Royal Caribbean Worldwide has contacted visitors booked aboard Voyager of the Seas about an itinerary change as a result of ship’s measurement, eradicating a go to to Progreso, Mexico and as a substitute changing it with an in a single day name to Cozumel. Whereas only one itinerary has been confirmed as modified, it’s doubtless this transformation might impression extra sailings for the ship.
Voyager of the Seas Mexican Itinerary Modified
Visitors booked on the February 5, 2024 crusing of Voyager of the Seas – a 5-night Western Caribbean crusing from Galveston, Texas – have been notified that their itinerary has been altered.
The unique itinerary referred to as for the ship to set sail on Monday, February 5, spend someday at sea, take pleasure in a port go to to Progreso on the Yucatan peninsula on Wednesday, take pleasure in Thursday in Cozumel, after which spend one other day at sea earlier than arriving again in Galveston on Saturday, February 10.
Now, visitors have been knowledgeable that the decision in Progreso won’t be taking place. “Sadly, Yucatan (Progreso) is unable to accommodate a ship of our measurement. We’ll now have an in a single day keep in Cozumel as a substitute,” the e-mail learn.
The unique name on Cozumel was to have been on February 8 from 8 a.m. to six p.m., however now the ship will arrive on the Mexican island at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 7 and can keep docked in a single day, leaving at 4 p.m. on Thursday.
This in a single day go to provides visitors the chance to benefit from the vibrant nightlife of the port, in addition to extra time for additional shore excursions or procuring if desired.
Not all visitors might be happy with the change, nonetheless, as a result of whereas the in a single day name presents rather more time in Cozumel, lots of these hours should not one of the best. Longer shore excursions to the Mexican mainland won’t run within the night hours, and never all visitors might be curious about or snug with exploring off the ship later within the night.
The sooner departure on Thursday – 4 p.m. as a substitute of the unique 6 p.m. – may even imply that longer excursions should depart earlier within the morning than initially deliberate in an effort to return to the ship on time.
A number of Cruises Seemingly Impacted
As a result of the rationale given for the itinerary change is that the port “is unable to accommodate a ship of our measurement,” it’s potential that extra than simply the February 5, 2024, crusing could also be impacted.
Voyager of the Seas might be homeported in Galveston from Could 9, 2023, by April 30, 2024, providing 4-5 evening Western Caribbean sailings, with the occasional 6-night crusing additionally on her upcoming schedule.
Many of the ship’s cruises, nonetheless, should not scheduled to name on Progreso. As a substitute, the 4-night itineraries solely go to Cozumel, whereas the 5-night cruises additionally embody Costa Maya.
Two different crusing dates have initially been deliberate to incorporate Progreso: November 13, 2023, and November 27, 2023. These itineraries might also be altered as a result of restrictions in Progreso.
Does Ship Dimension Matter?
Voyager of the Seas is the primary in Royal Caribbean’s Voyager class of ships, weighing in at 138,194 gross tons and with a capability to welcome 3,114 visitors at double occupancy, and as many as 3,840 visitors when totally booked with all berths stuffed.
Whereas this may increasingly seem to be a big ship, the vessel is definitely on the smaller finish of the mid-sized vary in Royal Caribbean’s fleet, which incorporates the most important ships on the planet – the Oasis-class vessels – in addition to the upcoming Icon of the Seas, which has been introduced as even bigger.
Progreso, on the northwest coast of the Yucatan peninsula, is a well-liked port of name and presents one of many longest cruise ship piers on the planet, measuring 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) lengthy.
At that size, the pier can accommodate even the most important cruise ships on the planet, docking a number of vessels directly. So why is Voyager of the Seas altering the February 5, 2024 itinerary as a result of the port “is unable to accommodate a ship of our measurement”?
The pier’s size isn’t the first concern – it’s the depth of the encircling waters that additionally determines how protected it’s for a bigger vessel to dock. Most cruise ships visiting Progreso dock on the finish of the pier and use free shuttle buses to move visitors to the city.
Bigger vessels require deeper water to securely maneuver and dock, notably when altering tides for an extended port of name go to are taken into consideration. Anchorage depth at Progreso is simply 23-30 toes (7.1-9.1 meters). Compared, anchorage depth at Cozumel is 36-40 toes (11-12.2 meters).
Voyager of the Seas and her sister ship, Journey of the Seas, are the most important ships scheduled to make calls on Progreso within the subsequent 12 months. Visitors booked on both ship, or another massive vessel scheduled to go to Progreso, ought to keep in shut contact with their cruise line for potential itinerary adjustments and updates.