My Jumbled Love Of Cruise

Before I started writing this, I had a rough idea of what I was going to say, but then as usual my mind shot away from me and I’m now almost certain that what you’re about to read is going to be a jumbled yet beautiful mess that is all about my love of cruise.

I think it’s fair to say that my life revolves around cruise, I eat, sleep and breathe it, and I am in constant awe of the massive community it has created. It’s so much more than just a holiday choice, for many people it’s also a lifestyle. There are dozens of forums, groups and pages spread across social media that are dedicated to this amazing industry, some of them are even dedicated to specific cruise lines and ships. You don’t get that kind of camaraderie from a land-based holiday, that’s for sure.

We look at our ships as part of us and we never forget the first! As cruisers, we have so much more to talk about than JUST the holiday experience because the ship herself is also very much the main attraction. The ship brings us all together, but at times, like in any situation, the ship can also be what divides us on opinions. This then leads to healthy discussion and a social scattering of pros and cons from both passionate sides. It’s great fun. I prefer a smaller, more traditional cruise ship, but I have friends that would much rather spend their time on something with upwards of 4000 passengers. Either way, we all just want to be on a ship, so even when we disagree, to an extent, we still agree!

There’s something almost addictive about waking up to a new view every morning. I sit in my office every day and when I look out the window, for as far as my eyes can see, there’s a huge RV, a few trees and several other houses. It’s not quite the same as going out onto the deck and spotting a pod of dolphins playing in the water. I know I was born to wander because I can’t sit still, and I thrive on an ever-changing scenery. The same view from my window every day is only tolerable because I can dive into magical lands and amazing cruise ships via my laptop – a blessing that comes with working in the cruise industry full-time. If I hadn’t discovered cruising back in 2007, I have no idea what I’d be doing right now.

The smell of the deck as the wood warms beneath the sun, to the pink and undisturbed sunsets, there’s nothing I dislike about being on a ship. OK, I don’t like disembarkation day but let’s not go there.

I’ll not keep you here for much longer, I really could go on about this for weeks, but I just wanted to drop a little ‘cruise love note’ while we enjoy going around the world via the #CLIAworldcruise on social media. I’ve been on more than 55 cruises and sailed to some of the most impressive destinations on the planet. I wake up every day feeling so incredibly fortunate to have the opportunities that I do, and I will never tire of it.

#LiveYourBestCruiseLife 

What do you love most about cruising? Tell me your stories, leave comments below or let me know via Twitter or Facebook.

 

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Princess Cruises Confirms 2020 Japan Cruise Programme

Princess Cruises has announced its full 2020 Japan programme is now on sale and available to book.

Throughout the year the 2,670-guest Diamond Princess will sail roundtrip from Tokyo and Kobe on over 50 departures to more than 50 destinations in 11 countries.

The voyages range from 5 – 28 days and offer guests the opportunity to participate in activities and events including Japan’s most famous summer festivals; renowned spring flower and fall foliage sites; and celebrate the festive period in further afield destinations such as Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Diamond Princess is tailored for Japan cruising and gives guests the chance to enjoy local experiences onboard such as relaxing in a traditional ‘onsen’ bath and dining in a sushi restaurant.

Princess Cruises Japan Sailings Include:

  • An 8-day Japan Explorer with Kumano Fireworks cruise roundtrip from Tokyo, calling at Wakayama, Kumano, Kochi, Kanmon Straits (scenic cruising), Busan, Nagasaki, Gunkanjima (scenic cruising) and Kagoshima. Departs August 15, 2020.
  • A 9-day Japan Explorer Spring Flowers cruise roundtrip from Tokyo, calling at Gamagori, Osaka, Kochi, Hiroshima, Busan and Sasebo. Departs April 2, 2020.
  • A 14-day Borneo & Japan Cruise from Singapore to Tokyo, calling at Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei), Kota Kinabalu, Manila, Hong Kong, Taipei, Okinawa, Osaka (for Kyoto) and Shimizu (for Mt. Fuji). Departs December 30, 2020.

All cruises currently have a low £50pp deposit.

Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises’ vice president UK and Europe, said: “Guests sailing Japan with Princess Cruises will get to experience the best that this fascinating region has to offer, both onboard and ashore.

“The variety of cruises on offer gives our guests the opportunity to tailor-make their own holiday. Shorter 7-day voyages allow a cruise to be combined with a land holiday, while longer cruises of 14 – 28 days are popular with those who are keen to explore.”

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Cunard Announces New Steakhouse Dining Concept At The Verandah

Cunard has announced its new dining concept, ‘Steakhouse at The Verandah,’ which has become a permanent feature at the alternative dining restaurant on board the line’s three Queens—Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.

Taking influence from both sides of the Atlantic, Cunard’s team of chefs have curated a menu showcasing prime USDA gran finished New York strip steak, Main lobster and Alaskan king crab, alongside dishes celebrating British provenance such as Scotch grass-fed, dry aged beef and Salt Marsh lamb rack. Offerings from farther afield such as renowned Waygu beef from Australia are also featured on the menu.

In addition to the new menu, a new selection of craft cocktails will be available at The Verandah bar, reflecting contemporary mixology trends from some of the world’s most dynamic cities. The wine selection has also been specifically chosen to focus on ‘steak heroes’ and features classis peppery Syrahs alongside more contemporary juicy Malbecs and rich Chardonnays.

Steakhouse at The Verandah will be open for lunch and dinner for a $25.00 USD per person cost for lunch and a $39.00 USD per person cost for dinner, with some menu offerings requiring a further supplement. Dinner reservations are pre-bookable on Cunard’s Voyage Personaliser or once on board, and lunch reservations are available once on board.

Steakhouse at The Verandah is open on sea days for lunch from 12pm until 1:30pm and for dinner from 6:30pm until 9pm.

 

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Oceania Cruises Announces TWO Next Generation Allura-Class Ships

Oceania Cruises has today announced an order for two new Allura-class ships from Fincantieri S.p.A. The ships will be delivered in 2022 and 2025.

“This new class of ships will represent an evolution of the Oceania Cruises experience with all the elements our guests treasure – a warm, intimate, residential style; the most spacious standard staterooms afloat; amazing suites, and of course, the finest cuisine at sea,” stated Bob Binder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Oceania Cruises.

The two 67,000 gross ton Allura-Class ships will each accommodate approximately 1,200 guests. This new class of mid-size cruise vessels will retain all the warmth, popular design elements and signature amenities of the line’s award-winning Marina and Riviera while affording guests an additional level of comfort, convenience and many new luxury amenities.

“We are excited to expand the Oceania Cruises fleet with our new Allura-Class ships to meet the strong demand for upscale culinary- and destination-focused cruise vacations around the globe,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “This new class of ships will further elevate the already best-in-class guest experience at Oceania Cruises and meaningfully strengthen demand from both new and loyal returning guests, which will ultimately drive further returns for shareholders.”

“This new successful project for Oceania Cruises is yet another demonstration of our ability to capitalise on product innovation and diversification to meet the needs of every type of customer, a capability that distinguishes us in the world” said Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri. “The order we are announcing today, indeed, reiterates not only our first place in the luxury sector, but at the same time it further strengthens an unprecedented leadership in the cruise sector, with a backlog of 55 vessels to be built for most of the brands operating on this market and deliveries extending all the way to 2027”.

The contract price for each of the two vessels is approximately €575 million per ship.  The Company has obtained export credit financing with favourable terms to fund 80 percent of the contract price of each ship, subject to certain Italian government approvals.

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Best Cruise Lines For Solo Travellers

Travelling on your own is a wonderful way to experience the treasures of our world, but for those thinking about it for the first time it can also be quite daunting. My blog today is going to get rid of all your worries and start you off on a truly unforgettable journey of adventure and self-discovery, as I introduce you to some of the best cruise lines for solo travellers.

Some of the best cruise lines for solo travellers

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is a great choice for solo travellers, not only do they have a high percentage of solo guests, their ships are also small enough to allow you to see the same faces on an almost daily basis. This is something you don’t often get on larger vessels, which can make it difficult to build friendships. They also have a huge variety of solo cabins across the entire fleet, so all you really need to do is decide where you want to go. I’ve sailed with Fred. Olsen many times and can highly recommend.

