Royal Caribbean to Return to New Orleans for First Time in Three Years

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After a three-year hiatus, Royal Caribbean International will return to New Orleans with the newly announced repositioning of Vision of the Seas for the 2018-2019 winter season. The ship will sail seven-night itineraries to destinations across the Bahamas and Yucatan Peninsula. Its 989-foot sibling ship, Enchantment of the Seas, will move from Miami, Florida, to join Liberty of the Seas in Galveston, Texas, offering four- and five-night Caribbean cruises that will complement Liberty’s seven-night Caribbean vacations.

The two new offerings bring more options and easy access from the Gulf Coast for travelers in the region, Royal Caribbean said.

Before repositioning to its new home in “The Big Easy” on December 15, 2018, Vision of the Seas will offer two, 16-night sailings through the Panama Canal from Miami to Los Angeles, California, and from Los Angeles to New Orleans. This will be the first time in three years that Royal Caribbean will journey through the canal.

Also in 2018, Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas, which had long been homeported in the Asia-Pacific region, will return to the United States to homeport in Miami. Mariner will be the first Voyager-class ship – with amenities including the rock-climbing wall, ice-skating rink and Royal Promenade – to offer short Caribbean sailings aimed at first-time cruise travelers, Royal Caribbean said. The three- and four-night itineraries from PortMiami to the Bahamas begin on June 21, 2018, following the ship’s extensive, 32-day revitalization. Prior to going into drydock and its arrival to Miami, Mariner will embark on a previously announced “Global Odyssey,” consisting of three 13- to 15-night sailings from Singapore to Dubai; Dubai to Barcelona; and Barcelona to Miami.

Enchantment of the Seas arrives to Galveston on June 23, 2018. Guests currently booked on Enchantment for sailings departing Miami after June 23 will be contacted individually to transition the original booking to the freshly revitalized Mariner of the Seas from its new homeport in Miami, Royal Caribbean said. 

Sailings onboard Mariner of the Seas are now available to book, and Enchantment of the Seas and Vision of the Seas will be available to book as of May 5, 2017.

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