Royal Caribbean International plans to have all 25 of its cruise ships back in service by spring next year as it prepares for the second phase of its cruise resumption program.
Royal Caribbean currently has 12 cruise ships back in service, sailing from Galveston in Texas, Port Canaveral and Miami in Florida, Seattle in Washington, Singapore, Cyprus and Spain, but plans to bring another 13 ships into service by May next year.
Throughout August and September, Royal Caribbean will mark the second phase of its cruise restart, with another five cruise ships due to resume cruising.
Anthem of the Seas will return to service with roundtrip cruises from Southampton in the UK (a cruise season that was recently extended by Royal Caribbean following England’s relaxation of international travel rules).
Allure of the Seas, Odyssey of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas will all return to cruising in September from Florida, visiting ports in the Caribbean. Allure of the Seas will sail roundtrip from Port Canaveral, Odyssey of the Seas from Fort Lauderdale and Symphony of the Seas from Miami.
Oasis of the Seas, meanwhile, will homeport at Cape Liberty in New Jersey, sailing roundtrip cruises to Bermuda or Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay.
The cruise line plans to steadily bring more ships into service throughout the year.
Navigator of the Seas will begin a season of West Coast itineraries from Los Angeles on November 19th, sailing 3-, 4- and 5-night cruises to Catalina Island, California and Mexico.
Ovation of the Seas will head back to Australia on December 13th to sail domestic cruises from Sydney, and Grandeur of the Seas will cruise from Bridgetown, Barbados on 7- and 14-night sailings from December 5th.
“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,” said Michael Bayley, President & CEO, Royal Caribbean International.
“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,” he added.
“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.”
2021/22 Cruise Restart Plans:
Oasis of the Seas – 7-night Bahamas cruises from Cape Liberty, New Jersey, starting September 5th; 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 October 3rd.
Serenade of the Seas* – 4- and 5-night Western Caribbean cruises from Tampa, Florida, starting October16th; and 7-night Caribbean itineraries, beginning December.
Explorer of the Seas* – 7-night Southern Caribbean sailings from San Juan, Puerto Rico, starting November 7th.
Navigator of the Seas – 3-, 4- and 5-night Catalina Island, California, and Ensenada and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico cruises from Los Angeles, beginning November 19th.
Grandeur of the Seas – 7- and 14-night Southern Caribbean sailings from Bridgetown, Barbados, starting December 5th.
Ovation of the Seas – 2- to 10-night domestic itineraries in Australia from Sydney, beginning December 13th.
Brilliance of the Seas – 4- and 5-night Bahamas and Western Caribbean cruises from Tampa, starting December 16th.
Enchantment of the Seas – 8-night Bahamas sailings, and select 12-night cruises to the Southern Caribbean from Baltimore, starting December 23rd.
Vision of the Seas – 10- and 11-night Southern Caribbean itineraries from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, beginning January 24th, 2022
Voyager of the Seas – 7- and 9-night cruises in Northern Europe from Barcelona, Spain, starting April 15th, 2022
Radiance of the Seas – 7-night Alaska sailings from Vancouver, Canada, beginning April 29th, 2022
Rhapsody of the Seas – 7-night Mediterranean and Greek Isles itineraries, sailing from Rome starting May 23rd, 2022.