P&O Cruises

An easy option for those cruising solo that want to have the choice between a smaller ship or a larger ship, and those that want a wide variety of no-fly and fly-cruise options. Wherever you want to go, it’s likely that P&O Cruises will be able to take you there. I’ve sailed solo with the line on a few different itineraries and I’ve enjoyed every moment. With P&O, you can choose to do as much or as little as you like, both onboard and ashore.

Crystal Cruises

If ultra-luxury is your calling, then consider Crystal Cruises for your next solo cruise adventure. Crystal’s luxurious vessels are big enough to offer everything you would expect from a luxury cruise, but small enough to retain that intimate charm that allows you to meet and socialise with like-minded people. I spent several days on my own aboard Crystal Symphony and I relished in every moment of it. A superb experience with a wide variety of people from all over the world.

Cunard Line

From solo coffee mornings to perfectly assigned table choices in the main dining room, Cunard’s three queen’s offer a warm and comfortable welcome to every guest. I sailed 2 solo transatlantic voyages aboard Queen Mary 2 and I wasn’t on my own for long. I met some fantastic people, some of whom I have even met up with on other sailings since. Cunard really does hold on to that age of classic cruising and it’s an experience that every cruiser should have at least once.

Voyages to Antiquity

If you want to immerse yourself in the rich and deep history of the destinations you visit, then Voyages to Antiquity is the one for you. More than 30% of their guests are solo travellers, so you can be sure that regardless of the itinerary you choose, you are certainly going to be travelling with like-minded people. They offer single mingle dinners and tours in almost every port are included, so there’s no need to worry about going ashore on your own or missing out, you’ll not miss a thing with Voyages to Antiquity.

Saga Cruises

Saga has a high percentage of repeat guests, especially solo ones, and having experienced a Saga cruise on more than one occasion, it’s really not difficult to see why. In my opinion, Saga is one of the best cruise lines out there for any traveller over the age of 50. Many sailings are now all-inclusive, so no need to worry about a huge cabin bill and the shore excursion offerings offer something for all levels of ability.

Azamara Club Cruises

Azamara is ideal for those who want pure destination immersion and some slices of luxury. Three stunning ships to choose from, many accommodation options and some incredible dining options. Azamara offer a huge variety of itineraries and some of the longest port calls within the industry. You’ll have ample time to explore ashore and still enjoy all the onboard features and facilities.

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Five Photos We All Take On A Cruise!

When we cruise, we take pictures of just about everything we come across, after all, we want to document our memories and for many of us, we also want to share our adventures with friends and family. I take more photos of some things than others, but these are the top five cruise photos that I’m confident we have ALL taken and on more than one cruise.

1: Standing in Front of the Ship

We’ve all done it, arrived somewhere new and had the perfect opportunity to photobomb the ship, so that’s exactly what we go ahead and do. I don’t think any cruise would be complete without the obligatory “photo in front of the ship” shot and I have seen some fantastic ones in the last few years. If you have any, be sure to share them with me on Facebook. This is one of my favourites from a cruise I did back in 2013. I was onboard Balmoral and decided to have a selfie with Carnival Pride, as she sailed from Port Canaveral.

2: Life Jacket Selfie

The life jacket selfie is pretty much law for first-time cruisers. Let’s be honest, who didn’t get a kick out of taking one on their first sailing? I’m 50+ cruises in and I still do it! I think we all temporarily forget what the life jacket symbolises because we hope we never have to use it, we just see the fun in being on a ship and having a fashion show with our little orange friend.

 

3: The Food

The food we enjoy at sea is some of the best in the world and that warrants a space on the camera memory card for most of us. We indulge in cuisines we’d likely not try at home and we want to savour the memories forever. I’ve enjoyed some delicious dishes over the years and I’m partial to a lobster tail here and there, especially in East to West on Saga Sapphire. I’m also a big fan of curry and I really enjoyed the tikka masala option in the Golden Lion Pub on Queen Mary 2. I’ve had the chance to sample so many new and tasty things since I started cruising and I do miss the food when I’m at home.

