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Royal Caribbean offers bold itineraries and a world of innovation for 2019-20

Royal Caribbean International’s 2019-2020 season offers more adventures than ever for guests of all ages, including four new ports of call in Europe and the first-ever Quantum Class ship to visit the Alaskan frontier

This combines with newly transformed ships designed to offer an unmatched short Caribbean holiday from the USA.

Northern Europe and Mediterranean

Oasis of the Seas
Oasis of the Seas will be the largest ship sailing in the Med in 2019-20

Royal Caribbean will offer four new European ports of call. Travellers can now visit the world’s best preserved medieval city and UNESCO World Heritage site, Visby, Sweden; Zadar, Croatia, offering national parks, waterfalls and Roman-era history; the glamorous, picture-perfect fishing village of Portofino on the Italian Rivera; and Porto, Portugal, the country’s second largest city, famed for its charming, breath-taking scenery steeped in history.

For the first time since 2014, Oasis of the Seas, the largest ship sailing in the Mediterranean, will spend the summer season in Europe, sailing from Barcelona, known for its world-class art, architecture, design and culinary scene.

Caribbean

Newly modernised and purposefully redesigned with families in mind, two of the cruise line’s Voyager Class ships – Mariner of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas – will sail 3- and 4-night itineraries to The Bahamas.

Both ships will be offering short, weekend holidays to the Caribbean. Mariner will sail from Port Canaveral, Florida, while Navigator will be based in Miami where guests will be welcomed through Royal Caribbean’s new, state-of-the-art Terminal A in PortMiami.

Voyager Class changed the industry by introducing unexpected activities and adventures, including the rock-climbing wall, ice-skating rink and Royal Promenade. Together with some exciting new features, they will be perfect introductions for first-time guests and families to experience the best of the Caribbean in a weekend. 

Travellers from the Southwest of the USA also seeking short Caribbean getaways can take advantage of 4- and 5-night sailings on Enchantment of the Seas from Galveston, Texas, to various destinations in Mexico, year-round.

All four of the world’s largest cruise ships – Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas – will set sail from Florida in 2019 through to April 2020.

Oasis of the Seas, the first ship in its class, will undergo a bow-to-stern transformation before homeporting at Royal Caribbean’s custom built Terminal A at PortMiami for the autumn and winter seasons, alongside her newest sister ship, Symphony of the Seas, which will be a year-round Miami resident.

After spending the previous year in Miami, Allure of the Seas will return to Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades, while Harmony of the Seas will make Port Canaveral her new home. This move to Central Florida brings first of its kind innovations like the Ultimate Abyss – the tallest slide at sea – within driving distance for markets throughout Florida, Georgia and the southeast region of the USA.

All four Oasis Class ships will sail seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, Liberty of the Seas will sail seven-night Western Caribbean from Galveston, and Freedom of the Seas will sail seven-night Southern Caribbean itineraries from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Royal Caribbean will continue to have a strong footprint in the Northeast with Anthem of the Seas, sailing from Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, New Jersey. The smartship will sail 5- to 9-night summer itineraries to Bermuda, The Bahamas and the Caribbean. For the autumn season, Anthem will offer nine-night itineraries to Canada and New England.

For the second consecutive year, Royal Caribbean is doubling up on fan favourites in the New York metro area. Anthem will be joined by the recently upgraded Adventure of the Seas, offering 6- to 8-night itineraries to The Bahamas and Caribbean. Adventure also will offer select six-night itineraries to Canada and New England during the summer and longer 10- to 11-night fall foliage cruises beginning in September.

Alaska

Making her US debut for the 2019 Alaska summer season, Ovation of the Seas will transition from Australia to her new summer homeport in Seattle, Washington. Only on Ovation will guests glimpse the Northern Lights and other Alaskan wonders from the North Star, the ship’s signature glass observation capsule with panoramic views from 300ft above sea level – the best views possible without taking flight.

Ovation guests will also have the chance to skydive, surf and swim alongside glaciers from the comfort of the ship’s thrilling indoor SeaPlex sports complex, Solarium and indoor or outdoor pools.

The ship will sail seven-night itineraries to destinations from Juneau to Victoria, British Columbia, showcasing Alaska’s natural treasures and luring adventure seekers with stately spruce forests, island-studded waters, native wildlife and awe-inspiring glaciers. Ovation will join Radiance of the Seas in the Alaska market, which sails seven-night open-jaw itineraries between Seward, Alaska and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Royal Caribbean: 0844 493 3033 or visit www.royalcaribbean.co.uk

Posted on 16th November 2017 at 11:42 am in Cruise News | Cruise Lines | Royal Caribbean |

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