As Royal Caribbean International reviewed 2023 rollout plans, the cruise line opted to reposition itself sea traveler and Serenade of the Seas, causing some confusion as to which ship will be where and at what time. Fortunately, customer reservations are protected and different options are available for these modified cruises.
Swapped cruise ships
In an email sent to travel partners and booked guests, Royal Caribbean announced, “Our original plan for Voyager of the Seas was to offer sailings from Copenhagen, Denmark and Stockholm, Sweden starting May 21, 2023. Instead, Voyager will now depart from Fort Lauderdale, Florida , from May 6, 2023.”
Instead, Serenade of the Seas will take Traveler‘s place with similar routes, departing from Copenhagen for trips to Northern Europe and Scandinavia. According to the email, the new crossings “will always offer the same beautiful stopovers as [the] original cruise, and it will depart from the same destination.”
Customers originally booked on sea traveler will automatically be moved to the identical replacement boat on board Serenade of the Seas. Similar cabin categories will be protected, as will passengers’ original cruise fares.
If the current price on board Serenade of the Seas is cheaper than the comparable sea traveler fare already booked, customers will receive a refund of the difference, even if the fare has already been paid in full. Refunds will be processed within 30 days, but processing dates may vary by financial institution and how the fare was paid.
More options available
If passengers prefer not to sail on board Serenade of the Seas, they can choose to rebook on any other Royal Caribbean ship or itinerary instead, without any change fee penalty. However, passengers will be responsible for any fare price increases, but if the new cruise is at a lower price, they will still receive a refund.
Customers can also choose to cancel their cruise entirely without cancellation penalties, even for non-refundable deposits. If Future Cruise Credit (FCC) was used for the reservation, the original credit will be returned to guest accounts and any additional funds paid will be treated as a refund.
Whichever option is chosen, customers must make their choice no later than May 18, 2022. While the Royal Caribbean team has already begun moving reservations from sea traveler for Serenade of the Seascustomers still have time to make a different choice if they prefer.
“There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to changing sailings and rebooking guests, so please bear with us as we work to make this process easier,” the email said. “Thank you for your understanding and support.”
Which ship is where?
Cruise lines often reshuffle ships due to changes in local port availability, booking popularity, dry dock schedules, or general fleet changes. These changes can be very difficult when they are last minute, but as the passage of sea traveler for Serenade of the Seas happens a year in advance, there is plenty of time for a smooth exchange.
To clarify, sea traveler will no longer depart from Copenhagen or Stockholm from May 2023. Instead, the ship will be based from Fort Lauderdaleoffering a variety of 6-8 night Caribbean itineraries.
At this time, no changes have been announced for the ship’s fall departures from Port Canaveralscheduled for November 10, 2023.
Serenade of the Seas was previously due to depart from Barcelona from May 2023, but instead takes over sea traveler‘ Northern European and Scandinavian routes. The ship’s deployment and itineraries in fall 2023 have yet to be announced.
No replacement ship for departures from Barcelona has been announced, but those plans could still be developed.
Traveler and Serenade – How do the ships compare?
Whatever the destination of the passengers, the two sea traveler and Serenade of the Seas offer amazing features and activities to enjoy.
Voyager of the Seas is the namesake of the line’s Voyager class, weighing 138,194 gross tons and seating 3,114 passengers in double occupancy and up to 3,840 passengers when fully booked.
Serenade of the Seas is part of the somewhat smaller Radiance class, weighing 90,090 gross tons, with a double occupancy capacity of 2,146 guests and a maximum capacity of 2,476 travellers.
Both ships feature specialty restaurants, bars, lounges, swimming pools, hot tubs, spa facilities, fitness centers and other great choices for guests including the rock climbing wall emblematic of the cruise line, the FlowRider surf simulator, water slides and miniature golf. sea traveler also features the popular skating rink.
sea traveler was last updated and renovated in 2020, while Serenade of the Seas was refreshed in early 2022. With these recent updates, both ships are ready to welcome guests with all of Royal Caribbean’s fun and exemplary service, no matter where they sail in the world.