Royal Caribbean to restart with Bahamas cruises

Royal Caribbean to restart with Bahamas cruises

Sailings will include a stay at Perfect Day CocoCay

Royal Caribbean International is to restart its cruise operation with sailings from the Bahamas, starting in June.

The news came at the same time as Celebrity revealed it will restart cruises from St Maarten.

Royal will be offering seven-night sailings on board Adventure of the Seas, which will include calls at Perfect Day at CocoCay, the company’s private island. Other calls will be at Grand Bahama Island, The Bahamas and Cozumel, Mexico.

Sailings, which begin on June 12, go on sale on March 24. The new itineraries depart through August and will sail with vaccinated crew, adult guests who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and those under the age of 18 with negative test results.

“We are excited to get back to delivering memorable vacations in the Caribbean, gradually and safely. The vaccines are clearly a game changer for all of us, and with the number of vaccinations and their impact growing rapidly, we believe starting with cruises for vaccinated adult guests and crew is the right choice. As we move forward, we expect this requirement and other measures will inevitably evolve over time,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “The opportunity to homeport in The Bahamas is a testament to the tremendous partners the government and the people of the island nation have been to us for more than 50 years. We are grateful for the confidence that they have in us and our commitment to a healthy and happy return to sailing.”

“As we anticipate a promising return to a vibrant tourism industry, news that the cruise industry is going to begin homeporting in The Bahamas is exciting. Hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of passengers will experience Nassau or Grand Bahama in ways they never had the opportunity to before,” said the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis, Prime Minister of The Bahamas. “I am especially pleased that Royal Caribbean, with whom we have had a long and mutually beneficial relationship for more than 50 years, selected The Bahamas as a homeport when sailing resumes. This is truly a new day for tourism. It should inspire many small- to medium-sized businesses, tour operators, taxi drivers, restaurants and retailers to prepare for brighter days ahead, the best we have ever had.”

Details on additional health and safety measures to be implemented by Royal Caribbean will be announced at a later date.

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