Royal Caribbean International's Oasis of the Seas will sail from New York City for the first time during the 2020 - 2021 cruise season, the cruise line reports as part of its 2020-21 deployment plans. That season, Royal Caribbean will showcase a fleet of seven ships that have emerged from its Royal Amplified fleet modernization program, which launched this year.
Oasis of the Seas will deliver new vacations from the Northeast with seven-night Caribbean itineraries that include a day at the cruise line's private island destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay, The Bahamas. Oasis will be the first ship in its class to sail from the Northeast. For the first time since 2015, Anthem of the Seas will return to the U.K. to sail alongside Independence of the Seas.
Celebrating its one-year anniversary in summer 2020, Perfect Day at CocoCay will welcome 10 ships from more ports than any previous deployment, including newly added Galveston, Texas, as well as Barcelona, Spain, on Allure of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas' transatlantic sailings in November 2020. Experiences include the tallest waterslide in North America, the Caribbean's largest wave pool, and the highest vantage point in The Bahamas from a helium balloon that rises 450 feet in the air.
Caribbean and the Northeast
Oasis of the Seas will undergo a bow-to-stern transformation in 2019 and become the first Royal Amplified ship to sail from Cape Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey, starting in May 2020. Oasis of the Seas will transport travelers to the waters of The Bahamas all summer with seven-night itineraries, as well as a number of short cruises north to New England and Canada.
Adventure of the Seas will return to Cape Liberty, sailing a variety of five- and nine-night summer and fall itineraries to Bermuda, New England and Canada, The Bahamas and the Caribbean. Travelers can extend leaf peeping season on Vision of the Seas, which will offer three 10- to 11-night itineraries between Bayonne and Quebec City with an overnight in Quebec's capital – North America's only fortified city.
Symphony of the Seas and sister ship Harmony of the Seas, family ships, will return to PortMiami and Port Canaveral, Florida, respectively, offering 7-night itineraries to the Eastern and Western Caribbean. Both ships will feature visits to Perfect Day at CocoCay on nearly all sailings.
Brilliance of the Seas will go to Boston in the fall, sailing seven- to 10-night cruises to Canada starting in September 2020, while Grandeur of the Seas continues to offer nine-night itineraries to Canada and New England for fall foliage from her year-round homeport in Baltimore, Maryland. Grandeur will embark on a combination of five- and nine-night itineraries to Bermuda and The Bahamas in the summer months, and transition to nine-night Southeast Coast & Bahamas and 12-night Southern Caribbean cruises for the winter. Northeast, Canada and Bermuda itineraries will be available to book as of December 13, 2018.
In 2020, San Juan, Puerto Rico will welcome what will be the newly modernized Freedom of the Seas. The ship will return for the third consecutive year to sail seven-night itineraries year-round throughout the Southern Caribbean, traveling beyond the typical getaway to destinations like Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis; St. Johns, Antigua; Castries, St. Lucia and Bridgetown, Barbados. Rounding out the seven-night Caribbean offerings is Liberty of the Seas, which will continue to sail from Galveston to the Western Caribbean ahead of its own amplification in early 2021. The seven-night Bahamas, Bermuda and Caribbean itineraries will be available to book as of December 13, 2018.
Two of Royal Caribbean's Amplified ships – Mariner of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas – will offer Caribbean getaways all year with three-night weekend and four-night weekday itineraries to The Bahamas. Mariner will continue to sail from Port Canaveral in Orlando, Florida, while Navigator will remain a resident of Miami, sailing from the cruise line's Terminal A. Navigator will be the third ship to be reimagined in February 2019, building on the brand's Royal Amplified fleet modernization program to incorporate Royal Caribbean favorites with new experiences, including a Caribbean poolscape, two waterslides – introducing the longest aqua coaster at sea – the first blow dry bar the industry, nightlife and dining. Short Caribbean itineraries are now open to book.
Enchantment of the Seas will, for the first time from Galveston, offer a lineup of sailings to Perfect Day at CocoCay. Enchantment will continue a mix of four- and five-night Western Caribbean sailings in the summer.
Longtime New York resident, Anthem of the Seas, will make the journey across the Atlantic to Southampton, England returning for the first time in five years. The Quantum Class ship will visit coastal towns along the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Canary Islands on 8- to 14-night itineraries. Modernized in 2018, Independence of the Seas will return to Southampton for the season and sail seven- to 14-night cruises around the Norwegian Fjords, Canary Islands and North Africa, Scandinavia and Russia, and Italian Mediterranean, including new destinations Agadir, Morocco and Ponta Delgada in Portugal's Azores archipelago in the mid-Atlantic. Vacationers can also witness the Baltic with a 14-night itinerary – a first for a Freedom Class ship – featuring an overnight in Copenhagen, Denmark and two nights in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Royal Amplified will reach the far corners of Europe as Allure of the Seas and Explorer of the Seas debut multimillion-dollar modernizations as they journey across Europe for the 2020 summer and fall seasons to rediscover landmarks, coastlines and cultures. Allure of the Seas will be the first Royal Amplified Oasis Class ship in Europe, offering 7-night Western Mediterranean itineraries that depart from Barcelona. From Rome, the reimagined Explorer will offer a mix of seven- to 12-night sailings along the Greek Isles, uncovering storied temples, amphitheaters and villages.
Vision of the Seas will join Allure in Barcelona for the summer and fall seasons to offer travelers 12-night cruises across the Mediterranean, as Rhapsody of the Seas returns to Venice, Italy for the summer to offer shorter itineraries, alternating between Greece and Croatia and the Greek Isles. Copenhagen will welcome Jewel of the Seas for the season, as the ship sails a mix of seven-night itineraries through the Norwegian Fjords and Scandinavia and Russia. Brilliance of the Seas will return to Amsterdam for a third summer, sailing 12-night Baltic itineraries and a special 12-night sailing around the British Isles. Guests can board Brilliance for a 15-night arctic crossing as the ship repositions from Amsterdam to Boston, Massachusetts. European itineraries will be available to book the week of December 17, 2018. All itineraries will be open to book by Crown & Anchor Society loyalty members one day prior to the general opening date.
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