A CARIBBEAN COMEBACK STORY
November 20, 2017 at 10 AM


Royal Caribbean leadership recently returned from visits to St. Thomas, San Juan, and St. Maarten. We continue to be impressed with the progress the islands are making to rebuild, and are excited to announce our return to St. Thomas with Adventure of the Seas on November 10, as well as our return to San Juan with Freedom of the Seas on November 30. While it was our desire to also return to St. Maarten in November, the island needs a little more time to recover, and we will be returning to this beautiful destination on December 17 with Grandeur of the Seas. 

We anticipate no further changes to our scheduled calls in St. Thomas and San Juan, December 1 onward, and to our calls in St. Maarten post December 17 for all vessels with the exception of Oasis class. Oasis class vessels will return to St. Maarten after the first of the year as more time is needed to repair the gangways that are specifically designed for these ships.

Unfortunately, due to the devastation in Dominica, we will be canceling our calls through June of 2018, and continue to work with the local government on a return date to this destination. While St. Croix is also still recovering from the impact of the storms, we are excited to be able to resume our calls to this beautiful destination with Jewel of the Seas on January 8. 

To learn more about Royal Caribbean’s relief efforts in the Caribbean, visit our hurricane relief page.

 

ST. THOMAS: The iconic Magens Bay is back


In a milestone for the island’s post-hurricane recovery, St. Thomas unveiled a newly restored Magens Bay on November 10th, eight weeks after the world-famous beach suffered extensive damage in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Royal Caribbean partnered with the Magens Bay Authority and USVI local government to undertake the major restoration effort, working with local contractors and businesses to remove debris, save downed trees and replant new ones, rebuild structures, and restore the white-sand coastline back to its renowned beauty.

The beach, often named among the top ten beaches in the world, reopened just in time to welcome Adventure of the Seas® and 3,000 Royal Caribbean guests back to the island. Magens Bay visitors enjoyed steel drum celebrations, dancing, water sports and tours, plus beautiful weather.

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San juan, puerto rico

For guests visiting the island destination of San Juan, Puerto Rico, we will be returning when the power is fully restored. Historic landmarks El Morro and San Cristobal will be ready to welcome guests as will the majority of restaurants, bars and shops in Old and New San Juan. For guests looking for more adventure, biking, walking, food and Segway tours will be available as well.
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St. maarten


On our return to St. Maarten guests will find the majority of downtown Philipsburg shopping and cafes open, as well as Philipsburg based tours such as the Old Trolley Train and the Open Top Double Decker Bus Tour. Kimshaw Beach is also ready to welcome guests and there are boats and catamarans available to enjoy the Caribbean Sea. 

 

Future itineraries:

The following itineraries have been modified as the islands continue their rebuilding efforts:
 
adventure of the Seas:
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10/28, 11/18, 12/16 – St. Maarten to Martinique
11/4 – Martinique to St. Thomas
11/11 – St. Maarten to St. Kitts
12/2 – St. Maarten to St. Thomas
12/9 – St. Maarten to St. Johns
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We understand that limited hotel availability in San Juan may cause you to alter your travel arrangements. Airlines are being flexible with waiving change fees, so please check with your carrier, and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. 
 
 
Allure of the Seas:
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10/29 – St. Thomas & San Juan to Cozumel & Costa Maya
11/12 – San Juan & St. Maarten to Labadee & Falmouth
12/10 – St. Maarten to St. Thomas
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anthem of the Seas:
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12/2 – St. Maarten to St. Thomas
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brilliance of the Seas:
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11/9 – San Juan to St. Kitts
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freEdom of the Seas:
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11/11 – St. Kitts, St. Maarten & San Juan to Grand Cayman, Cozumel & Ocho Rios
11/25, 12/9 – St. Maarten to St. John
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Grandeur of the Seas:
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10/28 – St. Thomas & St. Maarten to Barbados & Martinique
11/18 – St. Maarten to Martinique
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harmony of the Seas:
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11/4 – St. Maarten & San Juan to Nassau
& Falmouth
11/18 – San Juan to Nassau
12/2 – St. Maarten to St. Thomas
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jewel of the Seas:
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11/26 – St. Croix, St. Maarten & Dominica
to St. Thomas, St. Johns & Martinique
12/10 – St. Croix, St. Maarten & Dominica
to St. Kitts, St. Johns & Martinique
12/24 – St. Croix & Dominica to St. Kitts & Martinique
1/7, 1/21, 2/4, 2/18, 3/4, 4/1, 4/15, 4/29 – Dominica to Martinique
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independence of the Seas:
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10/29 – St. Maarten, St. Thomas & San Juan to Antigua, Barbados & Martinique
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oasis of the Seas:
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11/5 – St. Maarten, San Juan & Labadee
to Nassau, Cozumel & Costa Maya
11/19 – St. Maarten & San Juan to
Cozumel and Falmouth
12/3, 12/17 – St. Maarten to St. Thomas    
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serenade of the Seas:
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11/24 – St. Thomas, St. Croix, Dominica & St. Maarten to St. Kitts, Barbados, St. Lucia & St. Thomas
12/22 – Ponce to St. Thomas
1/5, 1/26, 3/30 – Dominica to Martinique    
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