Royal Caribbean International is to launch its first direct cruise connection from Stansted Airport, targeting millions of people in the Uttlesford hub’s catchment area.

Stansted launches cruise flights

Stansted launches cruise flights

British Airways will operate the service with charter flights to Venice from June. Guests flying from Stansted will connect directly to Royal Caribbean International ship Voyager of the Seas for a week-long Adriatic sailing.

Nick Barton, managing director of Stansted Airport, said: “European cruise markets continue to grow in popularity and with direct flight connections, guests can enjoy warmer climates and be settled into their cruise holiday within hours of departing the UK.

“We look forward to welcoming guests jetting away from Stansted for their cruise connection this summer and wish Royal Caribbean International every success with this new service.”

Jo Rzymowska, associate vice president and general manager, Royal Caribbean International, UK and Ireland, added: “Feedback from cruise travellers tells us that convenient flight connections are a factor when selecting their next cruise experience and the new services from Stansted are a great addition to our summer 2011 programme.

“Around 6.7 million people live in Stansted’s main catchment area, putting our cruise connections onto the doorstep of millions of potential customers.”

Voyager of the Seas was launched in November 1999 and has capacity to carry 3,840 people.

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