Royal Caribbean International has announced that it will be calling at Tonga as a new destination for the brand for the upcoming 2016-2017 season.
The Radiance of the Seas will call at the Tongan pots of Vava’u on Dec. 12 and Nuku’alofa on Dec. 13.
The two new destinations will be part of a 13-night South Pacific, Fiji and Tonga itinerary, sailing from Sydney to Auckland. Departing on Dec. 3, other calls include the Isle of Pines in New Caledonia, Lifou in the Loyalty Islands, Suva and Lautoka in Fiji, as well as Tonga, before arriving in Auckland.
“We’ve had our eye on Tonga as a destination for our guests for some time, with its vibrant culture, diverse marine life and natural beauty,” commented Adam Armstrong, managing director for Royal Caribbean International in Australia and New Zealand.
The two new destinations will bring a host of unique experiences to the table for Royal Caribbean – the islands of Vava’u are renowned for their coral gardens and sparkling lagoons, while Nuku’alofa, capital of Tonga and home to the only royal family in the Pacific Islands, is a hub of island charm and regal tradition. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the islands further with a range of optional excursions, including whale-watching and snorkelling in Vava’u and a cultural tour in Nuku’alofa.
The Radiance of the Seas will also make the cruise line’s and industry’s maiden call to Wollongong on 30 October 2016.
The 2,400-guest Radiance of the Seas will make Australia her home for the sixth consecutive season this Down Under summer. She is one of five Royal Caribbean ships to sail around Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific region in the 2016-2017 season.