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Official Royal Caribbean Cruise Schedule for 2015-2016

We announce the upcoming deployment of our ships throughout the first half of each calendar year. We typically state what they’re going to be doing from one year in the future until two years in the future. Sometimes we are so immersed in the period of time we’re about to announce that we know more about the dates and the holidays of the future period than the year in which we are actually living.

Sometimes the announcements are noteworthy and/or surprising. Rarely are they as significant as the three programs we revealed on August 16th: Quantum of the Seas to Shanghai, China for the summer of 2015, Liberty of the Seas to Cape Liberty in Bayonne, NJ for the summer of 2015 and Anthem of the Seas to Cape Liberty for the winter of 2015/2016.

The New York and Shanghai markets are both very important to the Royal Caribbean International brand. In New York, we have systematically built up our presence, from one small ship in the summer for the Bermuda program in the mid-1980’s to Quantum-class to the Caribbean in the winter and Freedom-class to Bermuda and the Caribbean in the summer as of 2014/15. We are very pleased to bring Liberty of the Seas into Bermuda service after the long and excellent run that Explorer of the Seas has had in the New York area. We also look forward to Anthem of the Seas’ arrival at Cape Liberty a year and a half from now after she completes her maiden season of cruises out of Southampton, U.K. to the Mediterranean. For those readers who had been asking for more variety in our New York area presence, we will now offer Explorer, Quantum, Liberty and Anthem before the end of 2015.

As for China, we have also been systematically building our presence there, starting with one Vision-class ship in 2008 and graduating to two Voyager-class ships in 2013 and again in 2014. With the addition of Quantum of the Seas in 2015 we are cementing our leadership position in the rapidly emerging China cruise market, or “cruise economy” as the Chinese say. While the Chinese tend to take vacations of less than 7 nights, we have scheduled a number of 7 and 8 night cruises for those who would like to travel to a fascinating part of the world and enjoy our newest Royal Caribbean ship class.

Anthem of the Seas was originally going to a winter home in Port Everglades following her initial season in Southampton. For our customers who prefer to take cruises from South Florida, we are sorry to have re-routed her to Cape Liberty. Of course, Port Everglades remains the home of Oasis-class and many other outstanding Royal Caribbean ships. While we haven’t said what our third Quantum-class ship or our third Oasis-class ship will do after we take delivery of both of them in the spring of 2016, at a minimum we will have more state of the art ships to place in more itineraries. That’s something to look forward to wherever our readers live.

62 responses to:
“Official Royal Caribbean Cruise Schedule for 2015-2016”

  1. Eric Groody

    Adam, first of all, congratulations on your new position. It is well deserved.

    Thank you for keeping us all up to date on what goes on behind the scenes at Royal Caribbean. I can only imagine the logistical challenge involved in planning itineraries and placement of both new builds and existing ships.

  2. Michelle Lima

    I had booked the Allure for the last week in May but recently found out that I need to modify my vacation for the first week in June of 2016. Do I need to wait for Spring 2015 to view what is shipping out for “summer” of 2016? I had already paid some against the vacation I booked and would like to actually just leave the Saturday I was originally returning on , that falls in June.

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hi Michelle, we estimate that by the end of the year we will have the rates and availability for June 2016 and any changes to the reservation can be made without penalty prior to the final payment date.

  3. Chris Evans

    I am planning a cruise for June of 2016 and obviously from the previous comment I can see that those dates may not be up until later this year. I was hoping to take advantage of the buy one get one 50% off deal you have for those cruises but the offer ends on July 15. So my question would be, will the June 2016 cruises be posted before this offer expires?

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hi Chris, Regretfully our 2016 cruise schedules will not be available to book by the time the Buy One Get One 50% off promotion ends. However, we do expect that the itineraries for cruises lined up for summer 2016 departures will be available by March-April 2015.

      • Jean Donald, outside sales Travel Agent

        I was just talking with Royal Caribbean International, and no one has info on cruise scheduled for May 2016, and we’re at September 09, 2014,

        Is there anyone that can let me know when groups will be opening for Alaska, May 2016?

        • Royal Caribbean International

          Hi Jean, We are working on having the summer 2016 sailing season open for sale starting in March-April of 2015. We appreciate your patience.

  4. Roseleen McGarvey

    Can you tell me what Quantum of the Seas schedule will be after June 2015, I can’t find any itinerary details for Quantum past this date.

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hi Roseleen, the Quantum of the Seas itineraries haven’t been released yet. We hope to have them available by the end of July 2014. Stay tuned!

      • Catherine Harford

        I’m on the Quantum of the Seas cruise ending June 24. I’ve been waiting for the following cruise to be released before I plan my airfare and land tour. I will have to book those within the next few days. When will the June 24 cruise, and subsequent cruises, for Quantum be released?

