Oh I hope you are all correct. That would be SO great!!! I live in New York State and know lots of people who would love to have more cruise choices from NYC. I also know many who have never cruised but would if they did not have to fly to a port to get to the Caribbean to start with. Please, as soon as you have any information about this, let us all know here on the boards. Gosh, that would be great!!
From the Seatrade Insider, do I sense an Addicts group cruise here?
New York home for Voyager-class ship?
Royal Caribbean International plans to operate a Voyager-class ship from New York in 2004, several knowledgeable sources inform Seatrade Insider. The company has booked 26 calls at the New York City Passenger Ship Terminal and is expected to operate short cruises to Canada next summer and perhaps other itineraries.
Royal Caribbean would not confirm the information. Ã¢â‚¬ËœItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s something weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re giving serious consideration to, however, nothing has been finalized,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ spokesman Michael Sheehan told Seatrade Insider.
At 142,000gt and carrying 3,100 passengers, a Voyager ship would be the second largest cruise vessel calling at New York. The largest will be the 150,000gt Queen Mary 2, which makes its first arrival in the Big Apple on April 22 and will visit regularly on transatlantic sailings.
The new Royal Caribbean deployment would also not be the first time a Voyager ship has docked in New York. Explorer of the Seas made its US debut in the city on Oct. 17, 2000, and Adventure of the Seas was named there on Nov. 10, 2001, when it became the first major cruise vessel to call in New York Harbor after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Earlier this week, Royal Caribbean announced seasonal New York sailings for its newest Radiance class ship, Serenade of the Seas, including four- and five-night cruises to Halifax and Saint John starting in August.