(10.25 a.m. AEST) – Royal Caribbean International has announced Serenade of the Seas – the younger sister to Radiance of the Seas - will sail from Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal for the first time from October 2020 to April 2021.

Australian travellers will be able to choose from four Royal Caribbean megaliners and two home ports from 2020, when the line introduces another ship to Sydney, Serenade of the Seas. As previously reported, Queensland will also have a dedicated homeported cruise ship with Radiance of the Seas sailing from Brisbane’s International Cruise Terminal.

Serenade of the Seas offers 18 dining venues, bars and lounges, as well as a rock-climbing wall, 9-hole mini golf course and three pools. Several of the lounges and bars onboard the ship, such as the Safari Club, Congo Bar and Zanzibar Lounge, have not previously been seen in Australia.

Voyager of the Seas will also be based in Sydney for the 2020/21 cruise season. With capacity for 4,000 guests, the megaliner is widely regarded as the ship which started the revolution for larger, newer and more feature-packed ships being deployed Down Under.

After sailing in Australia for five years, Ovation of the Seas will return to Sydney in 2020. The 4,900 passenger ship has activities such as the iFly skydiving experience, North Star viewing capsule and bumper cars included in the fare.

“Our company ethos has always been to bring Australians our world-class style of cruise holidays – direct to their doorstep,” said Susan Bonner, Royal Caribbean International managing director, Australia & New Zealand. “We’re thrilled to be bringing a brand-new ship to Sydney, and returning to Queensland with our newer and larger megaliner.”

Together, the four Royal Caribbean megaliners will offer more capacity and itineraries than ever before, with more than 80 sailings for Australian travellers to choose from, ranging from 2 to 19 nights to destinations in the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia.