NEW ORLEANS
ROUND TRIP

MARDI GRAS
EXTRAVAGANZA

7 FUN-FILLED
NIGHTS

A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME CARIBBEAN ADVENTURE AWAITS
WITH ROYAL CARIBBEAN & VACAYA ON BRILLIANCE OF THE SEAS!

Our 2025 Caribbean Cruise sets an all-new standard for what’s possible in the world of all-LGBT+ and all-gay cruising! We’ll sail 7 magical nights roundtrip from The Big Easy, returning to New Orleans just in time for the biggest party in the world… Mardi Gras 2025!

At the end of the cruise, we have an incredible 4-night post-cruise stay in New Orleans available for purchase, as well. Those 4 nights are packed with nearly everything you could ever want from a Mardi Gras experience – grandstand seating for the best parades (Endymion, Bacchus, Zulu, and Rex), delicious food, bayou fun, transfers everywhere you’ll need them, and VIP Tables at the Orpheus Ball! Mardi Gras has never been this easy or this much fun!

Sailing Feb 22-Mar 1, 2025 from New Orleans to Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Yucatan (Progreso, gateway to beautiful Merida), Mexico. Brilliance of the Seas with VACAYA in New Orleans at Mardi Gras is sure to make this the most sought-after all-LGBT+ adventure of 2025! That’s why we’re putting this cruise on sale early, to give you the chance to start dreaming of your plans to take part in the MOST FABULOUS PARTY ON EARTH! We know you think you’re ready, but unless you’ve been to Mardi Gras before, you truly have no idea how much fun is packed into the streets of the Crescent City. So… start your engines and get ready to escape normal on this trip of a lifetime!

 

Value

OUR BIGGEST PARTY OF THE YEAR!

As you know, cruising takes the guess work out of travel. And with all the added VACAYA benefits – from signature entertainment and welcoming parties to endless social activities and non-stop fun – it’s also an incredible value. With so many inclusions, your precious vacation dollars have never been better spent. And with this cruise – like we’ve done with all our big-ship Caribbean cruises since the beginning – you’ll have the ability to purchase Royal Caribbean’s unlimited beverage packages to make the value even better!

It’s amazing what’s included:

  • 7 Nights aboard Brilliance of the Seas
  • Onboard meals with flavors from around the world*
  • 24×7 Stateroom Service**
  • World-Class Fitness Center
  • All-Star VACAYA Entertainment
  • Endless Royal Caribbean and VACAYA social activities
  • Warm, friendly parties with music you love and can even sing along to
  • Party themes 120 days out
  • Royal Caribbean Booking Numbers 45 days out
  • Abundant, clear, and timely communication via email and our exclusive GET READY page
  • VACAYA ReachOUT Philanthropic Service Opportunities

 

*Some of the specialty dining venues have an additional cost, but they’re worth every penny.
**There’s a nominal delivery fee for room service.

luxurious acommodations

STELLAR ENTERTAINMENT

This incredible Caribbean adventure will feature the top-quality entertainers VACAYA is known for. Edge media wrote that VACAYA entertainment is “packed with top-tier entertainers – a hallmark of the brand, which has quickly risen to best-in-class for queer travelers.” We believe onboard entertainment should be plentiful, fresh, diverse, and unpredictable, surrounding you and delighting you with spaces and experiences never seen before. Brilliance provides the perfect canvas for our artists!

COMFY ROOMS

unforgettable meals

COMFY ROOMS

Brilliance of the Seas is one of our favorite ships for all-gay/all-LGBT+ charters! She offers unmatched spaces for our parties, as well as super comfy staterooms. Brilliance’s staterooms are an alluring escape from the non-stop action our cruises are known for. From the spectacular views to the deluxe amenities, a stay with VACAYA and Royal Caribbean is like nothing at sea. All the creature comforts you’d expect to have during your vacation are available to you on Brilliance of the Seas, from 24-hour room service to daily cleaning services.

DELICIOUS MEALS

entertainer

DELICIOUS MEALS

Brilliance of the Seas offers 10 different dining choices, from her included Windjammer Buffet and Main Restaurant, where you can experience flavors that take you from the Caribbean to Jaipur with a rotating menu of delicious dishes, to its cafés and specialty restaurants that give you the very best tastes from Japan, Italy, and the world’s finest chophouses.

