February 12, 2003
Royal Caribbean is altering Radiance of the Seas’ fall schedule. The ship (which already has seen one itinerary revision when the company pulled it out of Seattle) is adding one more seven day Alaska voyage out of Vancouver (September 20) and has eliminated two of its four Hawaii sailings (the survivors are the 11-night Vancouver to Honolulu, departing September 27, and the 10-night Honolulu to Ensenada, which leaves October 8). And a just-scheduled Panama Canal journey (sailing October 18 ) replaces the heretofore announced Panama Canal repositioning (originally slated for November 16). Radiance will then launch its first 7-day Caribbean from Port Everglades.
These moves make it possible for Royal Caribbean to put Radiance in position to kickstart its Caribbean season nearly a month early. Passengers booked on canceled sailings are being offered a chance to switch to a similar itinerary on another Royal Caribbean ship -- and an onboard credit. Or they can opt for a full refund.
In other moves, look for news later this week or next about Royal Caribbean’s two newest ships. Serenade of the Seas, due to premiere August 18, 2003 on a five-night Canada/New England itinerary out of New York,may be delivered earlier than expected.