If you want to get away but don’t have a lot of vacation time, Royal Caribbean International has the solution for you.
The cruise line brand is redefining the cruise experience by introducing short cruises for travelers who want to take a quick trip to the Caribbean.
The trips aim to provide "vacationers with the flexibility they need without sacrificing the adventure they crave," Royal Caribbean said in a statement.
“Guests can make the most of a long weekend away or a midweek break on one of eight innovative ships, departing from five ports across Florida and Texas, sailing 17 distinct itineraries,” the statement added.
Bookings for the “mini” escapes, which will range from three-to-five night voyages, began on Wednesday for dates in 2022 and 2023. There will be seasonal and year-round trips available.
The Freedom of the Seas will launch from Miami to Nassau stopping at Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean's private island in the Bahamas. The trip will be available for three to four-night cruises.
The Independence of the Seas will travel from Port Canaveral in Orlando to the Bahamas as it stops in Nassau and on CocoCay for full days.
Both these cruises will be available year-round.
The remainder of the cruises are tropical seasonal getaways.
The Brilliance of the Seas will set sail from Tampa and cruise four- and five-night western Caribbean itineraries, with select four-night voyages to Nassau and Key West, Fla.
The Rhapsody of the Seas will offer four- and five-night journeys from Tampa to Cozumel, Mexico, and George Town. In the spring and early fall, it will offer stops at the Grand Cayman. During the summer months, travelers will have the option of extending the stay to a seven-night trip to Roatan, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico.
And the Adventure of the Seas will sail from Galveston, Tex. for four- and five-night trips to western Caribbean itineraries to Cozumel and Costa Maya.
In the summer of 2022, the Grandeur of the Seas will depart Galveston sailing four- and five-night trips to Costa Maya and Cozumel.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, cruise operations remain suspended and an official date to resume sailing hasn’t been announced, however, the CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises remained optimistic.
Per FOX, during a fourth-quarter earnings call on Monday, Richard Fain suggested that with proper safety protocols in place, sailing will be “safer than a walk down Main Street.”
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