Rounding the Horn

Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas will voyage around Cape Horn in 2009

By: Terra Judge

Adventurers will have a rare opportunity to circumnavigate the South American continent on Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas, the line’s first Voyager-class ship to chart a course around Cape Horn.

Starting in Jan. 2009, Mariner will take guests on one of three cruises, calling at destinations in South America. Or, guests can opt for a combined 46-night cruise for an extended South America adventure.

“Mariner will offer a remarkable experience for vacationers as they visit the must-see destinations of South America and enjoy the exceptional onboard amenities and service only found on a Royal Caribbean ship,” said Alice Norsworthy, senior vice president, marketing, Royal Caribbean International.

Mariner will begin the southerly ocean-crossover on Jan. 4, 2009, from Port Canaveral on a 15-night voyage to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Guests will call at St. Maarten, St.Kitts, Barbados and Salvador De Bahia, Brazil, as well as CocoCay Royal Caribbean’s private island destination in the Bahamas. The sailing will conclude with an overnight stay in Rio.

Mariner will continue with a 15-night sailing on Jan. 19 to round the southern tip of South America departing from Rio to Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile, and including calls at Montevideo, Uruguay, and Ushuaia, Argentina the southernmost city in the world. Guests also will cruise along the majestic Chilean fjordlands and experience overnight stays in Buenos Aires and Valparaiso.

The journey will conclude with a 16-night sailing from Valparaiso (Santiago) on Feb. 3. Guests will enjoy calls at Arica, Chile; Lima (Callao), Peru; Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica; and Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, arriving in her new homeport of Los Angeles on Feb. 19.

Guests booking the 46-night voyage by Dec. 15, 2007, receive a 50 percent reduced deposit and a $500 onboard credit.

Guests on Mariner of the Seas can enjoy a treatment in the Mariner Day Spa or relax in one of the many pools and heated whirlpools by day, and take in non-stop entertainment, from Broadway-style productions in the Savoy Theater to gaming in Casino Royale, by night. They also can choose from more than 15 bars and lounges and seven restaurants, including Johnny Rockets and Royal Caribbean’s signature specialty restaurants; Chops Grille Steakhouse and Portofino Italian Ristorante.