Royal Caribbean releases schedule of remaining ships to return to sail

Global Cruise Line to bring back a full fleet by spring 2022

MIAMI, August 3, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Royal Caribbean International today announced that its full lineup of ships will sail in spring 2022. Spanning cruises from the Big Apple to the West Indies, the next group of ships and return routes will begin sailing safely in September with Oasis of the seas’ first departure of the new York zone – a 7-night itinerary to the cruise line’s private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay, The Bahamas. The cruise line’s continued return builds on its months-long success in delivering a memorable and safe cruise vacation across Alaska, Asia, The Bahamas, the Caribbean and Europe, and every ship that returns now will sail with the health measures that have protected the well-being of guests, crew and destination communities to this day. All 2021 and 2022 cruises are open for booking here.

“We are delighted and grateful to be able to say with confidence when all of our ships will return, especially for travelers who want to plan their getaways. Over 110,000 guests have sailed with us since December, and they have done so safely while enjoying a memorable vacation that they trust we will bring to life, ”said Michael bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “It’s amazing to see families coming together again aboard our ships sailing in the United States, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. And knowing that we will soon be welcoming more safely when our entire fleet is back by spring 2022 is wonderful. “

Vacationers and their families can once again adventure on Royal Caribbean’s diverse range of ships and itineraries that offer a variety of lengths and destinations across the globe. Plans for the return of the 26 ships build on previously announced Royal Caribbean milestones coming later this year, including the cruise line’s return to California and the start of the first full winter season from Barbados.

Headlining what’s in store is Oasis at the end of summer. The ship that revolutionized cruising will depart from new York area on September 5, becoming the first of the game-changing Oasis class to do so when embarking on 7-night itineraries to destinations in Bahamas like Perfect Day at CocoCay. Shortly after, the November 19, Sea navigator will arrive in Los Angeles set sail with West Coast vacationers for short 3, 4 and 5 night getaways at Catalina Island, California and Mexico. Setting the stage for a bold 2022, December will bring Royal Caribbean’s long-awaited return to two popular destinations on either side of the world. Ovation of the seas will return to Australia on December 13 do domestic cruises from Sydney, and Size of the seas will depart from Bridgetown, Barbados on 7 and 14 night crossings to bucket list-worthy islands starting December 5.

Upcoming 2021-2022 Adventures

  • Oasis of the seas – 7 nights Bahamas cruises departing from Cap Liberté, New Jersey, from September 5; and 7 nights East and Western caribbean routes of Miami, beginning of November

  • Freedom of the seas – 7 nights Western caribbean cruises Galveston, Texas, starting October 3

  • Serenade of the Seas * 4 and 5 nights Western caribbean cruises Tampa, Florida, starting October 16; and 7 nights Caribbean itineraries, beginning of December

  • Explorer of the seas * – 7 nights Southern Caribbean departures from San Juan, Puerto Rico, starting November 7

  • Sea navigator 3, 4 and 5 nights Catalina Island, California, and Ensenada and Cape San Lucas, cruises in Mexico departing from Los Angeles, start November 19

  • Size of the seas – 7 and 14 nights Southern Caribbean departures from Bridgetown, Barbados, starting December 5

  • Ovation of the seas – Domestic itineraries from 2 to 10 nights in Australia of Sydney, start December 13

  • The shine of the seas – 4 and 5 nights Bahamas and Western caribbean cruises Tampa, starting December 16

  • Enchantment of the seas – 8 nights Bahamas cruises and some 12-night cruises at Southern Caribbean of Baltimore, from 23 december

  • Vision of the seas – 10 and 11 nights Southern Caribbean routes of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, start January 24, 2022

  • Sea traveler – Cruises of 7 and 9 nights in North Europe of Barcelona, ​​Spain, from April 15, 2022

  • Shard of the seas – 7 nights Alaska departures from Vancouver, Canada, start April 29, 2022

  • Rhapsody of the Seas – 7-night itineraries in the Mediterranean and the Greek Islands, departing from Rome departure May 23, 2022

The full list of 2021 Royal Caribbean cruises is available here.

Royal Caribbean Health and safety measures
Travelers can plan their cruise with the peace of mind knowing that Royal Caribbean requires all crew members and guests who are of eligible age for the vaccine to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For travelers on a cruise departing from Florida, it is strongly recommended that all eligible guests be vaccinated. Children under the eligible age on any cruise must undergo testing and follow other health and safety measures. Cruise line health protocols, such as vaccine and testing requirements, are available here on the Royal Caribbean website and listed by point of departure.

The vaccination policy is one of the cruise line’s multi-layered measures that protect the well-being of all guests, crew members and communities at every stopover. These protocols include the ships’ robust ventilation systems, improved cleaning and disinfection, and low-occupancy cruising as the ships initially return to sail.

Royal Caribbean is in discussions with several national, state and local health and government authorities around the world regarding the various requirements for all upcoming crossings. Regardless of the port of departure, the cruise line will continue to follow guidelines recommended by health experts, including the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health and safety measures will be assessed as public health circumstances evolve, and guests and travel partners will be notified of updates.

About Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean International has been delivering innovations at sea for over 50 years. Each successive class of ships is an architectural marvel packed with the latest technology and customer 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 was also voted “Best Cruise Line Overall” for 18 consecutive years in the Weekly trip Readers’ Choice Award.

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

Royal Caribbean International is applying the recommendations of its Group of Public Health and Scientific Experts for Healthy Navigation to provide a safer and healthier cruise vacation on all of its crossings. Health and safety protocols, regional travel restrictions, and authorization to visit ports of call are subject to change based on ongoing assessment, public health standards and government requirements. US Cruises and Guests: For more information on the latest health and travel alerts, US government travel advisories, please visit or view the advisories travel advisories, advisories or recommendations on government cruise travel websites.

* The 2021 Serenade and Explorer of the Seas cruises are existing itineraries for the following ships: Brilliance, Rhapsody and Vision of the Seas, respectively. Passengers booked on these ships will automatically transfer to the new ship.

Return to sailing: September 2021 – May 2022

The amplified Oasis of the Seas offers a reinvented resort-style pool deck that includes shaded casitas, daybeds, and hammocks;  and Le Citron Vert &;  Coconut, Royal Caribbean's signature bar, which serves Caribbean vibes with tropical cocktails and live music.

The amplified Oasis of the Seas offers a reinvented resort-style pool deck that includes shaded casitas, daybeds, and hammocks; and The Lime & Coconut, Royal Caribbean’s signature bar, which serves Caribbean vibes with tropical cocktails and live music.

(PRNewsfoto / Royal Caribbean International)

(PRNewsfoto / Royal Caribbean International)



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