A Royal return to the Gulf Coast

From 2018 onwards Royal Caribbean is bringing adventure-seekers in the region of the Gulf Coast more options and easy access to embark on journeys to world-renowned dive destinations, explore ancient ruins of past civilizations, and discover the natural beauty of rainforests. After a three-year hiatus, Royal Caribbean is returning to the legendary city of New Orleans, Louisiana with the repositioning of Vision of the Seas. Sister ship Enchantment of the Seas will move from Miami, Florida and join Liberty of the Seas in Galveston, Texas.

Royal Caribbean has updated its previously announced 2018-2019 Caribbean, Alaska and Northeast cruise schedule.

After a three-year hiatus the company is returning to the legendary city of New Orleans, Louisiana with the repositioning of Vision of the Seas for the 2018-2019 winter season. Originally scheduled to join Liberty of the Seas in Galveston, Texas, the 915-foot cruise ship will now sail 7-night itineraries to culture-rich destinations across the Bahamas and Yucatan Peninsula.

Instead her 989-foot sister ship Enchantment of the Seas will move from Miami, Florida to join Liberty of the Seas in Galveston, Texas on June 23, 2018. Enchantment will offer 4- and 5-night Caribbean cruises that will complement Liberty’s popular 7-night Caribbean vacations.

Enchantment of the Seas will join Liberty of the Seas in Galveston

Before repositioning to its new home in “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, California and from Los Angeles to New Orleans. This will be the first time in three years that Royal Caribbean will journey through this engineering marvel.

With these two new offerings Royal Caribbean is bringing more options and easy access from the Gulf Coast for adventure-seekers in the region to embark on journeys to world-renowned dive destinations, explore ancient ruins of past civilizations, and discover the natural beauty of rainforests.

Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas also will embark on new adventures in 2018 when the longtime resident of Asia-Pacific returns to the United States to replace Enchantment of the Seas in Miami.  Mariner will be the first Voyager-class ship to offer short Caribbean sailings perfect for first-time cruise travelers.

Mariner of the Seas returns to the United States

The 3- and 4-night itineraries from PortMiami to the Bahamas begin on June 21, 2018, following the ship’s extensive, 32-day revitalization. Prior to going into drydock and her arrival to Miami, Mariner will embark on a previously announced “Global Odyssey,” consisting of three 13- to 15-night sailings from Singapore to Dubai; Dubai to Barcelona; and Barcelona to Miami.

Summary of the 2018-2019 Royal Caribbean deployment in the Caribbean, Northeast and Alaska:

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    • Hey Jeannine, So far Royal has only been releasing dates for Empress a few months in advance (the current sailings are available through Nov. 4, 2017). We will probably hear more about future sailings (depending on how the current sailings evolve). Are you thinking of cruising on board Empress of the Seas to Cuba? Would love to hear your thoughts and experiences if you do. Rick

    • Exciting news Jeannine, Royal Caribbean has just announced Empress of the Seas will offer 58 sailings to Cuba through to March 2019. We’ve just added the information on the site. You can access the article by clicking on the following link http://wp.me/p8s1VK-1zc

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