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From Vicki Freed!

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Edited to Add: final details regarding protocols are currently being ironed out and we expect an announcement soon!

The moment we’ve all been waiting for is HERE! Cruises from the U.S. return this July with a full lineup of award-winning ships. We’re getting back to the Caribbean and back to what we do best — making vacation memories with you.

Building on the excitement of our upcoming return to Alaska, we are announcing six of our award-winning ships will begin sailing from major U.S. cruise ports in Florida and Texas in July and August. We will kick off on July 2 in Miami, the cruise capital of the world, with Freedom of the Seas* embarking on a special Fourth of July weekend sailing to Perfect Day at CocoCay. By the end of August, 12 Royal Caribbean ships will be cruising once again across The Bahamas, Caribbean, Alaska and Europe. In the coming weeks, we’ll announce our plans to reintroduce our full fleet around the globe by year’s end. The 2021 summer cruises are available to book today!

Royal Caribbean’s full summer lineup:

• Freedom of the Seas – 3- and 4-night Bahamas and Perfect Day at CocoCay sailings from Miami, starting July 2

• Odyssey of the Seas – 6- and 8-night Southern and Western Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale, starting July 3

• Serenade of the Seas – 7-night Alaska sailings from Seattle, starting July 19

• Allure of the Seas – 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Port Canaveral, starting Aug. 8

• Ovation of the Seas – 7-night Alaska itineraries from Seattle, starting Aug. 13

• Symphony of the Seas – 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings from Miami, starting Aug. 14

• Independence of the Seas – 7-night Western Caribbean sailings from Galveston, Texas, starting Aug. 15

• Mariner of the Seas – 3- and 4-night Bahamas and Perfect Day at CocoCay sailings from Port Canaveral, starting Aug. 23


The expanded summer lineup will go beyond the U.S. to include international ports across the Atlantic, like Barcelona and Rome, when Harmony of the Seas returns to Europe.

U.S. Health and Safety Measures

Travelers can plan their cruise adventure with peace of mind knowing that all crew members will be vaccinated against COVID-19. Guests are strongly recommended to set sail fully vaccinated, if they are eligible. Those who are unvaccinated or unable to show proof of vaccination will receive a test before boarding. Other measures in place for travelers to cruise with Royal Caribbean include:

Vacationers sailing to Alaska and who are 16 years of age or older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and those 12 or older as of Aug. 1.

If departing from an international port, guests must meet the travel requirements of their home country and the country of departure. The most up-to-date policies can be found online on each country’s tourism site.

Royal Caribbean is continuing discussions with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and multiple state, local and port authorities regarding the various additional measures for the upcoming sailings. This process requires each ship to complete simulation cruises before receiving approval to resume sailing once again in the U.S. The applications for simulation cruises are under review and receiving approvals on a rolling basis. The progress made as a result of the ongoing collaboration with and support from the state, local and federal level continues to set the stage for Royal Caribbean to return to sailing this summer as planned.

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