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Where are Royal Caribbean's ships right now? September 2020

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14Sep2020
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Matt Hochberg

While there have not been any cruises since March, Royal Caribbean's ships are distributed around the world in different regions.

Many cruise fans are curious where the ships are currently, so here is a breakdown of where the fleet is stationed.

This information was gathered, and accurate, as of September 14, 2020.

Map courtesy of cruisemapper.com

CocoCay - Anchored off the coast

  • Grandeur of the Seas
  • Navigator of the Seas
  • Oasis of the Seas
  • Symphony of the Seas
  • Mariner of the Seas
  • Adventure of the Seas

Barbados - Drifting off the coast

  • Enchantment of the Seas
  • Serenade of the Seas
  • Freedom of the Seas
  • Liberty of the Seas
  • Harmony of the Seas

St. Maarten

  • Independence of the Seas
  • Brilliance of the Seas
  • Rhapsody of the Seas
  • Vision of the Seas

Southampton, England - Anchored off the coast

  • Jewel of the Seas
  • Allure of the Seas
  • Anthem of the Seas

Brest, France - Shipyard

  • Explorer of the Seas

Crete - Anchored off the coast

  • Empress of the Seas
  • Majesty of the Seas

Shanghai

  • Spectrum of the Seas

Singapore - Anchored off the coast

  • Radiance of the Seas
  • Ovation of the Seas
  • Voyager of the Seas
  • Quantum of the Seas

What are all the cruise ships doing?

Royal Caribbean's ships are in a state of "warm lay up", where they are manned by skeleton crews that keep the ship operational while slowing moving around their current region.

The ships remain in groups, with one ship periodically going into a nearby port to load supplies and unload waste.

A few ships have moved substantial distances, mostly for scheduled dry dock work (Allure of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas), or simply to transition to a new area for logistical reasons.

No Royal Caribbean ship has entered a state of "cold lay-up", where most of the ship is essentially shutdown.

When will Royal Caribbean ships sail?

Everyone wants to know when Royal Caribbean cruises will be able to start sailing again, and there is no clear answer yet.

Royal Caribbean has an official date of November 1, 2020 as their goal to resume operations, but that is far from a certainty.

All cruise lines are facing logistical and political hurdles that prevent them from restarting, including of course the current health emergency they are facing.

The reality is no one really know when exactly cruises will start, and that means Royal Caribbean's ships will remain idle around the world until the company is ready to start operations up.

When they do start cruising again, do not expect all 26 ships to resume sailings immediately. Royal Caribbean has said repeatedly it expects to start with a few ships that can sail to its private destinations first, and then expand operations from there.

Royal Caribbean International President & CEO Michael Bayley summarized a possible start up plan in August, "I think when we resume service, our thinking is that will probably we'll probably start with short product, Perfect Day, and that'll be the how we'll start phasing in operations."

While the cruise line's plans are not completely certain, Royal Caribbean executives have commented they believe cruises will resume with just a handful of ships at first, with a phased approach to bringing the entire fleet back.