ACTIVITIES & PARTIES

parties

ACTIVITIES & PARTIES

With VACAYA, you’re in complete control of your own schedule. You can hop from one activity to the next or simply relax at the pool. Our activities include meetups, pool games, fitness classes, V-Dances (VACAYA’s twist on the classic T-Dance), welcoming evening parties, and so much more. Part of the fun of each and every VACAYA cruise vacation is our theme parties. And in an industry-leading timeline, you’ll have your party themes 120 days out!

NUDE SUN DECK

nude sun bathing

NUDE SUN DECK

Our sexy sun deck allows you to go au naturel. Perhaps you’re curious about what a clothing optional experience is really like, or maybe you want to get some sun without the tan lines, or perhaps you just want to embrace your natural look in a sea of body positivity. Whatever the reason, VACAYA offers you this experience. So go ahead… indulge in the company of like-minded adventurers!

GIVING BACK

volunteering

GIVING BACK

One of VACAYA’s main missions is to give back to the communities we visit. We view travel as a truly transformative experience. Gay travel specifically has changed the way people all over the world view our community. They have given us so much by welcoming LGBT+ travelers with open arms. Now, it’s our chance to give back to them through our ReachOUT program. Stay tuned for details on the trip’s GET READY page!

 

MYTH BUSTING UNLIMITED BEVERAGE PACKAGES

Once again, VACAYA will offer UNLIMITED BEVERAGE PACKAGES, which will be available for purchase for this cruise! Once online registration opens shortly before the cruise, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase one of the myriad unlimited Alcoholic or Non-Alcoholic Beverage Packages directly from Royal Caribbean. Pay just one price to enjoy a wide variety of drink choices such as premium coffees, bottled water, wines-by-the-glass, beers, or your favorite cocktails. Your package can be used in the Main Restaurant, specialty restaurants, casual dining restaurants, and all bars and lounges. All occupants of a single stateroom are required to purchase a beverage package if one person in the stateroom purchases a package. Pricing currently found on Royal Caribbean’s site is subject to change.

 

PREVIEW ROYAL DRINK PACKAGES

 

POST-CRUISE MARDI GRAS EXTENSION

SATURDAY, MAR 1 – WEDNESDAY, MAR 5, 2025

Mardi Gras is one of the most fun celebrations on earth, but it can be a bit intimidating for first-timers. That’s why we’re offering the perfect post-cruise extension to make experiencing the BEST of New Orleans and Mardi Gras easy and fun for you! This 4-night post-cruise extension includes centrally-located accommodations, transfers, grandstand seating at the best parades, a bayou crawfish boil, dinner at world-famous Brennan’s (where Bananas Foster was invented), and to cap it all off, VIP tickets (including dinner and drinks) to Orpheuscapade, the brainchild of Harry Connick, Jr. and one of the city’s largest and gayest black-tie Mardi Gras Balls!

 

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Ship

If you love next-level thrills, fantastic dining, and stellar entertainment, you’ll love this VACAYA getaway on Brilliance of the Seas. There are very few ships that are truly perfect for all-LGBT+ charter cruising, and Royal Caribbean’s Radiance Class ships are among the very best. Brilliance of the Seas is the second in the line-up of four Radiance Class ships, joining our other favorites – Celebrity Millennium Class, Solstice Class, and Edge Class – for top honors. Add Brilliance’s approachable and helpful staff to the mix, and she’s an all-around winner for VACAYA!

Brilliance’s stunning nine-story central atrium is surrounded by glass, and elevators face the outside, giving you endless ocean views throughout the ship. And after a day of fun out in the Caribbean, indulge in the comfort of an Interior, Oceanview, Balcony Stateroom, or Suite – each at a different price point to fit every budget. From their spectacular views to the deluxe amenities sprinkled throughout, you’ll find Brilliance’s myriad rooms the perfect home-away-from-home.

