By    James Shillinglaw,  Mar 12, 2021

Royal Caribbean International is inviting vacationers to venture off-the-beaten path as part of the cruise line’s 2022-2023 long Caribbean deployment. A variety of six-night Western Caribbean and 8- to 11-night Southern Caribbean sailings will feature more exotic itineraries and immersive excursions across 16 destinations.

From strolling the brightly colored neighborhoods of Antigua and stopping for roadside barbecue in St. Maarten, to seeing the historic ruins of Colón, Panama and exploring the twin Piton mountains in St. Lucia, cruisers can explore both soft-sand beaches and historic attractions. Evening and late-night stays in the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) and Puerto Rico mean more time for travelers to journey further into the islands, experience the Caribbean nightlife.

Six-night winter cruise itineraries will nearly all visit Royal Caribbean’s private island destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay in the Bahamas, where guests can enjoy the Thrill Waterpark with a choice of 13 slides, including the tallest waterslide in North America, and the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool, complete with swim-up bar, or Coco Beach Club, home to the first floating cabanas in the Bahamas, a beachside dining experience, infinity pool and private cabanas.

Royal Caribbean’s newest ship Odyssey of the Seas, a Quantum Ultra Class ship, will be the first to cruise in North America returning to South Florida in November 2022 for its second winter season of six- and eight-night cruises to the western and southern Caribbean. Making its world debut this May, Odyssey will feature an action-packed top deck and a Caribbean pool deck with two open-air pools and four whirlpools across two decks. The next-generation SeaPlex, the largest indoor and outdoor activity center at sea, also debuts this venue’s first Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade; the SkyPad, FlowRider surf simulator, skydiving with RipCord by iFly; and the iconic North Star all-glass observation capsule offering 360-degree views from 300 feet above sea level.

Guests also can enjoy one-of-a-kind entertainment in such high-tech venues as Two70, where immersive technology, special effects and top performers and aerialists take the stage along with six Roboscreens for a multidimensional live show. Dining options include Teppanyaki, serving East Asian flavors in a traditional Japanese style. and Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, Royal Caribbean’s new take on its signature Italian trattoria.

Royal Caribbean’s 2022-2023 long Caribbean cruises open for bookings today. Highlights of the spectacular Western and Southern Caribbean itineraries include:

Odyssey of the Seas: This ship  will depart Rome and set off on a 13-night trans-Atlantic to her winter homeport in Fort Lauderdale. Once stateside, Odyssey will sail eight-night Southern Caribbean itineraries that visit such destinations as Labadee, Haiti, a Royal Caribbean private destination; Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao and La Romana, Dominican Republic, a destination rich with natural and historical adventures. The Quantum Ultra Class ship will alternate eight-night Southern Caribbean cruises with six-night Western Caribbean sailings that visit Falmouth, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas on every sailing.

Vision of the Seas: This ship will join Odyssey in Fort Lauderdale to sail 10- and 11-night Southern Caribbean itineraries from Port Everglades beginning November 2022. These cruises are perfect for guests who have been saving their vacation days to experience the Caribbean’s most picturesque beaches and ports. Vision’s 10-night itineraries visit a variety of popular ports of call, including San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis; Castries, St. Lucia; St. Johns, Antigua and private destination Labadee. The 11-night sailings take guests to exotic tropical locales like Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Colon, Panama; Cartagena, Colombia; Oranjestad; Kralendijk, Bonaire and Willemstad.

Jewel of the Seas: After a summer spent in Europe, this ship will move to Port Canaveral to sail eight-night Southern Caribbean cruises to the “ABC Islands” and Eastern Caribbean itineraries to the beaches of Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and Phillipsburg. The ship will make late-night visits to San Juan and Oranjestad in addition to longer days in Bonaire’s Kralendijk. Jewel will also embark on six-night adventures to western Caribbean destinations, including Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; Falmouth; and Nassau and Perfect Day at CocoCay in the Bahamas.

Grandeur of the Seas: This ship will call Miami home for the winter season and offer guests five-night Western Caribbean jaunts to Labadee and Key West, Florida, alternating with nine-night cruises to Castries, Bridgetown, Barbados; St. John’s, and Basseterre.

Explorer of the Seas: This ship will continue cruising from Miami for the winter, offering eight-night Southern Caribbean itineraries to the ABC Islands. With late stays in both Kralendijk and Willemstad on every sailing, the longer cruises are perfect for travelers who want to immerse themselves in the myriad of cultures, sounds and flavors. Explorer will alternate with six-night adventures that visit Falmouth; George Town; and Perfect Day at CocoCay.

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