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RCI-Royal Caribbean International Coronavirus update

RCCL-Royal Caribbean Group (shipowner) suspended its entire fleet's passenger shipping operations (RCI-Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Silversea Cruises, Azamara Cruises) worldwide by cancelling all voyages with pre-scheduled departures in the period March 15, 2020, through April 30, 2021. Fleetwide operations are currently planned to resume on May 1, 2021, excluding only the two Asia-based ships Quantum OTS (starting December 1, 2020, from Singapore) and Spectrum OTS (starting on March 7, 2021, from Shanghai). All RCI repositioning cruises Spring 2021 (Transatlantic, Asia-Australia-Hawaii-Alaska) were cancelled.

Next are listed all RCI ships and their first departure dates/regions/homeports in 2021 - Spectrum OTS (Mar 7/Asia-Japan-China from Shanghai), Brilliance OTS (May 1/Tampa), Mariner OTS (May 3/Port Canaveral), Navigator OTS (May 3/Miami), Independence OTS (May 3/Fort Lauderdale), Adventure OTS (May 22/Mediterranean from Barcelona), Enchantment OTS (May 1/Bermuda from Baltimore), Rhapsody OTS (May 1/Mediterranean-Greece from Ravenna), Symphony OTS (May 1/Miami), Allure OTS (May 3/Port Canaveral), Anthem OTS (May 7/Europe-Baltic-Mediterranean from Southampton UK), Freedom OTS (May 2/Puerto Rico to NYC-Bermuda), Harmony OTS (May 4/Mediterranean from Barcelona), Liberty OTS (May 2/Galveston), Oasis OTS (May 2/Fort Lauderdale), Explorer OTS (May 5/Galveston), Jewel OTS (May 4/Europe-Baltic from Copenhagen), Vision OTS (May 2/Caribbean from Puerto Rico), Ovation OTS (May 21/Alaska from Seattle), Voyager OTS (May 4/Asia-Japan-China from Tianjin), Odyssey OTS (May 9/Europe-Mediterranean from Civitavecchia-Rome), Serenade OTS (May 16/Alaska from Vancouver), Radiance OTS (May 12/Alaska from Vancouver). Quantum OTS (cruises to nowhere from Singapore) is in service since December 1, 2020.

All affected bookings received full refunds (100%), including on prepurchased through RCI cruise packages and services. With rebooking are offered 125% refunds in FCC (future cruise credit) to be used on itineraries that depart up to September 30, 2022. The FCC must be redeemed by December 31, 2021. Full cash refund or changing the FCC to a monetary refund (100%) must be done by March 31, 2021. Within 45 days (from the cancellation date), all taxes, port fees and pre-purchased (if any) packages-amenities are automatically refunded to the original form of payment.

RCI's Cancellation Policy (Cruise with Confidence) was extended to allow penalty-free cancellations up to 48 hours prior departure (all itineraries) and receive an FCC. The policy was also enhanced with two new rebooking options - "Best Price Guarantee" (you can change the price and promo offers on the booking up to 48 hours prior departure) and "Lift and Shift" (you can rebook the same itinerary departing within 1 month from the cancelled date, with protected original price and promo offer and keeping the same cabin category).

IMPORTANT: RCI covers up to USD 20,000 per person for Coronavirus-related costs. The money is for shipboard medical treatments and safe quarantine plus providing safe return to home travel arrangements. If a passenger test positive for COVID-19 while on the ship, RCI also provides a full monetary refund (100% of the cruise price) for the infected and his/her travel companions.

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Review of Royal Caribbean

Due to Coronavirus concerns, RCG-Royal Caribbean Group (shipowner) suspended its entire fleet's passenger shipping operations (RCI-Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity, Silversea, Azamara) worldwide by canceling all voyages with pre-scheduled departures in the period March 15, 2020, through April 30, 2021. Fleetwide operations are currently planned to resume on May 1, 2021, excluding only the two Asia-based ships Quantum OTS (starting December 1, 2020, from Singapore) and Spectrum OTS (starting on March 7, 2021, from Shanghai). All RCI repositioning cruises Spring 2021 (Transatlantic, Asia-Australia-Hawaii-Alaska) were canceled.

Next are listed all RCI ships and their first departure dates/regions/homeports in 2021 - Spectrum OTS (Mar 7/Asia-Japan-China from Shanghai), Brilliance OTS (May 1/Tampa), Mariner OTS (May 3/Port Canaveral), Navigator OTS (May 3/Miami), Independence OTS (May 3/Fort Lauderdale), Adventure OTS (May 22/Mediterranean from Barcelona), Enchantment OTS (May 1/Bermuda from Baltimore), Rhapsody OTS (May 1/Mediterranean-Greece from Ravenna), Symphony OTS (May 1/Miami), Allure OTS (May 3/Port Canaveral), Anthem OTS (May 7/Europe-Baltic-Mediterranean from Southampton UK), Freedom OTS (May 2/Puerto Rico to NYC-Bermuda), Harmony OTS (May 4/Mediterranean from Barcelona), Liberty OTS (May 2/Galveston), Oasis OTS (May 2/Fort Lauderdale), Explorer OTS (May 5/Galveston), Jewel OTS (May 4/Europe-Baltic from Copenhagen), Vision OTS (May 2/Caribbean from Puerto Rico), Ovation OTS (May 21/Alaska from Seattle), Voyager OTS (May 4/Asia-Japan-China from Tianjin), Odyssey OTS (May 9/Europe-Mediterranean from Civitavecchia-Rome), Serenade OTS (May 16/Alaska from Vancouver), Radiance OTS (May 12/Alaska from Vancouver). Quantum OTS (cruises-to-nowhere from Singapore) is in service since December 1, 2020.

All affected bookings received full refunds (100%), including on prepurchased through RCI cruise packages and services. With rebooking are offered 125% refunds in FCC (future cruise credit) to be used on itineraries that depart up to September 30, 2022. The FCC must be redeemed by December 31, 2021. Full cash refund or changing the FCC to a monetary refund (100%) must be done by March 31, 2021. Within 45 days (from the cancellation date), all taxes, port fees and pre-purchased (if any) packages-amenities are automatically refunded to the original form of payment.

RCI's Cancellation Policy (Cruise with Confidence) was extended to allow penalty-free cancellations up to 48 hours prior departure (all itineraries) and receive an FCC. The policy was also enhanced with two new rebooking options - "Best Price Guarantee" (you can change the price and promo offers on the booking up to 48 hours prior departure) and "Lift and Shift" (you can rebook the same itinerary departing within 1 month from the canceled date, with protected original price and promo offer and keeping the same cabin category).

IMPORTANT: RCI covers up to USD 20,000 per person for Coronavirus-related costs. The money is for shipboard medical treatments and safe quarantine plus providing safe return to home travel arrangements. If a passenger test positive for COVID-19 while on the ship, RCI also provides a full monetary refund (100% of the cruise price) for the infected and his/her travel companions.

In mid-December 2020, RCI sold the ships Empress OTS (30-years-old) and Majesty OTS (28-years-old) were sold to an Asian company (undisclosed shipowner).

RCI (Royal Caribbean International) is a subsidiary company and largest brand of RCG (Royal Caribbean Group, fka RCCL-Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd) - Norwegian-American corporation, ranked the world's second-largest passenger shipping company (after Carnival Corporation). However, RCCL owns the world's biggest passenger ships. As of 2018, RCCL controls around 32% of the global ship cruising market (revenue) and 23% (passengers), with full ownership of 4 brands (RCI, Celebrity, Silversea, Azamara) plus 49% stake in Pullmantur (51% owned by Springwater Capital), 50% stake in TUI Cruises (50% owned by TUI AG) and 19% stake in Wamos Air (fka Air Pullmantur).

Company history

Royal Caribbean Group (renamed in 2020 from RCCL / "Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd) is based in Miami (Florida USA) and incorporated in Liberia. The company was formed in 1997 when RCCL (Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, established 1968) purchased Celebrity Cruises (established 1988). A decision was made to keep the two brands separate. As result, RCCL was re-branded RCI-Royal Caribbean International (website) and RCCL was founded as the parent company of RCI and Celebrity. RCCL headquarters address is "Royal Caribbean International, 1050 Royal Caribbean Way, Miami, FL, 33132-2096 USA".

RCI Royal Caribbean International logo - CruiseMapper

The name RCCL (initially "Royal Caribbean Cruise Line AS) was officially accepted in 1969 (on January 31st). Other suggested names for the company included "Pleasure Cruise Line" (PCL), "Holiday Cruise Line" (HCL), "Crown Cruise Line" (CCL), "Royal Caribbean Line" (RCL). RCCL's "crowned anchor" logo was designed by Morits Skaugen and accepted in March (1969).

Around 55% of RCI's total revenue comes from the USA. The brand's other major markets are Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. As of 2020, RCI ships visit a total of 322 call ports worldwide, offering 4500+ shore excursions through local tour companies.

Since 2017, Royal Caribbean has joint ownership of Grand Bahama Shipyard (Freeport), where major drydock refurbishments and ship maintenance works take place.

Company changes 2021

RCG's 2020-Q4 financial report revealed US GAAP Net Loss of USD 5,8 billion (EUR 4,774B, or US$27,05 per share) and Adjusted Net Loss of USD 3,9 billion (EUR 3,21B, or US$18,31 per share). In 2020, RCG raised ~USD 9,3B (~EUR 7,655B) through bond issuances, loans, public common stocks) and as of Dec 31 had liquidity ~USD 4,4B (EUR 3,62B, including $3,7B in cash-cash equivalents plus $0,7B from a year loan).

In mid-February, RCG established a USD 40 million fund for USA-based qualifying travel agencies. The program allows 3-year, interest-free loans (max US$250,000) via CruisingPower.com. To qualify, the applicants are required to be owners/authorized representatives of the agency, and the agency's commission earnings with RCG (bookings on July-December 2019 cruises) to have been min US$4000.

On January 19, RCG announced an agreement to sell the brand Azamara Cruises for USD 201 million (~EUR 165,8 M / ~GBP 147,6 M / carve-out transaction) to Sycamore Partners. Sycamore Partners acquired the entire brand and its 3 ships, plus all the associated intellectual property rights and goodwill. The all-cash transaction is expected to close in 2021-Q1. Azamara's CEO (Carol Cabezas) was appointed President. The deal was assisted by Perella Weinberg Partners (financial advisor for RCG), Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (legal counsel for RCG) and Kirkland & Ellis (legal advice to Sycamore).

After selling 8 ships - 3x Pullmantur (Horizon, Monarch, Sovereign), 3x Azamara (Quest, Journey, Pursuit), 2x RCI (Empress, Monarch), RCG's global fleet capacity decreased by 12316 berths (5984+2138+4194).

Company changes 2020

In February 2020, RCG purchased land ("multiple real estate parcels") on Paradise Island's (Bahamas) western coast, at the cost of ~USD 54 million (~EUR 50 million). In mid-March 2020 was announced RCI's second private resort property (after Fort James, St Johns Antigua) - Royal Beach Club Bahamas (at Paradise Island, close to Nassau).

