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Royal Caribbean Group extends suspension of U.S. sailings; global itineraries still a go

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  •   04-08-2021  11:46 am
  •   Pax Global Media
Royal Caribbean Group extends suspension of U.S. sailings; global itineraries still a go
Celebrity Millennium will sail from new homeport St. Maarten beginning June 5. (Celebrity)
Pax Global Media

Royal Caribbean Group is extending the suspension of some sailings, including all itineraries from the United States until June 30, while continuing a return to service with more sailings scheduled from different parts of the world. 

“Safety is the first priority, and we know that cruising can be safe, as we have seen in Europe and Asia,” said Richard D. Fain, Royal Caribbean Group chairman and CEO. “The rising number of Americans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, layered on top of the rigorous health and safety measures we are implementing under the Healthy Sail Panel’s guidance, enables us to create a safe environment to take a cruise. We strongly believe that President Biden’s stated goal for society to reopen in time for Independence Day is a realistic goal.”  

Royal Caribbean is continuing to work with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and has made the following adjustments to upcoming 2021 itineraries:

Royal Caribbean International

  • Suspending sailings through June 30
  • Excluding all ships which have recently announced many new homeports around the globe

Celebrity Cruises

  • Suspending sailings through June 30
  • Excluding all ships which have recently announced many new homeports around the globe (such as the Apex and Millennium ships)

Silversea Cruises

  • Suspending sailings through June 30
  • Excluding Silver Moon, Silver Origin and Silver Explorer 

The Group’s thoughtful return to sailing continues with announcements in the past 30 days of eight more ships that will be welcoming guests beginning in June with science-backed protocols, including vaccines.

Royal Caribbean International

  • Adventure of the Seas will sail from new homeport Nassau, The Bahamas on 7-night cruises that include Perfect Day at CocoCay, beginning June 12.
  • Vision of the Seas will sail from first-time homeport Bermuda on 7-night cruises that include Perfect Day at CocoCay, beginning June 26.
  • Jewel of the Seas will sail from new homeport Limassol, Cyprus on 7-night cruises in the Greek islands, beginning July 10.
  • Anthem of the Seas will sail from Southampton, England on 4-, 5- and 8-night cruises in the British Isles, beginning July 7.

Celebrity Cruises

  • Celebrity Millennium will sail from new homeport St. Maarten, with stops in the Caribbean, beginning June 5.
  • Celebrity Apex will make its debut from Athens, Greece, with stops around the Mediterranean, beginning June 19.
  • Celebrity Silhouette will sail from Southampton, England on 6- to 8-night cruises around Britain’s coastline, beginning July 3.

Silversea Cruises

  • Silver Moon will sail from new homeport Athens on 10-night cruises that include Israel and Cyprus, beginning June 18.

These ships join Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum of the Seas, which has been sailing safely in Singapore since Dec. 2020, and Odyssey of the Seas, which, as previously announced, will begin sailing from Haifa, Israel on June 2.

Royal Caribbean Group continues to work with its Healthy Sail Panel of globally recognized scientific and medical experts to come back stronger, and looks forward to welcoming all guests back on board.

The group is reaching out to guests and travel partners to share further details. 


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