royal caribbean cruises southern cover

New Royal Caribbean Cruises in the Southern Caribbean

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - August 21, 2019

By the Caribbean Journal staff

Royal Caribbean is planning another major overhaul to one of its ships for Southern Caribbean cruises, the company said this week.

Royal is spending $116 million on an “amplification” of its Freedom of the Seas cruise ship, which will be focused on the southern Caribbean.

Beginning March 2020, the transformed ship will be sailing out of San Juan, Puerto Rico on seven-night cruises around the far corners of the Caribbean.

That will include destinations ranging from Castries, Saint Lucia and Antigua to the Dutch Caribbean’s Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, according to a statement from the company.

royal caribbean cruises southern water

A rendering of the ship.

The new-look ship will include amenities like “The Perfect Storm,” a three-story waterslide; a new poolscape; the Splashaway Bay water park and a new poolside signature bar called the Lime & Coconut.

Royal Caribbean is also adding new culinary concepts on the ship, including the Asian-inspired Izumi Hibachi & Sushi; Playmakers Sports Bar and El Loco Fresh, a Mexican grab-and-go eatery.

The transformation is part of Royal Caribbean’s “Royal Amplified” fleet modernization project, which will total more than $1 billion in investment across 10 ships in a four-year period.

The company said its southern Caribbean cruises would also include destinations like Bridgetown, Barbados.

The transformation is one of several for the company this year, including the $115 million makeover for Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas completed earlier this year.

Popular Posts cape santa maria

From Anguilla to Aruba, the Best Caribbean Beaches to Visit This Summer

Forget the Hamptons, forget Santorini. And Florida? There’s a reason snowbirds go home in the summer. If you’re looking for a summertime beach getaway, the Caribbean is it. The water is deliciously warm, the trade winds keep you cool and […]

From Belize to Grenada, 10 Little Caribbean Beach Resorts to Visit Right Now 


There are different resorts for different vacations, different tastes, different moods. For some, there’s something delicious about a pint-sized, tiny Caribbean resort, where the emphasis is on the intimate, the serene. Where the soundtrack isn’t a piped-in DJ set, but […]

Southwest Airlines Is Starting New Flights to Turks and Caicos, Cayman and The Bahamas 

beach at palms resort with umbrellas

Orlando has become an increasingly important source market for Caribbean travel in recent years, with carriers like Spirit and JetBlue adding new routes to the region to destinations like Cancun, Punta Cana and Puerto Rico.  Now, another carrier has is […]

Related Posts jw marrriott all-inclusive

The Next Caribbean Development Frontier: Branded All-Inclusive Residences

Think about that last all-inclusive resort you stayed at in the Caribbean from the likes of Marriott, Hyatt, Playa Resorts other big-name brands. Well, if the rumblings are correct region-wide, in the coming years you’ll be able to live at […]

Southwest Airlines Is Starting a New Nonstop Flight to the Cayman Islands 

seven mile beach with palm tree

That impossibly-clear water on Seven Mile Beach. The buzzing dining scene. The endless activity in Camana Bay. The world-class diving.  If you’ve been to the Cayman Islands, you know the feeling, and the richness of one of the Caribbean’s most […]

The Secret to Great Hospitality? For Barbados’ Top Hotelier, It’s “Excellence Everywhere”

barbados hotelier in front of chta sign

Renowned Barbados hotelier Patricia Affonso-Dass was recently crowned Caribbean Hotelier of the Year by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association.  Affonso-Dass, the group general manager of Barbados’ Ocean Hotels Group, earned the honor during the CHTA’s Caribean Travel Marketplace conference, […]


Sign up for Caribbean Journal's free newsletter for a daily dose of beaches, hotels, rum and the best Caribbean travel information on the net.

No. Thank You