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Royal Caribbean Makes Changes to Winter 2021/2022 Cruise Schedule

Sarah Bretz

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Royal Caribbean has announced their revised winter 2021 to 2022 sailing schedule, based on market research as well as guest and travel agent feedback.

It includes new itineraries in the Caribbean, Australia, and New Zealand. The changes are as follows:

Bahamas & Caribbean

Instead of homeporting in Galveston, Texas for the first time, Allure of the Seas will now sail from Fort Lauderdale offering six-night Western and eight-night Eastern Caribbean itineraries.

Originally scheduled to sail from Miami, Explorer of the Seas will instead call San Juan, Puerto Rico home for the season, operating seven-night Southern Caribbean cruises.

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Pool deck on Explorer of the Seas – Photo: Royal Caribbean

Freedom of the Seas will move from San Juan to Miami, offering short three and four-night escapes to the Bahamas. These voyages will include stops at Royal Caribbean’s private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Originally scheduled to sail from Brisbane, Australia, Radiance of the Seas will instead embark on five and nine-night cruises from Miami.

READ MORE: First Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship to Sail Gives Glimpse of New Normal

Australia & New Zealand

Ovation of the Seas will remain in Sydney and sail new itineraries: nine to 12 night voyages across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand; five and seven night cruises to Queensland, Australia; and six and eight night sailings to Tasmania, Australia.

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Ovation of the Seas arriving into Sydney, Australia – Photo: Royal Caribbean

Quantum of the Seas is now scheduled to homeport in Brisbane, offering voyages from three-night weekend getaways to seven and nine-night adventures throughout the South Pacific.

Serenade of the Seas will set out from Vancouver, British Columbia across the Pacific to Sydney, which will be her homeport through February 2022. Travelers can embark on 12 to 15-night cruises around the South Pacific to Fiji and New Zealand, or take a short getaway in Melbourne and around Australia’s east coast.

Unchanged Itineraries

Royal Caribbean’s other planned winter 2021 to 2022 cruises will sail as planned in the Caribbean, Australia, and Asia-Pacific, visiting over 200 destinations with 27 ships in 2021-2022.

That winter will be a family reunion of sorts in Florida, bringing together all four Oasis class ships — Oasis, Allure, Harmony, and Symphony of the Seas — for seven-night adventures to the Caribbean and Bahamas. Recently renovated ships Mariner, Independence, and Navigator of the Seas will also be in Florida, offering short getaways to some of the same destinations.

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3 Sisters meeting at sea – Harmony of the Seas, Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas offshore Port Everglades – Photo: Royal Caribbean

Caribbean vacations will also be within easy driving distances for those in the northeast and Texas, as Anthem of the Seas sails from Bayonne, New Jersey and Adventure and Liberty of the Seas cruise from Galveston, Texas.

RELATED: Royal Caribbean Modifies 5 Cruise Ship Deployments For 2021

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