As we move towards the end of summer and into the fall, we are seeing more and more ships returning to service. A huge sign that cruising is back. Royal Caribbean announced the plan for the next few months to bring ships back into service.
This week Royal Caribbean listed out the ships returning to service. Royal Caribbean has chosen to operate the test cruises prior to sailing with passengers so prior to these sailings, we should see those operations first. The plan consist of 13 ships through Spring of 2022
First let's start with the ships with a Summer Restart.
Allure of the Seas
Beginning August 8, 2021, the Allure will sail 7 Night Eastern & Western Caribbean itineraries from Port Canaveral.
Ovation of the Seas
Ovation will join Serenade already sailing in Alaska sailing 7 night itineraries from Seattle, Washington on August 13, 2021.
Symphony of the Seas
Starting October 14, 2021, Symphony, will sail 7 night Eastern & Western Caribbean itineraries from Miami.
Independence of the Seas
From Galveston, Independence will begin sailing 7 night Western Caribbean itineraries starting August 15, 2021. In November, she will move to Port Canaveral and begin sailing 4 & 5 night Bahamas itineraries.
Harmony of the Seas
The only Royal Caribbean ship in Europe this summer, Harmony will sail the Mediterranean from Rome starting August 15, 2021.
Mariner of the Seas
Starting on August 23, 2021, Mariner will resume her usual 4 & 5 night Bahamas cruises from Port Canaveral.
This fall and winter, several more ships will begin sailing again.
Oasis of the Seas
She will sail 7 Night Bahamas cruises from Cape Liberty, New Jersey starting September 5, 2021 and move to Miami in November where she will sail 7 Night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises.
Liberty of the Seas.
She will begin 7 night Western Caribbean cruises from Galveston on October 3, 2021.
Serenade of the Seas
She will sail from Tampa 4 & 5 night Western Caribbean itineraries starting October 16, 2021 and then 7 night Caribbean itineraries starting in December.
Brilliance of the Seas
Also out of Tampa, the Brilliance of the Seas will sail 4 & 5 night Western Caribbean itineraries starting December 16, 2021 taking over for Serenade of the Seas
Explorer of the Seas
Explorer will begin 7 night Southern Caribbean itineraries from San Juan, PR starting on November 7, 2021.
Navigator of the Seas
Earlier in the year, it was announced Navigator would be moved to the west coast. So, she will begin 3,4 & 5 night cruises to Catalina Island, Ensanada and Cabo San Lucas from Los Angeles November 19, 2021.
Grandeur of the Seas
Starting December 5, 2021, Grandeur will sail from Barbados on 7 & 14 night Southern Caribbean itineraries.
Ovation of the Seas
She will sail 7 to 10 night itineraries from Sydney Australia.
Enchantment of the Seas
Starting December 23,2021, Enchantment will sail 8 night Bahamas cruises with a few 12 night Southern Caribbean cruises mixed in.
Vision of the Seas
Vision will not begin service until January 24, 2022 when she will sail 10 & 11 night Souther Caribbean itineraries from Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale. I believe Vision will be going through dry dock in the Fall.
Voyager of the Seas
Voyage will not sail until April 15, 2022 when she will do 7 & 9 night Northern Europe itineraries from Barcelona, Spain.
Radiance of the Seas
Radiance is not scheduled to restart sailings until April 29, 2022 when she will sail 7 night Alaska itineraries from Vancouver, Canada. I am unsure what she will be doing up until that point.
Rhapsody of the Seas
She will sail 7 night Mediterranean itineraries from Rome starting May 23, 2022.
At the time of this post, Royal Caribbean has six ships in service including the Adventure of the Seas from Nassau, Freedom of the Seas from Miami, Anthem of the Seas from Southhampton England, Jewel of the Seas from Cyprus, the Serenade of the Seas from Seattle and Odyssey of the Seas from Ft. Lauderdale.
There are requirements and protocols that can vary by ship and sailing so you should check with your travel advisor or refer to Royal Caribbean's Website. And as with anything in the past 17 months, any of this information could change at anytime.
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