Oasis of the Seas to homeport in New York
By Liz Jarvis | 13 Dec 2018
Royal Caribbean’s 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, seven miles from Manhattan, starting in May 2020.
Oasis of the Seas, the first ship in its class and the world’s largest to cruise from Northeast America, will sail seven night Caribbean itineraries that include a day at the cruise line’s highly anticipated private island destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas.
Adventure of the Seas will return to Cape Liberty alongside Oasis of the Seas, sailing a variety of five- and nine-night summer and autumn itineraries to Bermuda, New England and Canada, the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
Guests can extend leaf peeping season on Vision of the Seas, which will offer three 10- to 11-night open-jaw itineraries between Bayonne and Quebec City with an overnight in Quebec’s capital – a UNESCO World Heritage treasure and North America’s only fortified city.
Symphony of the Seas and sister ship Harmony of the Seas, the ultimate family ships, will return to Port Miami and Port Canaveral, Florida, respectively, offering seven night itineraries to the Eastern and Western Caribbean.
Brilliance of the Seas will sail seven to 10-night cruises to Canada from Boston starting in September 2020, while Grandeur of the Seas continues to offer nine-night itineraries to Canada and New England for autumn 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 today.
In 2020, San Juan, Puerto Rico will welcome what will be the newly modernised Freedom of the Seas as the largest ship to ever homeport in San Juan will return for the third consecutive year to sail 7-night itineraries year-round throughout the Southern Caribbean, travelling beyond the typical getaway to exotic destinations like Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis; St. Johns, Antigua; Castries, St. Lucia and Bridgetown, Barbados.
Completing the seven-night Caribbean offerings is Liberty of the Seas, which will continue to sail from Galveston to the Western Caribbean ahead of her own highly anticipated amplification in early 2021.
Two of Royal Caribbean’s Amplified ships – Mariner of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas – will continue to elevate short Caribbean getaways all year with 3-night weekend and 4-night weekday itineraries to The Bahamas.
Reimagined in 2018, Mariner will continue to sail from Port Canaveral in Orlando, Florida, while an amped up Navigator will continue to homeport at Miami, sailing from the cruise line’s state-of-the-art Terminal A.
Navigator will be the third ship to be reimagined in February 2019, building on the successes of the brand’s Royal Amplified fleet modernisation program to incorporate a lineup of firsts and Royal Caribbean favourites with new experiences, including an awe-inspiring Caribbean poolscape, two daring waterslides; the first blow dry bar in the industry; elevated nightlife and dining, and thrilling activities.
Anthem of the Seas to return to the UK
Meanwhile Anthem of the Seas will make the journey across the Atlantic to Southampton, England returning for the first time in five years.
Anthem is set to embark on its biggest adventure yet as the Quantum Class ship visits coastal towns along the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Canary Islands, on eight- to 14-night itineraries.
Modernised 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.
“Royal Amplified” will reach the far corners of Europe as Allure of the Seas and Explorer of the Seas debut multimillion-dollar modernisations as they journey across Europe for the 2020 summer and autumn seasons to rediscover legendary landmarks, charming coastlines and the diverse cultures.
Allure of the Seas will be the first Royal Amplified Oasis Class ship in Europe, offering seven-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, amphitheatres and villages.
Vision of the Seas will join Allure in Barcelona for the summer and autumn seasons to offer guests 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 & Croatia and the Greek Isles. Copenhagen will welcome Jewel of the Seas for the season, as the ship sails a mix of 7-night itineraries through the Norwegian Fjords, 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.
European itineraries will be available to book the week of 17 December, 2018, and all itineraries will be open to book by Crown & Anchor Society loyalty members one day prior to the general opening date.