Royal Caribbean International's newest ship, Independence of the Seas, will be coming into service two weeks earlier than scheduled.
Work has been completed earlier than expected so the cruise line will be able to offer an additional two sailings on board the new ship from the beginning of May 2008.
Managing director Jo Rzymowska said: "The extra couple of weeks provide our trade partners with further opportunities to earn commission, particularly over the peak booking period during the festive season and in the New Year.
"This complements our Turn Of Year campaign which has launched earlier than ever before.
The two additional sailings include a four-night Cork cruise that departs on May 2 and an 11-night Canary Island cruise on May 6.
Guests who have already booked onto the inaugural sailing on May 17 will be offered the first chance to move at no additional cost to the new maiden voyage on May 2, incorporating exactly the same itinerary from Southampton Cork Southampton.
Guests wanting to change to the new date should contact the cruise line by December 12 in order for their booked stateroom to be re-protected on the new sailing date.
Royal Caribbean International is writing to all its trade partners to fully explain the changes.
The new sailings are live for re-booking from December 7.
After a Nordic inaugural celebration in April 2008, Independence of the Seas will arrive in the UK on April 25 with UK celebrations taking place from April 26-30 in Southampton.
By Bev Fearis
Wednesday, December 5, 2007