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Independence of the Seas 2020 – changes to sailings

Responding to strong booking interest in our exciting new Caribbean private destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean International has announced a 2020 deployment change for Independence of the Seas. The ship will now sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida rather than Southampton. Guests affected by the itinerary change will be offered full refunds and a ‘Future Cruise Credit’ for use on alternative sailings. The popular Quantum Class ship Anthem of the Seas will return to the UK market for 2020, adding more options for guests sailing from Southampton. Please click on the following FAQs for more information.

 

IMO a very bold move, but seeing what @twangster had put in another thread about slow sales in Europe it wasn't a surprise

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Good...glad to see this. This is the only way Royal or any company will ever listen to customers..by taking their money elsewhere.

Send us Empress over here and offer short 3/4 night sailing to Amsterdam / Rotterdam and Bruge.   you would get loads of English lager louts on her! I would defiantly book up! Us Brits

@twangster It has nothing to do with Brexit. It was due to them having extremely high prices and not enough people booking. 

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10 minutes ago, J_Keeble said:

I'm not sure royal are even doing the fjords this season now? Also I just thought maybe odyssey might come to Southampton for a couple of months before it goes to the US.

 

im not sure when she is due for delivery though.

Jewel has a few Fjords sailings in 2020 out of Copenhagen and Brilliance offers 1 from Amsterdam.

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1 hour ago, Joe01 said:

Very, very bad idea.

Complete slap in the face to the UK market. And we get stuck with the cr*p Anthem instead. There go my plans to do a Scandinavia cruise on ID.

Which ship to sail now?

Why is the anthem cr*p? We were thinking of doing the ovation..

i think a change is good the Indy as been here for ever now..

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1 minute ago, Jason12 said:

Why is the anthem cr*p? We were thinking of doing the ovation..

i think a change is good the Indy as been here for ever now..

Narrow, creaky, bad design. Not enough outdoor pool space, the Royal Esplanade was a con. I did like the Bumper Cars and North Star, but both had insanely long queues.

Quantum Class are my least favourites in the fleet. Glad I tried Anthem but wouldn't sail her again.

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So I’m guessing the Ovation is coming to the UK 2021 as it’s repositioning from Sydney to Singapore March 21 and not to Hawaii as usual..

the Voyager is also doing its usual repositioning to Singapore in April 2021 for the season so I cannot see the Ovation staying in Singapore.?? 

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1 hour ago, Joe01 said:

Very, very bad idea.

Complete slap in the face to the UK market. And we get stuck with the cr*p Anthem instead. There go my plans to do a Scandinavia cruise on ID.

Which ship to sail now?

We were thinking to do the Fjords this year, but decided to do western Mediterranean this year and leave Fjords for 2020. So that’s our plans out the window 

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5 minutes ago, Jason12 said:

So I’m guessing the Ovation is coming to the UK 2021 as it’s repositioning from Sydney to Singapore March 21 and not to Hawaii as usual..

the Voyager is also doing its usual repositioning to Singapore in April 2021 for the season so I cannot see the Ovation staying in Singapore.?? 

So That Leave A Huge Question If That Is True. What Ship Will Replace Ovation In Alaska?  Just A Thought But It Would Be Cool To See Spectrum Over There In Alska For The Summer And Spending The Winter In China?

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Just now, 3trinitythree said:

We were thinking to do the Fjords this year, but decided to do western Mediterranean this year and leave Fjords for 2020. So that’s our plans out the window 

Indeed. They've affected thousands of cruisers for this when they already have enough ships to call at CocoCay for the Summer season.

It's only Radiance Class doing the Fjords now.

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11 minutes ago, monctonguy said:

Money money money.......3 ships a day in Coco Cay....

 

This is the answer.

 

By pushing everything to Coco Cay, that is a butt ton of money they don't have to pay someone else.  It's perfect - we will pay ourselves!

I don't begrudge the company (well, too much) for trying to make absolute top dollar, but I hate the thought of that little island being 

slammed full of people.

 

And I hate that they appear to be dissing the folks in England.  But as badly as ManU have been this season, I'd want to leave country, as well!!

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