Earlier this week, Royal Caribbean announced that the New Jersey based Explorer of the Seas will move south to Port Canaveral for a short winter cruise season. The Explorer of the Seas is scheduled to begin sailing four and five day Caribbean and Bahamas cruises departing out of Port Canaveral from November 2014 through January 2015. The ports of call for the Explorer’s itineraries have not yet been made public, but are expected to be announced in the coming days.
As the Explorer of the Seas leaves New Jersey to begin her Port Canaveral deployment, the Quantum of the Seas will begins sailing various itineraries from Bayonne, New Jersey.
Once the Explorer of the Seas arrives in Port Canaveral, Royal Caribbean’s ship count in the port will rise to three. The Explorer of the Seas will be joined by two ships sailing from the port year round, the Enchantment of the Seas and the Freedom of the Seas.
Once the Explorer of the Seas ends her short deployment to Port Canaveral, the ship will most likely be moved to another port for year round cruises. It is currently unknown where she will officially take up residence, but if Royal Caribbean decides to follow recent cruise industry trends, she may end up sailing either to Australia and New Zealand, or Asia.
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