Caribbean: The first cruise is a month away from the beginning it’s sailing from North America, but the line since now have not released its travel requirement and other protocols. The Royal Caribbean also said that they had emailed their passengers about the recently made changes, and a new requirement is expected from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) that is going to provide new guidance in the coming days.
Royal Caribbean International Assistant Vice President of Guest Experience, Aurora Yera-Rodriguez, says the cruise line is expecting new guidelines, and that is why passengers have not been informed of the new protocols. They were almost ready to send their travel requirements and health protocols for their sailing onboard Adventure of the Seas departing from The Bahamas, and then they learned that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control plans to share updated guidance with us later this week.
Adventure of the Seas will begin sailing on the cruises from June 12 from outside the United States, which allows the ship to operate without approval by the CDC.
Royal Caribbean International cruise will be the second ship to restart operations, following Quantum of the Seas from Singapore.
Other ships are also scheduled to sail this summer from outside the U.S., including Vision of the Seas from Bermuda, Jewel of the Seas from Cyprus, and Anthem of the Seas from England.
“While we know you’ve been patiently waiting for protocols, our teams have been diligently preparing and working with our medical teams, government health authorities, and testing providers to ensure we provide you with the best experience before, during, and after your cruise, and we are optimistic about this upcoming update. Please bear with us for a little more time – as we want to make sure that when we do update you, it’s as close to final as possible.”
It seems Royal Caribbean may have been ready to announce those protocols last week but held back due to new guidance from the CDC.