Royal Caribbean International plans to have its entire fleet back in service by spring 2022.
The schedule for the return of all 26 ships add to previously announced plans, including a return to California and the start of the first full winter season from Barbados.
The next group of 13 returning ships will start sailing in September with Oasis of the Seas making its debut from the New York area with a seven-night itinerary to the line’s private island destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay, The Bahamas.
The planned comeback builds on ships resuming sailing across Alaska, Asia, The Bahamas, the Caribbean and Europe.
Each ship now returning will cruise with the health measures that have safeguarded the well-being of passengers, crew and destination communities to date.
Royal Caribbean requires all crew members and passengers who are of the eligible age to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19
President and chief executive Michael Bayley said: “We are excited and appreciative to be able to say with confidence when all of our ships will return, especially for travellers 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.
“It’s been incredible to see families come together again on board our ships sailing in the US, 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 2021-22 fleet return:
- Oasis of the Seas – 7-night Bahamas cruises from Cape Liberty, New Jersey, starting September 5; and 7-night eastern and western Caribbean itineraries from Miamiin November
- Liberty of the Seas – 7-night western Caribbean cruises from Galveston, Texas, starting October 3
- Serenade of the Seas – 4- and 5-night western Caribbean cruises from Tampa, Florida, starting October 16; and 7-night Caribbean itineraries from December
- Explorer of the Seas – 7-night southern Caribbean sailings from San Juan, Puerto Rico, starting November 7
- Navigator of the Seas – 3-, 4- and 5-night Catalina Island, California, and Ensenada and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico cruises from Los Angeles from November 19
- Grandeur of the Seas – 7- and 14-night southern Caribbean sailings from Bridgetown, Barbados, starting December 5
- Ovation of the Seas – 2- to 10-night domestic itineraries in Australia from Sydneyfrom December 13
- Brilliance of the Seas – 4- and 5-night Bahamas and western Caribbean cruises from Tampa from December 16
- Enchantment of the Seas – 8-night Bahamas sailings, and select 12-night cruises to the southern Caribbean from Baltimore from December 23
- Vision of the Seas – 10- and 11-night southern Caribbean itineraries from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from January 24, 2022
- Voyager of the Seas – 7- and 9-night cruises in Northern Europe from Barcelona from April 15, 2022
- Radiance of the Seas – 7-night Alaska sailings from Vancouver from April 29, 2022
- Rhapsody of the Seas – 7-night Mediterranean and Greek Isles itineraries, sailing from the port of Rome starting May 23, 2022