In a move that slipped under the radar of this particular blogger last November, Royal Caribbean International has announced that the 82,000 ton Enchantment Of The Seas will shift from its current base at Port Canaveral, to sail from Miami during 2016.
The very popular vessel will operate the programme of cruises currently offered on smaller fleet mate, Majesty Of The Seas (see previous blog).
These involve three day, Friday departures from Miami to Nassau and Royal Caribbean’s private Bahamas island, Coco Cay. Four night, Monday departures will also add the popular, bohemian playground of Key West into the mix.
The 82,910 ton, 2,446 passenger ship was originally built in 1997 as one of the six sister ships of the so-called Vision class. In 2005, the ship was cut in half and lengthened with the addition of a new, 22 metre long mid section that added some 151 extra cabins, suspension bridges, a new water park, and an expanded pool area. At the time, it was felt that the rest of the Vision ships might get similar upgrades, but in fact only the Enchantment Of The Seas underwent this substantial structural upgrade. This work was carried out in a Rotterdam shipyard.
Stay tuned for further updates.