Really big cruise news was announced today that has me excited for my friends in New Orleans!! Royal Caribbean announced today a new redeployment strategy for a few of their ships. It appears that the catalyst for the move is the struggling California economy not being able to support the price points that a ship of the calibre of the Mariner of the Seas should be commanding.
The Mariner of the Seas will be heading toward Europe on January 16th, 2011. On her way, she will make several South America voyages including one during Carnaval. July – September 2011 The Mariner of the Seas will be sailing roundtrip from Rome on 7 night Sailings. It is interesting to not that during the 2011 Summer, 50% of Royal Caribbean’s fleet will be in Europe.
Now for the News that got me excited, quoted directly from Royal Caribbean’s Nation of Why not Blog:
Voyager of the Seas to relocate to New Orleans and restart our New Orleans program that we stopped after Hurricane Katrina. The program will commence on November 12, 2011 and last until April of 2012. The weekly 7-night Western Caribbean itinerary will offer Falmouth, Jamaica; Cozumel, Mexico and George Town, Grand Cayman.
New Orleans has received a 6 month committment from Royal Caribbean on one of their huge Voyager Class Ships. This is great news for the city of New Orleans. It shows that Royal Caribbean has confidence in being able to fill a large ship every week for 6 months. This will be an incremental increase of 3800 new visitors to New Orleans on a weekly basis. A significant increase which should help support New Orleans remarkable story of rebuilding and growth. Congrats New Orleans!
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