CHANGES: TESTING REQUIREMENTS FOR CYPRUS 2021
Miami, 1st March 2021
As Royal Caribbean continues to navigate an environment that is ever-changing, our commitment to each of you, our valued travel partners, is one area where transparency and support prevail. For this reason, we are reaching out today to ensure you are among the first to learn of a new development.
Our newest ship, Odyssey of the Seas, will now sail from Haifa, Israel beginning May 2021, offering a combination of 3-to-7-night escapes visiting the Greek Isles and Cyprus. Residents of Israel will be the first to experience this Quantum Ultra Class newcomer during an inaugural season that offers a variety of new and signature onboard experiences. Highlights onboard include a two-level pool deck designed for downtime under the sun and stars, SeaPlex – the two-level indoor and outdoor activity complex that is a high-adrenaline playground for all ages, and a lineup of complimentary and specialty restaurants primed to please every palate with cuisine from around the world. Itinerary details for these new sailings will be available in the coming days, at which time Israeli residents can begin making reservations.
“We are thrilled to debut Royal Caribbean cruises from Israel with our newest and most innovative ship, Odyssey of the Seas. Israeli travelers will be looking to get away, relax with total peace of mind, and enjoy the travel experiences they are missing dearly; and that is what we do best,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. “Sailing from Israel is an opportunity we have had our sights on for quite some time. We greatly appreciate the government of Israel for their collaboration and confidence in us to deliver memorable cruise experiences to their residents, and look forward to delivering on that promise aboard our newest ship – the first ‘Green Island’ at sea.”
Additionally, in conjunction with Israel’s health and tourism authorities, these will be the first fully-vaccinated sailings, where both crew and guests above the age of 16 will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to boarding. Details on the additional health and safety measures to be implemented by Israel and Royal Caribbean will be announced at a later date.
As you can imagine, it’s never an easy decision when our guests’ vacation plans are disrupted. Much thought and planning went into moving Odyssey’s debut to Israel, resulting in the cancellation of a planned Europe season. Guests currently confirmed on an impacted European cruise departing May 9 — October 28, 2021 will have the option to request a refund of the funds paid or leverage Lift & Shift to move to any 2022 sailing of their choice; otherwise, a 125% Future Cruise Credit (FCC) will be automatically administered. Plus, knowing that your clients were eagerly awaiting Odyssey’s inaugural season, a special $100 Onboard Credit per stateroom will be issued to those guests selecting a Future Cruise Credit or the Lift & Shift option. All affected guests and associated travel partners will soon receive an email notification to outline the compensation options in greater detail.
Your partnership means the world to us and, little by little, we are making strides toward crafting vacation memories on the high seas once again!
Today, Royal Caribbean International revealed all-new short Caribbean sailings, with more ships offering shorter and more frequent escapes in 2022-2023. Guests can make the most of a long weekend away or a midweek break on one of eight innovative ships, departing from five ports across Florida and Texas, sailing 17 distinct itineraries. The convenient 3- to 5-night cruise vacations combine unparalleled onboard experiences with culturally rich destinations perfect for any type of traveler.
You won’t believe where adventure can take you when you sail from our northeast ports during our best season yet.
Go bolder than ever before and combine a vacation in New York with a cruise to Bermuda, with overnight stays in colorful King’s Wharf or our new sailings with stops at iconic eastern Caribbean ports like St. Maarten and San Juan. Or bask in the beauty of the Great White North with summer and fall getaways to New England and Canada’s wild, windswept shores from Boston, just a short drive from Washington.
Whether you sail from Cape Liberty or Boston, 2022-2023 is the time to pencil in an unforgettable escape to the destinations you’ve been dreaming of. This is a holiday worth waiting for!
Your clients can get ready for sun-soaked adventures to captivating southern Caribbean isles onboard Grandeur of the Seas®, sailing from the newest Royal Caribbean® home port — beautiful Bridgetown, Barbados. With its idyllic pink-sand beaches, emerald hills and valleys, and rich Bajan flavor, Barbados is an unforgettable destination in its own right. And for the first time ever, this tropical paradise unlocks spectacular shores in the southern Caribbean, Central America and beyond — including three new ports in Tobago, Trinidad and St. Vincent. They can go the extra mile to go the extra isle on weeklong escapes that hit a different destination every day, or linger longer on 14-night adventures that offer late stays and overnights in top-rated ports. The adventure begins in Barbados, Winter 2021!
Get your clients ready to dive deep into Europe in Summer 2022 with 7 incredible ships and a variety of itineraries to choose from. They can explore iconic destinations from Italy to Israel and beyond, onboard the new Odyssey of the SeasSM. Fall in love with the Mediterranean’s greatest hits and discover its hidden gems onboard Allure of the Seas® and Vision of the Seas®, or linger longer in the Aegean onboard Brilliance of the Seas®. Head north for unforgettable sights in Russia and Scandinavia onboard Voyager of the Seas® — the first Voyager Class ship to ever sail the region — or wander from the British Isles to the Arctic Circle onboard Jewel of the Seas®. And on Anthem of the Seas®, they can choose between fjord-filled adventures in Norway, wine-country wonders in France and Spain, or island-hopping across the Canaries.
MIAMI, Nov, 17, 2020
The 2022 Caribbean deployment for Royal Caribbean International is now open in the reservation system and online.
Nobody does the tropics like Royal Caribbean® — and our 2022 Caribbean adventures bring all the island vibes, with three Oasis Class ships to choose from, plus fleet favorites like Liberty®, Mariner® and Explorer of the Seas®. Your clients can set sail for sun-soaked getaways from Galveston, Miami, Port Canaveral and Cape Liberty. They can visit unforgettable ports like scenic San Juan, vibrant St. Maarten and culture-rich Cozumel. And enjoy more stops at our game-changing private destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay. Whether they wander the eastern, western or southern Caribbean, these island escapes turn the memory making way, way up!
The 2022 season unlocks epic ways to explore the best of the Caribbean from sunny Florida. Your clients can go for big thrills onboard Symphony of the Seas® from Miami, or chase adventure from Port Canaveral onboard of Harmony the Seas®. Both will offer 7-night sailings to top-rated western and eastern Caribbean ports like St. Maarten, San Juan and Falmouth — plus plenty of opportunities to visit Perfect Day at CocoCay. If it’s southern Caribbean gems they’re after, head to Curaçao, Aruba and the Dominican Republic from Miami onboard Explorer of the Seas®. Or sail from Port Canaveral onboard Mariner of the Seas®, also offering 8-night adventures to Bermuda from Florida for the first time ever, and 5-night getaways to Labadee® and Perfect Day at CocoCay. Plus, your clients can sail from Cape Liberty with Oasis of the Seas®, who will continue to offer 7-night itineraries visiting our unmatched private destination of Perfect Day at CocoCay.
Tell your customers to get ready to go big on adventure onboard Lone Star state favorite Liberty of the Seas®. Sailing from Galveston, this thrill-filled ship unlocks 7-night getaways to the most iconic shores in the western Caribbean. Think temple touring in Cozumel, rainforest rambling in Roatán, and beautiful beach breaks in Belize.
MIAMI, Nov, 10, 2020
The 2022 Alaska deployment for Royal Caribbean International is now open in the reservation system and online.
A new year calls for new adventures — and 2022 unlocks some of our wildest wanders yet. Get your clients ready to make memories beneath the Midnight Sun as Ovation®, Quantum®, Radiance® and Serenade of the Seas® head north with more Alaska cruises in one summer than we’ve ever offered before. New discoveries await on every itinerary, from grizzly spotting in Haines and totem touring in Sitka, to next-level peak seeking with new multi-glacier sailings onboard Serenade of the Seas®. And your clients can cross more Alaska destinations off their wander list onboard Ovation of the Seas®. Now offering four-part itineraries and ever-more majestic views
Sailing roundtrip from Seattle, Quantum of the Seas® offers your clients Alaska family adventures in a class of their own. They can spend a week exploring some of the north’s most captivating destinations with the whole crew. Like the temperate misty rainforests of Skagway, the stately monuments and lush gardens of Victoria, and the brilliant blue face of Dawes Glacier as they drift through Endicott Arm.
In Summer 2022, Ovation of the Seas® will sail weeklong wanders from Seattle with stops at up to four destinations, including colorful Ketchikan or scenic Sitka. Up the chill factor with majestic views of Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier from the North Star®, the highest vantage point of any cruise ship. When your clients aren’t exploring on land, fill every moment onboard with game-changing activities, tech-infused entertainment, and wow-worthy experiences designed for any weather.
