A few weeks ago in a prior article, I noted that rumors were flying that Royal Caribbean would be moving the Enchantment of the Seas from Baltimore. This past Tuesday, Royal Caribbean made it official. In April 2013, the Enchantment of the Seas will be relocated to Port Canaveral, FL where it will replace the Monarch of the Seas (recently retired from the Royal Caribbean fleet) sailing 3 and 4 day Bahamas cruises.
Royal Caribbean is not leaving Baltimore though. The Grandeur of the Seas, which had Baltimore as its home port from 2004 through 2009 is returning. If you were concerned about an older ship coming back, don't be. The Grandeur of the Seas is currently undergoing an extensive revitalization to deliver a host of new dining venues – including six new specialty dining choices, technological upgrades and new entertainment features, as well as a refresh of all furniture, carpet, upholstery and staterooms. Families with toddlers can take advantage of the newly installed Royal Babies and Tots Nursery, which cater to the cruise line’s youngest guests, age 6 to 36 months. Guests also will enjoy an oversized LED video screen offering entertainment as guests lounge by the pool, and take in a new high-flying experience, where aerialists glide through the ship’s five-story atrium. If you sailed on the Grandeur of the Seas before, you might not even recognize her after the revitalization.
Throughout the year, vacationers will be able to choose among a variety of itineraries to Bermuda, Bahamas, and the Eastern and Western Caribbean. In the summer, the itineraries will alternate between seven-night Bermuda sailings, featuring a two-night call at Kings Wharf, and seven-night sailings to the Bahamas, calling at Port Canaveral, Fla.; Nassau, Bahamas; and CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private island paradise in the Bahamas. In autumn, Grandeur of the Seas will alternate between six-night Bermuda and eight-night Canada and New England sailings. The winter season will consist of rotating 10-night sailings to the Eastern and Western Caribbean as well as eight-night sailings to the Bahamas. All of these sailings are open for sale starting today.
While the Grandeur of the Seas is a sister ship of the Enchantment of the Seas, it does not hold as many passengers. Remember that the Enchantment of the Seas was stretched a few years ago by cutting the ship in half and adding a section to it in the middle. So, getting reservations for the Grandeur of the Seas may be a bit more challenging. Please plan ahead. To make your reservations for either the final sailings of the Enchantment of the Seas from Baltimore, or for the return of the Grandeur of the Seas to Baltimore, contact your travel agent.
Ships Registry: The Bahamas