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Royal Caribbean releases Spring 2022-2023 opening schedule

In:
28Oct2020

Royal Caribbean has released the deployment schedule for initial 2022-2023 sailings.

The opening deployment for summer 2022 will include Alaska, Europe and 7-night Caribbean sailings.

The deployment schedule corresponds to when certain itineraries will go on sale to the public.

  • Week of November 9, 2020 Alaska Summer 2022
  • Week of November 9, 2020 Europe Summer 2022
  • Week of November 16, 2020 7-Night Caribbean Summer 2022

Royal Caribbean says the remainder of the deployment will be "coming soon"

All itineraries are subject to change without notice.

What does a deployment schedule mean?

The deployment schedule is when Royal Caribbean intends to put certain sailings on sale to the public.

It is important to note the key words, "week of", which means it could actually go on sale on any day that particular week.

A common mistake is for guests to read the date, and assume that will be the first day the sailings on on sale.

Moreover, Royal Caribbean's booking system tends to lag, where the new sailings get 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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7 hints & updates from Royal Caribbean on what's next

In:
14Oct2020

Six Royal Caribbean executives answered questions from travel agents during a webinar on Wednesday that touched upon a number of changes, initiatives and plans for the future.

The potpourri of questions were on the topics of new ports, crew members, cruises restating and so much more, which provided some insight into questions many cruise fans have had for a while.

Some of these answers were hints, and others gave good indications of what to expect.

When will the 2022-2023 cruises be released?

Many cruise fans want to know when the new set of itineraries will be released for 2022 and 2023.

Royal Caribbean Director of Revenue Strategy, Brittany Briggs, said that typically new itineraries are released in November and December, and others in the spring.

"I don't expect that will be too much from that this year. So I would stay on the lookout for something and some communications next month on our opening."

When will the new cruise terminal in Galveston open?

We all know that the new cruise terminal in Galveston, Texas that will be able to accommodate an Oasis Class size cruise ship is delayed by a year, but is the terminal still on track for completion?

 Josh Carroll, Royal Caribbean's Vice President, Port Development, confirmed it will be opening in 2022.

"We were on target to have that terminal up and running in 2021, due to COVID that has been delayed and will now be opening the following year in 2022. So we're very excited to bring Oasis class to Galveston and that's on track."

When will Royal Caribbean cruise on the west coast of the United States?

Perhaps the longest running constant question among cruise fans is when will Royal Caribbean return to the west coast for cruises.

The exact question posed was about cruise ships visiting ports in Western Mexico, but the answer gave us a glimmer of hope that we might be closer to cruises returning to the west coast than we might have thought.

Mr. Carroll said the growth of cruises in Alaska will offer Royal Caribbean the opportunity to sail from the West Coast when the Alaska cruise season is complete, and it sounds like sooner than we think.

'We are always evaluating different homeport options, as you can see, we're growing dramatically in Alaska, which in Alaska is only a summer product. So we're looking at a number of different options for the winter."

"And we think that pretty soon we may have something exciting to announce."

Will Royal Caribbean add any new ports to visit in the Caribbean?

Many cruise fans are eager for new ports of call to visit to help spice up the choices, and it sounds like more itineraries are on the horizon.

Mr. Carroll said more ports are coming, including stops at Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic as part of the 2022-2023 deployment schedule for Oasis Class ships.

"You'll also see us start going to places more that we don't necessarily visit often today as we partner with those government and port operators to expand the infrastructure and guest experience capabilities,"  Mr. Carroll explained.

"I saw a question come through, for example, on Grand Turk, and we are looking in the Turks and Caicos and have some some opportunities there as well to be able to add those to our itineraries."

Will the Future Cruise Credit expiration dates be extended?

As of June 30, 2020, Royal Caribbean Group reported they had approximately $1.8 billion in customer deposits, which means there is a lot of future cruise credits floating around.

Every future cruise credit has an expiration date associated with it, and the question was asked if those FCCs would be extended.

Ms. Briggs said there are no plans right now to extend FCCs, "At this time we don't have any intention of extending the global suspension or Cruise with Confidence FCCs."

"However, any other FCC that's not related to those that have either already expired or they are expected to expire by the end of this year, we are extending those through March 31st of 2021."

"So you can book by March 31st 2021 for any sailing that is open through April of 2022."

How long to train returning crew members for cruises to restart?

With regards to cruises restarting, how long will it take to train crew members so that they can get up to speed on the new regulations and policies.

Mark Tamis, Royal Caribbean Senior Vice President, Hotel Operations, said there are already crew members in the training phase, especially as it relates to cruises from Singapore on Quantum of the Seas.

Mr. Tamis explained how the digital training works, "We really digitize a lot of our training. So the crew, whether they're at home or on the ship in their own time, can get the training on their own handheld device."

"We have all these training modules that are being delivered to our crew right now. So they're already getting up to speed about how they'll be bringing to life all the new protocols."

What was the original name of Perfect Day at CocoCay?

This was not asked specifically, but Mr. Tamis mentioned while answering a call about the success of Perfect Day at CocoCay that the island makeover had a very different name.

"I joined the brand maybe a week after Michael [Bayley] did when he moved over from Celebrity, I think the first conversation we had was about, and this is inside baseball information, was originally called Adventure World."

Royal Caribbean postpones May 2021- April 2022 deployment schedule

In:
27Feb2020

After delaying the May 2021- April 2022 deployment schedule by a couple weeks, the new opening schedule has largely been postponed until further notice.