On March 23, RCG loaned USD 2,2 billion (~EUR 2,03 B) with maturity in March 2021 and an optional extension for 364 more days (till March 2022). With the new financing, RCCL now has USD 3,6+ billion of liquidity (cash deposits plus undrawn credit facilities). The money was secured term-loaned from 3 US banks (JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America Corporation, Goldman Sachs Group) plus the French banking group BNP Paribas.

On July 30, RCG was officially renamed to "Royal Caribbean Group". The logo was also changed.

In late-July, RCI introduced "Muster 2.0" (patented, Internet-based safety drill conducted via the eMuster mobile app). The patent was filed on September 12, 2019 (issued March 3, 2020).

Company changes 2019

In April 2019, RCG partnered with IDEMIA (fka Morpho) - Paris-based French company specializing in security and identity solutions. In 2017, Morpho merged with Oberthur Technologies. IDEMIA's services will help speeding up RCCL passenger disembarkation at select US homeports via company's MFACE (high-speed 3D facial recognition) technology. The list of homeports, for now, includes NYC (Cape Liberty NJ) and PortMiami, with more Florida homeports to me added by the end of 2019. MFACE compares disembarking passenger's facial identity with those of embarking passengers, also matching against US Customs and Border Protection provided TVS (Traveler Verification Service). Passenger's privacy is guaranteed as no photos are stored neither by RCCL, IDEMIA or US Customs after the cruise's completion.

On June 4, 2019, the USA banned travel to Cuba (effective immediately). On June 5, RCCL officially canceled all pre-scheduled for 2019 Cuban cruises. On both affected RCI liners (Majesty OTS and Empress OTS) all Cuban ports were substituted with alternative Caribbean ports. All affected customers were provided with the option to either remain on the revised cruise and receive 50% refund (in OBC) or cancel the booking with a full refund.

In late-July 2019, on Symphony OTS was introduced "Fast Track" - expedited boarding program offered in all call ports of the current itinerary. Fast Track is available for passengers in Star-Sky Class suites, Pinnacle members, The Key (pre-purchased daily package that includes lunch at Chops Grille, Jamie's or Giovanni's specialty restaurants), disabled passengers, and families with strollers.

In October 2019 were opened for booking RCI's new "Spa Cabins" offered on all liners in the ship classes Radiance-Voyager-Freedom-Quantum-Quantum Ultra-Oasis. The new Spa staterooms (available since 2021) offer as bonus amenities priority Spa reservations, 50% discounted Spa treatments (1 per cabin), daily room service (coffee/tea), BOSE Bluetooth speaker, tranquil artworks (on the walls), plush bedding, feather pillows, upgraded bathroom amenities (Jacuzzi showerhead, premium brand toiletries, luxury slippers and bathrobes), cushioned balcony furniture, Welcome Aboard gift (fresh fruits).

In November 2019, RCI signed a 5-year partnership deal (until 2024) with Singapore Tourism Board (under Singapore's Ministry of Trade and Industry) and Changi Airport Group (Singapore airport operations and management). This 3-party deal is for promoting fly-cruises to Singapore mainly (from China, India, Southeast Asia, USA) on Quantum OTS with expected ~623,000 international tourists spending ~USD 430+ million on flight+cruise packages. This is ~60% growth in comparison to the previous tripartite partnership (2015-2018) when in Singapore was homeported Mariner OTS.

In December 2019, RCI sighed with Port Galveston an agreement for building Cruise Terminal 3. The new (USD 100 million) facility is scheduled for inauguration in November 2021.

Company changes 2018

Since March 2018, RCCL offers one login for RCI and Celebrity websites and mobile apps. The new policy allows one account to be used for loyalty program benefits, bookings, and reservations with both brands. The account security was also simplified and strengthened to ensure customers' personal data.

Since May 2018, RCCL also uses fleetwide only cage-free eggs and gestation stall-free pork. By the year 2024, for all its USA-based ships, RCCL will purchase poultry only from GAP-certified producers and dealers. The corporation will require chickens to be slaughtered and processed in a manner that doesn't involve live dumping and shackling, thus eliminating conscious throat-slitting and scalding.

Since June 2018, RCI ship bars serve cocktails with optional plastic straws (not by default) - a new policy aiming to reduce sea pollution. "Why no straws?" signs at onboard bars fleetwide now indicate that drink orders will not automatically receive a straw, but only upon request.

In June-July 2018, RCCL acquired 2/3 of the top-luxury brand Silversea. On June 14, 2018, RCCL and Manfredi Lefebvre D'Ovidio (Silversea's majority stock owner) announced an agreement for RCCL to acquire 66,7% equity stake in Silversea, at purchase price ~USD 1 billion. At the time, Silversea was valued ~USD 2 billion. RCCL financed the deal (through debt) in October. In addition to the cash money, Lefebvre family received ~472,000 RCCL shares. With the addition of Silversea (4 expedition ships) and the newbuild Celebrity Flora (Galapagos), RCCL's expedition fleet in 2019 grew to approx 2,5% of the corporation's combined fleet (compared to 0,5% in 2018). By combined expedition cruise berths, RCCL is ranked the world's 4th largest operator - following Ponant, Hurtigruten and Lindblad. In July 2020, RCCL-Royal Caribbean Group purchased Silversea's remaining shares from Heritage Cruise Holding Ltd. The purchase was in the form of 5,2 million RCL shares (~2,5% of RCCL's total common stock).

(deposit program changes) Since November 2018, RCI customers booking non-refundable deposit cruise fares don't receive onboard credit (USD 100) per stateroom. Instead, they are promised the lowest pricing on the fare.

RCCL's has a call-center in Springfield OR, operated since 2006. The customized office resembles a cruise ship. In 2014, the company employed there over 700 people. In August 2018 was announced that RCCL plans to outsource most of its Springfield jobs (~90%, excepting only sales employees) to company's call-centers in Jamaica and Guatemala. This means that US sales agents will do the bookings, but when customers call back with issues they will be re-routed overseas.

On October 1, 2018, RCI announced that company's 50th birthday cruise (themed "50 Years Bold Birthday Cruise") will be held on Symphony OTS leaving roundtrip from Miami (November 2-9, 2019). The 7-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary (to St Maarten, San Juan Puerto Rico, CocoCay) will feature unique programming, special events, and surprise guest performers.

All RCG-owned vessels are serviced by Wartsila (Helsinki Finland-based corporation, marine equipment manufacturer and maritime services provider). In 2018, RCCL and Wartsila extended their service agreement to 2028. Under the agreement, Wartsila optimizes machinery efficiency through improved Turbocharger maintenance, also provides OEM (original equipment manufacturer) spare parts, workshop services, technical assistance for the entire RCCL fleet. The deal covers a total of 196 marine diesel engines on 46 vessels. Most RCCL liners are equipped with Wartsila-developed monitoring technology sending real-time engine data to a land-based center for analysis.

Royal Caribbean International (RCI)

Royal Caribbean is in the top 3 best family cruise lines and owns some of the most popular ships for young adults, kids, and teens. As a mass-market company, RCI is recommended mostly for young and middle-aged, active and sports-oriented travelers.

A signature feature of RCI ships is the "Viking Crown Lounge", introduced in 1970 with RCI's first ship MS Song of Norway (scrapped in 2013 as "Formosa Queen"). As RCI ships grew in size, the lounge also grew. On the Vision-Class (ships 1995) its location was changed - from forward to midship-aft (near the smokestacks) allowing more space to be allocated for the new amenities and entertainment.

In 2014 and 2015, RCI introduced the Dynamic Dining concept that replaced the Main Dining Room concept on Quantum-class ships.

  • RCI vessels with Dynamic Dining don't have the main dining room. Instead, they feature complimentary table service restaurants, each with its own theme and menu: "The Grande", "American Icon Grill", "Chic" and "Silk".
  • Suite passengers have access to "Coastal Kitchen" (complimentary restaurant). Similar to the Freestyle concept on NCL Norwegian, passengers make reservations for their restaurant choice for each night in advance.
  • Each venue maintains the same staff and menu throughout the cruise. Anthem OTS has a "Dynamic Dining Classic" option, allowing guests to rotate between dining venues but keep the same waiter, assistant waiter, and tablemates.

The company had planned to extend its dynamic dining concept to Oasis-class ships. During 2014-2015 drydock refurbishments, decor and signage was installed on the 3 levels of the Main Dining Rooms of Allure OTS and Oasis OTS to prepare them to function as separate "The Grande", "Silk" and "American Icon Grill" restaurants, although the 3 levels continued operating as a single dining room. The suite-only restaurant Coastal Kitchen was also installed. However, on July 15, 2015, RCI announced that the dynamic dining concept would not be rolled out fleetwide.

Besides the Main Dining Rooms, RCI also features the "Chops Grille" steakhouse, "Windjammer Cafe" buffet restaurant, Johnny Rockets, Asian "Izumi", Poolside Bars and 24-hour Room Service. "Cupcake Cupboard" is a ship bakery available on the newest and refurbished ships. It offers 30 delicious cupcakes. Select Royal Caribbean ships offer the Starbucks coffee at sea.

RCI's new alcohol policy allows passengers to bring their own wine onboard and consume it in cabins (for free) or for a corkage fee (additional charge) in public areas.

(trademarks) New services, venues and trademarked ship names

In January 2017 were trademarked (USPTO-registered) the ship names "Valhalla of the Seas", "Sunrise of the Seas", "Icon of the Seas", Symphony of the Seas. On September 15, 2014, RCCL trademarked the ship names Spectrum of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, Emblem of the Seas, Joy of the Seas, Apex of the Seas. In September 2015 were abandoned the trademarks Emblem of the Seas, Passion of the Seas, Pulse of the Seas, Apex of the Seas, Joy of the Seas, Spectrum of the Seas. Other currently trademarked by Royal Caribbean ship names include Gallant of the Seas, Phenom of the Seas, Valhalla of the Seas, Sunrise of the Seas.

In September 2018 were trademarked 3 ship names (could be used for newbuilds in the future) - "Eon of the Seas", "Gallant of the Seas", "Phenom of the Seas". In October was trademarked "Metropolis of the Seas".

In September 2018 was trademarked the Oasis-Class ships' smokestack area (located top-deck midship). The design features a crown-shaped bottom section with 2 slanted funnels above. In October 2018 was trademarked ship's oblong-shaped stern. The design features AquaTheater Suites (with balconies), Ultimate Abyss (2 cascading waterslides) and RCCL's logo. In December 2018 was trademarked the name "Fly Rider" (amusement park ride similar to a zip-line roller coaster ride).

In October 2019, RCI partnered with Funky Buddha Brewery (Oakland Park FL) for an exclusive beer label available only on CocoCay Island. The private beer label ("Chilla Thrilla") was trademarked on July 8, 2019. The craft beer (5% ABV) is a tropical ale (with mango and guava) packaged in 12-oz cans and is offered in different labels themed after CocoCay's areas.

In April 2020, RCG filed a trademark application for "Seaface" - its own sanitary mask brand ("medical apparatus") intended for cruise ship services.

