Royal Caribbean has announced their summer and fall cruise schedule for 2009, departing from various points throughout the northeast. It’s never too early to start planning your cruise vacation, so have a look at the following if you suspect you’ll be up for some sun and relaxation next year. With these cruises, you won’t even have to fly to Miami to get on the boat.
Sixty-six sailings will depart from New York, Boston, Baltimore and Norfolk in 2009, offering you 17 various cruise opportunities to Canada and New England, Bermuda and the Caribbean. With every Royal Caribbean cruise, guests receive complimentary room service around the clock, musical productions and entertainment for the kiddies. Bookings for these cruises are available now.
“Royal Caribbean continues to offer close and convenient homeports for vacationers in the Northeast United States,” said Alice Norsworthy, senior vice president, Marketing, Royal Caribbean International. “Explorer of the Seas will begin its third consecutive year of year-round service from the New York metropolitan area, and Grandeur will be the only ship to offer Bermuda and Caribbean getaways for Mid-Atlantic vacationers from Norfolk’s new cruise port, Half Moone Center. With three ships sailing from four Northeast ports, including Boston and Baltimore, vacationers have a wide array of options for an invigorating Royal Caribbean cruise.”
Three ships are available from the Northeastern gateways, including the Explorer of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas and Grandeur of the Seas. The Explorer, as a voyage size ship, offers crazy amenities like an ice-skating rink, basketball court, rock climbing wall and the Royal Promenade shopping district. Now that’s a big boat! Passengers aboard the Jewel of the Seas will enjoy the 10 story glass Centrum, glass elevators facing the sea and more outside cabins than any other ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet. The Grandeur of the Seas offers a smaller, more intimate experience, without skimping on the amenities.
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Vibrant Kaleidoscope of Canada and New England Colors and Cultures
Royal Caribbean is offering 15 Canada and New England cruises from June to October 2009.
- Explorer of the Seas will offer nine night round-trip cruises from Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, NJ, with calls at Sydney and Halifax, Nova Scotia; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and Quebec City, Quebec, a guest favorite and the line’s highest rated port of call. Guests also cruise the Saguenay River, the line’s second-highest rated Canadian port.
- Jewel of the Seas will depart from Boston for five and seven night round trip cruises. These trips will include a stop in Rockland, Maine, to peruse the restaurants, galleries and museums. In addition, cruisers will stop in Portland, Bar Harbor and Rockland, Maine, as well as St. John, New Brunswick and Halifax in Canada.
- GraGrandeur of the Seas will offer eight and nine night trips from Baltimore. These trips will include a stop in Rockland, Maine, to peruse the restaurants, galleries and museums. In addition, cruisers will stop in Portland, Bar Harbor and Rockland, Maine, as well as St. John, New Brunswick and Halifax in Canada.
Great Bermudian and Caribbean Escapes
Royal Caribbean will offer trips to Bermuda and the Caribbean in 2009 with two ships, Explorer of the Seas and Grandeur of the Seas.
- Explorer of the Seas will offer five night Bermuda and nine night Bermuda and Caribbean itineraries from Cape Liberty. Five night trips spend the night at the Cape, while nine night trips only make a stop.
- Grandeur of the Seas will offer five night Bermuda and nine night Eastern Caribbean trips from Norfolk from April to June. The five night itinerary features an overnight call at Kings Wharf, while the nine night sailing makes a call at Labadee, Haiti, Royal Caribbean’s private beach destination. That sounds like a good way to visit Haiti, without having to actually go there. In June, Grandeur changes its base to Baltimore, also to offer similar and alternating itineraries through November.