20 April 2017: While the island in the Beach Boys’ classic “Kokomo” might be fictional, the song’s promise of paradise, relaxation and fun is all too real in this beautiful part of the world, and there is no better way to experience it than on a 2017 cruise with the Caribbean experts – Royal Caribbean International.
Royal Caribbean boasts an incredible array of cruise itineraries and ships in the Caribbean, Bahamas and Bermuda, offering over 800 itineraries to 25 countries and 31 ports, such as Nassau, Key West, Falmouth and Cozumel.
Australians can capitalise on improved flight connections to the USA and choose to depart from 8 ports, such as Galveston in Texas, Baltimore in Maryland, Cape Liberty in New Jersey, San Juan in Puerto Rico, and of course, Florida: From Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Orlando.
Royal Caribbean’s incredible fleet of 18 ships sailing the Caribbean region includes the world’s three biggest and most feature-packed megaliners – the all-new Harmony of the Seas and sisters Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas.
Harmony of the Seas is the largest and newest of the class, and is known for her distinct seven-neighbourhood concept and a lineup of groundbreaking amenities like the Ultimate Abyss – the tallest slide at sea with a 10-story plunge.
Throughout the Royal Caribbean fleet based in the Caribbean, guests will find favourites like FlowRider surf machines, rock climbing walls, zip lines, Tony Award-winning Broadway shows, ice skating rinks and a delectable variety of dining options.
The vibrant culture and stunning beauty of the islands of the Caribbean, Bahamas and Bermuda lets guests escape from the everyday with heart-pumping excursions or take it easy and recharge on more than 400 acres of pristine beaches. Plus Royal Caribbean guests have exclusive access to two private-island resorts: Labadee, Haiti and CocoCay, Bahamas.
Choose a seven-night Eastern Caribbean Cruise onboard Harmony of the Seas, priced from just $1,489* per person for an Interior stateroom, which includes a saving of up to 30 percent and half price deposit when booked before 29 April 2017. Departing Fort Lauderdale, Florida on 16 September 2017, the roundtrip cruise calls to the line’s own private island Labadee in Haiti, Jamaica and Cozumel in Mexico before returning to Florida.
A five-night Western Caribbean roundtrip onboard Navigator of the Seas, departing Miami on 17 December 2017 and calling at Cozumel and Costa Maya in Mexico, starts from as little as $669* per person for an Interior stateroom, including savings of up to 30 percent and half price deposits when booked before 29 April 2017.
Other highlights of the 2017 Caribbean season include:
Harmony of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas offer seven-night Western and Eastern Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Anthem of the Seas sails out of New Jersey to Bermuda in the summer and then the Caribbean year-round on five, seven and nine night itineraries. Touting itineraries with overnights in King’s Wharf, Bermuda, guests onboard Anthem will have ample time to explore the world’s best SCUBA and snorkelling experiences and award-winning pink sand beaches.
Sailing from Baltimore, Grandeur of the Seas, offers five- to 12-night itineraries calling on Bermuda and premier Southern Caribbean destinations, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and St. Kitts and St. Maarten.
Navigator of the Seas sails five and nine-night itineraries from Miami to Southern Caribbean destinations, such as Aruba and Bonaire.
Independence of the Seas offers four and five-night itineraries from Ft. Lauderdale to Costa Maya and Cozumel in Mexico; Falmouth, Jamaica and Labadee, Haiti.
Freedom of the Seas offers six and eight-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Ft. Lauderdale.
Liberty of the Seas offers seven-night cruises sailing from Galveston, Texas to Mexico and Jamaica.
Rhapsody of the Seas will sail seven-night itineraries to the Bahamas throughout the northern summer season. Then the ship will relocate to Tampa, Florida and sail seven-night Western Caribbean itineraries throughout the northern winter season.
Serenade of the Seas sails 10 and 11-night Caribbean itineraries including a new port of call in Ponce, Puerto Rico, from Ft. Lauderdale.
Jewel of the Seas sails to romantic destinations such as St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Barbados on seven-night itineraries from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
For those who want a short but sweet cruise, Majesty of the Seas offers year round four-night sailings from Orlando to Nassau and CocoCay in the Bahamas. Enchantment of the Seas offers three and four-night cruises to Bahamas and Key West, Florida sailing from Miami. Brilliance of the Seas offers four- and five-night itineraries to Key West, Cozumel, Mexico and Grand Cayman, from Tampa, Florida.