        • Royal Caribbean International

          Hi Catherine, Thank you for your inquiry regarding the upcoming Quantum of the Seas cruises. At this time we have not received any new information, however you can always find the most current updates on our website:

  5. elpi papageorgiou

    Is there an itinerary that includes grand cayman and turks and caicos?i am interested to combine these two destinations.thanx

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Good afternoon, Although we currently do not have a ship itinerary that includes Turks and Caicos, we do visit Grand Cayman. You can visit our website at or contact your local travel agency for a listing of itineraries.

  6. Karl Steiner

    My wife and I are booked for the Quantum of the Seas first Caribbean cruise January 3rd 2015 and can’t wait to get on board and see the magnificent job Royal Caribbean has done with this new ship. We are surprising our 14 year old granddaughter and are taking her with for her Christmas present.

  7. Beth Moore

    I am booked on one of the Allure of the Seas Mediterranean itineraries in May 2015. Thinking about adding a cruisetour in advance of the cruise, but it doesn’t look like there are any available dates for May 2015 yet. Could you tell me when you plan to release cruisetour dates for the European itineraries? Thank you!

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hi Beth, Unfortunately we have discontinued cruise tours for all European sailings. We hope you enjoy your trip in May.


    how do i book a cruise for the buy one get 50% off the second? i am planning to cruise in August 2015.

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Good afternoon, For the best available cruise you can call us at 800-205-9812 or contact your travel agent. Prices and promotions are subject to change at any time. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

  9. Neil


    We have just returned from our 2nd Royal Caribean cruise and are looking to book
    A Caribbean cruise departing early April 2016.
    Can you advise when the itineraries will be out?


    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hi Neil, The itinerary for 2015 to the first quarter of 2016 was released in May 2014. The Asia sailings for the Summer of 2015 will be released by mid-July 2014. Also, the sailings for Summer 2016 to the first quarter of 2017 will be available by March or April 2015.

  10. mrscbishop

    can you tell me when the brocher for around the world 2016 will be available

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hello, The brochures are normally available between a year to a year and a half in advance. Itineraries and prices are subject to change. We recommend checking our website for the most accurate information.

    • lorraine guerinault

      hi would like to know about 2016 cruises thanks

      • Royal Caribbean International

        Hi Lorraine, thanks for your interest in sailing with us. For all available itineraries, please check on or call our Certified Vacation Planners at 1-800-205-9812. We look forward to welcoming you onboard with us.

  11. Bruce Anthony Milner

    Am booked on the Quantum 4 cruises until June 24 2015 and would like to carry on once in Shanghai when itinerarry is released – Japan etc –
    One query – will the smoking policy change once in China as with your other vessels cruising the area? I am an occasional smoker and have no axe to grind either way but simply interested.
    Regards B.

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hello Bruce, The smoking policy onboard will still be in effect while in China. Hope you enjoy your sailing on Quantum of the Seas.

      • Bruce Anthony Milner

        Hi again,
        Still no future sailing details for Quantum after June 2015. Very unusual !
        When can we see future plans? Many interested – quite a large group of international regular RC patrons want to know if possible.
        Regards Bruce.

        • Royal Caribbean International

          Hi Bruce, We understand our guests want updates on Quantum of the Seas, and appreciate your patience. We should be releasing more information soon. As always, you can check out our website or social media channels for the most updated information.

  12. Jac

    Hello!I want to know if Quantum of the Seas will come to HK(Shanghai is also ok)in July or August 2015(as my family are planning to cruise on it).But unfortunately,when I search your website,I cannot see the results for cruise for Quantum.If there is cruises for my specifics,please leave it in your reply(sorry if any inconvenience has caused).

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hi Jac, At this time we have itineraries open for sale through June 15, 2015. We expect the remaining summer sailings on the Quantum of the Seas to be available for sale by the end of this month.

  13. Corey Axler

    Hello! My family and I are interested in booking 5-night Western Caribbean cruise for the summer of 2015. We saw on your website that you are offering them this year but NOT in 2015 OR 2016. Are you discontinuing your summer 5-night Caribbean cruises? We have been on several Royal Caribbean cruises in the past and want to stay loyal to Royal! Regards – Corey

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hi Corey, At this time, we do not have 5 night sailings in the Caribbean in the summer of 2015. However, we do offer 3 and 4 night sailings for the Eastern Caribbean. We haven’t published our 2016 summer season yet, so keep checking our website for updates. Hope to see you onboard!

  14. Melissa

    just wondering if any of these big ships will come DOWN UNDER to Australia… would love the opportunity to go on one of these but travelling to the States or overseas is another expense that has to be added so would be great if we could just leave from sydney… anything in the pipeline???

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hi Melissa, Next year we will be having Explorer of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas cruising out of Sydney, Australia. They are both 137,000 ton ships. Hope to see you onboard soon!

