MIAMI, April 16: Royal Caribbean Intl today unveiled its 2010-11 year-round Caribbean season, comprising of 243 sailings aboard five of the worldâ€™s most innovative cruise ships. Twenty-four distinct itineraries, ranging from 5- to 9-nights, will include visits to 25 captivating ports of call and offer virtually unlimited choicesâ€“onboard and on-shoreâ€“for family and adventurous vacationers. Serenade of the Seas will expand from seasonal to year-round service at San Juan, Puerto Rico, while Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas will continue regular sailings from Port Canaveral and Miami, respectively. Together, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas will offer vacationers a choice of a Saturday or Sunday departure for an unparalleled cruise experience from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. General bookings for Royal Caribbeanâ€™s 2010-11 year-round Caribbean cruises are now open. Additional seasonal Caribbean deployments will be announced in the near future.
Royal Caribbean shore excursions also will offer guests an expansive variety of optional diversions to complement their days in port. Guests can snorkel in Barbados on Tiami Five Star Catamaran & Turtles; visit ancient Mayan ruins from Cozumel on Tulum Mayan Ruins Express; zip-line through the trees of Jamaicaâ€™s Laughland River Gorge on the Chukka Canopy Experience; delve into the Yucatan Peninsulaâ€™s jungles and beaches at Costa Maya on ATV Jungle & Beach Adventure; or simply take in the sun on balmy, breezy Orient Beach during a call at St. Maarten on St. Martin Beach Rendezvous. On itineraries featuring a call at Labadee, Royal Caribbeanâ€™s private beach paradise on Haitiâ€™s northern coast, guests will be able to race each other on the Dragonâ€™s Tail Coaster, an alpine coaster to open in summer 2009 that winds down the adjoining mountainside.
Having sailed seasonally from San Juan since 2003, Serenade of the Seas will begin year-round service in April 2010 from the Puerto Rican city-port with two alternating 7-night Southern Caribbean itineraries through Dec 2010. No port of call is repeated on the two itineraries, presenting vacationers the option to combine two consecutive cruises into a grand 14-night Southern Caribbean odyssey. One itinerary will call at Curacao, Aruba, Dominica and St. Thomas, while the other at Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten and St. Croix.
From May 2010, Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas will continue alternating 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries departing respectively on Saturdays and Sundays. On Jan 30, 2011, Liberty of the Seas will begin alternating a 6-night Western Caribbean, departing every other Sunday, and an 8-night Eastern Caribbean itinerary, departing every other Saturday. The two ships feature the cruise lineâ€™s exclusive onboard amenities, including the FlowRider surf simulator, the H2O Zone water park, a boxing ring, cantilevered whirlpools, an ice-skating rink, and the four-bedroom, four-bath Presidential Family Suite. With eight restaurants and more than 15 bars and lounges, these Freedom-class ships offer guests more ways to enjoy a memorable Caribbean cruise vacation.
From Port Everglades, vacationers can choose a Saturday or Sunday departure aboard one of the worldâ€™s largest and most revolutionary cruise ships in the industry, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas. In 2010, Allure of the Seas will cruise its inaugural season, mirroring Oasis of the Seasâ€™ alternating 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean roundtrip itineraries. Oasis of the Seas also will sail two special holiday cruises, a 5-night voyage departing Dec 18, calling at Labadee and Falmouth, Jamaica; and a 9-night voyage departing Dec 30, calling at Labadee, Falmouth, St. Maarten and St. Thomas.
Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, debuting in Nov 2009 and 2010 respectively, will feature Royal Caribbeanâ€™s new neighborhood concept, seven themed areas throughout the ship that offer different experiences for guests to choose, based on their personal styles, preferences or moods. Inspired by seaside entertainment esplanades, Boardwalk will engage the entire family â€“ whether young or young at heart â€“ with eateries, retail outlets, carnival games, and an original, handcrafted carousel â€“ a first at sea. Nine decks above, the first zip-line at sea will whisk guests from end to end on a thrilling aerial adventure. Boardwalk will lead to the AquaTheater at the stern of the ship, where the amphitheater â€“ another first at sea â€“ will offer a guest pool area by day and a performance venue at night, featuring dramatic acrobatics, synchronized swimming, water ballet, professional high-diving, and elaborate fountain shows synchronized to music and lights.
Onboard every Royal Caribbean ship, guests enjoy the cruise lineâ€™s award-winning Broadway-style musical revues from Royal Caribbean Productions, acclaimed Adventure Ocean kids and teen programming, world-class gaming in the Casino Royale, and Royal Caribbeanâ€™s renowned friendly and engaging Gold Anchor Service from every staff and crew member.
Royal Caribbean Intl is a global cruise brand with 20 ships currently in service and two under construction. The line also offers unique cruisetour vacations in Alaska, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, South America and New Zealand. For additional information or to make reservations, call your travel agent, visit www.royalcaribbean.com or call (800) ROYAL-CARIBBEAN.