Ship Highlights

A nearly perfect journey awaits on Brilliance of the Seas

MAIN RESTAURANT

MAIN RESTAURANT

A multi-level restaurant available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a menu that invites you to taste your way around the world.
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WINDJAMMER

WINDJAMMER

The Windjammer is your go-to restaurant for tantalizing global flavors served buffet-style.
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IZUMI

IZUMI

From delicious sushi rolls to fresh sashimi and nigiri, Izumi serves up an exotic Asian-inspired dining experience.
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CHOPS GRILLE

CHOPS GRILLE

The chefs of Chops Grille have proudly presented quality, hand cut steaks at this hallmark Royal Caribbean restaurant.
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GIOVANNI’S TABLE

GIOVANNI’S TABLE

A family-style celebration of rustic Italian flavor. You’ll find all your favorite Old-World classics on the menu here.
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VIKING CROWN LOUNGE

VIKING CROWN LOUNGE

The iconic Viking Crown Lounge is the ultimate spot to soak up panoramic views while sipping your favorite cocktails.
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SCHOONER BAR

SCHOONER BAR

VACAYA’s signature Piano Bar entertainers will call Schooner Bar home.
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SOLARIUM BAR

SOLARIUM BAR

Located in Brilliance’s gorgeous Solarium, the Solarium Bar serves wine, beer, cocktails, and chilled tropical drinks.
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VINTAGES

VINTAGES

Whether it’s Malbec, Merlot, Riesling, or Pinot Grigio, you’re sure to find all your beloved reds or whites here.
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ENGLISH PUB

ENGLISH PUB

If you’re looking to grab a pint, this comfy bar is sure to become your favorite spot.
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R BAR

R BAR

Swanky, sophisticated, and suffused with retro style, R Bar serves up classic cocktails garnished with vintage vibes.
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SUITE LOUNGE

SUITE LOUNGE

Reserved exclusively for guests of Grand Suite-level accommodations and above.
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DIAMOND LOUNGE

DIAMOND LOUNGE

The exclusive Diamond Lounge is for Royal Caribbean’s Diamond, Diamond Plus, and Pinnacle Club members.
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PARK CAFÉ

PARK CAFÉ

Certain to become one of your favorite daily stops – offering endless snacks and fresh brewed coffee.
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FITNESS CENTER

FITNESS CENTER

This state-of-the-art fitness center will push you to the next level of fitness at sea!
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JOGGING TRACK

JOGGING TRACK

Take a lap or two at the jogging track on the top deck, complete with breathtaking horizon views.
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MINI GOLF & ARCADE

MINI GOLF & ARCADE

Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required. Unlock your inner child in the arcade with timeless games!
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ROCK CLIMBING WALL

ROCK CLIMBING WALL

Beginners to speed climbers welcome! Enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.
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POOL, HOT TUBS, & SUN DECK

POOL, HOT TUBS, & SUN DECK

Feel free to take it slow with a dip in the pool or in our hot tubs. Catch a few rays with an easy morning or afternoon on the sun deck.
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THEATER

THEATER

Where all the main stage acts will dazzle your senses!
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EXPLORE BRILLIANCE OF THE SEAS

Experience delicious, globally-inspired cuisine with a perfect mix of included and specialty restaurants onboard.

DINING VENUES

cosmopolitan restaurant

MAIN RESTAURANT

Many of the dishes on the Main Dining Room’s menu rotate each night, which means you could go an entire week without ever repeating a course. Every meal here begins with something delicious from the starters section of the menu — like savory duck terrine layered with apricot chutney on toasted sourdough bread, a flaky Vidalia onion tart baked with whipped eggs, cream, and smoked bacon, or spiced eggplant and Kalamata olive tartare prepared with red pepper hummus and served on crispy garlic bread. Your taste buds will thank you!

WINDJAMMER

Specialty Dining

WINDJAMMER

No matter what kind of dish you’re in the mood for, you’ll find something tasty worth trying at the Windjammer. Pop in during the morning for scrambled egg Bhurji served with roti, or home-style crispy chicken and waffles. Refuel in between adventures with a refreshing watermelon and feta salad or classic fish and chips. Or sample your way from Italy to India with dishes like traditional chicken marsala, savory pork vindaloo, tangy duck à l’orange, and flavorful Caribbean goat curry.

PARK CAFE

Rooftop Garden Grill

PARK CAFE

In the mood for deli classics that knock it out of the park? Head to Park Café, where you’ll find quick bites to please every palate. Crisp made-to-order salads? Check. Fresh-pressed paninis and sandwiches? Double check. And don’t miss the legendary Royal Kümmelweck roast beef sandwich — it’s a guest favorite (and a rite of passage for cruising foodies). The menu at Park Café offers something for everyone during breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks. Come here for deli classics, like soups and sandwiches, plus sweet treats and a stellar breakfast spread.

