Royal Caribbean has listed Voyager of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas as new ships sailing out of Brisbane and Sydney.

While the line has been tight-lipped about what’s going to happen in season 2025/26, a search of the Royal Caribbean website shows Voyager of the Seas departing Brisbane and Anthem of the Seas departing Sydney.

Two itineraries were available on Royal Caribbean’s website, but have been promptly taken down. A nine-night South Pacific cruise on Anthem of the Seas and a four-night Queensland cruise on Voyager of the Seas, in March and February 2026 respectively.

Earlier this week, YouTube cruising couple, Deb & Matt Chat, currently onboard Quantum of the Seas, shared they were told by staff that Anthem and Voyager would be coming to Australia. They also spilled the beans on another big reveal.

The couple speculated that Royal Caribbean could be sailing year-round out of Brisbane from 2025/2026.

Fresh from a chat with the staff onboard, Matt says: “I am comfortable to put money on Royal Caribbean going from 2025/2026 year-round out of Brisbane. I am pretty, confident.

We could be wrong but it looks like the 2025/2026 will have Voyager and Anthem.”

Deb added: “We were given some soft acknowledgment of that.”

We put the couple’s coup to Royal Caribbean and are still waiting a response.

All will be officially revealed when Royal Caribbean announces their 2025/2026 Australian deployments on April 10, a press representative from the line said to Cruise Passenger.

Royal Caribbean though, did not confirm whether Anthem or Voyager would be sailing in Australia. Or if the line would be sailing year-round from Brisbane.

However, the couple do appear to be on the right track, with the Royal Caribbean website already shows scheduled local cruises for Anthem and Voyager in 2026, but no destinations.

A screen shot of the Royal Caribbean website listing the two ships, Anthem and Voyager.
A screenshot of the Royal Caribbean website listing the two ships, Anthem and Voyager, under departures from Sydney and Brisbane.

What we know so far

Currently, Royal Caribbean’s local upcoming seasons have had big question marks over what or how many ships are sailing our waters. Quantum and Ovation are currently sailing here, but have different deployments listed for 2025/2026. That leaves Aussie cruisers wondering as to which ships will be sailing here.

Some loyal Royal Caribbean cruisers have felt the line is neglecting Aussie cruising. However, if the rumours surrounding the year-round deployment in Brisbane are true, these worries would be dispelled.

Royal Caribbean has never sailed year-round in Australia. It would also be a significant milestone for the local cruise industry. It would also acknowledge the success of the new Brisbane International Cruise Terminal.

Progress on the private island of Lelepa

Deb and Matt were told that work is also progressing on Lelepa, Royal Caribbean’s private island in Vanuatu. While Royal Caribbean has Perfect Day in CocoCay in the Caribbean, Lelepa is set to become the Pacific equivalent.

The day club is proposed to open for up to 4500 passengers per day to begin. The couple were told staff familiarisation trips have already begun, with construction already having begun on the island.

Voyager and Anthem

Voyager of the Seas looks a possibility for Australian waters, with no sailings scheduled past October 2025. The ship will be sailing in the Mediterranean until then, creating an interesting repositioning cruise if it were to redirect to Australia.

Voyager started sailing in 1999, leading Royal Caribbean’s Voyager Class ships. The ship takes 3602 guests across 15 decks.

Anthem of the Seas is more modern, starting its sailings in 2013, as part of Royal Caribbean’s Quantum Class ships. Anthem has scheduled sailings up until September 2025 in Alaska, leaving it open to potentially pivot to Australia for the 2025/2026 season.

First pictures: Voyager of the Seas unveils new look
Voyager of the Seas in Singapore.