Six of the World’s Most Innovative Cruise Ships to Deliver the Caribbean Sun from Port Canaveral, Port Everglades, Galveston and New Orleans
Royal Caribbean International announced winter 2013-14 Caribbean cruises, offering weather-weary vacationers the world’s most innovative cruise ships in one of the world’s most beautiful regions. Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Independence of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas and Serenade of the Seas will together offer 140 sailings on 31 distinct itineraries that will call at 20 welcoming ports of call. All six ships will offer the most contemporary vacation, with Independence of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas and Serenade of the Seas all having completed their revitalization and enhancements to deliver more delectable dining options, cutting-edge entertainment and a slew of modern onboard amenities that first debuted aboard the line’s Oasis-class ships. Winter 2013-14 vacations aboard the six ships are now open for booking.
“The Caribbean is our namesake, and no one can deliver the region like Royal Caribbean,” said Betsy O’Rourke, senior vice president of Marketing, Royal Caribbean International. “Guests will enjoy an unforgettable Caribbean vacation aboard our unrivaled and innovative ships, and bask in our world-renowned friendly and engaging Gold Anchor Service from every staff and crew member. The only problem is choosing which revitalized ship to sail on, with every ship now our best ship for a great Caribbean winter getaway.”
Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas will continue to alternate seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries. Sailing roundtrip from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the ships will call at Nassau, Bahamas, St. Thomas and St. Maarten on the Eastern Caribbean sailing, and at Falmouth, Jamaica; Cozumel, Mexico; and Royal Caribbean’s private beach destination Labadee, Haiti, on the Western Caribbean sailing. Launched in late 2009 and 2010 respectively, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas revolutionized the cruise vacation and introduced at-sea firsts that may be unmatched for quite a while. Since then, Royal Caribbean has set out to revitalize or enhance its fleet to embody the spirit of the Oasis-class ships, such as significantly increased dining choices, surprising entertainment in unconventional spaces, and trendy new or unique experiences to rival a land-based vacation.
Independence of the Seas also will homeport at Port Everglades, and alternate six-night Western Caribbean and eight-night Eastern Caribbean itineraries. On the six-night sailing, guests call at George Town, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, and Labadee. On the eight-night sailing, guests call at San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, and Labadee.
Additionally, Freedom of the Seas will continue its year-round service from Port Canaveral, along Central Florida’s Space Coast. The ship will alternate seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries. On the Eastern Caribbean itinerary, guests call at St. Thomas, St. Maarten and CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private island paradise in the Bahamas. Select itineraries will feature calls at San Juan instead of St. Thomas. On the Western Caribbean itinerary, guests call at Falmouth, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Labadee.
Navigator of the Seas will debut in Galveston and offer vacationers two Western Caribbean itineraries, both seven nights in length. One itinerary calls at Falmouth, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, while the other calls at Roatan, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; and Cozumel.
Serenade of the Seas will offer vacationers new Caribbean itineraries from New Orleans, La. Vacationers can be aboard when the ship crosses the Atlantic and arrives in The Big Easy for the first time, on a 15-night itinerary, departing on Nov. 27, 2013 from Barcelona, Spain. The first sailing will be a one-time, nine-night Caribbean Adventure, departing Dec. 12, calling at Key West, Fla.; Nassau; Labadee; and Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Serenade of the Seas will then alternate new Bahamas and Western Caribbean itineraries, both seven nights in length. On the Western Caribbean itinerary, guests call at Falmouth, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, while the Bahamas itinerary calls at Key West, Nassau and CocoCay.
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