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Royal Caribbean announces winter 2020 itineraries

By Rebecca Bradbury | 14 Mar 2019

Royal Caribbean International has introduced a more diverse range of itinerary lengths and destinations for its 2020 winter season in the Caribbean and North America.

Adventure of the Sea docked in port

Adventure of the Seas

For the first time, Adventure of the Seas will homeport in Texas, offering four- and five-night holidays from Galveston, with ports of call including Costa Maya and Cozumel.

Sharing Galveston as a homeport will be Liberty of the Seas, which offers seven-night Caribbean cruises year-round.

Enchantment of the Seas, on the other hand, will be leaving Galveston after its 2020 summer season and heading south to its new home port in San Juan for the winter.

Sailing seven-night itineraries from here, Enchantment will visit islands in the Southern Caribbean, such as Barbados and Dominica.

Freedom of the Seas at Labadee Island

San Juan will continue to be the year-round homeport for Freedom of the Seas, which will be updated in March 2020 as part of the Royal Amplified fleet modernisation programme. Finished ships so far include Navigator of the Seas, which now boasts the world’s longest waterslide at sea, the Blaster.

Royal Caribbean’s fleet will also be sailing from Florida. Explorer of the Seas, for example, will return to Miami after a summer season in Europe. Offering five- and nine-night cruises, it will call at Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba as well as the line’s private destination in Labadee, Haiti.

There will also be select five-night sailings on board Explorer of the Seas, calling at the Royal Caribbean’s new private island, CocoCay, in the Bahamas.

Independence of the Seas underway

Independence of the Sea

Newly renovated Independence of the Seas will return to Fort Lauderdale in November 2020, offering four- and five-night getaways to the Western Caribbean and Nassau in the Bahamas alongside sailings to CocoCay.

Also based in Fort Lauderdale, Vision of the Seas will stop at islands in the Southern Caribbean, such as St Kitts & Nevis, St Thomas, San Juan, Antigua and St Maarten, on its 10-night cruise. It will offer an 11-night cruise, which includes a stop at Orangestad in Aruba, too.

Rhapsody of the Seas will return to its long-time homeport of Tampa in 2020, offering 11-night sailings along the Panama Canal alongside seven-night itineraries calling at Grand Cayman, Belize and Mexico.

Joining Rhapsody of the Seas in Tampa is Brilliance of the Seas, continuing a mix of four- and five-night sailings to the West Caribbean.