IZUMI ($)

Eden

IZUMI ($)

From delicious sushi rolls to fresh sashimi and nigiri, Izumi serves up an exotic Asian-inspired dining experience. Savor izakaya-style appetizers and rolls that range from classic to imaginative. No matter what you order, you’re in for a far out, Far East feast filled with incredible flavors from Tōhoku to Tokyo. At Izumi Sushi, you’ll indulge in a four-course meal that includes one starter, two mains, and one dessert. Extra charge. 

CHOP’S GRILLE ($)

Lumine

CHOP’S GRILLE ($)

For more than a decade, the chefs of Chops Grille have proudly presented quality, hand-cut steaks at this hallmark Royal Caribbean restaurant. Now, they give you a fresh twist on a favorite, with a revamped menu that brings contemporary flair to traditional steakhouse offerings. Most intriguing: the exceptional prime beef. This prime beef is joined by Maine lobster, grilled branzino, and other succulent dishes paired with addictive sides and irresistible desserts. Extra charge.

GIOVANNI’S TABLE ($)

Blu

GIOVANNI’S TABLE ($)

Every meal at Giovanni’s Table is a family-style celebration of rustic Italian flavor. You’ll find all your favorite Old-World classics on the menu here, like house focaccia served with marinated artichokes, olives, and pesto, fluffy gnocchi tossed in a thyme-scented sauce of lamb and root vegetables, traditional risotto finished with porcini and truffle mushroom tapenade, and veal osso buco paired with creamy cheese polenta, ripe tomatoes, and sautéed green beans. Extra charge.

BARS

R BAR

The vintage décor at R Bar creates the perfect atmosphere to order a classic old fashioned or gimlet, but you should definitely also try one of the signature cocktails on the menu. Those who prefer their drinks on the fruity side will love the Purple Haze, made with Bacardi 8 rum, Blue Curacao and Pernod, and shaken with pineapple juice, passion fruit puree, and a splash of grenadine. The bartenders here are pros. Let them surprise you with something not on the menu.

VIKING CROWN LOUNGE

Magic Carpet

VIKING CROWN LOUNGE

A fixture on nearly every cruise ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet and a true architectural wonder, the iconic Viking Crown Lounge is the ultimate spot to soak up panoramic views while sipping your favorite cocktails. Catch the sunset through the lounge’s floor-to-ceiling windows, then stick around as the space comes alive with the sounds of live entertainers, flashing strobe lights, and plenty of action on the dance floor. Viking Crown Lounge will be where VACAYA’s infamous After Parties take place!

RED LIGHT DISTRICT

RED LIGHT DISTRICT

VACAYA’s signature venue returns! Step inside VACAYA’s Red Light District where fantasies come alive and inhibitions melt away. As queer folx explore this sanctioned intimate play space, you’ll discover an intimate world where uninhibited passion and desire take center stage. Lose yourself in the labyrinth, the rhythmic beats, and the tantalizing sounds of fervor that hang in the air. Full details will be posted on the trip’s Get Ready page as we get closer to sailing. And of course, we’ll have a satellite bar nearby so you can grab a drink before heading in!

VINTAGES

Retreat Bar

VINTAGES

Deciding what to drink at Vintages all depends on your own personal preferences. If you love a great reisling, try a glass of light and fruity Dürnberg from Austria. If sauvignon blanc is more your speed, the menu at Vintages offers several great options from Marlborough, New Zealand. Those looking for something richer and more full-bodied should try Two Hands’ “Gnarly Dudes” shiraz from Barossa Valley, South Africa, or a glass of Cheval des Andes from Mendoza, Argentina — a balanced blend of Malbec grapes and Bordeaux varietals.

ENGLISH PUB

Cafe al Bacio

ENGLISH PUB

The English Pub is best known for its wide and diverse selection of beers, but you can also order up a mean cocktail here, too. If you want something smooth yet strong, go for the James Bond Martini. It’s a powerhouse triad of Belvedere vodka, Beefeater gin, and Lillet Blanc. If you love bourbon, try the Buffalo Manhattan, which swaps out whiskey for Buffalo Trace with sweet vermouth and a splash of Angostura bitters.

SCHOONER BAR

SCHOONER BAR

Wrap up your night at Schooner Bar, where perfectly mixed cocktails and live VACAYA entertainment come together in a warmly-lit nautical-themed lounge. Cozy up in a seat under the mast, by the portholes, or right by the gleaming grand piano. The sing-alongs are about to begin! Up for something different? Let the bartender know what your favorite spirit is, and ask them to whip you up a surprise!

