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Royal Caribbean To Homeport Navigator In Los Angeles In 2022

Bruce Parkinson

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Royal Caribbean is heading west for the first time in a decade. Starting in June 2022, Navigator of the Seas will homeport in Los Angeles, offering three to seven-night sailings through at least spring 2023.

“This is long-awaited news,” said Vicki Freed, Royal Caribbean’s SVP Sales, Trade Support and Service. “Travel advisors are constantly asking me, ‘When are you bringing a ship to the West Coast?’ I can now answer: ‘We are going back to the West Coast.’ And the Navigator is going to wow our guests going out of LA.”

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(Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

Delivered in 2002, Navigator of the Seas completed a $115 million bow to stern upgrade in February, 2019. The ‘amplification’ of the ship delivered new features including a much-expanded resort-style pool deck, new waterslides, dining venues, activities and more.

“California Was Calling Us Home Once Again”

The Navigator of the Seas will offer three, four, and five-night itineraries to Catalina Island, California and Ensenada and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Plus, select winter holiday seven-night sailings will feature overnights in Cabo, with stops at Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlán as well.

“California was calling us home once again, and what better way to reintroduce Royal Caribbean than to bring our next-level cruise vacations to the City of Angels and make it a year-round adventure starting just in time for summer,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. 

“We’re excited to return to Los Angeles to add bigger, bolder vacation options along the West Coast. With a ship like Navigator of the Seas, complete with waterslides, activities from day to night and a lineup of restaurants, bars and lounges, friends and families alike are in for a memorable getaway,” Bayley added.

READ MORE: Royal Caribbean Sends Megaship to Texas in 2022

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A new Escape Room on Navigator of the Seas (Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

New Highlights Aboard Navigator of the Seas

  • A reimagined Caribbean poolscape anchored by the lively three-level bar The Lime & Coconut
  • Two daring waterslides that cantilever over the edges of the ship — The Blaster aqua coaster — the longest waterslide at sea, and Riptide — the industry’s only headfirst mat racer 
  • The first standalone blow-dry bar at sea, To Dry For 
  • A ‘Hooked’ restaurant, featuring New England-style seafood specialties
navigator of the seas hooked seafood restaurant

Hooked Seafood restaurant (Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

  • A new Jamie’s Italian specialty restaurant
  • A new Bamboo Room Polynesian-themed bar and lounge
  • The Playmakers Bar, featuring big-screen sports, arcade-style games, chicken wings and more
  • El Loco Fresh, a specialty Mexican restaurant where casual meals can be enjoyed at a table outdoors or taken to go
  • A new laser tag option at Studio B
  • And for the coffee lovers, a Starbucks location

Royal Caribbean’s new sailings from Los Angeles will open for sale the week of March 29.

READ MORE: Royal Caribbean Reveals Long Caribbean Cruises for 2022-2023

Bruce Parkinson has written about cruising and the broader international travel industry for more than 25 years.

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