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Royal Caribbean bulks up North American itineraries in 2018-19

PortMiami's new Terminal A will be home to Symphony of the Seas (Oasis 4) and Allure of the Seas PortMiami's new Terminal A will be home to Symphony of the Seas (Oasis 4) and Allure of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International unveiled its strongest lineup of North American itineraries in 2018-19, when a fourth Oasis-class ship, Symphony of the Seas, begins sailing from its new PortMiami terminal.

Among other highlights, Adventure of the Seas will sail from the Northeast, joining Anthem of the Seas at Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, New Jersey, and Vision of the Seas will join (seasonally) Liberty of the Seas in Galveston. Oasis of the Seas will continue year-round at Port Canaveral.

Explorer of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas return to Alaska. As earlier reported, Allure of the Seas will be moving to Miami from Port Everglades, which continues as the year-round home for Harmony of the Seas (switching from Saturday to Sunday departures for the winter).

Following Symphony of the Seas' Mediterranean debut, the ship will sail weekly eastern and western Caribbean cruises from PortMiami's new Terminal A, with St. Kitts as a new port of call. From its new Miami home, Allure will continue alternating eastern and western Caribbean sailings.

Enchantment of the Seas will sail three- and four-night Bahamas cruises year-round from Miami, while Navigator of the Seas will sail five- and nine-night southern and western Caribbean itineraries from Miami throughout the winter.

From Port Canaveral, Oasis of the Seas will continue weekly cruises, while Majesty of the Seas offers three- and four-night Bahamas getaways.

Galveston-based Liberty of the Seas will continue to sail seven-night Mexico and western Caribbean itineraries. In the winter Vision of the Seas will operate four- and five-night western Caribbean getaways from the Texas port.

In Alaska, Explorer of the Seas will return for weekly Inside Passage cruises round-trip from Seattle, while Radiance of the Seas will sail seven- and nine-night open-jaw itineraries between Seward and Vancouver, BC.

In the US Northeast, Quantum-class Anthem of the Seas will continue year-round from Cape Liberty with a diverse series of five- to 12-night itineraries to Bermuda and the Caribbean and seven-night itineraries to the Bahamas. In the fall, Anthem will offer nine-night itineraries to Canada and New England.

The newly revitalized Adventure of the Seas will call the Northeast 'home' for the first time since its debut, sailing a variety of seven-night cruises to the Bahamas and New England and Canada throughout the summer. In fall 2018, the ship will feature three open-jaw 10- and 11-night sailings to Québec.

Serenade of the Seas will homeport in Boston for September and October, operating seven-night itineraries to Canada/New England and seven-night itineraries to Bermuda. The ship will then reposition to Port Everglades for longer winter vacations to the southern and eastern Caribbean on 10- and 11-night itineraries.

Adventure of the Seas will reposition from Cape Liberty to Port Everglades in the winter, offering six- and eight-night eastern and western Caribbean itineraries. Independence of the Seas will sail from Port Everglades in the winter, too, on four- and five-night itineraries to the western Caribbean.

Grandeur of the Seas will continue to offer varied cruises from Baltimore, including nine-night itineraries to the Bahamas and 12-night itineraries to the southern Caribbean in the winter, and nine-night journeys to Canada/New England and five-night getaways to Bermuda in the summer.

From Tampa, Rhapsody of the Seas will sail round-trip seven-night western Caribbean itineraries during the winter, while Brilliance of the Seas alternates four- and five-night cruises.

Jewel of the Seas will make San Juan, Puerto Rico, its homeport for the winter season, to operate seven-night southern Caribbean routes.


Posted 15 March 2017

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Anne Kalosh

US editor of Seatrade Cruise Review and Seatrade Cruise News

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