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MIAMI, Sept. 23, 2020 – Royal Caribbean International today provides an update to its 2021 summer cruises, announcing upcoming changes in itineraries and homeports. Tapping market research and valuable feedback from guests and travel partners, the cruise line has adjusted its schedule with the goal of providing guests with greater variety for their 2021 adventures.

Highlights of the updated summer cruises for 2021 include new 4- and 5-night Mediterranean getaways from Barcelona, and more island time in the Caribbean with ships sailing from additional, popular U.S. cruise ports next summer including Tampa, Fla. and San Juan, Puerto Rico.  

The new itineraries combined with Royal Caribbean ships and crew will deliver the signature vacation experience that guests know and love. Most importantly, the global cruise line is applying the best available public health, science and engineering insights to deliver a safer and healthier cruise vacation. 

Guests with confirmed bookings between April and November 2021 and whose cruises are affected by these changes are being notified directly. These existing bookings are covered by Royal Caribbean’s Cruise with Confidence program.

New Itineraries and Homeports

Europe

  • Adventure of the Seas, which was previously scheduled to sail from Copenhagen and Stockholm, will head for Barcelona to sail a mix of new 4- and 5-night Mediterranean itineraries to historic destinations like La Spezia and Rome, Italy; Ajaccio, Nice and Marseille, France; and Palma and Ibiza, Spain.
  • Jewel of the Seas, originally planned to homeport in Amsterdam and Barcelona, will now sail from Copenhagen and Stockholm on 7-night cruises calling on Northern Europe’s picturesque ports of Helsinki, Finland; Tallinn, Estonia; and Visby, Sweden.

The Caribbean

  • Independence of the Seas, originally sailing from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. offering 3- and 4-night cruises, will now make the neighboring city of Miami her home for the summer season and offer a combination of 6- and 8-night cruises to the Southern and Western Caribbean, visiting far-flung islands including Aruba and Curacao.
  • Vision of the Seas¸ previously planned to sail from Barcelona, will sail from San Juan, offering a new summer program from the island of enchantment. She will offer 7-night Southern Caribbean itineraries to exotic destinations like Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis; St. John’s, Antigua; Castries, St. Lucia; and Bridgetown, Barbados.
  • Brilliance of the Seas will stay in Tampa for the summer offering a new drive to port for guests. She will sail 4-, 5- and 7-night cruises to the Caribbean, elevating Caribbean summer sailings from Florida’s west coast.

Royal Caribbean’s other summer 2021 cruises will sail on as planned in the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Visiting more than 200 destinations in over 50 countries with 27 ships in 2021-22, the cruise line’s summer 2021 highlights span the globe.

In Europe, new ship Odyssey of the Seas will join Anthem and Harmony of the Seasand make its debut in Rome to kick off its inaugural Europe season. Over in Alaska, the region will see the cruise line’s biggest season yet with four ships, including newcomer Quantum of the Seas. The warmer temps in the Caribbean bring travelers variety in itineraries, destinations and ships with newly amplified favorites like Mariner and Navigator of the Seas sailing 3-night weekend and 4-night weekday itineraries to The Bahamas and Perfect Day at CocoCay, and Oasis of the Seas cruising from the New York area for the first time. In Asia, guests can sail aboard the region’s newest ship, Spectrum of the Seas, offering 4- and 5-night sailings from Shanghai and visiting Japan.

Royal Caribbean’s full list of 2021 summer cruises can be found here.

About Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean International has been delivering innovation at sea for more than 50 years. Each successive class of ships is an architectural marvel featuring the latest technology and guest experiences for today’s adventurous traveler. The cruise line continues to revolutionize vacations with itineraries to more than 270 destinations in 72 countries on six continents, including Royal Caribbean’s private island destination in The Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay, the first in the Perfect Day Island Collection. Royal Caribbean has also been voted “Best Cruise Line Overall” for 16 consecutive years in the Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards.

Media can stay up to date by following @RoyalCaribPR on Twitter and visiting RoyalCaribbeanPressCenter.com. For additional information or to make reservations, vacationers can call their travel advisor; visit RoyalCaribbean.com; or call (800) ROYAL-CARIBBEAN.

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Here it is.

 

Dear valued Travel Partners,

Today, we are announcing updates to our summer 2021 deployment as a result of market research and valuable feedback that we’ve received from each of you and your clients. These unrivaled itineraries, combined with Royal Caribbean’s award-winning ships, are guaranteed to deliver an unforgettable vacation.

