Last week, fans of Voyager of the Seas and Royal Caribbean were surprised after spotting her name in an unexpected place – the Port of Los Angeles cruise schedule.
According to screenshots of the Port of Los Angeles cruise schedule on an unofficial Royal Caribbean Blog, the Voyager of the Seas will be offering regular three and four-night sailings out of LA from June through December 31, 2021. The 2022 port schedule for Los Angeles has not yet been released.
The newly refurbished Voyager of the Seas, which made her Sydney comeback this year with new amenities and a fresh coat of hull paint, usually returns for her summer Australian season by mid to late October.
So Voyager’s regular sailings out of LA till December 31, 2021 sparked rumours among cruisers that Voyager of the Seas might be counting down to her last season here.
Some 35 comments appeared on a Royal Caribbean’s Facebook page – Cruising Royal Caribbean From Australia – as the rumour mill gained momentum. Was it just a seasonal sailing? Or was she gone forever? The questioners turned to Cruise Passenger – and we asked Royal Caribbean?
Then, another mystery: all of Voyager’s sailings were removed from the cruise schedule of the Port of Los Angeles.
What is going on? You can’t spirit away a 138,000 tonne ship!
Cruise Passenger contacted Royal Caribbean to try and confirm Voyager’s deployment and they said: “We typically confirm new itineraries 18 months in advance so we will have some great new sailings to announce in the next few months. I’ll let you know when we have confirmed details we can share.”
On Port Authority NSW’s cruise schedule, Voyager of the Seas is still scheduled to return on October 24, 2021 to make regular sailings through April 18, 2022.
But Royal Caribbean’s Australian website currently has no sailings available to book on Voyager of the Seas past April 2021.
The return of Royal Caribbean to Los Angeles, where they currently don’t have a vessel, has been highly anticipated for many years. Los Angeles’ last homeported Royal Caribbean ship was the Mariner of the Seas back in 2011.
So where do you think Voyager of the Seas will be sailing in 2021?