In October 2020, RCG trademarked the names of 4 new shipboard venues - Vue Bar, Cask & Clipper (pub restaurant?), Wonder Playscape (kids playground?), Cantina Fresca (Mexican food bar).

In January 2020, RCG trademarked 15 names for new services and shipboard venues - Go Green, Roosevelt's Table, Royal Dueling Pianos, Royal Suite Club, Cloud 17 (adults-only sundeck), Lou's Jazz Club, Playaway Park (kids), The Overlook, The Yard, The Lemon Post (bar), Absolute Zero (bar), Challenger's (bar), Surfside (bar), Salty Sip (bar), AquaDome (glass roof over the pool deck).

RCI cruise ships classes

RCI's fleet has vessels in the following classes:

  • Note: All vessels have Outdoor Movie Theater (poolside large LED screen for movies), Solarium (adults-only pool deck), Aqua Park, Rock Climbing Wall, FlowRider (surf simulator), 3D Cinema, Virtual Balcony Staterooms.
  • "Oasis Class" ships (Oasis, Allure, Harmony, Symphony) feature Neighborhoods, AquaTheater, 3D Movies, Waterslides (Harmony, Symphony), Zip Line, 2 FlowRiders, 2 Climbing Walls, Carousel, Ice-Skating Rink, Loft Suites (2-deck cabins).
  • "Icon Class" is a new design vessel with GT ~200K tons and passenger capacity 5000 (more details to be announced on a later date).
  • "Quantum Class" (Quantum, Anthem, Ovation) and "Quantum Ultra Class" ships (Spectrum, Odyssey) feature North Star (top-deck, mobile observation capsule), RipCord (sky-diving simulator), Seaplex (large indoor sports complex), Two70 Lounge (3-deck high), Loft Suites, Music Hall (2-deck venue).
  • "Freedom Class" (ships Freedom, Liberty, Independence) feature Ice-Skating Rink, Royal Promenade (indoor street).
  • "Radiance Class" (ships Radiance, Brilliance, Serenade, Jewel) feature Glass Elevators, Gyroscopic Self-Leveling Pool Tables, Mini-Golf Course.
  • "Vision Class" ships (Grandeur, Rhapsody, Enchantment, Vision) is the fleet's oldest, excepting only the "Sovereign Class" ships Majesty and Empress.

The Voyager-class, Freedom-class, and Oasis-class vessels have Royal Promenade. It is a centerline promenade in a multi-deck Atrium with pedestrian (shopping mall-like) area lined with restaurants and shops. At night, the Royal Promenade turns into entertainment venue hosting live parades and dance parties. Royal Promenade's upper levels have "Promenade Staterooms" (each with a large window overlooking the promenade below). Next aerial photo shows a Voyager-class cruise ship (Adventure, Explorer, Mariner, Navigator, Voyager).

Royal Caribbean Voyager-class ship (Adventure, Explorer, Mariner, Navigator, Voyager)

Next aerial photo shows an Oasis-class cruise ship (Allure, Oasis, Harmony, Symphony) as looked from above.

On February 18, 2019, RCI signed a shipbuilding agreement with Chantiers de l'Atlantique Shipyard (St Nazaire, France) for a 6th Oasis-class liner (planned delivery 2023-Fall). This will be shipyard's 23rd vessel built for RCG. The new ship has GT 231,000 tons, LOA 362 m (1188 ft) and 2857 cabins (capacity 5714 passengers at double occupancy, max pax 6700). On April 24, 2019, at Chantiers de l'Atlantique started construction works on the 5th Oasis-class liner (Wonder OTS) delivered in 2021.

Royal Caribbean Oasis-class ship (Allure, Oasis, Harmony, Symphony, Wonder)

Next is shown a Quantum-class ship as looked from above.

Royal Caribbean Quantum-class ship (Anthem, Quantum, Ovation)

Instead of Royal Promenade, Quantum-class ships have "Royal Esplanade" - 2-deck high shopping complex without any overlooking "Promenade cabins".

Royal Caribbean ships offer a wide list of onboard facilities, the main of which include Grand-style productions Theatre, Live Comedy Club, Disco/Nightclub, Casino Royale, Library. Feature sports facilities include Studio B Ice-Skating Rink, Rock Climbing Wall, Flow Rider surfing simulator, Multiple Sports Court, Walking/Jogging track, Golf Simulator, ZIP-line, H2O Zone Waterpark with Waterslide, Adventure Beach, and on Quantum ships only Bumper Cars, Skydiving Simulator, North Star rotational capsule.

In 2016, RCI entered the "Guinness Book of World Records" in the category "Highest Viewing Deck on a Cruise Ship". The record was because of the "North Star" glass-walled observation capsule rising over 300 ft (91 m) above sea level and rotating upwards and over the ship's sides providing 360-degree views.

Royal Caribbean Quantum-class ships - NorthStar

Adults on RCCL cruises can enjoy adults-only relaxation areas and spas. Teens can do rock-climbing or try the 12-m (40-ft) surfing "simulation" and zip-lining across ship's top deck on world's largest passenger liners ever. Families cruising with infants and toddlers benefit from the "Royal Babies" and "Royal Tots" nursery programs. Kids club activities are also available by the "Adventure Ocean" program.

Royal Caribbean Quantum-Ultra class ship (Odyssey, Spectrum)

CocoCay Island refurbishments 2018-2019 expansion

Since 2015, RCCL invests huge money in the corporation's private Bahamian island CocoCay. In March 2018, Royal Caribbean announced a USD 200-million project (named "Perfect Day Island Collection") for developing private land destinations in the regions of Caribbean, Asia, and Australia. As part of this project, on CocoCay will be built unique water attractions.

 
  • Thrill Waterpark attraction to be constructed, with 2 water towers (Daredevil's Tower, Family Tower) with a total of 13 slides. The Daredevil's Tower complex consists of North America's tallest waterslide (named Daredevil's Peak, height 135 ft / 41 m), Dueling Demons (2 drop slides), Manta Raycers (2 high-speed slides), Screeching Serpent (fully vertical slide), Green Mamba (coiling slide), as well as Caribbean's largest wave pool (Adventure Pool ) with obstacle course (lily pads), rock-climbing wall, . The Family Tower complex consists of all 6 waterslides, including 1 tubed (The Twister, capacity 2 persons sharing 1 raft), 1 zero-gravity (The Slingshot, capacity 4 persons) and 1 racing (Splash Speedway, with 4 lanes).
  • Caribbean's biggest freshwater swimming pool (named Oasis Lagoon) has a swim-up bar and water loungers.
  • Caribbean's only Zip-line with water landing has length 1600 ft (488 m) and crisscrosses the island at heights up to 50 ft (15 m).
  • The Bahamas' highest vantage point (an attraction named "Up, Up and Away") is a helium balloon flying up to 450 ft (137 m) above ground.
  • Shipwreck Galleon ("Captain Jack's Galleon" kids park) has 30 water cannons. The Sprayaway Geyser sprays water up to 82 ft (25 m) in the air. Both are part of Splashaway Bay aquapark. This is the enlarged version of the Royal Caribbean ships upgraded onboard aqua parks for kids, fitted with fountains, splash pools, sprinklers, geysers, cannons, whirlpools, slides, 2 drench buckets.
  • Captain Jack's is a new bar and dining venue - designed as a rowboat, with waterfront views, serving beverages and fast-food items (including chicken wings and steak fries).
  • Skipper's Grill serves lunch fast-food (including sandwiches, burgers, tacos, salads).
  • The beachside restaurant Chill Grill is CocoCay's largest. Also new is the food bar, Snack Shack.
  • Newly added amenities include wave runner and boat tours, snorkeling, private cabanas and daybeds for rental, several beach bars with upgraded menus.

CocoCay has 3 new beaches. Chill Island Beach offers private cabanas and daybeds. South Beach is specifically designed for beachside activities (volleyball, basketball, soccer, paddleboards, glass-bottom sea kayaks, zorbs / inflatable bumper bubble balls) and offers bungalows, daybeds, teepees (cone-shaped tents). Coco Beach Club is an exclusive beach with overwater cabanas providing premium island vacation experiences. Coco Beach cabana rentals are inclusive of 1 hammock, 1 waterslide, dedicated service (by an attendant). The complex also has a freshwater infinity pool, full bar, restaurant.

In May 2018, RCI announced plans to build permanent accommodations on CocoCay allowing Suite passengers to stay on the island overnight (or longer). The concept includes premium cabanas serving passengers on any of the RCI ships calling at CocoCay.

In 2017-2018 was constructed a new pier (able to handle RCI's largest / Oasis-class liners), as well as basketball court, bocce ball court, bowling court, volleyball nets, large-size pool table.

In 2016 the private island was upgraded with a swim-up bar at Barefoot Beach, new cabanas, new island dock (for tenders), 35 beach bungalows (capacity 6 persons each) at Barefoot Beach.

In 2015, the island was upgraded with new trams (quieter and taller) and was added a new / shorter tram route and a new freshwater shower (at Barefoot Beach).

(NEW) Lucaya Resort Bahamas

In March 2019, the joint venture company Holistica Ltd (RCCL and ITM Group / Mumbai India) signed a letter of intent with The Bahamas government for the purchase of Grand Lucayan Resort (an all-inclusive resort complex) and redevelopment of the Bahamian cruise port Freeport Harbor. The 2-year, USD 195 million project includes Grand Lucayan Resort's purchase (USD 65 million) plus USD 135 million for development works. The new (RCL-exclusive) cruise port is expected to bring ~2 million additional tourists to Grand Bahama Island annually. The project includes the construction of a theme park and a 5-star hotel. Grand Lucayan Resort suffered significant damages during Hurricane Matthew (October 2016) and was forced to close 2/3 of its property.

On June 24, 2019, RCCL and ITM Group established the Miami-headquartered joint venture company "Holistica" that specializes in cruise port development projects worldwide. Holistica's first project was the USD 275 million Grand Lucayan Resort in Freeport Bahamas. Developments by Holistica were also planned for Costa Maya (Mexico), Roatan Island (Honduras) and Kumamoto (Kyushu Island, Japan).

On March 2, 2020, RCCL officially announced Holistica's USD 300 million private cruise resort project "Lucaya Property". The investment includes redeveloping (expanding) the Freeport Cruise Terminal (to be renamed to "Harbour Village") and building a leisure complex with a large hotel (526 rooms), wellness facilities, shopping village, convention center (sized 40,000 ft2 / 3720 m2), theme park (with water slides, outdoor playgrounds, zip-lines).

Lucaya Property is approx 9 mi (15 km) west of Harbour Village (Freeport Cruise Terminal). At Harbour Village for tourists will be introduced new shopping and dining venues (bars, restaurants), live entertainment and nightlife programming, beach zones, new shore excursions, new transport infrastructure (serving ferries, buses, passenger vehicles). The Lucaya Property project is planned for completion in 2022-Q4.

RCI "VOOM" Internet

VOOM is the name of the RCI's new high-speed internet service provides passengers with the pleasure to enjoy at sea faster connectivity, with almost the same high-speed Internet connections they are used to while on land. The new satellite technology utilizes each RCI cruise ship specifically.