Your clients can roam rugged mountain trails in Juneau, watch for whales in Skagway, and score unparalleled views of Hubbard Glacier on Radiance of the Seas®, sailing seven-night adventures from Seward and Vancouver. They’ll also get to scope out ancient spruce forests and snow-capped mountains as they cruise through Icy Strait Point onboard a ship that dazzles with more glass than any other in the Royal Caribbean® fleet.
The icing on top of any Alaska adventure is getting an up-close look at its iconic glaciers — and Serenade of the Seas® is just the ship to take your clients there in 2022. They can choose from three awe-inspiring itineraries out of Vancouver, including a glacier-intensive sailing with double the ice and endless wild discoveries. In between glacier gazing, wander the charming streets of Juneau, go whitewater rafting in Haines, or explore Misty Fjords National Monument from Ketchikan.
MIAMI, Oct, 21, 2020 – Today, we are announcing updates to our 2021-2022 winter sailings that include a refreshed line-up of ships and itineraries in the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand. The adapted schedule – informed by market research and valuable feedback from guests and travel partners around the world – adds variety in departure ports and itinerary lengths. Guests will have even more choices in the Caribbean with ships sailing from the most popular cruise ports across Florida and Texas. In Australia, guests can choose from three ships sailing throughout the South Pacific and New Zealand. The new itineraries, combined with Royal Caribbean ships and crew, will deliver the signature vacation experience that guests know and love. Highlights of Royal Caribbean’s updated 2021/2022 Winter season include:
Should you have clients confirmed on sailings impacted by these changes, a separate communication will be sent to you and your clients with the complete details. Plus, knowing how hard you work, rest-assured that your commission is protected on all impacted reservations that are paid-in-full prior to the redeployment announcement. Please be sure to visit RCL Cares for further details and our FAQ.
MIAMI, Sept. 23, 2020 – Royal Caribbean International today provides an update to its 2021 summer cruises, announcing upcoming changes in itineraries and homeports. Tapping market research and valuable feedback from guests and travel partners, the cruise line has adjusted its schedule with the goal of providing guests with greater variety for their 2021 adventures.
Highlights of the updated summer cruises for 2021 include new 4- and 5-night Mediterranean getaways from Barcelona, and more island time in the Caribbean with ships sailing from additional, popular U.S. cruise ports next summer including Tampa, Fla. and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The new itineraries combined with Royal Caribbean ships and crew will deliver the signature vacation experience that guests know and love. Most importantly, the global cruise line is applying the best available public health, science and engineering insights to deliver a safer and healthier cruise vacation.
Guests with confirmed bookings between April and November 2021 and whose cruises are affected by these changes are being notified directly. These existing bookings are covered by Royal Caribbean’s Cruise with Confidence program.
New Itineraries and Homeports
Royal Caribbean’s other summer 2021 cruises will sail on as planned in the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Visiting more than 200 destinations in over 50 countries with 27 ships, next summer’s highlights span the globe.
In Europe, new ship Odyssey of the Seas will join Anthem and Harmony of the Seas and make its debut in Rome to kick off its inaugural Europe season. Over in Alaska, the region will see the cruise line’s biggest season yet with four ships, including newcomer Quantum of the Seas. The warmer temps in the Caribbean bring travelers variety in itineraries, destinations and ships with newly amplified favorites like Mariner and Navigator of the Seas sailing 3-night weekend and 4-night weekday itineraries to The Bahamas and Perfect Day at CocoCay, and Oasis of the Seas cruising from the New York area for the first time. In Asia, guests can sail the region’s newest ship, Spectrum of the Seas, offering 4- and 5-night sailings from Shanghai and visiting Japan.
In the Caribbean, holidaymakers still can set course for idyllic islands, including new destinations, with newly amplified ships, shorter itineraries and more. Symphony and Allure of the Seas will sail alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries visiting Perfect Day at CocoCay, while the newly amplified Oasis of the Seas will make her Big Apple debut sailing from Cape Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey. Cape Liberty will also be home to Freedom of the Seas, which will homeport there for the first time in summer 2021 and offer itineraries that visit Bermuda, Canada and New England. Guests can also choose to sail on the newly amplified Mariner and Navigator of the Seas for short Caribbean getaways with 3-night weekend and 4-night weekday itineraries to The Bahamas and Perfect Day at CocoCay.
The Last Frontier will have the cruise line’s biggest Alaska season yet with four ships: Quantum, Ovation, Radiance and Serenade of the Seas. Quantum will make her Seattle debut, sailing 7-night cruises, leaving on Mondays, alongside sister ship Ovation, which will continue departing on Fridays. Returning favourites Ovation, Radiance and Serenade will offer varying 7-night itineraries sailing from Seattle, Vancouver, British Columbia; and Seward, Alaska.
View the itineraries:
Adventure of the Seas.pdf (new itinerary)
Jewel of the Seas.pdf (changed from Adventure of the Seas)
Harmony of the Seas.pdf (no change)
Odyssey of the Seas. pdf (no change)
Royal Caribbean’s full list of 2021 summer cruises can be found here.
When a company is known for raising the bar on design and innovation, nothing is exempt from the mantra of continuous improvement—not even the company’s own name.
That’s why Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is now known by a new moniker: Royal Caribbean Group (NYSE: RCL).
“The name is simpler, fresher and more modern. It’s also more descriptive—Royal Caribbean Group sounds like a parent company name, reflective of our growth and evolution since we last updated our identity more than 20 years ago,” said Royal Caribbean Group chairman and CEO Richard Fain.
The company’s flagship cruise line brands – Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Silversea, Azamara, TUI Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises – are all now proud members of Royal Caribbean Group.
Rhapsody of the Seas, sailing from Venice in the summer 2021 Europe season, will now sail from a new homeport, Ravenna, Italy. Please note that we will still display as “Venice (Ravenna), Italy” on itineraries.
The port of Ravenna is the main port of Emilia-Romagna. The docks are mainly on a canal that connects the town center of Ravenna, (which is inland), to the sea which is 12 km away. The offshore breakwaters are in the little towns of Porto Corsini and Marina di Ravenna.
Ravenna is known for its well-preserved late Roman and Byzantine architecture, with eight buildings comprising the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna”.
As of now, transfer is only loaded from Venice, but we will also be offering transfer from Bologna, a better and closer option to Ravenna. Distance from Venice to Ravenna is 145 km, (about 2 h 30 m drive, depending on traffic), and the distance from Bologna to Ravenna is 83 km. (about 1 h 10 m drive, depending on traffic).
It remains to be seen if we will see any direct flight options for next year, but even now flight itineraries with Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines or Air France/KLM are available at favorable prices.
|Royal caribbean’s new wave:
The Royal Beach Club Collection
Antigua will be home to new destination concept customized for cruise guests
Royal Caribbean International has announced its newest mission: delivering the ultimate beach day.
The first Royal Beach Club will launch in Antigua, along a half-mile of beachfront near Fort James. The company signed a memorandum of understanding with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda for the project, which is scheduled to open in 2021.
Built for Royal Caribbean guests, The Royal Beach Club at Fort James will combine the island’s striking beaches with the cruise line’s signature service and amenities.
Curated as the ultimate beach experience, The Royal Beach Club Collection will bring the unique features and flavors of each destination to life. In Antigua, guests can take in the island’s exceptional views from private cabanas or plunge into a stunning pool and swim up to the bar to order a classic rum punch.
“The Royal Beach Club Collection is an adventure we cannot wait to reveal to our guests,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “We have incredible partners in the government of Antigua and Barbuda to bring the first of our collection to life. Together, we are designing an experience that will bring more visitors to these idyllic islands and will create significant economic benefits and opportunities for local employment for years to come.”
The Honorable Charles Fernandez, Minister of Tourism, Economic Development and Investments, Government of Antigua and Barbuda, said: “The Government of Antigua and Barbuda welcomes this multimillion-dollar investment into our tourism product by Royal Caribbean. The economic impact into our economy is projected to be approximately $80 million USD from direct revenue to the Government over the next 30 years and over $1 billion USD in indirect revenue during the same period.”
Fernandez continued: “The project will also provide meaningful employment to Antiguans and Barbudans for both the construction phase and the operations of the project for years to come. We are truly grateful and appreciative that Royal Caribbean’s first Royal Beach Club will be in Antigua, which confirms confidence in our twin island state.”
The Royal Beach Club concept builds on the remarkable success of Royal Caribbean’s new Perfect Day at CocoCay in the Bahamas, but will be distinctly different experience for guests.
“With Royal Beach Club, we’re starting with a great day at a beautiful beach, and adding even more services and activities,” Bayley said. “Each location will feature local food and music, family activities and custom attractions to give everyone plenty of options about how to spend their day by the sea.”
