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Royal Caribbean is launching its full fleet by Spring 2022.

Thu, Aug 05, 2021 at 10:27AM

Written by Steven Christian 

Belden Communications News



Royal Caribbean has announced its return to service dates for the remainder of its fleet starting in September 2021. The cruise line plans for its full line-up of ships to be back in operation by Spring 2022.

With a limited number of ships of the cruise lines fleet being among the first to launch back in June, there has been a successful restart for Royal Caribbean ships so far.

“We are excited and appreciative to be able to say with confidence when all of our ships will return, especially for travelers looking ahead to plan their getaways. More than 110,000 guests have cruised with us since December, and they’ve done so safely while enjoying the memorable vacations they trust we’ll bring to life,” said Michael Bayley, President, and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. “It’s been incredible to see families come together again onboard our ships sailing in the U.S., the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia, and to know we’ll soon welcome more in a safe manner when our entire fleet is back by Spring 2022, is wonderful.”

The remaining ships to launch are as follows:

  • Oasis of the Seas – 7-night Bahamas cruises from Cape Liberty, New Jersey, starting September 5, 2021, and 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Miami, beginning in November.
  • Liberty of the Seas – 7-night Western Caribbean cruises from Galveston, Texas, starting October 3, 2021.
  • Serenade of the Seas – 4- and 5-night Western Caribbean cruises from Tampa, Florida, starting October 16, 2021, and 7-night Caribbean itineraries, beginning in December.
  • Explorer of the Seas – 7-night Southern Caribbean sailings from San Juan, Puerto Rico, starting November 7, 2021.
  • Navigator of the Seas – 3-, 4- and 5-night Catalina Island, California, and Ensenada and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, from Los Angeles, beginning November 19, 2021.
  • Grandeur of the Seas – 7- and 14-night Southern Caribbean sailing from Bridgetown, Barbados, starting on December 5, 2021.
  • Ovation of the Seas – 2- to 10-night domestic itineraries in Australia from Sydney, beginning December 13, 2021. 
  • Brilliance of the Seas – 4- and 5-night Bahamas and Western Caribbean cruises out of Tampa, on December 16, 2021.
  • Enchantment of the Seas – 8-night Bahamas sailings and select 12-night cruises to the Southern Caribbean from Baltimore, on December 23, 2021.
  • Vision of the Seas – 10- and 11-night Southern Caribbean itineraries from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, beginning January 24, 2022
  • Voyager of the Seas – 7- and 9-night cruises in Northern Europe from Barcelona, Spain, starting April 15, 2022
  • Radiance of the Seas – 7-night Alaska sailings from Vancouver, Canada, beginning April 29, 2022
  • Rhapsody of the Seas – 7-night Mediterranean and Greek Isles itineraries, sailing from Rome starting May 23, 2022


Travelers can plan their cruise with peace of mind knowing that Royal Caribbean requires all crew members and guests - of the eligible age for the vaccine - to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Children younger than the qualified vaccine age on any cruise must undergo testing and follow other health and safety measures. 

For travelers sailing on cruises from Florida, the cruise line recommends that all eligible guests be vaccinated.

The vaccine policy is one of the cruise line’s multilayered measures that safeguard the well-being of all guests, crew members, and the communities at each port of call. These protocols include the ships’ robust ventilation systems, enhanced cleaning and sanitization, and cruising at reduced occupancy as ships initially return to sailing.

Royal Caribbean is in ongoing discussions with multiple national, state, and local health and government authorities globally, regarding the various requirements for all upcoming sailings.

Independent of the port of departure, the cruise line will continue to follow the guidelines recommended by health experts, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More information on Royal Caribbean International’s health and safety measurements, such as vaccine and testing requirements, can be found here on the Royal Caribbean website and is listed by point of departure. 

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