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Royal Caribbean unveils getaways

By Staff | May 1, 2009

Royal Caribbean has unveiled a host of three, four and five-day Caribbean cruise getaways for 2010 and 2011.

Look for some 331 sailings, 20 itineraries and 15 ports of call all from a Florida port near you.

The cruise line will enhance and expand its deployment in Tampa with Radiance of the Seas from autumn 2010 through spring 2011, while Majesty of the Seas and Monarch of the Seas will continue their year-round Bahamas getaway sailings from their respective homeports of Miami and Port Canaveral.

Grandeur of the Seas will reposition to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale for summer and autumn 2010, after which Navigator of the Seas will sail from Fort Lauderdale.

With more berths and an expanded season, Radiance of the Seas will increase Royal Caribbean’s capacity in Tampa compared to Grandeur of the Seas’ previous seasonal deployments. Radiance of the Seas’ itineraries will include a four-night sailing, calling at Cozumel, Mexico, and a five-night sailing that adds Costa Maya. The ship’s 2010 season will kick-off with a seven-night Western Caribbean sailing on October 9, calling at George Town, Grand Cayman; Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico; and Belize City, Belize.

Grandeur of the Seas will reposition from Tampa and continue sailing four- and five-night Western Caribbean itineraries from Port Everglades in April 2010. Ports of call will include Key West, Cozumel, Costa Maya, George Town and CocoCay.

In November 2010, Navigator of the Seas will replace Grandeur of the Seas at Port Everglades, also offering four- and five-night itineraries. On one of its five-night sailings that depart Mondays, Navigator of the Seas will call at the new port of Falmouth, Jamaica, and Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s private beach on the north Haitian coast. Other ports of call will include George Town, Cozumel, Belize City, and Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

Majesty of the Seas and Monarch of the Seas, meanwhile, will continue year-round three- and four-night Bahamas itineraries, departing Mondays and Fridays from Miami and Port Canaveral. Ports of call will include Nassau, CocoCay, and Costa Maya.

Aboard each ship look for the cruise line’s award-winning Broadway-style musical revues, acclaimed Adventure Ocean kids and teen programming; plus gaming action in Casino Royale among a host of other activities.

Passengers can also purchase an array of shore excursions in various ports from swimming with dolphins in Cozumel to kayaking the turquoise waters of Costa Maya. On itineraries that include a call at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas, passengers can tour the neighboring Berry Islands atop their own personal watercraft.

On the web: www.royalcaribbean.com

For the latest cruise travel news and ship reviews read more from columnist Michael Coleman at www.cruisenewsweekly.com