Though Royal does not expect to release specific designs for the Antigua destination for several months, the company expects to offer regional fare, island-style BBQs and live music, along with unforgettable experiences, including such thrills as wave runners, paddle boarding, snorkeling, a family splash pad and stunning pool with swim-up bar.
Watch for more on The Royal Beach Club Collection in the coming months.
COCO BEACH CLUB!
Coco Beach Club has opened on Perfect Day at CocoCay. It’s like nothing we’ve ever done before. We’re turning up the luxury factor for our guests in a really big way, with a 2,600-square-foot oceanfront infinity pool, a private stretch of white-sand beach, and a restaurant with elevated dishes like grilled Bahamian lobster and herb-marinated filet mignon — all in a laid-back island setting that’s only for club guests. And just wait until you see the Floating Cabanas. Sounds exclusive, right?
You bet it is, and we couldn’t have done it without all your hard work.
New Ultimate Panoramic Suite – Only on Oasis of the Seas
There’s plenty of room for awesome in the Ultimate Panoramic Suite coming onboard the Amplified Oasis of the Seas — 914 square feet to be exact. Your clients can take in sweeping 200 degree views from wall to wall and floor to ceiling glass windows, enjoy ample space for their belongings in the walk-in closet, and an upgraded bathroom with panoramic views of its own. Plus, as part of Royal Suite Class, the Ultimate Panoramic Suite gives your clients all the top-tier Star amenities — including their personal Royal Genie who grants VIP access shipwide.
The new Odyssey of the Seas is set to arrive in one year, and here’s your official rundown of all the cool things that will be onboard — like a Sky Pad with a twist, a wide-open pool deck, and our most decked-out SeaPlex yet. It’s all debuting Fall 2020 in Fort Lauderdale before heading to Rome to shake up the Med in 2021.
Discover the new Odyssey of the Seas, the first Quantum Ultra class ship to sail in the US and Europe, debuting November 2020 from Fort Lauderdale and from Rome in Summer 2021! The ship’s features have been officially revealed and will include:
Applies to Celebrity Cruises:
Please be advised the pricing structure for the 3rd and 4th guests has recently changed. You will see a varying price for 3rd and 4th guests in a quad stateroom where the 4th guest will be priced lower than the 3rd guest. Before, the 3rd and 4th pricing was the same.
The goal is to offer families of 4 a lower rate for the 4th guest. This can be a really good selling point when there is space to max out a room.
Previously booked groups, cruise tours, charters for example will not be adjusted, this pricing will only affect new bookings and repricing on existing bookings.
Beginning January 1st 2020, we will be discontinuing The DINE • DRINK • DISCOVER program. The program up until 31st December provided additional amenities, included in the price of the stateroom, to guests booked in the Central Park and Boardwalk Balconies.
Guests who are already booked in our Central Park and Boardwalk Balconies on sailings on or after 1 January 2020 will receive $50 non-refundable Onboard Credit, per stateroom, as a goodwill gesture to make up for the change.
Did you know that RCL has its own coral reef? Located just off the coast of Virginia Key in Miami, the “Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Reef” (yes, that’s really its name) is an active site for coral reef research, restoration, and citizen science. Royal Caribbean began partnering with University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science “Rescue a Reef” program in 2017, following Hurricane Irma’s destruction of many underwater environments in the area.
Last week, RCL employees met at the Rosenstiel School for a “Corals and Cocktails” presentation by Dalton Hesley, head of the Rescue a Reef program. We learned how the reef, plus our volunteer and sponsorship efforts, specifically aid in the regrowth and survival of area corals key to coastal resilience and the future storm protection of our shores.
Last year, employees of the Port of Miami campus worked together in the 1050 building’s Anchor Plaza to build coral “trees,” structures made of PVC pipe on which small coral pieces are affixed, giving them greater chances to survive and grow new colonies of their own. During dive expeditions employees sourced corals from the “trees” and planted them onto our reef. This year, groups of RCL scuba divers and snorkelers are volunteering their time on follow-up expeditions, to check on these trees and continue the development of our reef.
In the decade since the Rescue a Reef program began, it’s outplanted over 20,000 corals to more than 60 restoration sites in South Florida. These include more than 40 different types of coral colonies, bred in and then transplanted from three main coral nursery sites. The Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Reef is chiefly Acropora Cervicornis, or “staghorn” corals, that attract marine life to create a lively neighborhood of coral colonies and the fish and aquatic animals that love them.
Check out our reef on Google Maps!