4: The Sunset

I am yet to embark on a cruise and not take a photograph of the sunset. It’s one of the things I love most about cruising. An unobstructed horizon with Mother Nature casting incredible colours across the sky. It’s a chance to sit out on deck, forget about everything that is going on in life and simply admire the view. It’s peaceful and we all need those moments sometimes.

5: The Tender

I think this one may be more relevant for first time cruisers, but I will admit that I still take the occasional tender picture. The tender is not for everyone, but I enjoy it and always try to sit up top if the weather is good (and if there is a second level) as it’s the ideal place for taking photographs of your ship as you leave her behind for the day. It’s a fun part of the overall cruise experience and I do love a tender port.

Would the above be in your top 5? If not, what would?

 

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Full Season Of Alaska Sailings In 2020 For Cunard

Cunard has announced today that it will spend a full season in Alaska from June through to September in 2020 on the newly-refurbished ship, Queen Elizabeth. Cunard is making its long-awaited return to Alaska in May 2019, after a twenty year break. The success of the 2019 programme has led to Cunard doubling the number of voyages in the region for 2020.

This expanded programme will offer ten roundtrip sailings departing Vancouver, ranging from nine to twelve nights, plus one very special cruise to San Francisco including an overnight stay on Independence Day. Guests will have the opportunity to take in the breathtaking beauty of Alaska – the Great Land – with its awe inspiring landscapes and magnificent wildlife whilst enjoying the very best in luxury on board Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth. Cunard is the epitome of luxury with a unique on board experience offering the freedom of time and space with exemplary service that is second to none.

“We have had an incredible response to Cunard reinstating voyages to the beautiful Alaska frontier and are delighted to be offering more than double the number of Cunard sailings for 2020. Guests will sail on the newly refurbished Queen Elizabeth visiting the most incredible landscapes and Alaskan towns, with longer time in port to enjoy these inspiring and breathtaking destinations.” said Simon Palethorpe, President, Cunard.

Each Alaska voyage will feature stunning destinations along the Northwest Pacific coast of Alaska and British Columbia including Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka and more. In addition, the voyages offer more than 120 excursions to choose from including the awe-inspiring scenic cruising in the narrow waterways of the Inside Passage, the Hubbard Glacier and Sawyer Glacier’s twin fjords, Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm.

Guests have the opportunity to combine voyages together, which include the Alaska roundtrips from Vancouver and the North Pacific Crossings to and from Tokyo. The 2020 voyages include:

  • Alaska roundtrip from Vancouver, 10 nights from June 22-July 2
  • Independence Day Celebration, Vancouver to San Francisco with an overnight in port, 3 nights from July 2-5
  • San Francisco to Vancouver, 16 nights from July 5-21
  • Vancouver to Tokyo, 29 nights from August 29-September 27

Cunard continues its partnership with Rocky Mountaineer, offering pre and post cruise tours on the famous railroad. Tours include either three or five nights’ accommodation and two full days on board the train. The expedition travels through a spectacular array of scenery with glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, through winding river canyons, mountain passes and remarkable tunnels. Highlights include the Continental Divide, Kicking Horse Canyon, Spiral Tunnels and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon.

Guests will also be able to take advantage of the three-night pre-cruise tour Vancouver and Whistler Highlights, taking in the best of Vancouver including Grouse Mountain and Stanley Park, and a full day in Whistler and Shannon Falls via the Sea-to-Sky Corridor.

Guests will enjoy these incredible itineraries on board Queen Elizabeth, the youngest ship in the fleet, which has just enjoyed a refurbishment. This included a new spa concept: Mareel Wellness and Beauty, developed in partnership with industry innovator, Canyon Ranch. The new spa offers a holistic approach with a focus on the healing energy of the sea. The spa offers an extensive new treatment menu with mineral-rich seawater and marine-based experiences as well as a redesign of the entire spa facility. In addition, many public spaces, bars and lounges have been updated and all Grill Suites and Britannia Staterooms have new carpets and soft furnishings. The Royal Court Theatre had a complete technical overhaul; the Royal Arcade has been enhanced to offer an elevated shopping experience and the outdoor decks have new furniture with a new layout on the Sun Deck.

