Royal Caribbean Shakes Up Cruise Schedules

| Monday, 21 Apr. 2014

Quantum to China has repercussions for Royal Caribbean itineraries

I am sure you have now heard that Quantum of the Seas will be going to China in early May 2015 – just about five months after is arrives in the U.S. as a brand new ship.

A lot of US cruisers were anticipating cruising on Quantum, which was scheduled to sail out of New York Harbor on a regular basis for a few years. Some had even already booked cruises on the forthcoming sister ship; Anthem of the Seas, which was scheduled to cruise regularly out of Ft. Lauderdale starting in 2015.

Now that Quantum has been re-assigned to China – Royal Caribbean has also decided Anthem of the Seas will replace it as the ship cruising regularly out of New York City, and the line has canceled all of the Fort Lauderdale cruises it had scheduled for Anthem.

That is not the end of the Itinerary shakeups this sudden decision has caused – the ripple effect actually reaches many more ships. So let’s take a look at some of the Royal Caribbean itinerary changes for 2015-16.

2015-16 Royal Caribbean Itinerary Changes

On April 17 Royal Caribbean announced its 2015-16 year-round sailings from the New York  and Galveston, Texas, along with seasonal sailings from Tampa and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The 155,000-ton Freedom-class vessel, Liberty of the Seas will move to Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, N.J. (to serve the New York area)  for summer 2015 and sail to Bermuda, the Caribbean, and Canada and New England. Simultaneously, Navigator of the Seas will continue to sail seven-night Western Caribbean cruises throughout summer 2015 and complete two consecutive years of home-porting at Galveston.

For the winter of 2015-16, Anthem of the Seas will arrive at Cape Liberty for its first season in North America – after finishing its inaugural season in Southampton, U.K.  arriving in early November, 2015. The Quantum-class experience will include cruises to the Bahamas and throughout the Caribbean.

Liberty of the Seas will take over weekly Caribbean sailings from Galveston once Anthem arrives in the New York area, offering Texas vacationers a newer and larger ship, while Navigator of the Seas will sail six- and eight-night Caribbean itineraries from Fort Lauderdale. Furthermore, Brilliance of the Seas and Vision of the Seas will return to Tampa in winter 2015-16 to offer a variety of Caribbean itineraries that all combine to provide extensive choices for exciting Royal Caribbean cruise vacations throughout 2015 to 2016.

 Liberty of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas, and Vision of the Seas’ 2015-16 cruise seasons are now open for booking. Crown & Anchor Society loyalty members have the exclusive privilege to book Anthem of the Seas’ winter 2015-16 season starting April 25, 2014, in advance of the general opening to the public on April 29.

Royal Caribbean Cruises from New York

Throughout the 2015 summer and autumn seasons, Liberty of the Seas will homeport at Cape Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey, the Royal Caribbean cruise port facility for the New York City area. The Freedom-class ship will be the cruise line’s newest and largest ship to offer cruises to Bermuda from the New York-metropolitan area. Liberty of the Seas will alternate a five-night, roundtrip Bermuda itinerary with a nine-night Caribbean itinerary in the summer, and then with a nine-night New England and Canada itinerary throughout the autumn season.

For its winter 2015-16 season, Anthem of the Seas will make its eight-night transatlantic crossing on October 27 from Southampton to Cape Liberty and continue Quantum Class cruising for New York-area vacationers. The ship will sail a range of seven- to 12-night roundtrip itineraries and take guests to the Bahamas and throughout the Eastern, Western and Southern Caribbean. The 12-night Western Caribbean itinerary is brand new, featuring maiden calls for the Quantum Class at George Town, Grand Cayman; Falmouth, Jamaica; Costa Maya, Mexico; and Roatan, Honduras.

Year-round Caribbean Vacations from Galveston

Having just been revitalized in January 2014, Navigator of the Seas offers cruisers a more modern cruise experience from the Lone Star State. Navigator  will continue weekly sailings from Galveston until November 2015, when Liberty of the Seas will replace her and offer a larger and more complex cruise ship. Both ships will alternate a pair of seven-night roundtrip itineraries to the Western Caribbean.

Winter Caribbean Escapes from Florida

After completing two full years of home porting in Galveston, Navigator of the Seas will reposition to Fort Lauderdale in November 2015 and sail six-night Eastern and eight-night Western Caribbean itineraries.

Vision of the Seas and Brilliance of the Seas will both return to Tampa for their second and third consecutive winter seasons, respectively. Brilliance of the Seas will offer vacationers four- and five-night Western Caribbean itineraries, while Vision of the Seas will sail seven-, nine-, and 10-night itineraries throughout the Eastern, Western and Southern Caribbean.

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