Royal Caribbean announces 2023-2024 Australian itineraries

After Australia announced the lifting of its ban on international cruise ships, Royal Caribbean International has revealed that its 2023-2024 cruises from the country will be packed with favourites, premieres and new itineraries.

From October 2023, Ovation of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas return to Australia to sail from Brisbane and Sydney. Enchantment of the Seas will debut in Australia with new destinations and routes departing from Sydney.

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The cruise line’s Australian itineraries range from two-night getaways to 19-night adventures.

“It is exciting to once again welcome two Quantum Class ships Down Under, demonstrating Royal Caribbean’s commitment to the region,” said Gavin Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Caribbean. “Also, because there’s always more room for adventure with Royal Caribbean, we’ve taken the opportunity to bring Enchantment of the Seas to Australia to offer unique cruises that visit new destinations we know that our customers are excited to explore.”

“We look forward to even more guests, their loved ones and families creating memories while vacationing with us in many of the most spectacular locations on the planet,” Smith continued.

On Quantum, passengers will be able to choose between three- and 13-night cruises to explore Queensland’s stunning coastline, including destinations like Airlie Beach and Cairns. Ovation will offer a mix of 20 voyages, including 9-11 night sailings that visit destinations along the New Zealand coastline.

Additionally, Enchantment will offer eight- to 11-night sailings that visit Raiatea, French Polynesia; Isle of Pines, Mare; and Lifou, New Caledonia. Royal Caribbean’s Australian itineraries are now on sale on the cruise line’s website, offering travelers the chance to celebrate with half-price deposits when they book through April 5.

Earlier this month, Australia’s Department of Health said its decision to let the ban on international cruise ships expire on April 17 was based on advice from medical experts. The ban was implemented in March 2020 when COVID-19 officially became a pandemic, has “been very effective in preventing and controlling the entry, emergence and spread of COVID-19 into Australian territory” .

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