Airlines around the world have started to ramp up their offerings, as it looks like we may be heading for a summer of air travel after several long months of the pandemic. However, whilst airlines might be gearing up for a busy season, the same cannot be said for cruise lines.
With the CDC refusing to bow to pressure and instead enforcing even more restrictions, many cruise lines have been forced to take decisive action – with Royal Caribbean taking the decision to suspend most of its cruises until July – here’s all you need to know about that.
Cruises On Hold – Information For Travelers
Back in January, cruise giants Royal Caribbean made the decision to suspend its cruise operations until the end of April. However, it was revealed this week that the cruise line is to extend the suspension for most of its global fleet until June 30th.
Speaking about the decision to suspend cruises once more, Royal Caribbean Group’s chairman Richard Fain said that safety was the first priority, and the group confirmed that it was their intention to resume further operations in July. However, the group also revealed that some cruises would be going ahead in the meantime.
- Adventure of the Seas June 5 to October 14, 2021: Instead of offering sailings from Barcelona, Spain, Adventure of the Seas will now offer sailings from Nassau, Bahamas beginning June 2021.
- Vision of the Seas June 6 to August 29, 2021: Instead of offering sailings from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Vision of the Seas will now offer sailings from Bermuda beginning June 2021.
Cruises that Royal Caribbean will still be offering in other parts of the world are:
- Odyssey of the Seas May 9 to October 28, 2021 sailings departing from Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy. Instead, Odyssey will begin her inaugural season out of a new homeport, Haifa, Israel from June to October 2021. These new sailings are available for residents of Israel only.
- Jewel of the Seas June 7 to October 31, 2021: Instead of offering sailings from Northern Europe; Barcelona, Spain; and Boston, Massachusetts, Jewel of the Seas will now offer sailings from Limassol, Cyprus beginning June 2021.
- Anthem of the Seas June 4 to August 29, 2021: Instead of offering European sailings, Anthem of the Seas will now offer Ocean Getaways and British Isles itineraries from Southampton exclusively for UK residents.
Royal Caribbean At Odds With CDC’s Decisions
Much like many other cruise lines around the world, Royal Caribbean has picked fault with the CDC’s handling of the cruise industry during the pandemic, arguing that the CDC’s treatment of the cruise industry has been unfair and unjust.
Speaking about the treatment, chairman Richard Fain said:
“The Royal Caribbean group alone has carried over a hundred thousand guests. And of that, we’ve only had 10 cases. We would like to be treated in a very similar way to the airlines and other forms of transportation as we’re re-emerging into society.”
Fain also spoke about the lengths at which cruise lines are going in order to make cruises as safe as possible for passengers, and argued that passengers would be less likely to contract the virus on a cruise ship.
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