anthem of the Seas to Southampton, will go on sale five months early.

The line will also deploy Ovation of the Seas to Alaska, making it the first Quantum-class ship to sail in the region. The ship features a glass pod extending over the top deck that offers “amazing views”, according to UK and Ireland managing director Ben Bouldin.

Ex-UK and Europe departures in 2020 will be available to book from November 20, while Alaska sailings will go on sale on November 6.

Bouldin said programmes would not normally go on sale until March, but demand was “strong” and there was less to sell for 2019.

Royal’s seven-night Caribbean itineraries will go on sale on December 11, including those on four Oasis-class ships due to be deployed to the region in 2020.

“This region will showcase the very best of our Oasis-class ship and everything a Caribbean holiday has to offer,” he said.

“Our vision is to stretch the thinking of our travel partners and open up our brand beyond Europe and the UK – with a heavy focus on the Caribbean and Alaska.”

Meanwhile, Royal has recruited three regional sales managers. Adam Morris has taken the role for the northeast and Yorkshire, joining from Thomas Cook, where he was a store manager and cruise expert.

Emma Sweeney will look after the Scotland and Cumbria region. She joins from Tui, where she was a retail manager in Glasgow with responsibility for driving cruise bookings in the local region.

Michelle Ryan becomes regional sales manager for Ireland, having previously been senior account manager for a travel news website.

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