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Royal Caribbean Makes A lot-Anticipated Return to Caribbean Crusing

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Royal Caribbean Worldwide and native Caribbean communities yesterday celebrated the cruise line’s long-awaited return to regional operations as Journey of the Seas set sail from Nassau, The Bahamas. The fifteen-deck, Voyager-class cruise ship, which arrived in Nassau solely final week, is homeporting this season at Nassau Cruise Port for the very first time.

“The return of Journey of the Seas marks a begin within the large step ahead our visitors have been ready for and we’ve been working towards for greater than 15 months. That is all doable due to the federal government of The Bahamas, the help of our companions and the onerous work of our groups throughout Royal Caribbean,” Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean Worldwide, mentioned in an announcement.

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Journey of the Seas now embarks upon a summer season season of seven-night ‘Bahamas & Excellent Day’ sailings, which name at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s personal island vacation spot in The Bahamas; Grand Bahama Island, The Bahamas; and Cozumel, Mexico.

“We’re excited to welcome again our visitors and crew, and to assist our Caribbean household regain the advantages of tourism their communities rely on. That is only the start, as we get able to set sail from the U.S. for the primary time on July 2,” Bayley added.

Not solely was this the cruise line’s first post-pandemic visitor departure within the Caribbean, however in your complete Western Hemisphere, after COVID-19 shut down worldwide cruising over 15 months in the past. This inaugural cruise left port with over 1,000 vacationers aboard, and the crew and visitors (ages 16 or over) all being absolutely vaccinated.

On this explicit voyage, 94 p.c of passengers are of enough age to have accomplished their COVID-19 inoculations, with the remaining six p.c being youngsters below the age of 16. Friends below the age of eligibility are as a substitute COVID-19 examined and are topic to sure protocols whereas onboard. Come August 1, the coverage will change to require visitors ages 12 or older to be absolutely vaccinated earlier than crusing.

Now that Caribbean operations have restarted, issues will actually begin heating up once more, with 11 Royal Caribbean ships set to restart sailings ranging from numerous dates in July and August; eight from the U.S. and three inside Europe and the Mediterranean area.

In July, Anthem of the Seas will start crusing from the U.Ok. and Jewel of the Seas out of Cyprus, whereas Concord of the Seas will return to European crusing on August 15. Royal Caribbean’s deliberate summer season lineup for sailings from the U.S. consists of:

—July 2: Freedom of the Seas – three- and four-night Bahamas and ‘Excellent Day at CocoCay’ sailings from Miami, Florida.

—July 3: Odyssey of the Seas – six- and eight-night Southern and Western Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

—July 19: Serenade of the Seas – seven-night Alaska sailings from Seattle, Washington.

—August 8: Attract of the Seas – seven-night Jap and Western Caribbean itineraries from Port Canaveral, Florida.

—August 13: Ovation of the Seas – seven-night Alaska itineraries from Seattle, Washington.

—August 14: Symphony of the Seas – seven-night Jap and Western Caribbean sailings from Miami, Florida.

—August 15: Independence of the Seas – seven-night Western Caribbean sailings from Galveston, Texas.

—August 23: Mariner of the Seas – three- and four-night Bahamas and ‘Excellent Day at CocoCay’ sailings from Port Canaveral, Florida.

For extra info, go to royalcaribbean.com.

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