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Royal Caribbean releases 2023 deployment schedule

03 Nov 2021
Matt Hochberg

We now know when Royal Caribbean will open up new 2023 bookings.

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Royal Caribbean's Senior Vice President, Sales, Trade Support and Service, Vicki Freed, released part of the new deployment schedule, although it is not complete.

The partial deployment schedule will cover Alaska, Europe, and 7-night Caribbean sailings.

  • Week of November 29, 2021: Alaska
  • Week of December 6, 2021: Europe
  • Week of December 13, 2021: 7-night Caribbean

Royal Caribbean promises more release dates will be announced soon for 2023 sailings from the Northeast, Los Angeles, Short Caribbean and more.

All itineraries are subject to change without notice.

What is a deployment schedule?

The deployment schedule is the plan for when Royal Caribbean will open select sailings for sale.

There is no indication of which day, just the week the new itineraries will become available to book, but it could be on any day of the noted week.

Guests will commonly misconstrue the new cruises to come out on the exact day, rather than at some point during the week.

When the new sailings are available, it is common for the new itineraries to be entered into the booking system first, and the website second. This means in some cases cruises are bookable earlier if booked over the phone or with a travel agent, even if they do not appear on the website.

What should you do now to prepare?

If you are in the market for a cruise during one of these new deployments, you will want to keep an eye out for once cruises go on sale.

Royal Caribbean typically allows Crown and Anchor Society members a 24 hour head start on the general public, but since anyone can sign up for Crown and Anchor Society, there is no excuse for waiting.

Talk with your travel agent in the days leading up to the new deployments coming online so you can jump on specific bookings and book them.  

One of the best strategies for the lowest prices is to book a cruise as soon as it goes on sale.  Hard-to-find staterooms are also available during this period, so now is the time to lock in a studio room or a suite.

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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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