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Royal Caribbean Announces 2011-2012 Caribbean Schedule

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April 15, 2010.

Cruise Line to Offer Short Cruises aboard Freedom-class Ship for the First Time

Two things to note in this:  St. Croix returns as a cruise stop and the Majesty Of The Seas will be the sole remaining Royal Caribbean ship sailing from Miami – and this for Bahamas cruises.  All cruises to the Caribbean will now sail from Port Everglades, Tampa, and Port Canaveral.  It is quite stunning to see the cruise line almost abandon the port of Miami – which ironically is where the Royal Caribbean headquarters are located.

For 2011-12, the 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.

“Royal Caribbean offers the most innovative cruise ships in the Caribbean for a memorable and affordable family vacation or couples’ getaway,” said Betsy O’Rourke, senior vice president of Marketing, Royal Caribbean International. “Whether 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 Caribbean’s friendly and engaging staff and crew will deliver the Royal treatment to every guest, every day.”

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 “Turtle Cove Sail and Snorkel” in St. Thomas; soar from tree to tree on the “Chukka Canopy Experience” at Falmouth, Jamaica; explore the world famous wall-city ruins of Tulum at Cozumel on “Tulum Mayan Ruins Express”; or seek the ultimate relaxing beach day on “Carambola Beach Break” in St. Croix.

On many itineraries, guests will call at Royal Caribbean’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 “Dragon’s Tail Coaster” 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 five-night and a four-night short Western Caribbean itinerary from Port Everglades. Sister-ship Freedom of the Seas will alternate seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean roundtrip itineraries year-round from Port Canaveral, Fla., and feature a five-night pre-holiday getaway to the Western Caribbean on December 18 and a nine-night New Year’s celebration cruise on December 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 four-bedroom, four-bathroom Presidential Family Suite that sleeps up to 14.

Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas will continue to alternate seven-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 world’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 five-night and a four-night Western Caribbean itinerary from Tampa, convenient to Southeasterners. Year-round, Majesty of the Seas and Monarch of the Seas will offer three- and four-night short Bahamas itineraries from Miami and Port Canaveral, respectively.

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