Royal Caribbean International has announced that it will be back at sea in June. The catch? Their ships will not depart from American ports, but from Nassau, Bahamas.
Vaccines are needed
The big question for months has been whether passengers will have to show proof of vaccination when they resume their cruise. Royal Caribbean has just announced that it will do so, at least as far as sailings from Nassau are concerned. All crew members and adult passengers must be able to present proof of vaccination, and persons under 18 years of age must present a negative PCR test result.
As for the choice of ship, Adventure of the Seas offers a series of seven-day voyages. At the Royal Perfect Day private island in CocoCay, several rides are planned for two consecutive days.
Most industry insiders have been speculating for months that private islands will play a key role in the revival of cruising. Destinations like Perfect Day not only bring more money into the coffers of airlines that have had virtually no revenue this year, but also allow them to create a protective bubble around passengers.
We look forward to delivering another unforgettable Caribbean vacation, step by step and safely, said Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. Vaccinations are definitely a game changer for all of us, and with the number of vaccinations and their effects rapidly increasing, we feel that starting cruises for vaccinated adult guests and crew is the right decision. We assume that this requirement and other measures will inevitably evolve over time.
The Bahamas Summer Series offers passengers the opportunity to spend two consecutive days on Perfect Day in CocoCay, something the line has never done before. In addition to this extended stop, there will also be stops in Grand Bahama Island and Cozumel, Mexico.
As you would expect, shore excursions in the ports visited are permitted only if booked by the cruise line and its pre-selected tour operators. Like a visit to a private island, this extends the line of protective bubbles and greatly reduces the risk of contamination on board. It can be assumed that guests who do not have excursions organized by the cruise line will not be allowed to disembark in ports other than CocoCay.
As we look forward to the promising return of a vibrant tourism industry, the news that the cruise industry is about to open a home port in The Bahamas is exciting, said the Honourable Dr Hubert A. Minnis, Prime Minister of The Bahamas. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of passengers will discover Nassau or Grand Bahama in a way never before seen.
Mr Minnis added that he was particularly pleased that Royal Caribbean, with whom we have enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial relationship for over 50 years, had chosen The Bahamas as its home port for the resumption of shipping.
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These Bahamas cruises aboard Adventure of the Seas are available from Wednesday the 24th. March 2021, bookable.
This news follows Celebrity Cruises’ announcement that it plans to tour the island of St. John’s. St. Maarten in the Caribbean in June. The Celebrity Millennium will sail two alternating seven-day itineraries, one to Aruba, Barbados and Curacao and the other to St. Lucia, Barbados and Tortola. This departure takes place on Thursday 25. March, open for reservations.
In January, Royal Caribbean announced that Grandeur of the Seas will offer seven- and 14-night cruises from Barbados during the 2021-2022 winter season.
frequently asked questions
Will cruises be cancelled in 2021?
Cruise lines continue to cancel sailings through 2021. (Updated at 12 p.m. ET) — Faced with rising levels of COVID-19 infection around the world and unclear guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cruise ships have begun halting their sailings well into the first half of 2021.
Will there be river cruises again from 2021?
Starting in mid-March 2021, American Cruise Lines will once again be operating at 75 percent of its capacity on the Mississippi River in scenic New England.
Cruise bookings for 2021 ?
There is certainly demand for when cruises resume in 2021, 2022 and beyond. As cruise lines launch new itineraries, many destinations on their wish list have already been booked, including Alaska and Europe, in addition to the ever-popular Caribbean cruises.
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