Cruise Ships Leaving Caymans, Coming to New Jersey/NYC

Straight from the Cayman Net News Online

Royal Caribbean International has announced there will be 60 fewer calls by its ships to the Cayman Islands starting from January 2008. It said this was due to re-deployment of the vessels.

…The Explorer of the Seas will be re-deployed to New Jersey and will run a mix of Eastern/Southern Caribbean, Bermuda and Canadian routes, while The Legend of the Seas will be re-deployed to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. The Rhapsody of the Seas will be based in Asia next year and The Zenith, part of Celebrity Cruises, will be leaving the fleet altogether.

And, from Newsday

…Following the success of NCL Corp.’s year-round departures from New York, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. next week begins offering its own year-round cruises from the terminal it is developing in Bayonne, just across the Hudson River from New York.

It seems a bit odd for a classic cruise destination like the Cayman Islands to lose traffic while the often chilly New York City area adds it, but I suppose the cruise lines move their ships to where passengers are.

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