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines ‘No Single Supplement’ Cruise Sale

Holidaymakers looking to set sail on a solo adventure can enjoy ‘no single supplements’ with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines on more than 14 sailings between March 2019 and March 2020, as part of its new ‘Cruise Sale’. Guests can take advantage of this attractive solo offer on all new bookings made by 28th February 2019 inclusive.

It means that solo travellers can relax under the sun in the Canary Islands or explore a stunning European city, without the additional cost of paying a supplement for a twin-room for solo occupancy.

Clare Ward, Director of Product and Customer Service at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“We know that we have a strong appeal to solo travellers, which is demonstrated by the high number of guests who choose to travel solo with us – over 10% of all of our guests.

“Not only do we have amongst the highest proportion of solo rooms in the industry across our ocean fleet, including Suites, but the smaller size of our ships and the attentiveness of our crew makes the holiday experience a more comfortable and less intimidating one for those travelling solo.

“We also know that many solo guests like the option of enjoying a twin room. Travel is such an exciting part of life, and we don’t want the additional cost of single supplements to prevent anyone from exploring the world!”

Itineraries featured in the ‘no single supplement’ offer include:

– Boudicca’s 14-night D1905 ‘Landscapes of the Canary Islands’ cruise, ex Dover on 9th March 2019. Solo travellers can sail from £1,899 per person, with a 0% single supplement on certain grades.

Ports of call: Dover, UK – Leixões (for Oporto), Portugal – Funchal, Madeira, Portugal – Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain – Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain – Arrecife, Spain – Lisbon, Portugal – Vigo, Spain – Dover, UK

For more details: Visit D1905 ‘Landscapes of the Canary Islands

– Black Watch’s eight-night W1912 ‘Isles of Scotland’ cruise, ex Liverpool on 20th June 2019. Solo travellers can sail from £1,399 per person, with a 0% single supplement on certain grades.

Ports of call: Liverpool, UK – Greenock, Scotland – Tobermory, Isle of Mull, UK – Cruising Sound of Mull, UK, Cruising past Duart Castle, UK – Lerwick, UK – Tórshavn, Faroe Islands – Kirkwall, UK – Liverpool, UK

For more details: Visit W1912 ‘Isles of Scotland’

– Boudicca’s 14-night D2005 ‘Islands & Cities of the Mediterranean’ fly-cruise, ex Limassol, Cyprus (flights from London Gatwick/Manchester/Scotland) on 5th March 2020. Solo travellers can sail from £1,999 per person, with a 0% single supplement on certain grades.

Ports of call: Limassol, Cyprus (overnight stay) – Heraklion, Greece – Piraeus, Greece – Valletta, Malta – Palma, Spain – Cartagena, Spain – Malaga, Spain – Leixões (for Oporto), Portugal – Dover, UK

For more details: Visit D2005 ‘Islands & Cities of the Mediterranean’ 

Fred. Olsen is renowned for its friendly, welcoming and attentive staff, who work hard to ensure that those travelling solo do not feel alone once on board.

Solo guests will find events designed exclusively for them to help them to get to know others also holidaying by themselves. This includes seating solo guests together for meals and arranging companions for those wanting to venture ashore. In addition, Fred. Olsen provides dance partners for solo guests, as well as a number of enrichment activities, such as Bridge and arts and crafts classes, which can be enjoyed with other travellers or individually.

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Carnival Cruise Line’s ‘Mardi Gras’ To Feature First-Ever Roller Coaster At Sea

In another cruise industry first, Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras will feature the first-ever roller coaster at sea when it debuts in 2020, providing an unforgettable and unique open-air thrill ride on the line’s newest and most innovative ship.

Built by Munich-based Maurer Rides, BOLT: Ultimate Sea Coaster is a heart-pounding rush of adrenaline offering nearly 800 feet of exhilarating twists, turns and drops with riders reaching speeds of nearly 40 miles per hour.

Taking cruise industry innovation to new heights, BOLT is an all-electric roller coaster that allows two riders in a motorcycle-like vehicle to race along a track 187 feet above sea level, enabling guests to experience the sea in an exciting new way with breathtaking 360-degree views.

