Print Posted_by Cruise Discuss 05/02/2017 in Cruise News

Royal Caribbean’s Vision for the Big Easy

Royal Caribbean’s Vision for the Big Easy

The much-anticipated announcement of Royal Caribbean’s cruise ship deployment for 2018 – 2019, revealed their plans to return to the ever popular cruise Port of New Orleans.  

Vision of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean’s smaller ships in comparison to the mega ships of recent years. However, this 78,340 gross ton cruise ship is able to carry up to 2,435 passengers. Having undergone extensive refurbishment in 2013, Vision of the seas received stateroom updates and additions that included Oasis Class features such as a movie screen on the pool deck, specialty restaurants Izumi, Giovanni’s Table and Chefs Table. They have also given access to their market leading high-speed Internet service, Voom, which was initially introduced on the Quantum Class smart ships.

It was hoped by many Royal Caribbean fans, that they might be able to look forward to seeing their favorite cruise line once again sailing from the Big Easy.  Navigator of the Seas, one of the larger ships, was based there until 2011, but much to the disappointment of many passengers, Royal Caribbean decided not renew their agreement with New Orleans for the following season.  After a year away, Royal Caribbean returned with Serenade of the Seas. Once again, the agreement was not renewed and since April 2015, Royal Caribbean has not had a ship based in New Orleans.

New Orleans has expressed its excitement to be welcoming Royal Caribbean back to what is the sixth largest cruise port in the United States. Handling over 1,070,695 cruise passengers in 2016 and attracting over 10 million visitors worldwide, New Orleans is the perfect place to add a few nights stay to a cruise, with the legendary music, cuisine and atmosphere it is renowned for. Research suggests that the majority of cruise passengers add on at least two nights either before or after their cruise. There is also a much-improved air service with British Airways now offering direct flights from London.

On completion of her summer season 2019 where she will be based in Barcelona, Vision of the Seas will cross the Atlantic to Miami and sail two Panama Canal cruises before repositioning to New Orleans. Here she will depart every Saturday and sail 7-night itineraries to the Bahamas and the Yukatan Peninsula.  

The planned itineraries include:

New Orleans – Cozumel - Puerto Costa Maya – Honduras - New Orleans

New Orleans – Cozumel - Puerto Costa Maya, Grand Cayman - New Orleans

New Orleans – Cococay – Nassau - Key West - New Orleans

New Orleans - Key West – Nassau - Cococay, - New Orleans


Royal Caribbean is also offering these two 16 night Panama Canal cruises.

13 November 2018 Panama Canal Westbound

Miami – Cartagena – Colón - Panama Canal – Puntarenas - Puerto Quetzal – Huatulco - Puerto Vallarta - Cabo San Lucas - Los Angeles

29 November 2018 Panama Canal Eastbound

Los Angeles - Cabo San Lucas - Puerto Vallarta - Puerto Quetzal – Puntarenas - Panama Canal - Colón – Cartagena - New Orleans

These sailings will be available to book from May 5.



New Orleans, LA flickr photo by faungg's photos shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

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