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Royal Caribbean Announces Alaska 2020 Schedule

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Royal Caribbean has announced their schedule for the 2020 Alaska summer season. The largest cruise ship to sail the Gulf of Alaska, Ovation of the Seas, will return along with two Radiance class ships – Serenade and Radiance of the Seas. 

Ovation of the Seas

Ovation is the first of the line’s Quantum class to sail Alaska, and will be returning for its second consecutive season in 2020. The ship will sail 7-night itineraries from Seattle. Guests can catch the Northern Lights in Juneau, relive the Gold Rush in Skagway, sail through Endicott Arm fjord, and stroll the streets of one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest – Victoria, British Columbia.

Onboard activities include the FlowRider surf simulator, RipCord by iFly indoor skydiving simulator, a roller-skating rink, bumper cars, indoor and outdoor pools, and more.

Radiance Class

Serenade of the Seas – photo: Richard MacGregory

For the first time since 2009, Serenade of the Seas will head west as it repositions from a winter in the southern Caribbean to Vancouver, making 2020 Royal’s first summer season with three ships in Alaska. Serenade will operate 7-night cruises through 500 miles of shoreline that is the Inside Passage, calling in Ketchikan, Juneau, and Icy Strait Point.

No stranger to the region, Radiance of the Seas will once again offer 7-night, open-jaw cruises between Vancouver and Seward. The ship will spend the season alternating southbound and northbound Alaska routes.

Both ships boast ocean-facing glass elevators and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, making Alaska sightseeing from indoors as easy as ever. Amenities onboard include rock-climbing walls, poolside movies under the stars, Chops Grille steakhouse, Giovanni’s Table Italian restaurant, and the sushi and Asian-inspired venue Izumi.

Repositioning

Radiance of the Seas

In repositioning to their summer homeports in the west, all three ships will take their own course through off-the-beaten-path locales. Serenade will travel through the Panama Canal on a 15-night cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles departing May 4, 2020. On May 19, the ship will then head up to Vancouver on a 7-night Pacific Coast sailing.

Ovation and Radiance will say aloha to Hawaii on their journey to the Pacific Northwest. Ovation will embark on a 12-night cruise from Honolulu, visiting Maui, Kailua Kona, and Kilauea Volcano on May 7, 2020. Also sailing from Honolulu, Radiance will offer a 10-night cruise to the Last Frontier with ports of call including Maui, Kailua Kona, Hilo, and Kauai departing May 5, 2020.

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