Royal Caribbean International announced that it will be moving its ship Radiance of the Seas to a different location than originally scheduled from mid-fall 2022 into spring 2023.
The vessel was originally set to offer cruises from Sydney, Australia from this October through next April. Now, instead of sailing Down Under, the ship will be in the United States, operating voyages from New Orleans, Louisiana and Galveston, Texas.
“It’s easy to get lost in the magic of New Orleans, with its Old World charm, stately Creole-style architecture and world-class food scene,” the email said. “When cruising from Galveston, [guests] are in for big thrills in this fun-loving seaside city in Texas with a unique blend of history, natural beauty and warm southern hospitality.”
To accommodate for the ship’s new schedule, some sailings have been canceled. Those who are booked on affected voyages will be contacted with their options.
The ship’s 11-night Vancouver to Hawaii sailing on September 23 is still scheduled, but the next cruise that would have gone from Hawaii to Sydney will now be an 11-night voyage back to Vancouver on October 4.
After that cruise, Radiance will cross the Panama Canal and begin sailing from New Orleans on November 3, operating four to nine-night western Caribbean cruises.
On February 9, the vessel will begin sailing from Galveston, offering nine and 10-night sailings.
Amenities and entertainment on Radiance of the Seas include a rock climbing wall, a spa, Adventure Ocean kids’ clubs, a teen club, an English pub, outdoor movies, a solarium, cooking and baking classes, and a mini-golf course.
Dining on the ship includes Izumi sushi, Park Café, the Dog House serving up different kinds of hot dogs, Chops Grille steakhouse, Samba Grill Brazilian steakhouse, Café Latte-Tudes, the Windjammer buffet, and more.
Ahead of its voyages from New Orleans and Galveston, Radiance of the Seas will spend this summer sailing in Alaska out of Seattle.