Voom Internet has latency 120 ms, ping ~300 ms, download speed ~4,6 Mbps, upload speed ~5,2 Mbps. Voom allows fast streaming of music and movies (incl YouTube, Netflix), uploading multiple (incl big-sized) pictures, also video chatting (FaceTime, Skype, conference calls), checking email, web surfing, stable and fast VPN connections. The onboard system is based on the 802.11b wireless connection (theoretical bandwidth peak of 11 Mbps).

  • Onboard Internet access is integrated to the stateroom number and the personal onboard account. Following the log-on to the ship's wireless network "Royal WiFi", there is an option for creating an Internet account where the passenger can sign up for a particular Internet plan or pay by the minute. The charge is always applied to the cabin (onboard) account.
  • While using the Voom Internet package, passengers can switch between various mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops). However, the number of devices connected at the same time is limited by the Internet plan.
  • The cruise ship also has several Internet workstations available for all passengers on an FCFS basis (a first-come-first-served).
  • Among the cheaper alternatives to the VOOM internet are connecting onboard (while the ship is in ports of call) or ashore (in restaurants, bars, etc).

New Internet packages cost (2019 prices)

RCI's ship internet offering was revamped from only one plan into different per day packages with pricing based on the number of included devices. Two new packages are currently available for booking:

  • Note: All below listed unlimited Internet package prices are "Cruise Planner" booking rates and include the 30% pre-cruise booking discount. Packages can be purchased onboard and also pre-purchased (before the cruise) via RCI's "Cruise Planner" booking system.
  • "Voom Surf Voyage" is the "light package" providing high-speed Internet for general web browsing, e-mails and social media platforms (excepting video streaming). The "Voom Surf Voyage" Internet package cost (per day) depends on the number of mobile devices using it. Voom Surf pricing is as follows: $13 (1 device), $12 (2 devices), $10 (4 devices) and $20 (Single Day Pass per device / per day).
  • "Voom Surf + Stream" is the "real deal", offering unlimited Internet activities, including high-speed video streaming (music, movies, video chatting, texting, VoIP apps /Internet phone calls). The "Voom Surf + Stream" Internet package cost (per day) also depends on the number of mobile devices included. Voom Surf + Stream pricing is as follows: $18 (1 device), $16 (2 devices), $14 (4 devices) and $28 (Single Day Pass per device / per day).
  • Occasionally, Royal Caribbean offers Voom package discounts for passengers with pre-purchased online (via Cruise Planner) internet packages. Discounts are also offered for Royal Caribbean loyalty program members (Crown and Anchor Society) when the Voom package is purchased onboard.

RCI gratuities (2019 cruises)

Daily gratuities are per person (pp):

  • USD 14,50 pp (interior, oceanview, balcony staterooms, both adults and kids)
  • USD 17,50 (suites)
  • Daily gratuity is an automatic service charge added to the passenger's onboard account each day.
  • Passengers can prepay gratuities.
  • The amount of gratuities is split between the ship's staff - dining (wait and cooking), housekeeping staff, room stewards (cabin and suite attendants).

Lifeguards on Royal Caribbean ships

Since 2017, all RCI ships have onboard licensed lifeguards by the line's "water safety program", implemented fleetwide. By the new program, water safety signs are placed throughout the ship.

Ship's lifeguards are dressed in special uniforms (in bright red and white) and stationed at every swimming pool, including the Solarium (adults-only retreat) during the complex's opening hours. All Royal Caribbean lifeguards are trained through the company's partnership with StarGuard Elite (Florida-based lifeguard training center.

  • The water safety program includes a 15-min presentation (on embarkation day). The instruction is for by both kids and parents and held during Adventure Ocean's open house session.
  • Swim vests for all kids (aged 4-12) are readily available. Additional signage is added around swimming pool areas and in all cabins to encourage parents to use them.
  • Kids under 12 require a parent or guardian to be present when swimming in any of the cruise ship's pools.

RCI's water safety program was rolled out fleetwide in the period February-June 2017. Follows the list of all RCI ships and the cruise itinerary dates when each ship will implement the new lifeguard service:

  • Oasis (February 26-March 5)
  • Harmony (March 7-11)
  • Independence (March 11-16)
  • Anthem (March 11-14)
  • Liberty (March 12-19)
  • Freedom (March 22-29)
  • Allure (March 23-26)
  • Brilliance (March 24-30)
  • Quantum (March 26-31)
  • Ovation (March 29-April 3)
  • Navigator (March 31-April 5)
  • Serenade (March 31-April 7)
  • Jewel (March 31-April 4)
  • Rhapsody (April 5-8)
  • Majesty (April 21-24)
  • Empress (April 24-29)
  • Adventure (April 26-29)
  • Enchantment (May 8-12)
  • Grandeur (May 13-18)
  • Explorer (May 15-26)
  • Mariner (May 26-June 4)
  • Radiance (May 28-June 6)
  • Voyager (June 5-12)
  • Vision (June 15-27)

The news made RCI the 2nd major cruise company with lifeguards onboard its ships - following Disney (employing certified lifeguards since 2013) and followed by NCL (in 2017 summer) starting with the line's 4 largest vessels and employing onboard lifeguards fleetwide by 2018.

(new) RCI "NextCruise" (onboard booking)

In August 2017, Royal Caribbean changed "Next Cruise" (onboard cruise booking program). NextCruise allows passengers to book a future RCI itinerary while on the ship. The old program included booking with reduced deposits.

  • Since August 2017, the deposit required for onboard booking is the same as the deposit required with shore bookings (ranging between USD 100-450 per stateroom, depending on itinerary length).
  • Since December 2017, NextCruise shipboard booking customers are eligible to pay a reduced deposit (USD 100 pp) regardless of voyage length - but only if they book with non-refundable fare. Refundable fare bookings still require a full deposit. This offer is available on all RCI cruises - excluding only China roundtrips. The USD 100 pp deposit is applicable when booking Interior Cabin up to Junior Suite.
  • Grand Suite and above stateroom bookings require a full deposit.
  • Group bookings are also not eligible for the USD 100 pp deposit.
  • In case that non-refundable fare bookings are canceled, "Future Cruise Credit" will not be issued.

Currently, the only benefit from onboard cruise booking is the future onboard credit (abbrev OBC), which is based on cabin type:

  • 4-5 night itineraries - Inside and Oceanview cabins (USD 25 per cabin), Balcony Stateroom and Junior Suite (USD 50), Grand Suite and higher (USD 150)
  • 6-9 night itineraries - Inside and Oceanview cabins (USD 50 per cabin), Balcony Stateroom and Junior Suite (USD 100), Grand Suite and higher (USD 300)
  • 10-night and longer itineraries - Inside and Oceanview cabins (USD 100 per cabin), Balcony Stateroom and Junior Suite (USD 200), Grand Suite and higher (USD 500).

In May 2019, RCI introduced the "Book Later" future cruise booking option available at ship's NextCruise Office, in addition to "Book Now" (booking a specific itinerary). Book Later allows future bookings up to 2 months thus providing more time to consider itineraries while retaining the shipboard booking discount/bonus. Book Later requires a non-refundable deposit of USD 200 per stateroom (US$100 per cabin if booking a specific itinerary) and gives up to USD 600 in OBC or instant savings. Book Later deals expire within 1 year (after creating the onboard reservation) and the deposits paid will be lost.

(new) RCI Cruise Cancellation Policy

Starting April 18, 2018, Royal Caribbean passengers who want to cancel an upcoming cruise without penalty have to do so farther out from the departure date than before. The new RCI cruise cancellation policy simplifies the penalty fee schedule by reducing the number of itinerary categories from 5 to 2: those of 1 to 4 nights and those 5 nights or longer.

  • Under the old policy, travelers booked on 1 to 5 night long itineraries could cancel up to 60 days prior to departure without cancelation fee.
  • The new RCI cancellation policy changes the cruise length/itinerary duration to 1 to 4 nights (including short holiday and mini-cruise deals) and requires cancellation at least 75 days before departure.
  • Cruises 1 to 4 nights-long canceled between 74 and 61 days out incur a fee of 50% of the total price. Cruises canceled 60 to 31 days out incur a fee of 75% of the total fare and any cruise canceled within 30 days or less of departure is not refunded at all (100% cancellation fee).
  • The second tier of cancellations includes any itineraries 5-night or longer, including cruise tours and holiday voyages. Under the old policy, cruises 6-nights or longer, holiday voyages 1 to 5 days, holiday voyages 6-night or longer, and cruise tours had separate cancellation penalty schedules. By the new policy, itineraries 5-night or longer must be canceled at least 90 days prior departure date in order to avoid cancellation fee. Previously, RCI customers could cancel 75 to 90 days before departure, depending on itinerary category.
  • Cruises 5-night or longer canceled 89 to 75 days prior departure incur a penalty equal to 25% deposit paid. Cruises canceled 74 to 61 days incur penalties of 50% of the total price. Cruises canceled 60 to 31 days incur penalties of 75% of the fare Cruises cancelled within 30 days or less of departure is not refunded at all (100% cancellation fee).

The previous time when RCI updated company's cancellation policy was on March 7, 2016.

(new) RCI Shore Excursions Cancellation Policy

On June 15, 2017, Royal Caribbean International implemented a new "Shore Excursions Cancellation Policy" fleetwide. The new policy transitions from 1 day / 24-hour prior to land tour departure date to 48-hours prior to cruise port arrival date.

  • Shore Excursions can be modified/changed or canceled up to 2 days / 48 hours prior to cruise port arrival date without any penalty.
  • Land Tours that involve travel by air/flights (international and domestic), trains, also special/themed events, overnight hotel stays and Private Journeys (customized tours) must be canceled 30 days prior to cruise departure date to avoid cancellation fees/penalties.
  • In the event a land tour is canceled 48-hours prior to cruise port arrival date, a full refund is provided to the passenger's onboard account.

At the end of March 2017, RCCL corporation launched its own land tour travel website - GoBe.com. The website is non-cruise travel-related and allows international travelers to book tours and excursions in 97 countries and 896 cities worldwide.

  • As of 2017, tour prices (per person) ranged from USD 14 (Cape Town bus tour) to USD 3,785 (Rome helicopter tour).
  • The new website is managed by Larry Pimentel (RCCL's Chief Destination Officer, also Azamara Club's President and CEO. The website provides full tour information, including duration, activity level, languages, etc.
  • Optional custom itinerary planning is also offered.

On select voyages, RCI offers behind-the-scenes crew life tour with duration 2 hours. The "All Access Crew Life Tour" (priced USD 79 pp) can be booked via CruisePlanner and offers a glimpse of what it is like to work and live on the ship.

(new) RCI Non-Refundable Cruise Deposit Policy

On July 1, 2017, RCI implemented fleetwide a new, non-refundable cruise deposit program.

