Royal Caribbean has officially returned to another one of its United States homeports, as Enchantment of the Seas resumes service from Baltimore today.
The Vision-class ship will sail from the northeastern port through 2023, offering voyages to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda, and Canada/New England.
Today’s eight-night Christmas sailing is scheduled to stop at four ports: Port Canaveral, Key West, Nassau, and Freeport.
The deployment also marks the return of Enchantment of the Seas to Baltimore after eight years. The vessel was previously homeported there year-round from 2010-2013.
To mark the occasion, the state agency is hosting a brief ceremony at the cruise terminal, where executive director William Doyle will present the captain of the ship with an official Port of Baltimore ship’s wheel.
Enchantment of the Seas has been extensively renovated over the years, most notably when it was cut in half and stretched during a 31-day dry dock in 2005.
During that process, it received a new, nearly 3,000 ton, 73-foot long midsection that added 151 new passenger cabins.
Currently, onboard features include the Solarium, a Splash Deck play area for kids, the retro-themed R Bar, Boleros Latin lounge, Park Café serving sandwiches and salads, and Chops Grille steakhouse.
Enchantment of the Seas is Royal Caribbean’s third ship to resume cruises this month.
On December 5, another Vision-class vessel, Grandeur of the Seas, set sail from Barbados for a series of Caribbean cruises. On December 16, Brilliance of the Seas launched a schedule of western Caribbean and Bahamas voyages from Tampa.
After the cruise industry shutdown in early 2020, Royal Caribbean began sailing again when Quantum of the Seas launched a program of cruises to nowhere from Singapore in December 2020.