Royal Caribbean Returns to Los Angeles After 10 Years

After nearly 11 years, Royal Caribbean has resumed sailings from the Los Angeles World Cruise Center. The last time a Royal Caribbean ship sailed from Los Angeles was Mariner of the Seas back in January 2011.

Now, Navigator of the Seas is kicking off the line’s return to the city as she sets sail today on a seven-night Mexican Riviera voyage. Following that, she will operate mostly three and four-night voyages year-round that stop in Ensenada and Catalina Island. Some five and seven-night sailings are also available.

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Navigator of the Seas in 2019 (Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

In 2019, Navigator underwent a massive $115 million renovation as part of Royal Caribbean’s Royal Amplified program.

Added features included The Blaster aqua coaster, a blow-dry bar called To Dry For, Hooked Seafood restaurant, and a reimagined main pool deck with the new The Lime & Coconut bar.

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The indoor Royal Promenade was also reimagined, with the addition of Polynesian-themed bar the Bamboo Room and the Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade.

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Navigator of the Seas’ reimagined pool deck (Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

Other fixtures on Navigator of the Seas include Jamie’s Italian restaurant, El Loco Fresh serving tacos and burritos, Studio B ice skating rink and laser tag arena, Starbucks, Boleros Latin lounge, a rock climbing wall, Johnny Rockets, mini golf, and a FlowRider surfing simulator.

Navigator of the Seas is the second Royal Caribbean vessel to resume sailings this month, following fellow Voyager-class ship Explorer of the Seas from Puerto Rico on November 7.

Explorer is the first ship since the industry restart to homeport in San Juan. She is now operating a schedule of seven-night southern Caribbean voyages through mid-April. At the end of April, she will move to Miami and begin a schedule of six and eight-night western and southern Caribbean cruises.

Royal Caribbean International now has 17 ships back in passenger operations.

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