Royal Caribbean's new opening schedule for May 2021- April 2022 deployment simply lists the Short Caribbean sailings debuting the week of March 9, 2020 and the remaining deployment coming at a later date.

Based on the previous deployment schedule, it is reasonable to assume that the China, Australia, Singapore and Transpacific deployments are among the itineraries to be released at a later date.

Deployment schedules gives consumers an idea of when to expect particular cruise schedules to become available to start looking at future cruises.

Royal Caribbean pushes back May 2021- April 2022 deployment schedule back two weeks

In:
19Feb2020

The highly anticipated next release of new Royal Caribbean sailings for May 2021 - April 2022 has been pushed back a couple weeks.

Royal Caribbean has shared a new schedule of when the new sailings will go on sale.

  • Week of March 9, 2020: China – Phase 2
  • Week of March 9, 2020: Short Caribbean
  • Week of March 16. 2020: Australia
  • Week of March 23, 2020: China – Phase 3
  • Week of March 30, 2020: Singapore & Transpacifics

Essentially, China Phase 2 and Short Caribbean will now both be released the week of March 9, instead of the week of Week of February 24 and March 2, respectively.

These 2021-2022 sailings are in addition to the ones that were released in November & December 2019.

All itineraries and openings are subject to change without notice. 

Deployment schedules gives consumers an idea of when to expect particular cruise schedules to become available to start looking at future cruises.

Royal Caribbean releases Spring 2021-2022 opening schedule

In:
11Jan2020

Royal Caribbean has released a deployment schedule for the remaining 2021-2022 sailings, which will become available to book in February & March 2020.

  • Week of February 24, 2020: China – Phase 2
  • Week of March 2, 2020: Short Caribbean
  • Week of March 16. 2020: Australia
  • Week of March 23, 2020: China – Phase 3
  • Week of March 30, 2020: Singapore & Transpacifics

These 2021-2022 sailings are in addition to the ones that were released in November & December 2019.

All itineraries and openings are subject to change without notice. 

Deployment schedules gives consumers an idea of when to expect particular cruise schedules to become available to start looking at future cruises.

Royal Caribbean delays deployment schedule for May 2021 - April 2022

In:
29Oct2019

Royal Caribbean has delayed the deployment schedule for May 2021 - April 2022 by a week.

The new Deployment Schedule reads as follows:

  • Week of November 4, 2019: Alaska & Hawaii
  • Week of November 11, 2019: Europe
  • Week of November 18, 2019: 7+ Night Caribbean
  • Week of December 2, 2019: Northeast, Canada & Bermuda
  • Week of December 9, 2019: China - Phase 1
  • Week of December 16, 2019: Short Caribbean

Alaska & Hawaii itineraries were originally scheduled to come out this week.

All itineraries are subject to change without notice.

Royal Caribbean releases 2021-2022 opening schedule

In:
01Oct2019

Guests eager to book their 2020-2021 Royal Caribbean cruises are one step closer with the release of the cruise line's opening schedule for the May 2021 - April 2022 deployment.

  • Week of October 28, 2019: Alaska & Hawaii
  • Week of November 4, 2019: 7+ Night Caribbean
  • Week of November 11, 2019: Europe & Dubai
  • Week of November 18, 2019: Short Caribbean
  • Week of December 2, 2019: Northeast, Canada & Bermuda
  • Week of December 9, 2019: TBA

All itineraries and openings are subject to change without notice. 

Deployment schedules gives consumers an idea of when to expect particular cruise schedules to become available to start looking at future cruises.

Royal Caribbean opens bookings for 2020 sailings on Voyager of the Seas

In:
22May2019

Royal Caribbean has opened bookings for Voyager of the Seas 2020 sailings from Singapore.

Voyager of the Seas will offer a short season from Singapore, between May 2020 and June 2020 to destinations in Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

At the conclusion of her season, Voyager of the Seas will re-position to Hong Kong, China.

You can view all the 2020 Singapore sailings on Voyager of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean opens 2020 Cuba sailings for bookings

In:
16May2019

Royal Caribbean has put its 2020 Cuba sailings online for guests to begin booking.

Majesty of the Seas and Empress of the Seas return to offer sailings to Cuba with some new itineraries included.  Majesty of the Seas will offer 4 to 6 night adventures, with stops at destinations like Costa Maya, Cozumel and Perfect Day at CocoCay on select sailings.

Empress of the Seas will offer 3 to 8 night sailings, including an overnight or a late stay in Havana, plus Perfect Day at CocoCay on select sailings.

These new 2020 Cuba sailings are available to book exclusively by Crown & Anchor Society members on May 16, 2019. Bookings become available to the general public on May 17, 2019.

You can view a full list of 2020 Cuba sailings here:

Royal Caribbean opens bookings for China 2020 sailings

In:
07May2019

Royal Caribbean released its 2020 China sailings for guests to book, which includes sailings on Quantum of the Seas and Spectrum of the Seas.

The new bookings are available to book for Crown & Anchor Society members on May 7, 2019. Bookings open to the general public on May 8, 2019.

Spectrum of the Seas will sail from Shanghai and is specially tailored for Chinese guests. Quantum of the Seas will sail from Beijing. Both ships will sail to Okinawa, Nagasaki, Tokyo and beyond — plus late-night stays in Kobe and Osaka, Japan on select sailings.

You can view sailings scheduled for Spectrum of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas.

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