Itinerary

Trip Highlights

Mardi Gras in Full Swing

New Orleans Food & Drinks

Sun, Sand, Waves, Laughter

Three Magical Sea Days

Voluntourism Opportunities

Endless Parties, Entertainment, & Fun

Day 1 – Sat, Feb 22, 2025
New Orleans, LA – Depart 4pm

Day 2 – Sun, Feb 23, 2025
Fun-Filled Day at Sea

Day 3 – Mon, Feb 24, 2025
Cozumel, Mexico – Arrive 8am – Depart 5pm

Day 4 – Tue, Feb 25, 2025
George Town, Grand Cayman – Arrive 11am – Depart 7pm

Day 5 – Wed, Feb 26, 2025
Shenanigan-Filled Day at Sea

Day 6 – Thu, Feb 27, 2025
Yucatan (Progreso), Mexico – Arrive 8am – Depart 5pm

Day 7 – Fri, Feb 28, 2025
One Last Relaxing Day at Sea

Day 8 – Sat, Mar 1, 2025
New Orleans, LA – Arrive 7am – Disembark by 9am

DAY 1
DAY 1

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, USA 30°N 90°W

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2025
BOARDING 1PM
DEPART 4PM

Let the good times roll as we board our beautiful Brilliance of the Seas in downtown New Orleans! While we anticipate most of our guests will spend time in New Orleans after our cruise to celebrate the biggest weekend of Mardi Gras, there’s no doubt the party has already started for most of you, So, get ready to kick it up a notch with VACAYA, because the biggest party in the world gets even bigger onboard!

DAY 2
DAY 2

FUN-FILLED DAY AT SEA

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2025

It’s our first sea day and you just know we’ve got some incredible moments in store. How will you spend this day? By the pool with cocktails in-hand? Or in the theater with everyone’s favorite Vacayan, Sister Helen Holy? The choice is entirely yours to make. We do know, however, that EVERYONE will be at our first V-Dance this afternoon. So be ready!

DAY 3
DAY 3

COZUMEL, MEXICO

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2025
ARRIVE 8AM
DEPART 5PM

From the moment you step ashore on this vibrant island, you can immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Mexico. Choose to indulge in delectable Mexican cuisine, sample authentic margaritas, and shop for local crafts in the bustling markets. Adventurous souls can embark on thrilling excursions, such as snorkeling in crystal-clear waters or exploring the awe-inspiring Mayan ruins of Tulum. Whether it’s sun-soaked beach relaxation, cultural discoveries, or exhilarating adventures, Cozumel offers a diverse range of activities that promise an unforgettable, tropical escape for everyone! Or would you rather stay onboard and have the ship almost all to yourself for a decadent spa day? If that sounds more your style… you do you!

DAY 4
DAY 4

GEORGE TOWN, GRAND CAYMAN

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2025
ARRIVE 11AM
DEPART 7PM

On Grand Cayman, you’ll find pristine, white-sand beaches with clear turquoise waters perfect for snorkeling, where you can witness colorful marine life and visit the famous Stingray City. The island offers a host of water-based adventures, from diving in vibrant coral reefs to paddleboarding and sailing. For a taste of local culture, you can explore the lively George Town, indulge in duty-free shopping, and savor fresh seafood at waterfront restaurants. Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach, interact with aquatic life, or savor the island’s charm, Grand Cayman offers a diverse range of activities for everyone.

DAY 5
DAY 5

SHENANIGAN-FILLED DAY AND NIGHT AT SEA

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2025

After a couple days of island hopping, it’s time to make the most of our beautiful ship. Today, you can hit the spa, check out the rock climbing wall, dance the afternoon away on the pool deck, or simply sleep in. This day is all yours. Is tonight the night you finally hit the Red Light District? If you’re into it, go right ahead and enjoy!

DAY 6
DAY 6

YUCATAN (PROGRESO), MEXICO

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2025
ARRIVE 8AM
DEPART 5PM

Progreso, with its warm hospitality and vibrant atmosphere, provides an enticing gateway to the Yucatan Peninsula. You can explore the fascinating Mayan heritage by visiting nearby archaeological sites like Chichen Itza or Uxmal, where ancient wonders come to life against the lush backdrop of the jungle. The town itself offers a glimpse into authentic Mexican life, with bustling markets, tantalizing street food, and opportunities to experience local traditions. For those seeking relaxation, the stunning coastal beaches are perfect for basking in the sun and taking in the breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico. Whether you’re an adventurer, a history enthusiast, or a beach lover, Yucatan promises an unforgettable experience for every guest. Our stop in Progreso also provides a gateway to beautiful Merida, an almost-undiscovered gem in this fascinating region. 