With new options in Europe and additional island time in the Caribbean, this new deployment line-up opens the door for bucket-list adventures — both near and far! 
Reintroducing a desirable Southern Caribbean summer cruise from San Juan and a first-ever season of shorter Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona, the choices are endless. Highlights of Royal Caribbean’s updated 2021 summer season include:

Europe
  • Adventure of the Seas®, which was previously scheduled to sail from Copenhagen and Stockholm, will head to Barcelona offering a mix of 4- and 5-night short Mediterranean itineraries to historic destinations like La Spezia and Rome, Italy; Ajaccio, Nice and Marseille, France; and Palma and Ibiza, Spain. A full season of shorter Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona is a brand first!
  • Jewel of the Seas®, originally planned to homeport in Amsterdam and Barcelona, will now sail from Copenhagen and Stockholm on 7-night cruises calling on Northern Europe’s picturesque ports of Helsinki, Finland; Tallinn, Estonia; and Visby, Sweden.
The Caribbean
  • Independence of the Seas®, originally sailing from Fort Lauderdale offering 3- and 4-night cruises, will now make the neighboring city of Miami her home for the summer season and offer a combination of 6- and 8-night cruises to the Southern and Western Caribbean, visiting far-flung islands including Aruba and Curacao.
  • Vision of the Seas®, previously planned to sail from Barcelona, will sail from San Juan, offering a new summer program from the island of enchantment. She will offer 7-night Southern Caribbean itineraries to exotic destinations like Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis; St. John’s, Antigua; Castries, St. Lucia; and Bridgetown, Barbados.
  • Brilliance of the Seas® will stay in Tampa for the summer offering a new drive to port for your clients. She will sail 4-, 5- and 7-night cruises to the Caribbean, elevating Caribbean summer sailings from Florida’s west coast.
Should you have clients confirmed on sailings impacted by these changes, a separate communication will be sent to you and your clients with the complete details. Plus, knowing how hard you work, rest-assured that your commission is protected on all impacted reservations that are paid-in-full prior to the redeployment announcement.  Please be sure to review the FAQ document linked below for further details.
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ORIGINAL SHIP NEW SHIP ITINERARY EMBARKATION PORT STATUS OPENING
DATE
Independence of the Seas 3/4-Night Caribbean Fort Lauderdale Canceled  —
Brilliance of the Seas Independence of the Seas 6/8-Night Caribbean Miami Replaced 9/23
Brilliance of the Seas Jewel of the Seas 6/8-Night Canada Boston Replaced 9/23
Jewel of the Seas 12-Night Baltic Amsterdam Canceled  —
Vision of the Seas 12-Night Europe Barcelona Canceled
Adventure of the Seas Jewel of the Seas 7-Night Europe Copenhagen
/Stockholm
Replaced 9/23
Adventure of the Seas 4/5-Night Europe Barcelona *NEW 10/1
Vision of the Seas 7-Night Caribbean San Juan *NEW 10/1
Brilliance of the Seas 4/5/7-Night Caribbean Tampa *NEW 10/1
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For more information and marketing resources, visit:
 
Deployment Changes
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Deployment Overview
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FAQs
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Just now, flyguyjake said:

Is this the first time Star Class suites would be available to sail Alaska? I'm very interested in Quantum. Can she navigate the fjords?

 

Ovation did last year 

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2 minutes ago, molly361 said:

That was a short lived bargain- unless there is someplace it can be moved to

JW is taking over all of Ad's schedule with the same itineraries for all sailings.  They didnt include the 10 and 11 night cruises in the press release.

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1 minute ago, Ourusualbeach said:

JW is taking over all of Ad's schedule with the same itineraries for all sailings.  They didnt include the 10 and 11 night cruises in the press release.

So...I should pay the deposit on my cheap junior suite?

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1 minute ago, Ourusualbeach said:

See my post above.

Ah, Hi Ken! Must have been typing when your reply came up. So can I assume based on what you're saying, my Adventure cruise is identical in terms of my ten day sailing/ports but just on Jewel? 

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10 minutes ago, John&LaLa said:

 

Ovation did last year 

We prefer the Villa Suite on SOS. Can you recommend a Star Class suite on Quantum? Are the (2) largest rooms the Royal Loft & Owners Loft? Which suite do you think would have the best views from the balcony?

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This is the email I got:

Dear Guest,

We hope this email finds you and your family healthy and well.

