Royal Caribbean short cruises are in high demand so eight ships will sail new shorter cruises in 2024-25.
Weekend and midweek Caribbean cruise departures are set to increase over the coming years. Royal Caribbean just announced the lineup of short Caribbean cruises aboard eight ships that will sail to a variety of tropical destinations for the ultimate short getaways in 2024-2025.
It will be easier to make the most of your shorter vacation time with a larger variety of ships to choose.
These include Allure of the Seas, the first Oasis Class ship to sail 3- to 4-night cruises. The ship will homeport at Port Canaveral, Florida.
Here’s the newly announced line-up of short cruises and their ports of call.
What Royal Caribbean Ships Will Offer Short Cruises?
As mentioned above, there will be eight Royal Caribbean ships to offer short cruises.
Among these are Mariner of the Seas that will set sail for the first time from Royal Caribbean’s new, net-zero terminal in Galveston, Texas.
Plus, four more amplified (means “refurbished) ships with new and signature experiences on board, will depart from four different cities in Florida, Texas and California.
Royal Caribbean’s Private Destinations Included
Most of these short cruises stop at either of Royal Caribbean’s award-winning private destinations; Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas and Labadee, Haiti.
From white-knuckle waterslides in Thrill Waterpark to the new adults-only oasis Hideaway Beach opening in 2023, there are plenty of ways to enjoy a Perfect Day at CocoCay.
Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s private beach located along the northern coast of Haiti, has five stunning shorelines and a beautiful mountain backdrop.
Try the Dragon’s Breath Flight Line, the world’s longest overwater zipline, kick back on white sand beaches and explore rich culture when shopping at the local crafters and artisans kiosks.
Caribbean ports of call include stops at beautiful destinations in the Eastern and Western Caribbean that include Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and Roatan, Honduras. California port stops include Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan, Mexico; and more.
Royal Caribbean Year-Round Short Getaways for 2024-25
- Allure of the Seas: From Port Canaveral and Miami, Florida
Ushering in the first year-round season of 3- to 4-night sailings on an Oasis Class ship, Allure will sail to the Bahamas and Perfect Day at CocoCay from Port Canaveral until July 2024. Allure then moves to Miami and continues short cruises.
- Independence of the Seas: From Miami, Florida
Recently refurbished, Independence of the Seas will sail 5-night Western Caribbean and Perfect Day at CocoCay cruises. In addition, there will be 4-night Eastern Caribbean sailings that include a visit to Labadee, Haiti.
- Mariner of the Seas: From Galveston, Texas
For the first time, this refurbished ship will sail from Royal Caribbean’s new $125 million cruise terminal in Galveston, Texas. Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas 4- and 5-night short cruises will visit Western Caribbean destinations like Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico.
- Navigator of the Seas: From Los Angeles, California
Also recently refurbished to the tune of $115 million, Navigator of the Seas additions include a reimagined resort-style poolscape with the three-level poolside bar The Lime & Coconut. The Blaster with longest aqua coaster at sea. Choose from 3-, 4- or 7-night cruises to Catalina Island, California, and Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Ensenada and Mazatlan, Mexico.
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Seasonal Short Cruises for 2024-25
- Enchantment of the Seas: From Tampa, Florida
Choose 4- or 5-night cruises and visit Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico on Enchantment. During summer, there will be 7-night cruises that head to Roatan, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; Cozumel and Costa Maya; and Perfect Day at CocoCay, The Bahamas.
- Grandeur of the Seas: From Tampa and Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Grandeur will continue sailing from Tampa through the summer then set sail on 4- and 5-night short cruises to The Bahamas, including Perfect Day at CocoCay and Cozumel, Mexico. In winter, choose a 5-night vacation to Labadee and Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.
- Liberty of the Seas: From Fort Lauderdale, Florida
After cruising the summer in the Big Apple, Royal Caribbean sends Liberty of the Seas to Fort Lauderdale for the winter, alternating 3- and 4-night getaways to The Bahamas, stopping at Perfect Day at CocoCay and Nassau on every cruise.
- Voyager of the Seas: From Port Canaveral, Florida
Royal Caribbean’s amplified ship, Voyager, will sail 4- and 5-night winter getaways on a varied lineup of Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises to The Bahamas. Of course the cruise will include a Perfect Day at CocoCay. Plus Nassau, Bahamas; Cozumel, Mexico; Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and Labadee.
Royal Caribbean shorter cruises are now available for booking.
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