DAY 7
DAY 7

ONE LAST RELAXING DAY AT SEA

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2025

After last night’s party and the after-party, today is all about recharging before heading home tomorrow. But before we wrap this up, our signature SHE’S A MESS V-DANCE will hit the upper decks! SHE’S A MESS is easy… just throw on one piece of every costume you’ve worn this week. This is our fun way of celebrating all the weird and whacky costumes worn over the week. So get crazy, Vacayans!

DAY 8
DAY 8

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, USA

SATURDAY, MARCH 1, 2025
ARRIVE 7AM
DISEMBARK BY 9AM

Welcome home, y’all! After an incredible week on the seas, you’re arriving back in The Big Easy for the BIGGEST day of the Mardi Gras celebrations. Tonight, the Krewe of Endymion rolls through New Orleans for the largest street party on earth, with well over a million revelers packing the city streets! Hope you’re ready to join the fun!

While we work tirelessly to craft the perfect itinerary for each trip, it’s always subject to change based on weather, sea, and myriad other conditions.

ROOMS & PRICING

When you book online directly with VACAYA, you’ll enjoy 24×7 access to your booking information, no-interest monthly payments, AIRLINE DISCOUNTS, and our BEST RATE GUARANTEE!

SOLO TRAVELERS NOTE
If you’re a Solo Traveler, we offer some great recommendations for finding a roommate HERE.

FIND THE PERFECT HOME-AWAY-FROM-HOME
You’ve chosen to embark on a magical journey with VACAYA and Royal Caribbean. No matter which of our 1,074 staterooms or suites you choose, you’ll enjoy your comfy accommodations.

Interior Staterooms

    Oceanview Staterooms

      Veranda Staterooms

        Suites

          Important Information

          PORT & ADMIN FEES

          Non-Commissionable Port Taxes and Admin Fees are 347 USD per person.

          PRE-PAID GRATUITIES

          Pre-Paid Gratuities are 168 USD per person for guests in Suites, and 137 USD for all other stateroom categories. 100% of these gratuities go to onboard staffers, including your stateroom attendant, the culinary services staff, the behind-the-scenes hotel services staff, and the myriad department heads who work with their teams around the clock to create a flawless VACAYA experience for you.

          SOLO TRAVELERS

          Solo guests in their own stateroom pay double gratuities and single port taxes/admin fees.

          The one exception to this is the “Studio Interior – Solo Occupancy” room category. For those rooms, solo occupants pay single gratuities and single port taxes/admin fees.

          3+ GUESTS IN A STATEROOM

          The fare for 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th guests is 497 USD each in all staterooms and suites. In addition to the fare, each additional guest pays the standard Port Taxes/Admin Fees, as well as the Pre-Paid Gratuity amount for that room category.

          “FEEL THE BEAT” ROOMS

          Rooms designated as “Feel the Beat” Rooms are on the deck directly below the dance floor. These are perfect for anyone who tends to stay at our parties until the last beat drops. Rooms that are on lower floors beneath the dance floor may also feel vibrations from the bass and occasionally hear the music itself, but that will typically be at a much lower level than the “Feel the Beat” Rooms on the deck just below the dance floor. 

          CROWN & ANCHOR SOCIETY BENEFITS

          You will earn Crown & Anchor Society points for this sailing with VACAYA. Many of the standard-sailing benefits, though, don’t apply to charter events. For example, most Crown & Anchor Society events, like the Captain’s Welcome Aboard Party or the daily Happy Hours do not occur on charters. Discounts on beverage packages and internet packages, however, do apply based on your elite status. For those discounts to apply, you must first link your Crown & Anchor Society membership to your VACAYA booking within Royal Caribbean’s reservations management tool. You can only do this once you’ve received your Royal Caribbean Booking Number, which typically happens around 45 days prior to sailing. If you need assistance linking your Crown & Anchor Society account to your VACAYA reservation, simply contact Royal Caribbean @ +1.800.256.6649.

