Royal Caribbean announced a string of major new ship deployments in unveiling its 2016-17 Caribbean collection on Thursday.
Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas will sail a western Caribbean and two new eastern Caribbean itineraries in summer 2016, all seven nights from Port Everglades. Allure of the Seas will then be joined by the new Oasis-class ship, Harmony of the Seas, to offer a seven-night eastern and western Caribbean itinerary for winter 2016-17.
Oasis of the Seas, meanwhile, will reposition to its new winter home of Port Canaveral in central Florida, where a new terminal is being built to accommodate it. Oasis will alternate weekly eastern and western Caribbean cruises. And Rhapsody of the Seas will take over three- and four-night Bahamas cruises from Enchantment of the Seas, which shifts to Miami.
Also from Port Canaveral, Freedom of the Seas will continue alternating seven-night eastern and western Caribbean cruises during summer 2016, and then reposition to Port Everglades for its new winter season alternating a six-night western Caribbean route with an eight-night eastern Caribbean itinerary.
And, from Port Everglades, Freedom's sister, Independence of the Seas, will sail four- and five-night western jaunts, while Serenade of the Seas alternates a 10- and 11-night southern Caribbean route.
Anthem of the Seas will continue year-round sailings from Bayonne, New Jersey's Cape Liberty Cruise Port, and operate its maiden season to Bermuda. Vacationers have a choice of five-night Bermuda or nine-night Bermuda and Caribbean itineraries throughout the summer, and eight- to 12-night Bahamas, eastern, western or southern Caribbean cruises during the winter.
Throughout September and October, Anthem of the Seas will sail nine-night Canada/New England cruises from Cape Liberty, and Serenade of the Seas will offer seven-night Canada/New England cruises from Boston.
Continuing from Baltimore, Grandeur of the Seas will operate five-night Bermuda, nine-night Bermuda and Bahamas, and nine-night Canada/New England cruises throughout the summer. In the winter, the ship will sail nine-night 'Southeast Coast & Bahamas' and 12-night southern Caribbean cruises.
From Miami, Enchantment of the Seas will sail three- and four-night Bahamas getaways year-round, while Navigator of the Seas will alternate five-night Bahamas and Mexico jaunts with nine-night Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao and Labadee cruises in the winter.
From Tampa, four- and five-night western Caribbean cruises will depart throughout winter aboard Brilliance of the Seas.
Liberty of the Seas will continue its year-round deployment from Galveston, offering a selection of seven-night Mexico and western Caribbean cruises.
Seven-night southern Caribbean cruises sail year-round from San Juan aboard Adventure of the Seas. In the winter, Jewel of the Seas also will sail southward from San Juan.