Wednesday, April 22, 2009

RCI Boosts Short Cruise Capacity from Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale

Royal Caribbean International said toady they will move their 4- and 5-night cruise product north from Miami to Port Everglades in April 2010 and initially, it will be operated by Grandeur of the Seas. Then in November (2010) they are upsizing the ship to the feature-rich 142,000-ton Navigator of the Seas.

Meanwhile in Tampa, RCI will position the 90,090-ton Radiance of the Seas there for 4- and 5-night cruises during the winter 2010-2011 season. This will add about 150 more berths to the local market over the smaller ships with which RCI has traditionally operated the seasonal route. This will be the last upgrade for the port, however, since it is constrained by the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, and the Radiance-class is the largest size Royal Caribbean has which will fit under the bridge.

Details of the other changes in the line's short-cruise program were in the April 22 (2009) article in Cruise News Daily.