Royal Caribbean 'to end Dubai cruises'
Dubai, September 25, 2012
"In past years, Royal Caribbean has been proud to take delivery of a new ship almost every year. In the past two years, we've made news by sending two large ships to the Asia region - a key growth market for the brand. We also explored other deployment programs - this was the case for the Middle East and our Dubai program. We were initially very pleased with the business development there and expected continued growth; however, the demand has declined in recent seasons. In addition, the planned transfer of Monarch of the Seas out of the Royal Caribbean fleet next spring has made us face some difficult decisions about continuing existing programmes for us. In this case, the trends for Serenade of the Seas did not justify continuing to deploy her in the region," she said.
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