BOLT begins with an action-packed launch where riders can achieve race car-like levels of acceleration and culminates with a high-powered hair-pin turn around Carnival’s iconic funnel.  Riders’ speeds are posted after the race, and just like land-based roller coasters, guests have their photo taken during the ride for a memorable keepsake.  And since guests choose their own speed, each ride is unique.

Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said that BOLT is the cornerstone of innovations and features being designed for Mardi Gras, which will be the ultimate playground at sea for fun seekers of all ages.

“Mardi Gras will be our most innovative ship ever with some truly special features and attractions, highlighted by BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea,” said Duffy. “BOLT will continue the tradition of Carnival providing exciting new ways for our guests to ‘Choose Fun.’  We are so thrilled to introduce this one-of-a-kind, game-changing, exhilarating attraction – our guests are going to love it!”

Mardi Gras will be based in Port Canaveral, Fla., which will feature a new state-of-the-art terminal.  Itinerary information will be revealed early next month with additional details about Mardi Gras’ groundbreaking features announced throughout the year.  A second XL-class ship will start construction in 2020 and be delivered in 2022 to mark the 50th anniversary of Carnival Cruise Line’s founding.

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Royal Caribbean Announces 2020-21 Ship Deployments: Oasis Of The Seas To Sail From New Jersey

Royal Caribbean International is charting a new course with its 2020-21 deployment plans, touting a fleet of Royal Amplified ships sailing to exciting destinations. An amped up Oasis of the Seas will greet Lady Liberty and deliver new holidays from Northeast America with 7-night Caribbean itineraries that include an unforgettable day at the cruise line’s highly anticipated private island destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas. Oasis will be the first ship in her class and the world’s largest to sail from Northeast America.

Celebrating its one-year anniversary in summer 2020, Perfect Day at CocoCay will welcome 10 ships from more ports than any previous deployment, including the newly added Galveston, Texas, as well as Barcelona, Spain on Allure and Rhapsody of the Seas’ transatlantic sailings in November 2020. Adventure seekers from around the world will have more opportunity than ever to discover the thrill and chill experiences that await the whole family, including the tallest waterslide in North America, the Caribbean’s largest wave pool and the highest vantage point in The Bahamas from a helium balloon that rises 450 feet in the air. Delivering on its promise of creating memorable holidays on land and onboard, Royal Caribbean will tout seven ships in 2020-21 that have emerged from the global cruise line’s $1 billion Royal Amplified modernisation program launched in 2018, introducing a wide range of bold, new adventures designed to appeal to all ages.

The Perfect Holiday for all Seasons: Caribbean & Northeast America

Big news for the Big Apple – Oasis of the Seas, the ship that revolutionised cruise holidays in 2009 with game-changing industry firsts, from the unique seven-neighbourhood concept to the iconic AquaTheater performance venue, will undergo a bow-to-stern transformation in 2019 and become the first Royal Amplified ship to sail from Cape Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey, starting in May 2020. Oasis of the Seas will transport guests to the clear blue waters of The Bahamas all summer with 7-night itineraries, as well as a select number of short cruises north to New England and Canada.

Adventure of the Seas will return to Cape Liberty, sailing a variety of 5- and 9-night summer and autumn itineraries to Bermuda, New England and Canada, The Bahamas and the Caribbean. Guests can extend leaf peeping season on Vision of the Seas, which will offer three 10- to 11-night open-jaw itineraries between Bayonne and Quebec City with an overnight in Quebec’s capital – a UNESCO World Heritage treasure and North America’s only fortified city.

Symphony of the Seas and sister ship Harmony of the Seas, the ultimate family ships, will return to Port Miami and Port Canaveral, Florida, respectively, offering 7-night itineraries to the Eastern and Western Caribbean. Both ships will feature visits to Perfect Day at CocoCay, the ultimate destination for thrill and chill, on nearly all sailings.

Brilliance of the Seas will light up Boston in the autumn, sailing 7- to 10-night cruises to Canada starting in September 2020, while Grandeur of the Seas continues to offer 9-night itineraries to Canada and New England for autumn foliage from her year-round homeport in Baltimore, Maryland. Grandeur will embark on a combination of 5- and 9-night itineraries to Bermuda and The Bahamas in the summer months, and transition to 9-night Southeast Coast & Bahamas and 12-night Southern Caribbean cruises for the winter.