Over the next few weeks, we will be making schedule and itinerary adjustments to some of our 2021 summer sailings for five of our ships. These changes are being made after tapping into market research and listening to feedback from guests and trade partners on opportunities for adventure for this upcoming summer. But most importantly, we are applying the best available public health, science and engineering insights to deliver a safe and healthy cruise vacation. Regrettably, as a result of these itinerary shifts, our July 3, 2021 Brilliance of the Seas cruise has been cancelled.

The good news is, our sister ship, Independence of the Seas, is heading to Miami, Florida for her 2021 Summer season! The even better news, she'll sail on the exact same days as your original cruise and will visit similar destinations! So, starting today, September 23rd, 2020, to make this transition easier, we're automatically moving you to the corresponding Independence of the Seas sailing.

While we know you'll have a great time onboard Independence of the Seas, your vacation is important to us, along with providing you the flexibility to make the best decision for you and those in your party. Below, we've outlined your options along with a few additional details.

Option 1: Stay onboard the Independence of the Seas cruise

  • We'll automatically moving you to the Independence of the Seas sailing departing on the same day as your original cruise.
  • Your current cruise fare paid will be price protected or reduced to the prevailing cruise fare rate (whichever is lower). This excludes taxes, fees, gratuities, and other non-cruise fare items.
    • If you were already paid in full and your cruise fare rate decreases, we'll provide you with a refund if there is any difference in pricing. You can expect to receive your refund to your original form of payment 45 days after we move you. Kindly note, refund times may vary depending on your financial institution.
  • And, if you booked your airfare through Royal Caribbean International, we will reschedule your flight for you. However, if you booked on your own, please contact the service provider directly for your options with them.

Option 2: If you choose to cancel. You'll receive:

  • We'll process a full refund of any paid portion of your cruise fare to the original form(s) of payment, including any non-refundable deposit.
  • Any pre-paid amenities will be refunded to the original form of payment.
    • You can expect to receive your refund 45 days after you submit your refund request. Kindly note, refund times may vary depending on your financial institution.
  • And, if you booked your airfare through Royal Caribbean International, it will be automatically refunded to you. However, if you booked on your own, please contact the service provider directly for your options with them.

There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to shifting a whole season of sailings and rebooking all guests, so please bear with us as we work to make this process as easy as possible for you. All moves will be completed by September 28, 2020 and we'll send an updated reservation confirmation with your revised details to the email address on file as soon as your reservation has been updated. If you prefer to cancel your cruise, please call us at 888-281-9344 or contact your Travel Advisor by September 28, 2020. And know, hold times may be longer than usual. If we haven't heard from you by then, you'll remain booked on the alternate Independence of the Seas sailing. Should you decide to cancel after our moves are complete, you will continue to be covered by our Cruise with Confidence policy.

We'll send you your new details soon, however, if you have any questions, please contact your Travel Advisor or contact us at:

  • 888 281 9344 in the U.S.
  • 1 800 754 500 in Australia
  • 0344 493 4005 in the U.K.
  • All other countries, please visit http://www.royalcaribbean.com/contactus for your local Royal Caribbean International office phone number.

Thank you for understanding. We look forward to welcoming you onboard for a great adventure. In the meantime, stay healthy and safe.

Sincerely,

Aurora Yera-Rodriguez

AVP | Guest Experience

Royal Caribbean International

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1 minute ago, sandebeach said:

I just got my email, I am sad that Indy is moving from Ft. Lauderdale to Miami, but glad I am booked on a Brilliance 8-day cruise that will now be on Independence!

I'm booked on the May 8th sailing and also sad to hear that we will have a longer drive. 

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7 minutes ago, jholzhauser said:

Ah, Hi Ken! Must have been typing when your reply came up. So can I assume based on what you're saying, my Adventure cruise is identical in terms of my ten day sailing/ports but just on Jewel? 

That is what I was told.  I asked for the new itineraries.  Makes sense and makes transferring people over easy.

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2 minutes ago, Vera/Lee said:

I'm booked on the May 8th sailing and also sad to hear that we will have a longer drive. 

Sorry that your drive will be a little longer. We will have to drive to Miami instead of taking an Uber to Port Everglades. But I have my fingers crossed that our itinerary does not change, this cruise was going to Antigua (never been there and St. Lucia (only been there once), so I was really looking forward to it.

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21 minutes ago, Ourusualbeach said:

Nope.  JW doing the same 10 day cruise leaving Aug 5.  We are good. You have e mails

Excellent - I didn't get my email  from RCL yet with this info - but that is great news!   I was hoping they weren't going to shorten to a 7 day cruise.

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