Royal Caribbean Adds More Moonlit Nights In The Caribbean

Posted May 22nd, 2016

Aruba, Jamaica, Bahamas, Key Largo, Montego... make your cocktail dreams a reality in 2017 and 2018 with the expanded itineraries to the Caribbean on offer with Royal Caribbean International. For the 2017-2018 cruising season, the US-based cruise line has expanded its seasonal and year-round routes from New York and Florida to the postcard-perfect climes of the Caribbean and the Bahamas. That’s more time for sun, sand, cocktails and moonlit nights*!

The pool deck on Royal Caribbean International cruise ship Rhapsody of the Seas

Sailing from Cape Liberty in New Jersey, the Vision-class Rhapsody of the Seas will visit the Bahamas on seven-night itineraries to the Bahamas during the summer months, while the Quantam-class Anthem of the Seas will sail to Bermuda in the summer and the Caribbean year round on five-, seven- and nine-night itineraries.

Nassau in the Bahamas is one of the destinations Royal Caribbean cruises to with blue waters and white sands

From the northeast state of Baltimore, cruisers can visit the southern Caribbean destinations of US Virgin Islands, St Kitts and St Maarten, as well as the new nine-night itinerary to Nassau and CoCoCay in the Bahamas on Grandeur of the Seas.

An aerial shot of Royal Caribbean International cruise ship Navigator of the Seas shows the immense size of this vessel

Five Royal Caribbean ships also offer Caribbean cruise itineraries from Florida. From Miami, set sail on Navigator of the Seas to southern Caribbean islands such as Aruba and Bonaire for five or nine nights, or visit the Grand Cayman from Tampa on Brilliance of the Seas.

Grand Anse Bay in St Lucia in the Caribbean is framed by lush mountain ranges and lapped by emerald waters

Independence of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas and Seranade of the Seas will frequent the stunning surrounds of the eastern and western islands of the Caribbean, including Jamaica and Haiti via Puerto Rico or Mexico. From Puerto Rico, you can also board Jewel of the Seas to escape to exotic locations such as St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis and Barbados on seven-night itineraries from San Juan.

Sunsets are simply stunning over the beaches in Barbados

With over 320 hectares of pristine sands and warm, inviting waters, there’s plenty of opportunities to dive in and enjoy the spoils of the Caribbean with Royal Caribbean, whether your travel style is drop-and-flop or adrenaline-seeking. Here’s cheers to that!

*Bryan Brown and Tom Cruise not included.

Cassandra Laffey

Consumed with unrequited wanderlust, I get my fix in 24/7 cities and hippie retreats. I'm still looking for the ultimate combo of secluded beach and major metropolis, and my happy place is a 5-star hotel room all to myself - sigh.

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