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Royal Caribbean announces restart plans for remaining cruise ships

03 Aug 2021
Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean has laid out its plans for the rest of the fleet on when and where ships will resume sailing again.

While Royal Caribbean has restarted successfully a number of ships this summer, many sailings were in question without a firm restart date.

The cruise line shared restart plans for its cruise ships which were still in limbo as Royal Caribbean slowly restarts sailings.

The new restart plan encompasses 13 cruise ships, extending into Spring 2022.

Each ship now returning will cruise with the health measures that have safeguarded the well-being of guests, crew and destination communities to date across other ships in Alaska, Asia, The Bahamas, the Caribbean and Europe.

Here is what Royal Caribbean has announced for its restart:

Oasis of the Seas  7-night Bahamas cruises from Cape Liberty, New Jersey, starting Sept. 5; and 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Miami, beginning November

Liberty of the Seas 7-night Western Caribbean cruises from Galveston, Texas, starting Oct. 3

Serenade of the Seas  4- and 5-night Western Caribbean cruises from Tampa, Florida, starting Oct. 16; and 7-night Caribbean itineraries, beginning December

Explorer of the Seas 7-night Southern Caribbean sailings from San Juan, Puerto Rico, starting Nov. 7

Navigator of the Seas 3-, 4- and 5-night Catalina Island, California, and Ensenada and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico cruises from Los Angeles, beginning Nov. 19

Grandeur of the Seas 7- and 14-night Southern Caribbean sailings from Bridgetown, Barbados, starting Dec. 5

Ovation of the Seas 2- to 10-night domestic itineraries in Australia from Sydney, beginning Dec. 13

Brilliance of the Seas 4- and 5-night Bahamas and Western Caribbean cruises from Tampa, starting Dec. 16

Enchantment of the Seas  8-night Bahamas sailings, and select 12-night cruises to the Southern Caribbean from Baltimore, starting Dec. 23

Vision of the Seas 10- and 11-night Southern Caribbean itineraries from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, beginning Jan. 24, 2022

Voyager of the Seas 7- and 9-night cruises in Northern Europe from Barcelona, Spain, starting April 15, 2022

Radiance of the Seas 7-night Alaska sailings from Vancouver, Canada, beginning April 29, 2022

Rhapsody of the Seas 7-night Mediterranean and Greek Isles itineraries, sailing from Rome starting May 23, 2022

All other ships have either restarted cruises, or have plans to restart cruises this summer.

Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley celebrated plans to restart all the ships, "We are excited and appreciative to be able to say with confidence when all of our ships will return, especially for travelers looking ahead to plan their getaways. More than 110,000 guests have cruised with us since December, and they’ve done so safely while enjoying the memorable vacations they trust we’ll bring to life."

"It’s been incredible to see families come together again on board our ships sailing in the U.S., the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. And to know we’ll soon welcome more in a safe manner when our entire fleet is back by spring 2022 is wonderful."


Booked guests currently confirmed on the below sailings will be automatically moved to the corresponding sailing on the newly redeployed ship.  Should guests no longer wish to sail due to this change, refunds can be requested through August 24, 2021.

Brilliance of the Seas departing Oct 16 – Dec 6, 2021 to be moved to like-for-like sailing on Serenade of the Seas departing Tampa (Dec 6 sailing now 4N vs prior 5N sailing).

Radiance of the Seas departing Oct 1, 2021 to be moved to Serenade of the Seas on same sail date (now 13N sailing vs. prior 14N sailing).

Rhapsody of the Seas departing Dec 14, 2021 – Feb 19, 2022 to be moved to like-for-like sailing on Serenade of the Seas departing Tampa.

New cancellations

In conjunction with the restart plan announcement, Royal Caribbean also announced a new series of cruise cancellations to make way for the restart.

  • Anthem of the Seas departing Southampton: October 20, 2021 
  • Brilliance of the Seas departing Tampa: September 4-October 11, 2021; December 11, 2021; March 28-April 25, 2022
  • Enchantment of the Seas departing Baltimore: September 4- December 11, 2021 
  • Explorer of the Seas departing San Juan: October 31, 2021 
  • Harmony of the Seas departing Barcelona: October 31, 2021 
  • Liberty of the Seas departing Galveston: September 26, 2021 
  • Ovation of the Seas departing Sydney: October 27, 2021- April 10, 2022
  • Radiance of the Seas departing Miami: October 15, 2021- April 10, 2022
  • Rhapsody of the Seas departing Tampa: February 26- April 16, 2022
  • Serenade of the Seas departing Sydney: October 24, 2021- February 27, 2022
  • Vision of the Seas departing San Juan/Fort Lauderdale: September 5, 2021- January 14, 2022

Summer restart

The restart plan builds upon the ships that have either already resumed sailings, or are scheduled to later this summer.

Here is a list of those ships that already had restart plans announced by the cruise line:

  • Adventure of the Seas from Nassau, Bahamas, beginning June 12, 2021
  • Freedom of the Seas from Miami, Florida, beginning July 2, 2021
  • Anthem of the Seas from Southampton, England, beginning July 7, 2021
  • Jewel of the Seas from Limassol, Cyprus, beginning July 10, 2021
  • Serenade of the Seas from Seattle, Washington, beginning July 19, 2021
  • Odyssey of the Seas from Fort Lauderdale, Florida beginning July 31, 2021
  • Allure of the Seas from Port Canaveral, beginning August 8, 2021
  • Ovation of the Seas from Seattle, Washington, beginning August 13, 2021
  • Symphony of the Seas from Miami, Florida, beginning August 14, 2021
  • Independence of the Seas from Galveston, Texas, beginning August 15, 2021
  • Harmony of the Seas from Barcelona and Rome, beginning August 15, 2021
  • Mariner of the Seas from Port Canaveral, Florida, beginning August 23, 2021
  • Quantum of the Seas began sailing in Singapore in December 2020

Matt started Royal Caribbean Blog in 2010 as a place to share his passion for all things Royal Caribbean with readers. He oversees all the writers at Royal Caribbean Blog, and writes a great deal of content on a daily basis.  He has become one of the foremost expert on a Royal Caribbean cruise.

Over the years, he has reached Pinnacle Club status with Royal Caribbean's customer loyalty program.

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