ROYAL CARIBBEAN UNVEILS 2010-11 CARIBBEAN SCHEDULES; MUCH-ANTICIPATED DEBUT OF INDUSTRY’S LARGEST CRUISE SHIPS
Royal Caribbean recently unveiled it 2010-11 year-round Caribbean sailing schedule, comprised of 243 sailings on five ships. Itineraries, ranging from 5-9 nights, will include visits to 25 Caribbean ports of call with a virtually unlimited number of activities onboard and on-shore for people of all ages and interests.
Oasis of the Seas/ Allure of the Seas
A new era in the cruise industry begins this November, with the debut of the Oasis of the Seas. Along with Allure of the Seas, scheduled for launch in 2010, these two vessels will be the largest cruise ships in the industry. The Oasis of the Seas will alternate between seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries. It also will sail two special holiday cruises. The Allure of the Seas’ inaugural season will mirror the alternating Caribbean itineraries of its sister ship.
Both ships feature Royal Caribbean’s new neighborhood layout, featuring seven themed areas that offer different experiences for guests based on their interests. The ships will feature the industry’s first handcrafted carousel. Nine decks above, the first zip-line at sea will whisk guests from end-to-end on a thrilling aerial adventure. The AquaTheater amphitheater, another industry first, will offer pool activities by day and a unique performance and entertainment venue at night.
Serenade of the Seas
This ship will begin year-round service in the region starting April of next year. Departing from San Juan, Puerto Rico, the ship will sail two alternating seven-night Southern Caribbean itineraries. No port of call will be repeated on the two voyages, enabling vacationers the option of combining two consecutive cruises for an extended 14-night Southern Caribbean tour. One itinerary features calls to Curacao, Aruba, Dominica and St. Thomas, while the other visits Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten and St. Croix.
Freedom of the Seas/ Liberty of the Seas
Starting in May 2010, these two ships will continue alternating seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries. In January 2011, the Liberty of the Seas will begin alternating between six-night Western and eight-night Eastern Caribbean schedules. Both of these ships feature the cruise line’s FlowRider surf simulator, H2O Zone water park, ice skating rink, eight restaurants and 15 bars and lounges and more.