Royal Caribbean’s newest vessel, “Odyssey of the Seas”, will offer a fully vaccinated cruise with sailings starting in May from Israel.
In conjunction with Israel’s health and tourism authorities, Royal Caribbean will be the first to offer fully vaccinated sailings, where both crew and guests above the age of 16 will be vaccinated against COVID-19.
As the cruise major explained, details on the additional health and safety measures to be implemented by Israel and Royal Caribbean will be announced at a later date.
“Thanks to the millions of vaccines we have brought, I am proud that Israel will be the first country in the world to launch Royal Caribbean’s new flagship. Israel is a global model of success. We will continue our program – the ‘green passport’ – so that we can get out of the COVID-19 virus in peace. Just as we made Israel the world champion in vaccines, we will make it the world champion in economics and tourism in the post-Corona era.”
… said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
At the moment, Israel has not opened vaccination appointments to residents 16 and under, according to the country’s Ministry of Health.
For the record, Israeli holidaymakers will set a new course for adventure this summer when Royal Caribbean International begins sailing from Israel for the first time in May.
The global cruise line will offer Israelis a combination of 3- to 7-night escapes visiting the Greek Isles and Cyprus on board its highly anticipated, brand-new ship, Odyssey of the Seas. The new sailings will go on sale on Tuesday, March 9.
Overall, Royal Caribbean Group Chairman and CEO Richard Fain recently stated that no decision has been made yet on if Royal Caribbean will require its guests to be vaccinated in order to cruise. In fact, he noted:
“So this raises the question of whether we will require vaccines on all of our sailings. The answer is, we don’t know yet. Whether we will require vaccines of all of our guests on all of our ships hasn’t been decided yet, but we are prepared to go where the science leads us.”
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