Port Canaveral to host new Royal Caribbean International Ships - Harmony of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas
Harmony of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas will homeport beginning 2019-2020 season
Port Canaveral, FL – Port Canaveral has been selected to host two of the world’s newest and largest ships. In an announcement made by Royal Caribbean International, Oasis Class Harmony of the Seas will sail from Port Canaveral beginning May 2019, offering 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries. Voyager Class Mariner of the Seas returns to Port Canaveral with 3- and 4-night itineraries to The Bahamas. Both ships represent some of the best products in the cruise industry offering vacations to the Caribbean.
“This is great news for Port Canaveral. We are excited to be part of Royal Caribbean’s new deployment plans and proud of their confidence in us to support their brand,” said Port CEO Captain John Murray. “With record numbers of cruise passengers coming through our Port year after year, this is yet another demonstration that Port Canaveral can effectively handle some of the largest and most sophisticated cruise ships in the industry,” Captain Murray stated.
The Harmony of the Seas will be relocated to Port Canaveral from Port Everglades beginning in May 2019. The Harmony of the Seas is currently the largest ship in the world and newest ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet and offers innovations such as the tallest slide at sea, the Ultimate Abyss as well as the Perfect Storm water slides and Splashaway Bay, a children’s water park. The ship hosts 6,687 passengers in 2,747 cabins with a Crew of 2,100.
The Mariner of the Seas will return to Port Canaveral following a $100 million upgrade. Mariner of the Seas, which has 1,557 cabins can host nearly 4,200 passengers with a crew of 1,181. She will replace RCCI’s Majesty of the Seas currently sailing from Port Canaveral with a passenger capacity of 2,744. Mariner of the Seas first arrived at Port Canaveral as a brand new Voyager Class ship in 2003 and sailed her inaugural cruise from the Port on November 14, 2003.
In announcing the new itineraries, Royal Caribbean stated the Oasis of the Seas will leave Port Canaveral in 2019 and will be redeployed to PortMiami.
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