          ROOM DESCRIPTIONS

          Room descriptions and sizing have been provided to us by Royal Caribbean. Room sizes and layouts may vary slightly within the same category. For rooms with a capacity greater than 2, the additional bedding is a combination of sofa beds and/or upper berths. Prices are subject to change at any time – with or without notice.

          Be “In The Know” about Obstructions: The standard cruise industry definition of an obstruction or partial obstruction is if the view of the horizon is interrupted when an average height person (170cm or 5’7”) is standing at the balcony’s handrail. If the horizon line is blocked in its entirety, the view is considered fully “obstructed.” If any part of the view of the horizon line is blocked by a lifeboat, overhang, support beam, or any other fixed apparatus (not including moveable cleaning equipment), the view is considered “partially obstructed.” If the horizon line can be viewed in its entirety when standing at the handrail, the view is not considered to be obstructed in any way.

          INITIAL DEPOSIT SCHEDULE

          • Upon booking outside of 300 Days – 10%.
          • At 300 Days (April 28, 2024) – 25%.
          • At 240 Days (June 27, 2024) – 50%.
          • At 180 Days (August 26, 2024) – 75%.
          • At 120 Days (October 25, 2024) – 100%.

          CANCELLATION PENALTIES

          • Upon booking through 300 Days (April 28, 2024) – 10% of total.
          • From 299 (April 29, 2024) to 240 Days (June 27, 2024) – 20% of total.
          • From 239 (June 28, 2024) to 180 Days (August 26, 2024) – 40% of total.
          • From 179 (August 27, 2024) to 120 Days (October 25, 2024) – 60% of total.
          • From 119 (October 26, 2024) to 90 Days (November 24, 2024) – 80% of total.
          • From 89 (November 25, 2024) to 0 Days (February 22, 2025) – 100% of total.

          ITEMS NOT INCLUDED

          • Flights from your home city to New Orleans
          • Airport Transfers to/from Brilliance of the Seas
          • Onboard Spa Services
          • Onboard Laundry
          • Gift Shop Purchases
          • Optional Excursions
          • Beverage Packages
          • Specialty Dining
          • VACAYA’s Post-Cruise New Orleans Program

          TERMS & CONDITIONS

          Be sure to read VACAYA’s Terms & Conditions, which include the Payment/Cancellation/Refund Policies for all reservations. Please note that cancellation fees apply from the time of booking.

          JOIN WAITLIST

          For real-time availability, proceed by clicking BOOK NOW. With ever-shifting inventory, a category that shows availability on this page may no longer be available when you attempt to book. If you need help finding the perfect room in another category or to add your name to our wait list for a sold-out category, feel free to email The V Team at info@myvacaya.com and we’ll be happy to assist you.

          PAY IN FULL OPTION

          You may pay in full at the time of booking. Unless you later modify your reservation, no further payments will be necessary. 

          MONTHLY PAYMENT PLAN

          Your initial deposit is due at time of booking. Then, your remaining monthly payments will be calculated using the number of months between your booking and the final payment due date. Payments will be charged on the 15th or the last day of each month (determined automatically depending on the day of the month you book). Payments will be charged to your credit card on file. If your credit card details change at any time, simply update the info in our system prior to your next month’s payment date. Please note declined payments are subject to a convenience fee. For more information, explore our Automatic Billing FAQs and our Terms & Conditions.

          TRIP INSURANCE: GET IT!

          There is one question every traveler across the globe universally faces: should I purchase Travel Insurance? It’s natural to ask yourself, should I spend the extra dollars to protect my vacation investment? Or do I leave it in the hands of Lady Luck and hope for the best. At VACAYA, we’ve always believed Trip Insurance was critical to the vacation planning process. That’s why we took special care to integrate the purchase opportunity into our online booking process. Pre-pandemic, the main reason to buy insurance was to assure your safe return home if something were to happen to your health while on vacation. That’s because quality insurance covers medical evacuation so people don’t have to pay medical emergency transportation expenses out of their own pocket.

          With Covid-19 in our lives for the foreseeable future, we now have an even stronger rationale for recommending Trip Insurance. “Cancel For Any Reason” insurance has quickly risen in popularity, and for good reason. If you decide you don’t want to travel after the cancellation penalty period has begun and depending on when you cancel, this type of insurance might cover most if not all of your cancellation fee. It’s also a great way to help honor your Social Contract with VACAYA.

          So go ahead and buy that bucket list trip, but protect your health and your investment by purchasing Trip Insurance. ❤️

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