Written by Steven Christian
Belden Communications News
Royal Caribbean has announced its return to service dates for the remainder of its fleet starting in September 2021. The cruise line plans for its full line-up of ships to be back in operation by Spring 2022.
With a limited number of ships of the cruise lines fleet being among the first to launch back in June, there has been a successful restart for Royal Caribbean ships so far.
“We are excited and appreciative to be able to say with confidence when all of our ships will return, especially for travelers looking ahead to plan their getaways. More than 110,000 guests have cruised with us since December, and they’ve done so safely while enjoying the memorable vacations they trust we’ll bring to life,” said Michael Bayley, President, and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. “It’s been incredible to see families come together again onboard our ships sailing in the U.S., the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia, and to know we’ll soon welcome more in a safe manner when our entire fleet is back by Spring 2022, is wonderful.”
The remaining ships to launch are as follows:
Travelers can plan their cruise with peace of mind knowing that Royal Caribbean requires all crew members and guests - of the eligible age for the vaccine - to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Children younger than the qualified vaccine age on any cruise must undergo testing and follow other health and safety measures.
For travelers sailing on cruises from Florida, the cruise line recommends that all eligible guests be vaccinated.
The vaccine policy is one of the cruise line’s multilayered measures that safeguard the well-being of all guests, crew members, and the communities at each port of call. These protocols include the ships’ robust ventilation systems, enhanced cleaning and sanitization, and cruising at reduced occupancy as ships initially return to sailing.
Royal Caribbean is in ongoing discussions with multiple national, state, and local health and government authorities globally, regarding the various requirements for all upcoming sailings.
Independent of the port of departure, the cruise line will continue to follow the guidelines recommended by health experts, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More information on Royal Caribbean International’s health and safety measurements, such as vaccine and testing requirements, can be found here on the Royal Caribbean website and is listed by point of departure.