May 30, 2003
Royal Caribbean, which is largely under-represented when it comes to New York-based itineraries, plans to have a major presence in the “Big Apple” next year. The 142,000-ton, 3,838-passenger Voyager of the Seas – part of today’s still-the-largest-class-afloat – will spend the summer alternating cruises to Maritime Canada (5-day) and the Caribbean(9-day). Voyager is the first ship of that class to sail someplace other than the Caribbean and the New York season runs from May 16 to October 22, 2004. Ports of call on the five-day Canadian cruise are Halifax, Nova Scotia and St. John (New Brunswick); the nine-day Caribbean intinerary will include Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Georgetown, Cayman Islands; Freeport, Bahamas; and Royal Caribbean’s private beach at Labadee, in Haiti. At this point, the only Royal Caribbean ship that offers New York-based trips is Nordic Empress, which sails to Bermuda. Sister line Celebrity has long had a significant summer-in-New York presence, however.