Royal Caribbean International is finally returning to the Port of New Orleans for the upcoming 2018-2019 winter cruising season. To make this happen, a few other RCL ships will be repositioned and refurbished. Here’s a quick recap of Royal Caribbean’s upcoming moves:
Vision of the Seas
The Vision of the Seas will embark on two 16-night itineraries that will transit the Panama Canal in both directions (Miami to Los Angeles, then Los Angeles to New Orleans). The Vision of the Seas will remain in the Port of New Orleans, and offer 7-night Bahamas/Mexico cruise itineraries during the 2018-2019 season.
Enchantment of the Seas
The Enchantment of the Seas, currently operating out of Miami, will reposition to Galveston, TX (the Port of Houston) and offer 4- and 5-night itineraries, beginning in June 2018.
*Passengers who are currently booked on the Enchantment out of Miami for sailings after June 23, 2018, will be contacted by RCL to make alternate arrangements (see below).
Liberty of the Seas
The Liberty of the Seas will remain in Galveston, along with the Enchantment of the Seas, but will offer longer Caribbean cruises, with durations of 7 nights.
Mariner of the Seas
The Mariner of the Seas will return to the United States, after several seasons in Asia, and will take over in Miami where the Enchantment of the Seas left off. It will offer 3- and 4-night cruises to the Bahamas, after undergoing a 32-day renovation.
*Passengers who were originally confirmed on the Enchantment of the Seas out of Miami after June 23, 2018 will be contacted by RCL, with the option to switch their bookings to an itinerary on the Mariner of the Seas.