Royal Caribbean Updates Cancellations and Itinerary Changes

Updated May 18, 2021

Royal Caribbean has issued a new round of cruise cancellations partnered with itinerary changes. Working with their Healthy Sail Panel, Royal Caribbean is hopeful for a summer return to cruising as soon as July. But not all their ships will be taking guests out to sea as planned, when summer rolls around.

Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas
Anthem of the Seas (Photo: Royal Caribbean)

Royal Caribbean Updates Cancellations

It isn’t easy to “stand up” a ship that’s been idle for over a year. Add to that trying to implement all the health and safety protocols to begin sailing again. With that in mind, Royal Caribbean notified guests and their travel agents of new canceled cruises and last-minute itinerary changes. 

The cruise line has suspended sailings of their global fleet through June 30th, 2021. This suspension excludes sailings onboard Quantum, Anthem, Adventure, Vision, Jewel, and Odyssey of the Seas.

The most notable change is with Royal Caribbean’s debut of the new Odyssey of the Seas. Seems like this ship just can’t find a port for celebration. Barely one month after arriving at Haifa, Israel, its Mediterranean and Greek Islands cruises were canceled. 

Odyssey of the Seas arrives Haifa, Israel.
Odyssey of the Seas arrives Haifa, Israel. (Photo: Royal Caribbean)

Royal Caribbean Ships Itinerary Changes 

  • Quantum of the Seas: 
    When things looked good, Royal Caribbean planned to move Quantum of the Seas up to Alaska from April 5 to October 14, 2021. Due to extenuating circumstances, the ship will now remain in the Asia-Pacific region with additional cruises from Singapore.
  • Odyssey of the Seas
    Originally scheduled to debut in Civitavecchia (Rome) Italy and offer western Mediterranean cruises from May 9 to October 28, the new ship’s itinerary and debut was changed to Haifa, Israel on June 2, 2021. But due to the unrest in Israel and the region, the sailings from Haifa are canceled. Now the ship is scheduled to debut at Port Canaveral sometime this summer!
  • Adventure of the Seas:
    Originally scheduled to sail June 5 to October 14, 2021 from Barcelona, Spain, Adventure of the Seas will now depart from Nassau, Bahamas beginning June 2021.
  • Vision of the Seas:
    Planned June 6 to August 29, 2021 summer cruises from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Vision of the Seas is instead scheduled to sail from Bermuda beginning June 2021.
  • Jewel of the Seas:
    Summer cruises from Northern Europe were supposed to take place from June 7 to October 31, 2021. But Jewel of the Seas will cruise from Limassol, Cyprus beginning June 2021.
  • Anthem of the Seas:
    The ship’s June 4 to August 29, 2021 European sailings have been changed to British Isles cruises departing from Southampton. These cruises are available only to fully vaccinated British citizens.

Probably the most exciting news from all these Royal Caribbean cruise cancellations is to have Odyssey of the Seas debut in the U.S. and especially at Port Canaveral. 

While it’s not certain how long the ship will sail from Florida’s Space Coast, it certainly will be nice to have a brand new ship from Royal Caribbean at Port Canaveral even for a short time.

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