MIAMI, April 15: Royal Caribbean Intl today unveiled its 2011-12 Caribbean deployment, which includes vacations aboard some of the worldâ€™s most innovative cruise ships specifically designed for the region. Liberty of the Seas will be the first Freedom-class ship to offer short itineraries from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Jewel of the Seas will debut in November 2011 at its new seasonal homeport of Tampa. Allure of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas will continue seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean voyages while Monarch of the Seas and Majesty of the Seas will sail year-round short Bahamas getaways. In total, the seven ships will offer 439 sailings that call at 18 Caribbean ports on 55 unique itineraries. Bookings for these 2011-2012 Caribbean cruises open today.
â€œRoyal Caribbean offers the most innovative cruise ships in the Caribbean for a memorable and affordable family vacation or couplesâ€™ getaway,â€ said Betsy Oâ€™Rourke, senior vice president of Marketing, Royal Caribbean International. â€œWhether for a quick getaway or a longer vacation, guests will enjoy the widest array of exclusive onboard amenities while sailing to some of the most beautiful islands in the world. Throughout, Royal Caribbeanâ€™s friendly and engaging staff and crew will deliver the Royal treatment to every guest, every day.â€
The Caribbean offers vacationers an endless variety of adventurous and relaxing shore excursion options, whatever their desire, ranging from canopy, ATV or hiking explorations to snorkeling, parasailing, boating, and beach basking. At an additional cost, guests can experience the crystal clear waters and marine life up close on tours such as the â€œTurtle Cove Sail and Snorkelâ€ in St. Thomas; soar from tree to tree on the â€œChukka Canopy Experienceâ€ at Falmouth, Jamaica; explore the world famous wall-city ruins of Tulum at Cozumel on â€œTulum Mayan Ruins Expressâ€; or seek the ultimate relaxing beach day on â€œCarambola Beach Breakâ€ in St. Croix.
On many itineraries, guests will call at Royal Caribbeanâ€™s exclusive beach paradise of Labadee, Haiti, or the private island of CocoCay in the Bahamas. Both destinations offer a wide variety of optional water-sports excursions, while Labadee features additional amenities such as the â€œDragon’s Tail Coasterâ€ and tours about the history and heritage of the Haitian people.
After its summer 2011 debut in the Mediterranean, Liberty of the Seas will return to South Florida in November and offer two 5-night and a 4-night short Western Caribbean itinerary from Port Everglades. Sister-ship Freedom of the Seas will alternate 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean roundtrip itineraries year-round from Port Canaveral, Fla., and feature a 5-night pre-holiday getaway to the Western Caribbean on Dec 18 and a 9-night New Yearâ€™s celebration cruise on Dec 30. Liberty of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas boast an array of amenities that helped revolutionize the cruise industry, including the FlowRider surf simulator, the H20 Zone water park, a boxing ring, cantilevered whirlpools, and the 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom Presidential Family Suite that sleeps up to 14.
Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas will continue to alternate 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Port Everglades. Allure of the Seas will, however, sail a special nine-night Eastern Caribbean holiday itinerary departing December 25, 2011, which features an additional call at Labadee and an extra day at sea to herald in the New Year and take in all the amenities on an Oasis-class ship. The following sailing on January 3, 2012, then offers a unique opportunity to sample an Oasis-class vacation on a five-night Western Caribbean itinerary, calling at Falmouth and Labadee. Or vacationers can combine the two sailings into a 14-night grand holiday voyage aboard the worldâ€™s largest and most innovative cruise ship.
Vacationers also will have a wide selection of short vacation options. Jewel of the Seas will offer vacationers two 5-night and a 4-night Western Caribbean itinerary from Tampa, convenient to Southeasterners. Year-round, Majesty of the Seas and Monarch of the Seas will offer 3- and 4-night short Bahamas itineraries from Miami and Port Canaveral, respectively.
Onboard, guests enjoy Royal Caribbeanâ€™s award-winning Broadway-caliber entertainment from Royal Caribbean Productions, complimentary Adventure Ocean kids and teen programming, world-class gaming in the Casino Royale, and the widest range of innovative and exclusive onboard amenities. Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand with 21 ships currently in service and one under construction. The line also offers unique cruise tour land packages in Alaska, Canada, Dubai, Europe, and Australia and New Zealand. For additional information or to make reservations, call your travel agent, visit www.royalcaribbean.com or call (800) ROYAL-CARIBBEAN.