Final restart of the Royal Caribbean cruise ship, all 26 ships are now back in service

The “Royal Comeback” is over as Royal Caribbean International has welcomed its 26 cruise ships back into passenger service.

The last ship to restart, Rhapsody of the Seaswelcomed its first guests in more than two years as it kicked off its summer Mediterranean season on May 23, bringing the entire Royal Caribbean fleet back under sail.

Rhapsody of the Seas Resume sailing

The Vision class Rhapsody of the Seas welcomed guests embarking in Civitavecchia, Italy today as the ship embarks on its first passenger voyage in more than two years.

The ship is sailing on a 7-night one-way itinerary between Civitavecchia (Rome) and Piraeus (Athens), Greece. Along the way, guests will have the opportunity to explore incredible ports in Italy, Turkey and Greece, including Salerno, Santorini and Mykonos.

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During summer, Rhapsody of the Seas will offer a range of 7-night Mediterranean itineraries, with embarkation ports such as Rome, Ravenna, Barcelona and Athens. At the beginning of August, the ship will reposition itself in Haifa, Israel, where it will then offer crossings to Cyprus and the Greek islands of 3 to 8 nights.

End of november, Rhapsody of the Seas will move to Barbados, offering Southern Caribbean island-hopping adventures during the winter, before returning to the Mediterranean in spring 2023.

Full fleet recommissioning

The return of Rhapsody of the Seas marks a memorable day, bringing the full fleet of 26 vessels back to customer service. Royal Caribbean was the first major cruise line to resume sailing, when quantum of the seas started sailing from Singapore in December 2020.

In North America, the first Royal Caribbean ship to take over was Adventure of the seaswhich began sailing from Nassau, Bahamas on June 12, 2021. From homeports in the United States, freedom of the seas began sailing from Miami on June 20, 2021.

Odyssey of the seas
Cruise ship Odyssey of the Seas (Photo credit: Melissa Mayntz)

Over the past 11 months, the cruise line has gradually deployed its remaining ships to different parts of the world and is now sailing around the world with all 26 ships.

It’s the same size fleet that first suspended service in March 2020, though the 26 cruise ships aren’t the same ones that stopped sailing when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. start. Two older ships – majesty of the seas and Empress of the Seas – were sold during the pandemic.

Meanwhile, two amazing new ships – the Quantum-ultra class Odyssey of the seas and the largest cruise ship in the world, the Oasis class wonder of the seas – joined the fleet. Both ships offer new innovations and features for passenger enjoyment, bringing great updates to the reinvigorated cruise line.

Benefiting Rhapsody of the Seas

Although the last ship to return to service was built in 1997 and not as flashy as her new fleet mates, guests who were eventually able to return to Rhapsody of the Seas will not be disappointed.

Rhapsody of the Seas cruise ship
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The ship is one of the smallest in Royal Caribbean’s fleet, weighing just 78,878 gross tons and measuring 915 feet long and 116 feet wide.

This smaller size allows the ship to visit more intimate ports and provide passengers with a classic sailing experience without overwhelming crowds, as the ship’s capacity is only 1,998 passengers in double occupancy and 2,416 in case. full reservation.

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Still Rhapsody of the Seas still offers the exceptional amenities that Royal Caribbean is known for, including the iconic rock-climbing wall, poolside movies, Vitality Spa & Fitness Center, incredible restaurants, relaxing solarium, and more. On board, 765 international crew members provide exceptional service to exceed guest expectations for an incredible ocean getaway.

Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas