North American travel agents will get another big Royal Caribbean International ship to sell in 2020 with the announcement that the Independence of the Seas will skip its traditional summer season sailing from the United Kingdom.

Instead, the Indy will move to Port Everglades for cruises that will include Royal’s new Perfect Day at CocoCay island in the Bahamas.

Independence of the Seas was the first ship to receive the Royal Amplified improvements that include a Playmakers Sports Bar and Arcade, a Skypad trampoline attraction and other improvements.

The 2008-built Independence carries 3,634 passengers at double occupancy.

Royal officials attributed the move more to the strength of sailings that have CocoCay in their itineraries than any softness in the UK cruise market caused by Brexit.

Ben Bouldin, associate vice president and managing director, Royal Caribbean International UK & Ireland, said guests affected by the itinerary change will be offered full refunds, and a ‘Future Cruise Credit’ for 25% of their cruise ticket value.

The Anthem of the Seas remains in the U.K. market in the summer of 2020.

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