Royal Caribbean plans biggest Alaska season to date

Royal Caribbean plans biggest Alaska season to date
Ovation of the Seas is the largest ship to have sailed the Gulf of Alaska (Image: Royal Caribbean International)

Royal Caribbean International has planned its biggest-ever Alaska season for summer 2020, operating three ships in the region for the first time.

Ovation of the Seas, which became both the largest cruise ship to sail the Gulf of Alaska and the first of Royal Caribbean’s Quantum Class vessels in the region last year, will return for her second consecutive season. Operating seven-night itineraries from Seattle, Washington, the ship will take guests to Juneau, Skagway, the Endicott Arm fjord and Victoria in British Columbia.

Returning to Alaska for the first time since 2009, Serenade of the Seas will reposition from the Caribbean to Vancouver, British Columbia to sail seven-night itineraries along the 500-mile Inside Passage. Guests will be able to visit the ports of Ketchikan, Juneau and Icy Point.

Regular visitor Radiance of the Seas will also head back to Alaska to offer seven-night itineraries from Vancouver to Seward. The ship will alternate between southbound and northbound routes to enable guests to explore more of the region.

Before embarking on their Alaska voyages, both Ovation of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas will provide island-hopping itineraries in Hawaii from Honolulu. The former will sail a 12-night cruise from Honolulu and call at Maui, Kailua Kona and Kilauea Volcano, while the latter will offer a 10-night itinerary with visits to Maui, Kailua Kona, Hilo and Kauai.

Meanwhile, Serenade of the Seas will depart Fort Lauderdale, Florida for a 14-night Westbound Panama Canal voyage to Los Angeles, California. Ports of call will include Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; and Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. This will be followed by a seven-night Pacific Coast sailing to Vancouver.

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
Thursday, November 8, 2018