Royal Caribbean announces new ship deployments for 2019-2020 cruise season
Royal Caribbean unveiled its big plans for 2019-2020 sailings with a major announcement of itinerary changes.
Short sailings from Florida on big ships
Family cruising is all about Royal Caribbean's decision to have two of its newly modernized Voyager class ships offer 3- and 4-night itineraries from Florida to the Bahamas.
Mariner of the Seas will sail from Port Canaveral, Florida, while Navigator of the Seas will be based in the brand new Terminal A port in PortMiami.
Royal Caribbean is hoping that with the onboard features that each ship offers, they will be perfect introductions for first-time guests and families, who are short on time, to experience the best of the Caribbean in a weekend.
Enchantment of the Seas will offer 4- and 5-night sailings from Galveston, Texas to various destinations in Mexico, year round.
Short Caribbean itineraries will be available to book the week of Nov. 20, 2017. All itineraries will be available to book by Crown & Anchor Society loyalty members one day prior to the general opening date.
Moving to Alaska
Royal Caribbean will debut a Quantum Class ship in Alaska in 2019, with the arrival of Ovation of the Seas for the 2019 Alaska summer season.
Ovation of the Seas will transition from Sydney, Australia to her new summer homeport of Seattle, Washington.
Ovation will sail 7-night itineraries to destinations from Juneau to Victoria, British Columbia, showcasing Alaska’s natural treasures and luring adventure seekers with stately spruce forests, island- studded waters, native wildlife and awe-inspiring glaciers. Ovation will join Radiance of the Seas in the Alaska market, which sails 7- night open-jaw itineraries between Seward, Alaska and Vancouver, British Columbia. Alaska itineraries will be available to book the week of Dec. 11, 2017.
Four Oasis Class ships in Florida
All four Oasis class ships, Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, and Symphony of the Seas, will sail from Florida in 2019 through 2020.
Oasis of the Seas will undergo a bow-to-stern revitalization before changing her homeport to Terminal A at PortMiami for the fall and winter seasons. She will be joined in PortMiami by Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas.
Allure of the Seas, which will have spent the previous year in Miami, will return to Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades. Meanwhile, Harmony of the Seas will move to Port Canaveral. Harmony's arrival in Port Canaveral brings the latest in Oasis class offerings within driving distance of the Southeast United States.
All four Oasis Class ships will sail 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, Liberty of the Seas will sail 7-night Western Caribbean from Galveston, Texas and Freedom of the Seas will sail 7-night Southern Caribbean itineraries from San Juan, Puerto Rico. The 7-night Caribbean itineraries are available to book the week of Nov. 13, 2017.
Anthem of the Seas will continue to be the focal point of the cruise line's operations in the Northeast. Anthem will depart from Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, New Jersey, and offer 5-to-9 night summer itineraries to Bermuda, The Bahamas, and the Caribbean. In the fall season, Anthem of the Seas will offer 9-night itineraries to Canada and New England.
Adventure of the Seas will join Anthem of the Seas, and offering 6- to 8-night itineraries to The Bahamas and Caribbean. Adventure also will offer select 6-night itineraries to Canada and New England during the summer, and longer 10- to 11-night fall foliage cruises beginning in September.
Northeast, Canada and Bermuda itineraries will be available to book the week of Dec. 4, 2017.
New Northern Europe and Mediterranean
For the first time since 2014, Oasis of the Seas, will spend her summer in Europe, sailing from Barcelona, Spain. Oasis will sail 7-night itineraries, visiting Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Marseille, France; and Florence, Rome and Naples, Italy. Europe itineraries will be available to book the week of Dec. 11, 2017.