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Royal Caribbean is targeted to reopen sailings in the U.S. on January 1st, 2021.

One of the first scheduled reopening sailings departs on January 1st, 2021 for a 3 night cruise to the Bahamas from Miami.  


royal caribbean ship with waterslides

Royal Caribbean will completely overhaul their health and sanitation measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and keep guests safe when cruising reopens.

From big changes to the buffet to and enhanced boarding screenings, cruising will look a little different upon reopening. 

Royal Caribbean is currently working with government health authorities, the Cruise Lines International Association, and their own team of medical experts to finalize the complete list of protocols that will be required when cruising resumes. 

Gondola overlooking Royal Caribbean cruise ship in port

Royal Caribbean had started adding health and safety protocols prior to the suspension of cruising including: 

  • Reduced travel to impacted countries
  • Enhanced boarding screenings
  • Cruise terminal sanitation
  • Additonal sanitation on board
  • Addition of hand sanitizer stations
  • Enhanced medical protocols
  • Sateroom cleanliness procedures
  • Daily health updates and reminders
Two royal caribbean cruise ships docked together

In May, Royal Caribbean reported a $1.4 billion loss in the first quarter of 2020. Their first quarter earnings report came out more than two months after the cruise industry halted operations for the first time in history, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 13. 

Royal Caribbean Cruise pool Deck lit up at night with lights

The cruise industry, like most other travel industries, has been significantly impacted by Covid-19 . Aside from major cruise lines suspending all cruises during the pandemic, multiple outbreaks have been linked to their ships, leaving some temporarily unable to dock and disembark passengers.

Despite all of this, however, one major cruise line’s CEO says that cruise bookings for 2021 “are strong.”

Royal caribbean cruise ship docked as sunsets behind it

*Note: This information is based on information directly from the Royal Caribbean Website. Sailings and reopening dates can change without notice. Travel Off Path does not endorse or encourage traveling against government travel advisories. 

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