Royal Caribbean launches new vaccination-only routes starting in August
With the announcement of the arrival of Royal Caribbean for the month of June, Cozumel becomes the first port in Mexico and the Caribbean to receive cruise ships. According to the announcement, the shipping company will be opening reservations for the Bahamas-Cozumel route on March 24th and according to its president and director, starting in August, they will maintain new itineraries on vessels that will sail with all crew immunized and will be available for adults already vaccinated against Covid-19 and under 18 years of age with a negative result of SARS-Cov-2.
This voyage joins the Quantum of the Seas sailing in Singapore and the Odyssey of the Seas which will be sailing from Haifa, Israel soon. Cruisers must comply with travel requirements established by The Bahamas, which include a negative PCR test prior to arrival and upon arrival in the country, as well as the submission of appropriate entry forms.
Royal Caribbean is redefining the meaning of vacationing with shorter Caribbean cruises with more frequent sailings for 2022 and 2023. These 3- to 5-night sailings will offer travelers the opportunity to make the most of a long weekend or mid-week break on one of eight ships sailing from five ports in Florida and Texas on 17 different itineraries.
Royal Caribbean International's President and CEO, Michael Bayley, welcomed the announcement to once again offer its passengers an unforgettable vacation in the Caribbean, in a gradual and safe manner. He pointed out that the vaccines will bring a change in the travel landscape, which will multiply as the vaccination and the number of vaccinated people progress.
Royal Caribbean believes that starting with cruises for vaccinated adult guests and crew is the right choice. "As we move forward, we expect that this requirement and other measures will be evolving," he said. The opportunity to have a homeport in The Bahamas is a testament to the great partnership they maintain and have maintained with the government and people of that nation for more than 50 years.