In a bid to end a one-year pause in operations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Royal Caribbean plans to resume sailings of some of its cruises in the Caribbean with vaccinated adult guests, in June.
The announcement concerns the 311-metres-long ‘Adventure of the Seas’ and the 294-metres-long ‘Celebrity Millennium’ cruise ships, according to Reuters.
The two ships will also have vaccinated crews and accept children under the age of 18 with a negative COVID-19 test.
Adventure of the Seas will homeport in Nassau, The Bahamas, with the itinerary also including stops in Cozumel, Mexico and Royal Caribbean’s own private island. Celebrity Millennium will homeport in Caribbean island St. Maarten.
This comes as the governments of The Bahamas and St. Maarten have said that the return to sailing could help boost their economies.
Returning to the Caribbean … marks the measured beginning of the end of what has been a uniquely challenging time for everyone,
…said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, CEO of Celebrity Cruises, a division of Royal Caribbean.
Earlier in March, Royal Caribbean also announced that its newbuilding “Odyssey of the Seas” will offer a fully vaccinated cruise with sailings starting in May from Israel. The company has added COVID-19 into cruise contract for all passengers.