The Radiance of the Seas arrived in Galveston today for a winter program based out of the Gulf Coast homeport for Royal Caribbean International.
Repositioning from New Orleans, the Royal Caribbean vessel is now set to offer itineraries departing from Texas, with cruises heading to Southern and Western Caribbean, in addition to the Bahamas and Central America.
For its first cruise sailing out of Galveston, the Radiance is offering a ten-night voyage to four ports in Mexico, Colombia and Panama.
In addition to five days at sea, the cruise features visits to Puerto Progreso, Cozumel, Colón and Cartagena de Indias.
Extending through April, the program also features six- to ten-night itineraries visiting other popular destinations in the region, including Jamaica, Belize, Grand Cayman and more.
Some of the cruises also feature calls at Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private island destination in the Bahamas.
First in a series of ships known as the Radiance Class, the Radiance of the Seas originally entered service in 2001.
Built by the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany, the 90,000-ton vessel presents an array of amenities including three swimming pools, 12 lounges and bars, a rock-climbing wall, a nine-hole miniature golf course, an interactive golf simulator and more.
The 2,100-guest ship also offers a selection of dining venues that feature the Windjammer Café, a self-service, casual eatery, and Royal Caribbean’s signature steakhouse, the Chop’s Grille. Additional options include Izumi, an Asian specialty restaurant, and Samba Grill, an extra-fee Brazilian-style steakhouse.
Completing the Royal Caribbean fleet in Texas, the Radiance of the Seas became the company’s third ship based in Galveston for the winter.
Also cruising out of the homeport this season, the Allure of the Seas offers week-long cruises to the Western Caribbean while the Adventure of the Seas sails a series of four- and five-night cruises to three different Mexican ports.