Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Royal Caribbean adds sailings from the Gulf Coast in 2018

Royal Caribbean cruise lines has announced ship changes and repositionings that will mean new and resumed sailings from two cities on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico during the 2018-2019 winter sailing season.

The cruise line will reposition Vision of the Seas to New Orleans, Louisiana, the starting point of seven-night itineraries to culture-rich destinations across the Bahamas and Yucatan Peninsula.

Her sister ship Enchantment of the Seas will move from Miami, Florida to join Liberty of the Seas in Galveston, Texas on June 23, 2018. From that Gulf port, Enchantment will offer four- and five-night Caribbean cruises that will complement Liberty’s seven-night Caribbean vacations.

Mariner of the Seas in Hong Kong
The two new offerings will provide more options and easier access for travelers from the Gulf Coast to embark on journeys to popular dive destinations, sites of ancient ruins of past civilizations, and the natural beauty of Caribbean rain forests.

Before repositioning to The Big Easy on Dec. 15, 2018, Vision of the Seas will offer two 16-night sailings through the Panama Canal from Miami to Los Angeles, then from Los Angeles to New Orleans. The cruises will mark the first time in three years that a Royal Caribbean ship journeys through the canal.

Also in 2018, Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas will return from its long-time home port in the Asia-Pacific region and make its new home port in Miami. While returning from the region, it will undertake a “Global Odyssey” consisting of three 13- to 15-night sailings: from Singapore to Dubai, Dubai to Barcelona, and Barcelona to Miami.

Once in Miami, it will go into dry dock for a month-long renovation before beginning a series of three- and four-night cruises from PortMiami to the Bahamas on June 21, 2018.

Mariner of the Seas will become the first Voyager-class ship to offer short Caribbean sailings, giving passengers the opportunity to experience industry innovations including the rock-climbing wall, ice-skating rink and Royal Promenade without the lengthier time commitment of longer cruises.

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

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