In 2020, San Juan, Puerto Rico will welcome what will be the newly modernised Freedom of the Seas. The largest ship to ever homeport in San Juan will return for the third consecutive year to sail 7-night itineraries year-round throughout the Southern Caribbean, travelling beyond the typical getaway to exotic destinations like Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis; St. Johns, Antigua; Castries, St. Lucia and Bridgetown, Barbados. Rounding out the 7-night Caribbean offerings is Liberty of the Seas, which will continue to sail from Galveston to the Western Caribbean ahead of her own highly anticipated amplification in early 2021.

Memory-making Moments: Short Caribbean

No stranger to Perfect Day at CocoCay, two of Royal Caribbean’s Amplified ships – Mariner of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas – will continue to elevate short Caribbean getaways all year with 3-night weekend and 4-night weekday itineraries to The Bahamas. Reimagined in 2018, Mariner will continue to sail from Port Canaveral in Orlando, Florida, while an amped up Navigator will remain a resident of Miami, sailing from the cruise line’s state-of-the-art Terminal A. Navigator will be the third ship to be reimagined in February 2019, building on the successes of the brand’s Royal Amplified fleet modernisation program to incorporate a lineup of firsts and Royal Caribbean favourites with new experiences, including an awe-inspiring Caribbean poolscape, two daring waterslides – introducing the longest aqua coaster at sea – the first blow dry bar in the industry, elevated nightlife and dining, and thrilling activities.

Sharing the Texas-sized spotlight, Enchantment of the Seas will, for the first time from Galveston, offer a lineup of sailings to Perfect Day at CocoCay for adventurous guests who want to wrangle first-time experiences that will top any bucket list. Enchantment will continue a mix of 4- and 5-night Western Caribbean sailings in the summer, perfect for short getaways and first-time cruise guests.

Fresh Adventures & Discoveries: Europe

Longtime New York resident, Anthem of the Seas, will make the journey across the Atlantic to Southampton, England returning for the first time in five years. Anthem is set to embark on her biggest adventure yet as the Quantum Class ship visits coastal towns along the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Canary Islands, on 8- to 14-night itineraries. Modernised in 2018, Independence of the Seas will return to Southampton for the season and sail 7- to 14-night cruises around the Norwegian Fjords, Canary Islands and North Africa, Scandinavia & Russia, and Italian Mediterranean, including new destinations Agadir, Morocco and Ponta Delgada in Portugal’s Azores archipelago in the mid-Atlantic. Guests can also revel in the beauty of the Baltic with a 14-night itinerary – a first for a Freedom Class ship – featuring an overnight in Copenhagen, Denmark and two nights in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Royal Amplified will reach the far corners of Europe as Allure of the Seas and Explorer of the Seas debut multimillion-dollar modernisations as they journey across Europe for the 2020 summer and autumn seasons to rediscover legendary landmarks, charming coastlines and the diverse cultures. Allure of the Seas will be the first Royal Amplified Oasis Class ship in Europe, offering 7-night Western Mediterranean itineraries that depart from Barcelona. From Rome, the reimagined Explorer will offer a mix of 7- to 12-night sailings along the Greek Isles, uncovering storied temples, amphitheatres and villages.

Vision of the Seas will join Allure in Barcelona for the summer and autumn seasons to offer guests 12-night cruises across the Mediterranean, as Rhapsody of the Seas returns to Venice, Italy for the summer to offer shorter itineraries, alternating between Greece & Croatia and the Greek Isles. Copenhagen will welcome Jewel of the Seas for the season, as the ship sails a mix of 7-night itineraries through the Norwegian Fjords and Scandinavia & Russia. Brilliance of the Seas will return to Amsterdam for a third summer, sailing 12-night Baltic itineraries and a special 12-night sailing around the British Isles. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, adventurers can board Brilliance for a 15-night artic crossing as the ship repositions from Amsterdam to Boston, Massachusetts.

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