Royal Caribbean International gets ready to sail from Texas and Florida once again this summer.
The cruise line plans to begin sailing six ships from ports in the southern states this July and August, starting with the Freedom of the Sea in Miami on July 2. It’s a company already announced plans for sailing from Seattle to Alaska in circular lines beginning in July.
“That’s it. Tourists can finally plan to take advantage of the precious weather this summer and truly get away with what was challenging for everyone,” Royal Caribbean President and CEO Michael Bayley said in a news release Friday.
According to the issue, summer cruise reservations are available. The company plans to re-introduce its complete global fleet by the end of the year and said more details will be available in the coming weeks.
Do you have to be vaccinated to sail on a cruise?
The Royal Caribbean announced last month plans to continue cruising this summer.
All crew members will be vaccinated against COVID-19, while passengers are “warmly recommended” to be fully vaccinated, the statement said. Those who have not been vaccinated or are unable to verify their vaccinations will have to pass testing and follow other protocols, although Royal Caribbean has not yet set out all its policies.
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Protocols are stricter for Alaska cruises. Passengers on Alaska-linked ships in July, aged 16 and over, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and the age limit drops to 12, starting Aug. 1. Those departing from international ports must meet the travel conditions of that country.
Bayley said as of Friday, 90% of tourists who have booked the Royal Caribbean have either been vaccinated or are scheduled to be vaccinated in time for their cruise.
When will the Royal Caribbean ships sail again?
Here is a list of royal Caribbean ships and when they should set sail. By the end of August, the cruise ship plans to have 12 ships cruising the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Alaska and Europe.
- Freedom of the sea: 3- and 4-night cruises to the Bahamas and the private destination Perfect Day at CocoCay from Miami, starting July 2nd.
- The odyssey must: 6- and 8-night cruises to the southern and western Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale, starting July 3.
- Serenade of the sea: A seven-night voyage from Alaska from Seattle, starting July 19.
- Allure of the Seas: Seven-night cruises to the eastern and western Caribbean from Port Canaveral, starting on August 8.
- Ovation of the sea: Seven-night Alaska cruises from Seattle, starting Aug. 13.
- Sea Symphony: Seven-night cruises to the eastern and western Caribbean from Miami, starting on August 14.
- Independence must: A 7-night voyage to the Western Caribbean from Galveston, Texas, beginning Aug. 15.
- The sailor must: 3- and 4 nights Bahamas and Perfect Day on CocoCay cruises from Port Canaveral, starting August 23rd.
Cruises that are not on the list will be canceled by the end of August, and affected customers will be able to get a full refund, according to Royal Caribbean.