  • USD 100 "cruise change" fee per person (pp) is imposed on each booked reservation (under "non-refundable deposit fare") opting to change the originally selected vessel and/or departure date.
  • Multiple adjustments to the vessel/departure date result in the assessment of USD 100 pp change fee for each qualifying change made to the booked reservation. RCI doesn't limit the number of changes.
  • Outside of final payment, when a non-refundable cruise deposit cancellation occurs, booked passengers receive "Future Cruise Certificate" in the amount of the cruise deposit, minus the USD 100 pp change fee.
  • Nonrefundable deposits are the only option for booking higher-grade Suites, and also for all guaranteed cabin categories.

In late February 2017, the RCCL corporation imposed a fee of USD 65 pp in case of leaving the cruise early (whatever the reason might be). Passengers who refuse to pay face the prospect of being banned from RCCL cruise ships FOREVER.

(new) RCI pet/animal policy

In August 2018, RCI updated its "emotional support animals" policy by banning such animals fleetwide. Support/companion animals are not recognized by ADA. By definition, these are pets determined by a medical professional as providing benefits for handicapped people (cruise passengers with disabilities).

In an officially issued statement, RCI explained as the main reason for its policy change to differentiate support from service animals, the latter of which are trained and certified to actually help the disabled. Service animals traveling with physically / non-physically disabled passengers are still allowed on the ships. Pets are not allowed on RCI ships.

(new) RCI photo packages prices

In late June 2017, Royal Caribbean added two photo packages available for online purchasing at "Cruise Planner".

  • The photo packages include 2 options - all digital (unlimited photos are uploaded on a USB stick) and printed.
  • The unlimited digital photo package costs USD 250.
  • The 20-prints photo package costs USD 200.
  • Before 2017, Royal Caribbean offered photo packages available for online purchasing on a separate website.

RCI "Cruise Compass" (onboard newsletter)

"Cruise Compass" is named the RCI's onboard newsletter delivered by cabin attendants each evening. This is a daily guide for news, onboard events, and activities on the cruise ship scheduled for the next day.

  • The newsletter also provides valuable information regarding forecasted weather, bars with drink specials, itinerary ports of call and shore excursions info, themed events (parties, lectures, seminars, etc), sporting events.
  • Some of the events are not repeated, other activities change daily.
  • RCI doesn't publish "Cruise Compass" guides for upcoming cruises in advance.
  • age 1 is an overview of what to expect the next day, including port, weather report, specials, highlighted events, dedicated "Important things to know today" section.
  • Page 2 lists more onboard events, sales, and special offers. The "Activity and Entertainment Highlights" section lists headlines of all evening show performances onboard,
  • Page 3 lists all the ship's venues (bars, restaurants, food bars, lounges, Spa, Gym, etc) and their opening hours. Here is also the RCI's main dining room dress code. At the page's bottom is the "drink of the day" special - a discount-priced cocktail.
  • Page 4 lists all the next day's activities broken down by time (morning, afternoon, evening) - all shipboard events, each has time, title and deck location.
  • "Adventure Ocean" is another newsletter providing information about kids programming (small children and teens) scheduled on the cruise ship. Some of these events are also listed in the "Cruise Compass". "Adventure Ocean" newsletter has "Daily Planner" with kids and teen activities (broken up by ages).
  • The "Royal iQ" app is available on some RCI ships and features a "Cruise Compass" digital copy. This mobile app allows adding specific events directly to your own digital calendar. Via the app, you can make reservations (spa, dining, etc) or add activities directly from the "Cruise Compass" to your own calendar. Your own daily schedule will be automatically updated. Unfortunately, the app works only on Quantum- and Oasis-class ships.

RCI's shipboard "DreamWorks Experience" program

"DreamWorks Experience" was a family-themed program via a partnership between Royal Caribbean International and Amblin Partners (DreamWorks SKG's owner company). Universal Pictures is the distributor of the DreamWorks movie productions through its subsidiary company Touchstone Pictures.

RCI's DreamWorks programming featured 3D movies and DreamWorks characters meets-and-greets. It was introduced in June 2010 and terminated in March 2019. This new entertainment program was geared toward families and offered DreamWorks movie-themed activities on only 9 RCI ships (Allure, Oasis, Harmony, Anthem, Ovation, Quantum, Freedom, Liberty, Voyager). The list of such activities included:

  • DreamWorks characters meetings and greetings (with photo ops). The list of characters included Po ("Kung Fu Panda" movie), Shrek, Fiona, Puss ("Shrek" series), Alex, Gloria, King Julien, penguins ("The Penguins of Madagascar" series, "All Hail King Julien" series).
  • Character Breakfasts were offered (at surcharge pp) in the Main Dining Room restaurant.
  • 3D DreamWorks movie screenings were available in the Royal Theater (Cinema Lounge), including first-run movies which premiered on the ship were on the same day they went at land-based theaters. Among the films were "Shrek", "Madagascar", "How to Train Your Dragon", "Kung Fu Panda".
  • DreamWorks channel was part of the in-cabin TV programming.
  • Themed activities and games (by ship's "Adventure Ocean" / complimentary youth program) included 3D animation workshops, storytime, themed dance parties, character story-based adventure games, regular character visits to kids facilities, onboard parades, meet-and-greets with photo ops (throughout the ship).
  • DreamWorks shows were available in Studio B (ice rink theater) and AquaTheater (Oasis ships).

The DreamWorks-themed shows at Studio B and AquaTheater were replaced with new Royal Caribbean Productions. All cruises departing before April 1 (2019) had the DreamWorks program available for the entire voyage.

 

RCI's shipboard kids and teen programming

Also complimentary the company offers to kids and teenagers supervised activities at dedicated facilities and youth counselors on each vessel.

For toddlers (2-3 yo) on each liner are provided at-fee nursery services (hourly charge) via highly experienced and professionally trained staff.

RCI's children program (named "Adventure Ocean") covers ages 2-17 and features brand partnerships (with Fisher Price, Crayola), Family Disco Hour. dedicated areas and facilities, including toddlers-only pools, computer rooms, video game arcades, separate kids- and teen-only clubs.

On September 30, 2018, RCI discontinued fleetwide company's in-cabin babysitting service ("Sitters at Sea" program served by crew members, upon request). Service's only alternatives still available are the shipboard nursery (on some liners only, serving toddlers and kids up to 3 yo) and group sitting ("Late Night Party Zone" program for kids 3-11 yo, served by Adventure Ocean staff). The other two kids programs (Adventure Ocean, Royal Babies, and Tots) remained unchanged.

 

(NEW) RCI shipboard VIP passenger program "The Key"

On two liners (Liberty OTS and Oasis OTS) is currently being tested a new VIP passenger access program (called "The Key"). The program's test period was November 2018 through March 2019. It has limited quantity and is available on select voyages.

The VIP package is available for purchase only via CruisePlanner. The package's cost is USD 24,99 per person per day. However, all roommates ages 6 and older must purchase the package to receive its benefits (available via SeaPass cards and starting on embarkation day). "The Key" VIP package is inclusive of:

  • Carry-on luggage service (max 2 bags pp) - drop off at Royal Theater, cabin delivery
  • Welcome MDR lunch (Chops Grille/steakhouse menu) on embarkation day between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. Dining reservations are not required.
  • Daily private visits (reserved hours) at signature shipboard facilities - including FlowRider, Rock-Climbing Walls, Ice-Skating Rink. VIP seating at live shows must be reserved online (via CruisePlanner) prior departure.
  • Priority check-in (embarkation day) and tendering (ship-to-shore ferry) service at call ports without docking facilities.
  • Complimentary VOOM Internet ("Surf and Stream" package for 1 device).
  • Priority debarkation with exclusive a la carte breakfast (between 6:30-9:30 am).

IMPORTANT: Currently, "The Key" package is not offered only on Majesty OTS, Quantum OTS and Voyager OTS. Priority check-in and boarding are not offered in Vancouver BC Canada and at Australian homeports.

(NEW) RoyalUp - cabin upgrade bidding

On November 28, 2018, RCI introduced fleetwide bid-based cabin upgrade program called "RoyalUp". Booked customers receive an email if their cruise is eligible. They can browse through available for booking higher-grade staterooms on that voyage. Then select their bidding price for a particular cabin upgrade and submit the bid.

RoyalUp upgrades are priced per person, for the entire voyage, based on twin share. Only the first and second passengers in the cabin are charged the extra - regardless room's grade and max occupancy. These upgrades are based on availability. Cabin location can't be specified.

Group bookings are also included but without a guarantee that all reservations will be upgraded. If all reservations are upgraded, RCI doesn't guarantee that all upgraded staterooms will be located close together.

Booked customers are allowed to bid multiple cabin categories. Travel agents are also allowed to bid for their clients. Upgrade bids are accepted until 2 days prior departure. Passengers with accepted RoyalUp biddings are notified via email. They are allowed also to modify or cancel the upgrade (until 2 days prior departure) if the offer is not been accepted by RCI and their credit card is not been charged.

Itinerary of Royal Caribbean

RCI offers roundtrip departures from Baltimore MD (South Locust Point Terminal) where is homeported Grandeur OTS for year-round cruises to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda and Canada-New England. Grandeur operates out of Baltimore since 2013, replacing there Enchantment OTS.

Itinerary changes 2021-2022 (Europe-Caribbean)

In September 2020, RCI changed the summer 2021 schedules (seasonal deployment) of 5 ships. The decision was based on "market research and valuable feedback from guests and travel partners".

Europe

Caribbean

The other summer 2021 RCI cruises remain as planned (Alaska, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Caribbean). All affected bookings were protected by RCI's "Cruise with Confidence" program.

In late-October 2020 were announced changes to RCI's winter 2021-2022 schedule for the Caribbean and Australia-New Zealand.

RCI added new voyages from homeports Sydney NSW and Brisbane QLD, including 25 itineraries from Brisbane to a total of 18x South Pacific destinations.

  • Ovation OTS out of Sydney offers 9-12-night New Zealand roundtrips, 5-7-night Queensland itineraries and 6-8-night Tasmania roundtrips.
  • Quantum OTS out of Brisbane offers 3-night Weekend Getaway voyages along with 7-9-night South Pacific.
  • Serenade OTS from Sydney offers 7-night Australian roundtrips.

RCI's Alaska 2022 itinerary program features a longer season, 4-ship fleet (Ovation, Quantum, Radiance, Serenade ), new 7-day itineraries and departures from 3 homeports (Seattle WA, Seward AK, Vancouver BC). Bookings were opened on Nov 11, 2020.

In November 2020, RCI announced a lineup of Caribbean cruises scheduled for summer 2022 on 3 Oasis-Class ships (Oasis, Harmony, Symphony) homeported in Florida and NYC.

