The largest cruise ship at the Port of Galveston will leave for a new home in Miami in 2021, Royal Caribbean International has announced, triggering speculation about which ship will replace it.

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Royal Caribbean's plans in Galveston

Royal Caribbean on Wednesday announced its plans to move the Liberty of the Seas out of Galveston in 2021. The announcement comes as the Port of Galveston plans to build a new cruise terminal in partnership with Royal Caribbean, that could accommodate even larger cruise ships.

Royal Caribbean's Cruise Plans Ship name Plan
2019 Liberty of the Seas Year-round
Vision of the Seas Last cruise April 19, 2019
Enchantement of the Seas First cruise May 13, 2019
2020 Liberty of the Seas Year-round
Enchantment of the Seas Moving to San Juan, Puerto Rico for winter season
Adventure of the Seas Arriving for winter season
2021 Liberty of the Seas Leaving Oct. 31, 2021
Adventure of the Seas No winter 2021-2022 itinerary announced

Big ships and bigger ships

Royal Caribbean announced on Wednesday announced its itinerary plans for some ships through the 2021 cruise season. The plans include the departure of the largest cruise ship to ever call Galveston its home port, and a notable hole in the schedule of one of the company's largest vessels, the Oasis-class Allure of the Seas.

 Enchantment of the Seas Liberty of the Seas Adventure of the Seas Allure of the Seas
Gross Tons 82,910 154,507 137,276 225,282
Length (in feet) 989 1,112 1,020 1,187
Normal Occupancy 2,252 3,798 3,114 5,484
Announced plan for Galveston Leaving in 2020 Leaving in 2021 Arriving in 2020 Unknown


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(2) comments

Leigh Cowart

Why does the world need to build grossly bigger ships?

Miceal O'Laochdha

There is only one reason the world needs to build bigger ships: ECONOMICS OF SCALE. This largest passenger ship is still smaller than a typical ULCC tanker or the largest of bulkers and container ships. The largest ship I was ever involved with was also the largest ship ever built: the SS Seawise Giant. Built by CY Tung in the 1970's, she carried over 3 million barrels of crude oil, vs. the 500,000 bbls. of "supertanker" of the late 1950's era. This means six to seven times as much crude was transported with the same number of crew members and associated costs and with fuel consumption that was far less than 6-7 times the consumption of the old tankers. The same principal applies to container ships, bulk carriers, Ro-Ro's and...passenger ships. Passengers are simply the cargo of cruise ships, comparable to a barrel of oil (but much more trouble to work with). The bigger the ship, the better the profit margin. As to your referring to them as gross, well the largest ships of all types are fundamentally ugly in eyes of traditional mariners, no consideration is given to the beautiful lines that were once a part of shipbuilding. So I cannot dispute that descriptor.

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