What’s Next for Symphony of the Seas’ North American Itineraries

Symphony of the Seas, Royal Caribbean's newest Oasis-class ship, under construction at the STX shipyard in France.
Symphony of the Seas is currently under construction ahead of its April 2018 launch. // Photo by Bernard Biger/STX France

Royal Caribbean has announced its lineup of North American itineraries for 2018-2019, including the first North American season for the line’s newest ship, Symphony of the Seas.

The line’s fourth Oasis-class ship, Symphony of the Seas will sail from a newly redesigned Terminal A in PortMiami starting November 17, 2018, offering seven-night eastern and western Caribbean itineraries. Sailings will include calls at ports visited by the line’s other Oasis-class ships, as well as new ports Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis.

Royal Caribbean announced details on Symphony of the Seas earlier this month. Guests can expect an even bigger ship – the new vessel will break the line’s previous record for “world’s largest cruise ship” – with 28 more staterooms than previous record holder Harmony of the Seas. In addition to the Oasis class’ seven-neighborhood design concept, with areas like the Boardwalk, Central Park, and more, the ship will also incorporate amenities from the line’s Quantum class, like Bionic Bar robot bartenders, a waterfront Aqua Theater and the Ultimate Abyss, billed as the tallest waterslide at sea. (You can watch a video of a ride on the Ultimate Abyss here.)

Prior to its North American season, Symphony of the Seas will offer summer Mediterranean itineraries, with calls including Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Provence, France; and Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples, Italy.

Royal Caribbean’s 2018-2019 North American Itineraries

In addition to sailings on the new Symphony of the Seas, the 2018 – 2019 North American season will also include sailings from South Florida, Puerto Rico, Texas, the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast to the Caribbean, Alaska, Canada and New England.

Explorer of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas will be deployed to Alaska. Explorer of the Seas will depart from Seattle with ports of call in Victoria, British Columbia, Juneau, Alaska, as well as a chance to sail the Inside Passage. Meanwhile, Radiance of the Seas will sail seven- and nine-night open-jaw itineraries between Seward, Alaska and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Farther south, Allure of the Seas will reposition from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale to PortMiami for the winter season, offering seven-night eastern and western Caribbean itineraries. Harmony of the Seas will also sail year-round seven-night Caribbean itineraries from Port Everglades, with Saturday departures in the winter instead of on Sunday.

From Port Canaveral, Oasis of the Seas will continue sailing seven-night itineraries to the Caribbean, while Majesty of the Seas will sail three- and four-night itineraries to the Bahamas.

Liberty of the Seas will continue its year-round deployment from the Port of Galveston, Texas, offering seven-night Mexico and western Caribbean itineraries. Enchantment of the Seas will sail three- and four-night getaways to the Bahamas year-round from PortMiami.

In the Northeast, the Quantum-class Anthem of the Seas will continue to sail year-round itineraries out of the New York area from Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, New Jersey, sailing a series of five- to 12- night itineraries to Bermuda and the Caribbean and seven-night itineraries to the Bahamas. For the fall season, Anthem of the Seas will offer nine-night itineraries to Canada and New England.

The newly renovated Adventure of the Seas will sail from the Northeast for the first time since its debut, sailing seven-night itineraries from Cape Liberty to the Bahamas and New England and Canada. In the fall 2018, the ship will sail three open-jaw 10- and 11-night fall foliage sailings to Quebec, Canada. Adventure of the Seas will reposition to Port Everglades for the winter season, offering six- and eight-night eastern and western Caribbean itineraries.

From Baltimore, Grandeur of the Seas will sail nine-night itineraries to the Bahamas and 12-night itineraries to the southern Caribbean in the winter. In the summer, it will offer nine-night sailings to Canada and New England and five-night itineraries to Bermuda.

Vision of the Seas will join Liberty of the Seas in Galveston for the winter season offering shorter four- and five-night western Caribbean getaways, while Rhapsody of the Seas will sail roundtrip western Caribbean itineraries out of Tampa during the winter. Brilliance of the Seas will also sail from Tampa in the winter, alternating four- and five-night itineraries to the western Caribbean.

Jewel of the Seas will homeport in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for the winter, sailing seven-night southern Caribbean itineraries.

Serenade of the Seas will homeport in Boston for September and October, offering seven-night itineraries to Canada and New England and seven-night itineraries to Bermuda. The ship will then reposition to Fort Lauderdale for longer winter itineraries in the southern and eastern Caribbean on 10- and 11-night sailings.

Navigator of the Seas will sail five- and nine-night southern and western Caribbean itineraries from PortMiami throughout the winter season.

Independence of the Seas will sail from Port Everglades, offering four- and five-night itineraries to the western Caribbean throughout the winter.

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