  • Two of the world’s biggest cruise ships, Harmony OTS and Symphony OTS offer Eastern and Western Caribbean 7-night itineraries from Port Canaveral and Miami FL, respectively. New for 2022, Symphony doubles the number of Eastern Caribbean cruises and features evening stays in Puerto Rico on select sailings throughout the summer. Harmony is scheduled to visit island gems like Saint Thomas, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Falmouth Jamaica, along with CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private Bahamian destination.
  • Oasis OTS returns to the Big Apple, offering 7-night cruises to Florida and The Bahamas from Cape Liberty (Bayonne, New Jersey). With almost every voyage visiting CocoCay, vacationers can enjoy both thrill and chill in the white-sand beaches and blue waters of The Bahamas.
  • Mariner OTS introduces cruises from Florida to Bermuda. The 8-night sailings include 2 days in Kings Wharf, prior to heading to The Bahamas for a late-night stay in Nassau and a full day at CocoCay Bahamas. Mariner also offers 8-night cruises from Port Canaveral to Aruba, Curacao, Saint Croix, Puerto Rico, Dominican Rep, CocoCay.
  • After a winter homeporting in Puerto Rico, Explorer OTS returns to Miami FL to sail alternating 8- and 6-night itineraries. The ship's Southern Caribbean escapes are due to bring passengers to explore the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) with more time to explore in Willemstad, Curacao and Oranjestad, Aruba on every 8-night cruise. The ship's 6-night trips are primed for memory-making while sailing in the Western Caribbean with CocoCay.
  • Liberty OTS continues to homeport in Galveston TX and offers 7-night Western Caribbean itineraries to Belize City and Cozumel Mexico.

In mid-January 2021, RCI announced the company's first-ever homeporting in Bridgetown Barbados with Grandeur OTS. The winter program (December 2021 through April 2022) also features 3x new for RCI Caribbean ports - Scarborough (Tobago Island), Port-of-Spain (Trinidad Island) and Kingstown (St Vincent Island, Grenadines). RCI's ex-Barbados program is based on fly-cruise deals (roundtrip flights from the USA) and 3x itineraries (two 7-night, one 14-night) visiting Castries (St Lucia), Roseau (Dominica), Trinidad-Tobago-St Vincent, St Georges (Grenada), Oranjestad (Aruba), Kralendijk (Bonaire), Willemstad (Curacao). Bookings opened in February 2021.

Europe 2022 summer deployment (7 RCI ships)

In December 2020, RCI announced new itineraries and ports in Europe for summer 2022 season - from Italy and Israel (Mediterranean-Holy Land) to the Arctic Circle and the British Isles.

Voyager OTS has scheduled a maiden season in the Baltic Sea. Brilliance OTS is leaving roundtrip from homeport Venice Italy. Three more liners (Anthem, AllureOdyssey) in summer 2022 are homeported in England (Southampton), Spain (Barcelona) and Italy (Civitavecchia-Rome).

Mediterranean voyages from Italy

Mediterranean voyages from Spain

UK, Baltic, Canary Islands

  • Voyager OTS has an inaugural Northern European season with 7-10-11-night Baltic Sea roundtrips from Copenhagen Denmark (May-June and August) and Stockholm (July). Signature destinations are the Norwegian Fjords, Tallinn Estonia and Saint Petersburg Russia (overnight).
  • Jewel OTS introduces a new itinerary for RCI in September 2022. The 9- and 10-night sailings between Tarragona and Piraeus visit Katakolon-Olympia, Santorini, Monte Carlo, Amalfi Coast (Italy), the French Riviera. Prior to repositioning to Tarragona, Jewel OTS offers 12-night itineraries out of Amsterdam Holland to Iceland, Europe's Arctic Circle (Norway), Norwegian Fjords, UK (British Isles).
  • Anthem OTS is scheduled to arrive in Southampton UK (for a second homeporting season) in May 2022, for 7-12-14-night ex-UK roundtrips to Iberia, Northern Europe, Western Mediterranean, the Canaries.

Customers can opt for 7-night voyages to sail along Norway's coastline, visit picturesque ports and cruising the fjords, experience Scandinavia’s city life, enjoy French wine tastings and tapas tours in Spain.

RCI's longer summer vacations in Europe include the Canary Islands (12-night from Southampton to Vigo, Lisbon, Funchal-Madeira, Arrecife-Lanzarote and Tenerife. Another special Mediterranean itinerary is the 14-night ex-UK roundtrip to Nice (Villefranche-sur-Mer), Rome, Naples, Barcelona, Valencia, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza and Lisbon.

Caribbean mini-cruises 2022-2023

In late-February 2021, RCI opened bookings for short Caribbean cruises - a total of 17 itineraries leaving in 2022-2023 roundtrip from Florida and Texas. The Caribbean mini-cruise program is based on 8 ships (2 year-round, 4 seasonal), 5 homeports, 3- to 5-night itineraries.

Royal Caribbean itineraries by ship

Follows a review of the Royal Caribbean itinerary program for 2021-2022 scheduled itineraries. For sailing dates (departures, arrivals), ports of call times and RCI cruise prices per person follow the ship pages listed below.

Ship NameHomeportsItineraries Changes

Adventure Of The Seas

San Juan Puerto Rico

Cape Liberty (Bayonne NJ) NYC New York

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Florida

operates on round-trips to Eastern Caribbean (St Croix, St Kitts, St. Maarten, St Thomas, Dominica, Martinique) and Southern Caribbean (Antigua, St Lucia, Grenada, Curacao, Bonaire).

Adventure OTS is scheduled to return to Cape Liberty (NYC) in 2021 with various 5- and 9-night summer and fall itineraries to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, and New England.

summer 2021: The season marks the first time a Radiance Class cruise ship calls at Bordeaux and Liverpool. Adventure OTS (from homeports Copenhagen and Stockholm) offers 7- to 11-night voyages that feature overnights in St Petersburg and visits to Helsinki, Tallinn, and Visby. In September 2020, Adventure OTS was rescheduled to sail from Barcelona on offer 4- and 5-night Mediterranean itineraries. Originally, the ship was homeported in Copenhagen Denmark and Stockholm Sweden.

(May 2022 - April 2023) Adventure OTS is homeported in NYC-Bayonne for roundtrips to Bermuda, Caribbean and Canada.

2022-2023: Adventure OTS is due to sail from Galveston TX for 4- and 5-night trips to the Western Caribbean visiting Cozumel and Costa Maya.

Allure Of The Seas

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Florida

Galveston TX

Rome

Barcelona

operates on 7-day itineraries to Western Caribbean (Cozumel Mexico, Jamaica, Labadee Haiti) and Bahamas-Eastern Caribbean (Nassau, CocoCay, St Maarten, Jamaica, Puerto Rico).

(summer 2021) Allure OTS sails alternating 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Port Canaveral calling at CocoCay Bahamas.

(summer 2022) Allure OTS cruises on 7-day Western Mediterranean voyages with late-night calls in Rome, Naples/Capri Island, and Livorno (Florence). Round-trip cruises from Rome are also offered.

Starting November 2022, Allure OTS is homeported in Galveston Texas.

Anthem Of The Seas

Cape Liberty (Bayonne NJ) NYC New York

Southampton (England UK)

In summer 2021, Anthem OTS cruises from UK (Southampton) on various itineraries ranging from 7-night Norwegian Fjords to 14-night Mediterranean Cities. Select sailings include late-night visits in Paris City and overnights in Rotterdam and Lisbon. In October 2021, Anthem OYS sails back to NYC-Cape Liberty for 7-night roundtrips to the Bahamas and Southern Caribbean.

summer 2022: Anthem OTS is scheduled to arrive in Southampton UK for the second consecutive year in May 2022, as well as embark on 7-, 12, and 14-night sailings to the Iberian Peninsula, Northern Europe, Western Mediterranean, and the Canaries.

(October 2022 - April 2023) Anthem OTS is homeported in NYC-Bayonne for 7-day roundtrips to Bahamas (Nassau and CocoCay) and 11-day to Southern Caribbean (Puerto Rico, St Maarten, Antigua, St Lucia, St Kitts).

Brilliance Of The Seas

Tampa Florida

Amsterdam Holland

Barcelona Spain

operates on round-trips out of Tampa to Western Caribbean (4-day Cozumel Mexico, 5-day Key West FL, Cozumel).

REPOSITIONING (Transatlantic)

In the summer, the ship operates in Europe on Mediterranean round-trips out of Barcelona (Italy, Greece, Turkey, Malta, Adriatic Sea).

(2021) From homeport Tampa, Brilliance OTS operates 4-5-7-night roundtrips to the Western Caribbean. Adding to the Canadian offerings, Brilliance OTS is scheduled to spend 2021 fall on 7-night Canada cruises from Boston. Originally, the ship was homeported in Miami.

summer 2022: Brilliance OTS is due to embark on 7-night voyages to Croatia, Greece, and the Greek Isles. From Venice (Ravenna) are visited Dubrovnik, Athens, the Greek Isles Mykonos and Santorini.

2022-2023: Brilliance spends the winter in Tampa FL with 4- and 5-night Western Caribbean itineraries, with select 4-night trips to Nassau and Key West.

Empress of the Seas

sold/left the fleet

IMPORTANT: In mid-December 2020, RCI sold the ships Empress OTS and Majesty OTS to an Asian company. A total of 40x Empress OTS cruises (itineraries scheduled between March 6, 2021, and April 16, 2022) were canceled.

The Empress ship's planned by RCI 2021-2022 itinerary program included voyages in the Eastern-Western Caribbean (7-day roundtrips from PortMiami / March 6 through April 25, 2021), roundtrips from NYC New York to Bermuda (April 5 - August 9, 2021), four 7-day Canada and New England cruises (NYC roundtrips, May 24, June 21, July 19, Aug 16, 2021), 10-11-day Canadian cruises out of Montreal (September 2 - October 4, 2021) and the rest were 7-day Southern Caribbean cruises from homeport San Juan Puerto Rico (November 6, 2021, through April 16, 2022).

Enchantment Of The Seas

Miami Florida

Port Canaveral Florida

Galveston TX

Baltimore MD

San Juan Puerto Rico

operates on Bahama cruises to Nassau and Coco Cay (3-day and 4-day round-trips).

In 2021, Enchantment OTS cruises from homeports San Juan (winter) and from Baltimore to Bermuda, Canada, the Bahamas and Southern Caribbean (with CocoCay).

Explorer Of The Seas

Sydney NSW Australia

Seattle WA

operates on South Pacific Islands itineraries (Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu) and also on Cruises to Nowhere (out of Sydney AU).

2021: After multimillion-dollar modernization and summer season in Europe, Explorer OTS sails back to Miami FL. Explorer calls at the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao, as well as RCI's private destination in Labadee, within reach on 5- and 9-night voyages from Miami. Select itineraries visit the private Bahamas island CocoCay.

winter 2021-2022: 7-night Southern Caribbean from San Juan Puerto Rico. The ship replaces the previously scheduled voyages on Freedom OTS.

summer 2022: Explorer OTS returns to Miami FL to sail alternating 8- and 6-night itineraries exploring the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) with more time in Willemstad, Curacao and Oranjestad, Aruba on every 8-night cruise. The ship's 6-night trips in the Western Caribbean call at CocoCay Bahamas.

Royal Caribbean Cruise to Nowhere (Australia)

Freedom Of The Seas

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Florida

San Juan Puerto Rico

NYC-Bayonne

operates on 7-day round-trips to Eastern Caribbean (Labadee Haiti, Puerto Rico, St Maarten, St Kitts) and Western Caribbean (Costa Maya and Cozumel Mexico, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Belize, Roatan).

2021: from San Juan (for a 3rd consecutive year) are operated 7-night Southern Caribbean itineraries to Philipsburg, Basseterre, St.Johns, Castries, St.Lucia, Bridgetown.

winter 2021-2022: 3- and 4-night Bahamas and CocoCay from PortMiami, Florida.

2022-2023: 3- and 4-night cruises from Miami Florida to Nassau Bahamas, visiting Royal Caribbean's private island in the Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Grandeur Of The Seas

Baltimore MD

Bridgetown Barbados

Galveston TX

operates on round-trips to Bermuda and to Bermuda and Nassau Bahamas (during summer). Also sails to Florida-Eastern Caribbean (Miami, Nassau, Freeport, Coco Cay), to Florida-Bahamas (Port Canaveral, Nassau, Coco Cay) and to Southern Caribbean (Barbados, Antigua, St Lucia).

2021: Grandeur OTS cruises on 9-night itineraries to Canada-New England (fall foliage) from homeport Baltimore, 5- and 9-night to Bermuda and Bahamas, 9-night Southeast USA and Bahamas, 12-night Southern Caribbean (winter).

(December 2021 through April 2022) Grandeur OTS is homeported in Bridgetown Barbados. RCI's first-ever roundtrip Barbados Caribbean program is based on fly-cruise deals (roundtrip flights from the USA) and 3x itineraries (two 7-night, one 14-night) visiting Castries (St Lucia), Roseau (Dominica), St Georges (Grenada), Oranjestad (Aruba), Kralendijk (Bonaire), Willemstad (Curacao), plus 3x new for RCI ports - Scarborough (Tobago Island), Port-of-Spain (Trinidad Island) and Kingstown (St Vincent Island, Grenadines).

Note: In 2021, after 23 years of service, Grandeur OTS was planned to leave the RCI fleet and join Pullmantur (2020-defunct).

(summer 2022) Grandeur OTS from Galveston TX offers 4-5-night mini-cruises to Mexico (Costa Maya and Cozumel).

Harmony of the Seas

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Florida

Port Canaveral (Orlando) Florida

operates on 7-day round-trips to Western Caribbean (Cozumel Mexico, Jamaica, Labadee Haiti) and Bahamas-Eastern Caribbean (Thomas, St Thomas, St Maarten).

The ship offers inaugural season itineraries in Europe out of Barcelona Spain (7-day itineraries to France and Italy).

2021-2022: Harmony OTS returns to Port Canaveral with 7-night itineraries to Eastern and Western Caribbean. The ship features visits to CocoCay.

summer 2021: Harmony OTS operates in Western Mediterranean on 7-night voyages that include late-night stays in Rome and Livorno. Roundtrips from Rome are also offered. Departing from Port Canaveral (winter 2021), Harmony OTS also offers 7-night alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, all visiting CocoCay Bahamas.

summer 2022: 7-night Eastern Caribbean 7-night itineraries from Port Canaveral to Saint Thomas, Saint Kitts and Falmouth Jamaica, along with CocoCay.

Independence Of The Seas

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Florida

Southampton, England (UK)

operates short roundtrips to Western Caribbean (Costa Maya-Cozumel Mexico, Belize) and Eastern Caribbean (Labadee Haiti, Jamaica).

summer 2021: Independence OTS sails from Miami (instead of Fort Lauderdale) with 6- and 8-night sailings to the Southern and Western Caribbean.

2022-2023: cruises from Port Canaveral FL to the Bahamas with full-day calls in Nassau and CocoCay.

Jewel Of The Seas

San Juan Puerto Rico

Civitavecchia-Rome (Italy)

Miami Florida

operates roundtrips to Eastern-Southern Caribbean (St Thomas, St Kitts, St. Maarten, Dominica, Aruba, Curacao, St Lucia, Antigua). REPOSITIONING (Transatlantic): During summer, the ship operates in Europe on round-trips out of Rome (Civitavecchia) to Greece and Greek Islands, Turkey, Italy (Sicily).

summer 2021: Jewel OTS had to close out the summer homeported in Barcelona with the Iberian Peninsula and Greek Isles, including calls at Cannes, Athens, and Santorini. Select itineraries from Amsterdam had to visit Baltic ports and the British Isles with overnights in Edinburgh and St Petersburg, late-night calls in Liverpool.

(September 2022) Jewel OTS introduces a new itinerary for RCI. The 9- and 10-night sailings between Tarragona and Piraeus visit Olympia (Katakolon), Santorini, Monte Carlo, Amalfi Coast, French Riviera, among others. Prior to repositioning to Tarragona, Jewel of the Seas is due to offer a mix of 12-night itineraries out of Amsterdam to Iceland, Arctic Circle, Norwegian fjords, and the British Isles.

Liberty Of The Seas

Galveston Texas

Miami FL

operates on 7-day round-trips to Eastern-Western Caribbean (Costa Maya and Cozumel Mexico, Roatan Honduras, Grand Cayman, Jamaica).

2021: Liberty OTS cruises roundtrip from Galveston (summer 2021) and to Western Caribbean (7-night itineraries) before homeporting in Miami for the winter (3-and 4-night Bahamas and CocoCay).

summer 2022: 7-night Western Caribbean itineraries from Galveston TX to Belize City, Belize and Cozumel, Mexico.

2022-2023: "alternating" 3- and 4-night winter voyages to the Bahamas from Fort Lauderdale FL, visiting CocoCay and Grand Bahama Island (Freeport).

Majesty Of The Seas

sold/left the fleet

IMPORTANT: In mid-December 2020, RCI sold the ships Majesty OTS and Empress OTS to an Asian company. A total of 60x Majesty OTS cruises (itineraries scheduled between March 6, 2021, and April 30, 2022) were canceled.

The Majesty ship's planned by RCI 2021-2022 itinerary program included 7-day Florida-Bahamas and 7-day Western Caribbean voyages leaving roundtrip from homeport NOLA New Orleans. The Bahamas roundtrips were planned to visit Key West Florida, Nassau and CocoCay. The Western Caribbean roundtrips had planned visits to Mexico (Cozumel, Costa Maya) and Honduras (Coxen Hole on Roatan Island).

Mariner Of The Seas

Singapore

Miami Florida

Port Canaveral (Orlando Florida)

Mariner OTS operates on Asia roundtrips out of Singapore (to Thailand and Malaysia) and out of Shanghai (to South Korea and Japan).

(summer 2021) Mariner OTS departs from Port Canaveral on 3- and 4-night Bahamas and CocoCay itineraries. The liner then transitions to 4- and 5-night winter itineraries.

(2022) Port Canaveral Florida to Bermuda and Bahamas cruises with an 8-night itinerary to Kings Wharf (2-day stay/overnight) plus Nassau (late-night departure) and CocoCay (full day stay). This unique option includes the following departures in 2022 - May 15 and 28, June 5, August 21, September 3 and 11, and October 8 and 16.

(winter 2022-2023) Mariner OTS from Port Canaveral has 7-night itinerary to CocoCay and Western Caribbean.

Navigator Of The Seas

Miami Florida

Southampton (England UK)

operates on round-trips to Bahamas-Western Caribbean (Nassau, Cozumel Mexico) and Southern Caribbean (Labadee Haiti, Curacao, Aruba, Bonaire).

REPOSITIONING (Transatlantic)

During summer, the ship operates in Europe on round-trips out of Southampton to the Mediterranean Sea, Canary Islands and Baltic Sea (Norwegian Fjords).

In 2020, Navigator OTS is based at PortMiami's new Terminal A.

2021-2022: Sailing from PortMiami's new Terminal A (in the summer) and out of Fort Lauderdale (winter), Navigator OTS offers 3- and 4-night trips to Bahamas and CocoCay.

Oasis Of The Seas

Miami Florida

NYC (Cape Liberty, Bayonne NJ)

operates on 7-day round-trips to Western Caribbean (Cozumel Mexico, Labadee Haiti, Jamaica) and Bahamas-Eastern Caribbean (Nassau, St Thomas, St Maarten).

summer 2021: Oasis OTS is homeported in NYC.

summer 2022: 7-night cruises to Florida and The Bahamas from Cape Liberty (Bayonne, New Jersey) with almost every voyage visiting CocoCay.

Odyssey Of The Seas

Fort Lauderdale Florida

Civitavecchia-Rome Italy

Odyssey OTS was scheduled for inauguration on November 5, 2020, and to be initially homeported in Florida USA (Port Everglades/Fort Lauderdale).

However, due to delayed delivery (Coronavirus impact), the liner will start operations on April 30, 2021, with cruises in Europe (Eastern Mediterranean) leaving from homeport Civitavecchia on 7-9-12-day itineraries to Greece (Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes, Piraeus-Athens, Heraklion Crete), Turkey (Kusadasi), Italy (Naples) and Israel (Haifa-Tel Aviv and Ashdod-Jerusalem).

(summer 2022) Odyssey OTS is scheduled to return to Rome and sail on 7-9-night voyages to the Greek Isles and Turkey, as well as 12-night Holy Land cruises. Ports of call include Santorini, Mykonos, Piraeus (Athens), Rhodes, Ephesus (Kusadasi), Naples/Capri Island, Haifa, and Ashdod (Jerusalem). New in 2022, Holy Land cruises visit Limassol Crete.

Ovation Of The Seas

Sydney, NSW Australia

Hong Kong, China

Tianjin, Beijing, China

Seattle, Washington

Brisbane, Queensland Australia

operates on China roundtrips to Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea.

REPOSITIONING (Asia-Australia)

Ovation OTS was deployed in Alaska (the first Quantum-class liner there) via repositioning from Sydney AU to Seattle WA (Alaskan homeport). The ship offers 7-day roundtrip itinerary to Juneau, Skagway, and Victoria (BC Canada). In Alaska, Ovation joins the fleet mate Radiance OTS.

(2021 summer) 7-night Alaska itineraries from Seattle WA with scenic cruising through Endicott Arm Fjord.

2021 (May-September) Ovation OTS cruises in Alaska with 7-night roundtrips from Seattle WA.

winter 2021-2022: sailing from Sydney on 9-/12-night New Zealand, 5-/7-night Queensland, and 6-/8-night Tasmania trips.

(Alaska 2022) Ovation OTS operates 7-night roundtrips from Seattle to Canada (Victoria BC) and USA (Sitka, Skagway, Ketchikan, Juneau).

Royal Caribbean Cruise to Nowhere (Australia)

Quantum Of The Seas

Shanghai China

Singapore

Seattle WA

(2021) roundtrips out of Singapore / 2-3-4-night "Ocean Getaways" cruises-to-nowhere), 3-night to Malaysia (Penang-Klang), 4-night to Phuket-Penang, 5-night to Klang-Phuket-Penang, 7-night to Penang-Klang-Phuket (overnight), 7-night with overnights in Saigon-Bangkok-Singapore

winter 2021-2022: sailing from Brisbane on 3-night Weekend Getaway cruises along with 7-/9-night South Pacific voyages.

(Alaska 2022) Quantum OTS operates 7-night roundtrips from Seattle to Canada (Victoria BC) and USA (Sitka, Skagway, Ketchikan, Juneau). The ship has two Alaskan repositioning cruises via Hawaii (Honolulu) in 2022 - in April (to Vancouver) and in October (from Vancouver).

NOTE: In January 2021, RCI announced Quantum OTS stays in Asia in summer 2021, instead of the planned Alaskan season. Quantum OTS had been Asia-based before the Coronavirus crisis, sailing from Tianjin-Beijing (China) and Singapore.

Radiance Of The Seas

Sydney NSW Australia

Auckland NZ

Vancouver BC Canada

Seward AK

operates on round-trips to Queensland, New Zealand and South Pacific Islands (Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu).

REPOSITIONING (Alaska-Australia through Hawaii). The ship is relocated for the summer Alaskan cruise season from Australia to Canada (and reverse) through Hawaii.

(2021) Radiance OTS is once again offering 7-night itineraries between Vancouver and Seward. The ship is due to sail on alternating Southbound and Northbound Alaska routes. Following a 3-year absence, Royal Caribbean returns to homeporting in Brisbane with Radiance OTS, which also offers 22 Brisbane itineraries, focusing on 7-11 night South Pacific voyages, plus 3 sampler cruises.

(2021) 7-night voyages between Seward and Vancouver with ports Icy Strait Point, Skagway, Sitka, cruising in Hubbard Glacier and Inside Passage.

(winter 2021-2022) 5- and 9-night Caribbean voyages from Miami. The ship replaces Explorer OTS.

(Alaska 2022) Radiance OTS starts 7-night itineraries between Vancouver and Seward. to Haines (full-day), Sitka, Ketchikan, Juneau, Seward. The new for RCI Inside passage itinerary features scenic cruising (Endicott Arm, Dawes Glacier, Hubbard Glacier). The northbound itinerary visits Icy Strait Point.

Rhapsody Of The Seas

Ravenna Italy

Tampa Florida

in summer 2021: Rhapsody OTS homeports in Ravenna (as an alternative to Venice) for 7-night roundtrips to Croatia, Greece, Greek Isles (select late-night calls in Santorini and Kotor), while for the winter is based in Tampa FL for 7-night Western Caribbean itineraries to Belize, Mexico, Grand Cayman.

2022-2023: 4- and 5-night cruises from Tampa FL to Cozumel, Mexico, calling at George Town, Grand Cayman in the spring and early fall. During the summer, vacationers can extend their trip with a 7-night sailing to Roatan, Belize City, Cozumel, and Costa Maya.

Serenade Of The Seas

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Florida

Copenhagen Denmark

Stockholm Sweden

Boston Massachusetts

Vancouver BC Canada

REPOSITIONING (Transatlantic)

During summer, the ship operates in Europe (Baltic Sea) on round-trips out of Denmark

winter 2021-2022: sailing from Sydney on 7-night Australian journeys.

Serenade OTS is homeported at Overseas Passenger Terminal (Sydney NSW) for the first time. Through April 2021 are scheduled 21 voyages (5-19 nights) to South Pacific Islands, Australia New Zealand.

(Alaska 2022) Serenade OTS starts 7-night roundtrips from Vancouver to Haines (full-day), Sitka, Ketchikan, Juneau, Seward. The new RCI itinerary features scenic cruising (Endicott Arm, Dawes Glacier, Hubbard Glacier).

Spectrum of the Seas

Hong Kong China

Shanghai China

From Shanghai, Spectrum OTS cruises to japan on 4 roundtrip itineraries:

  • 7-day "Best Of Japan" (Kobe, Yokohama)
  • 5-day "Kagoshima and Okinawa" (Kagoshima, Naha)
  • 4-day "Best Of Okinawa" (to Naha)
  • 4-day "Best Of Kagoshima" (to Kagoshima)

From Hong Kong, Spectrum OTS cruises on 3 roundtrip itineraries:

  • 7-day "Japan and Philippines" (Naha, Salomague Island, Luzon Island/Subic Bay)
  • 5-day "Best Of Vietnam" (Da Nang, Nha Trang)
  • 4-day "Best Of Chan May" (to Da Nang, Vietnam)

2021 (January through November) Spectrum OTS cruises out of Shanghai on 4- to 8-night voyages (China roundtrips to Japan) with overnights in select Japanese ports (12 total).

December 2021 through January 2022, Spectrum OTS is homeported in Hong Kong for 4- to 9-night roundtrips.

(January through October 2022) the ship has scheduled 4-8 days roundtrips from Shanghai and Tianjin-Beijing to ports in Japan (Nagasaki, Fukuoka, Sasebo).

Symphony of the Seas

Miami Florida

2021: Symphony OTS from PortMiami offers 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries with CocoCay.

summer 2022: 7-night Western Caribbean itineraries from Miami FL (evening stays in Puerto Rico)

Vision Of The Seas

Galveston TX

Barcelona Spain

New Orleans Louisiana

operates on Mediterranean round-trips out of Venice (to Greece and Turkey).

REPOSITIONING (Suez Canal)

During winter, the ship operates in Asia on Red Sea roundtrips out of Dubai.

summer 2021: Vision OTS from San Juan cruises to the Southern Caribbean. Originally, the ship was scheduled to sail from Barcelona Spain (12-night Mediterranean itineraries) visiting Greek Isles, Kotor, Nice, Rome, Livorno, Venice (overnight), Split (late-night call).

Vision OTS from South Florida (Fort Lauderdale) offers 10- and 11-night Southern Caribbean itineraries.

(summer 2022) Vision OTS offers new 8-night Western Mediterranean voyages. In September 2022 are added 5-night itineraries to French Riviera ports (Toulon and Monte Carlo) and Italy’s islands Sardinia (Cagliari) and Sicily (Palermo).

Voyager Of The Seas

Sydney NSW Australia

Singapore

Tianjin China

Los Angeles CA

operates on roundtrips to South Pacific Islands itineraries (Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu).

The ship was homeported in Singapore for 3- to 9-night itineraries in Southeast Asia (Thailand and Malaysia). The roundtrips from Singapore include:

(spring 2021) Voyager OTS from Sydney visits South Pacific Islands on 9-13 night roundtrips.

In 2021 (May through October), Voyager OTS is homeported in Tianjin for 4- to 7-night roundtrips to Japan visiting 10 destinations (including Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Fukuoka, Nagasaki). In 2021-Q4, RCI plans to homeport Voyager OTS in Los Angeles California for 3-4-night voyages to Baja Mexico.

summer 2022: Voyager OTS is scheduled to embark on her inaugural Northern Europe season, sailing 7-, 10- and 11-night cruises on the Baltic Sea, round-trip from Copenhagen (May-June and August) and Stockholm (July). Passengers can explore the Norwegian fjords, the oldest European medieval town in Tallinn Estonia, and overnight in Saint Petersburg.

(October 2022 - April 2023) Voyager OTS is homeported in Boston for 7-day roundtrips to Canada and Maine USA (St John, Halifax, Bar Harbor, Portland) plus 7-day to Caribbean-Bahamas (Dominican Republic, St Thomas USVI, CocoCay).

Wonder Of The Seas

Shanghai China

The new ship (2021-Q2) will be deployed exclusively in Asia.

Orbiter of the Galaxies

spaceship project

The aircraft has confirmed/scheduled launch in 2030. Construction of the "space and cruise ship" hybrid vessel is already underway.

Royal Caribbean's "Private Journeys" excursions

RCI passengers seeking personalized shore excursion experiences can take advantage of the company's "Private Journeys" program.

The USD 100 concierge service enables passengers to book port calls tailored to their interests, travel style and budget. Private Journeys (custom-made tours) allow access to 1 of 9 professional Destination Insiders who help planning every detail of the shore excursion before the cruise starts. Activities can include private yachting, cooking with Michelin-starred chefs, food tasting. The USD 100 fee for Private Journeys is applicable to excursion's final cost.

Private Journeys are offered as a 3rd excursion choice (besides independent and RCI-sponsored group tours). The new choice offers direct booking through RCI (ONLY via Royal Caribbean). Booked passengers have to provide Private Journeys' staff with their idea/basics of what they want (duration, preferred places, activities, meals, etc). Then they work with local (professional) tour guides to design the excursion. The contact with Private Journeys is by email or phone.

"Private Journeys" RCI tour deals guarantee: priority disembarkation, sure return to the cruise ship (if the tour runs late, the ship waits for you), convenient access to private tour vehicles, quality of service (reputable/insured operators in direct contact with the RCI cruise ship's personnel).

Royal Caribbean cruises to Cuba from Florida (Miami and Tampa)

Royal Caribbean operated Cuba cruises with the Miami-homeported (later in Tampa) ship Empress of the Seas. The first Cuban cruise was on April 19, 2017 (5-night Miami to Costa Maya and Havana).

The newly-refreshed Empress OTS had scheduled a total of 58 voyages (4- and 5-night itineraries) in the period January 2018 through March 2019, with more than half offering overnights in havana. Empress was homeported in Tampa for summer 2018, for 4- and 5-night itineraries to Key West, Costa Maya, Cozumel and Havana (on most voyages). For the winter 2018-2019 season, the ship repositioned to Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale).

On December 1, 2017, RCI added 2 new Cuban ports (Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos) included in 4- to 8-night long Caribbean itineraries on Empress of the Seas. The new 7-night "Best of Cuba" itinerary from Miami visits Cienfuegos, Havana, and Nassau. The 5-night itinerary visits Key West Florida and Havana (overnight). The 8-night itinerary visits Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba, Grand Cayman Island, and Labadee Haiti.

Majesty of the Seas offered 4- and 5-night itineraries to Havana (day visits and overnights) leaving roundtrip from Tampa (in the period April-October 2018) and from Fort Lauderdale (November 2018 through March 2019). In July 2017, RCI unveiled the company's 2nd ship to Cuba - Majesty OTS, homeported in Port Canaveral. Starting March 25, 2019, the liner offered a 4-night voyage calling at Havana.

On June 4, 2019, the US Government announced new regulations (economic sanctions) that ended group travel to Cuba, including via US-homeported cruise liners, effective immediately. The ban relates to "private and corporate aircraft, cruise ships, sailboats, fishing boats, and other similar aircraft and vessels". The US travel restrictions impacted hundreds of pre-scheduled cruise itineraries, which were adjusted to no longer stop in Cuban seaports.

The list of passenger shipping lines offering cruises to Cuba included:

Note: According to the current Cuban law, US citizens of Cuban origin (born in Cuba) are not allowed to visit the island country (including on cruise ships). Regardless of their US citizenship status, Cuban-born Americans were denied booking on cruise itineraries visiting ports in Cuba. However, the situation changed in April 2016, after Carnival Corporation negotiated with the Cuban government for allowing ships with Cuban-born passengers, as such US citizens are allowed to visit the country on USA-Cuba charter flights. The Carnival-fathom line started Miami to Cuba cruises in May 2016.

Alaska Airlines offers regular nonstop flights to Havana from Los Angeles (California USA). An 80-min ling JetBlue flight from Fort Lauderdale (Florida) to Havana costs less than USD 100. Previously, air travel from the USA to Cuba was thought charter flights only.

Royal Caribbean related cruise news

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