  15. Staci B

    When will the dates 2015 Summer for the Caribbean be released leaving out of Baltimore or Cape Liberty be released

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hi Staci, For the summer in 2015 we will have the Grandeur of the Seas out of Baltimore doing both a 7 night Bermuda and a 7 night Bahamas sailing. The Liberty of the Seas will be doing a 9 night combined Bermuda and Caribbean sailing, as well as a 5 night Bermuda sailing out of Cape Liberty.

  16. Christophe

    Hi there! Just got back from our fabulous cruise with the Celebrity Reflection and i am already planning our next cruise…

    I would love to know more about the Quantum of the seas. Where will this ship sail during July 2015?

    Thanks for your answer!


    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hello Cristophe, We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your time on the Celebrity Reflection. Unfortunately, we do not have the Quantum of the Seas itinerary for July 2015 yet, but you can find the most updated information on our website

  17. Fiona Kelly

    Hi, could you please give us the intinary for over new year period as it’s my 50th on 1 st January . Carribean please

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hi Fiona, For the most updated itineraries please visit our website, where you can search itineraries by ship, departure port, and itinerary. Thanks, and we look forward to celebrating your birthday with you!

  18. sami gilmour

    when will transatlantics be announced for 2016? love sailing between florida and the uk but often cant as they don’t seem to be announced till late.

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hello Sami, The transatlantic sailings for 2016 should be announced by the end of this year or early 2015. Can’t wait to have you onboard!

  19. Alana lamb

    Hi could you please tell me what’s going to change to the explorer of the seas 2015 as I’ve been on voyager & independence and loved independence is it similiar?

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hi Alana, We are glad to hear you love our Voyager and Freedom class ships. Our future plans for the Explorer of the Seas have not been released yet, but keep checking our revitalization website for more updates at .

  20. Daphne

    May I know the schedule for Asia cruises departing from Singapore in the month of March 15?

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hi Daphne, we have not announced our 2015 sailings for Asia yet. Please check our website for the most up-to-date information.

  21. Sara

    Hi we are already booked to travel on the anthem of the seas next April.
    However could you confirm if she will be returning to
    Southampton for another summer in 2016?

    Many thanks

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hi Sara, we haven’t loaded the remainder of our 2016 itineraries for Anthem of the Seas yet. Please check back with us again in January. We hope you have an amazing time during your 3-night Royal experience next May!

  22. Hannah

    Hi, what a fabulous resource! We are awaiting the Panama Canal 2016 spring schedule. I have read through the queries and answers above but can’t work out when it is due to be published. Please can you let me know. Thanks.

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hi Hannah, thanks for your inquiry. Please check back with us towards the end of the year for an update on brochures that will offer the Spring 2016 Panama Canal itineraries and dates. You may call 800-659-7225 to place an order, or check our website for the most updated itineraries and fares.

  23. Sabrina Chan

    When will RCC release the March 2015 sailings from Shanghai as we are
    planning a birthday celebration on board your cruise ship !! We are
    a party of over 10 persons & we will be booking few cabins hopefully on
    the same floor ..! Please reply。

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hi Sabrina, thanks for your interest! The 2015-2016 itineraries out of Shanghai will be released this October. As always, this is subject to change.

  24. Marita Chisholm

    Would you know of when the 2016 cruising dates for Europe will be released?
    My husband and I are wanting to book two cruises – the 12 night Scandinavia and Russian cruise followed by the 16 Night Mediterranean cruise “Cities of Distinction”. Dates looking at are August and September 2016.

    With thanks,

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hi Marita, Thanks for your inquiry. We haven’t listed our 2016 sailings for Europe yet, but you should be able to start planning around March of 2015.

  25. Brian Tipton

    Could you please tell me when you start taking bookings for summer 2016 sailings from Southampton.

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hi Brian, Great question. We currently have departures from Southampton, England up to November 2015. We should have more itineraries updated within the next 6 months for the summer of 2016, so you can get to planning soon.

  26. Tracy Williams

    Hi I have a group who wants to travel June 2016 that wants to start putting money down, can we make payments for the May 2016 sailing then switch our booking to the June 2016 sailing ?

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hello Tracy, thank you for your inquiry. For a more detailed answer to your question, please contact us at: 800-456-3595. We look forward to welcoming you and your group in 2016.

  27. Jan K

    It is September now, was wondering when the itinerary for the summer of 2015 will be announced. Just can’t wait to go on Royal Caribbean again. Just got off the Brilliance in August – ready to go again!

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hi Jan, we’re glad you had a great time with us on the Brilliance. We currently have itineraries through Spring 2016, and you can pick your next one on our website

  28. Lesley Payne

    Hi, when will you release the itinerary of Quantum of the seas for July 2015 onwards please?

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hi Lesley, They’re available now! We currently have Quantum’s itineraries available on our website through December 2016.

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