Royal Caribbean International announced 2016-2017 Caribbean deployment. 15 ships of the line will sail from 9 U.S. homeports, and call in 39 Caribbean ports.
The Deployment marks Quantum class’ maiden call in Bermuda with Anthem of the Seas. The three Oasis-class vessels, including the new Harmony, will all be sailing from Florida.
What are the highlights?
The new Anthem of the Seas will go on with year-round sailings from Cape Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey, and make her maiden season at Bermuda. In September and October, the Anthem will sail 9-day Canada and New England voyages. At the same time, Serenade of the Seas will offer 7-day Canada and New England cruises from Boston, Massachusetts.
Grandeur of the Seas will sail 5- and 9-day day Bermuda, as well as 9-day Bahamas and Canada and New England cruises throughout 2016 summer. In the winter, the ship will offer 9-day Southeast Coast & Bahamas and 12-day Southern Caribbean voyages.
Enchantment of the Seas will sail 3- and 4-day year-round short Bahamas getaways from Miami, while Navigator of the Seas will alternate 5-day Bahamas and Mexico with 9-day Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire and Labadee sailings in the winter.
In summer 2016 Allure and Oasis of the Seas will sail 7-day Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, departing from Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale.
Allure of the Seas will be joined by Harmony of the Seas to offer a 7-day Eastern and Western Caribbean itinerary during 2016-2017 winter. Harmony of the Seas, which debuts April 2016, will replace the Oasis in Port Everglades.
Meanwhile, Oasis of the Seas, will reposition to her new winter home in Port Canaveral, alternating a 7-day Eastern and Western Caribbean itinerary. Enchantment of the Seas’ 3- and 4-day Bahamas cruises will be taken over by Rhapsody of the Seas.
During winter months, Independence of the Seas will offer a sequence of 4- and 5-day short Western Caribbean itineraries departing from Port Everglades, while her sister-ship Freedom of the Seas is scheduled to alternate a 6-day Western Caribbean with an 8-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary.
Serenade of the Seas alternates for a longer vacation and will offer 10- and 11-day Southern Caribbean itineraries.
During 2016 summer Freedom of the Seas is expected to continue alternating 7-day Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, and then to reposition to Port Everglades for her new winter season.
The Brillance will sail from Tampa on 4- and 5-day Western Caribbean voyages. Liberty of the Seas will go on with her year-round sailings from Galveston, Texas.
There are also year-round cruises from San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Adventure of the Seas. Jewel of the Seas will also homeport at San Juan in the winter and sail to the Southern Caribbean.