Why don't Royal Caribbean rotate there ships ?

We love to cruise but my wife hates to fly and we live in Royals back yard (Cape Liberty) Bayonne, NJ. We cruise two to three times a year but we don't like to cruise on the same ship,we don't mind traveling to the same ports as long as it's on a different ship, Royal Caribbean leaves us no choice but to cross the river to NY and cruise on Carnival & Norwegian which do rotate there ships from time to time but that's still not enough for us and many people I speak to. Just imagine how much more money they can make by just moving ships around so we can enjoy all Royal has to offer.

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12 Answers

Maybe if enough people show concern, they'll do something about it.

I have sailed out of Bayonne, N J once from my home in FL on a back to back cruise on Celebrity. I agree with you about wanting to experience different ships.

I believe there is some logic to ship assignments. Newer ships are rotated into their "home" ports, prime markets, and most popular itineraries. Another factor is whether or not ports are are able to accommodate ship size. As a ship ages or itineraries change, ships move about the fleet.

Some ships are built specifically for a geographic area or cruise itinerary. A couple examples are the Norwegian Joy was designed/built for the Asian market and the Island Princess was dedicated to cruising the first Panama Canal.

It would be nice if there was more rotation but I'm thinking there is a method to the madness, so to speak.

Many cruise lines do the same. NCL, Carnival, any that has permanent home ports. It makes sense that if the volume can support it that is what you do. Some ports are limited by location to the itinerary they can offer and this will affect length of cruise and other things.

I do believe you're correct. RCCL mega ships are limited to certain ports.

I think there is a limit to the rotation. I know the home port and the ship size are always a factor.

We did our first cruise with my BF and his family all together on the liberty and it was out of Ft Lauderdale... Well know there is the allure and oasis that go in and out of there and liberty is at Galveston.

We live in MD and the only ship in Baltimore is the Grandeur (and the pride for carnival). That is mostly due to the port itself and the bay bridge that restricts the size of the ships.

The newer ships to go the markets that will pay the big bucks, the old ships are sent to the lower end markets and shorter cruises. Look at the port of Long Beach CA, Carnival has 2 fantasy class ships there year round doing the 3 and 4 night Baja cruises, They could have put one of the big ships there and only ran one ship with the same cabin capacity of the 2 smaller ships but that market will not pay the big bucks for the new big ships.

Hi Bob! Cruising two to three times a year really puts you in a minority; most “frequent cruisers” actually cruise once every two years

Just in the next year, just out of Cape Liberty, there are sailings aboard Anthem of the Seas, Rhapsody of the Seas and Vision of the Seas (plus Celebrity Summit, Mein Schiff 6, and maybe Azamara Quest).

In the not too distant past there have been sailings aboard Voyager of the Seas, Empress of the Seas, Enchantment of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas (plus Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity Zenith and Celebrity Silhouette).

Brooklyn has sailings aboard Princess and Cunard. Manhattan has sailings aboard Norwegian, Carnival, Holland America and Crystal. I know I’m missing some. I’m pretty sure you live in the second most diverse cruise area behind south Florida – and just a few years ago there was only a limited, seasonal choice of cruises in the area!

Enjoy all your choices but embrace the chance to sail on the same ship! Make friends with the officers and crew – they love repeat cruisers! The chef will prepare your favorite meal, the bartender will have your favorite drink ready, the piano player will perform your favorite song, and you may very well be invited to the Captain’s table for dinner one night!

As an option, have you considered drugging your wifeSurprised? Mostly joking, but my sister also hates to fly and her doctor prescribed something that leaves her happy, carefree and relaxed while flying so she can actually enjoy traveling.

I prescribe a Gin and tonic!!! Yummy


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