Royal Caribbean Kovid-19. Journey on 4 ships canceled due to

(CNN) – Royal Caribbean International announced on Friday that it has canceled voyages on four ships due to “ongoing COVID-related circumstances around the world”.

“With great caution, Royal Caribbean International is suspending operations on certain vessels,” the company said in a statement.

The cruise line said it went ahead with the cancellation despite its health and safety measures, including vaccination and testing requirements for guests and crew.

Royal Caribbean said that guests booked on canceled sailings will receive compensation options, including a full refund.

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Royal Caribbean said the following four ships are affected:

• Sight of the sea: Its return to cruising has been postponed until March 7.

• Sea Tour: Its sale is canceled from 8 January to 5 March. It is returning after dry dock on 26 April.

• Jewel of the Seas: Its sale is canceled from 9 January to 12 February. It is returning on February 20th.

• Symphony of the Seas: Its sale is canceled from January 8 to January 22. It’s returning Jan 29th.

“We regret the cancellation of our guests’ long-awaited vacation and appreciate their loyalty and understanding,” the statement said. “Our top priority is always the well being of our guests, our crew and the communities we visit.”

Royal Caribbean says All guests 12 and older must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to US ports of departure, with their last dose of vaccine given at least 14 days prior to sailing. The cruise operator also stated that the recovery certificate cannot be used in place of proof of complete vaccination.
Rules may vary, however, depending on the port of departure, the company says on its website. test requirements Varies by port of departure and age group

A Tough Week for Cruising

The Norwegian Pearl returns to Miami on January 5, 2022. The cruise ship returned after only a day out at sea.

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This latest wave of Covid-19 cases, driven by the highly communicable Omicron version of the coronavirus, has cruise companies scrambling again.

This week only the following happened:

More than 3,000 passengers and crew members were held on to Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum of the Seas in Hong Kong on Wednesday after a Covid scare prompted authorities to order the ship to return to port. passengers and employees were Wednesday night landing After being tested for COVID-19, a representative from Royal Caribbean told CNN.
Also on Wednesday, Norwegian Cruise Line announced cancellation of voyages on eight ships, citing “ongoing travel restrictions”. One of its ships returned to port on Wednesday after just a full day at sea, shortening the voyage to end on 14 January.

What the CDC Says About Cruises Right Now

The agency raised the travel risk level for cruise travel from level 3 to level 4, indicating that the risk for COVID-19 is “very high.”

“This move reflects an increase in cases of cruise ships onboard since the identification of the Omicron variant,” the CDC website said.

One trade association, the Cruise Lines International Association, expressed dismay at the CDC’s elevated risk levels.

“The decision by the CDC to increase the level of travel for cruise is particularly puzzling given that cases identified on cruise ships consistently make up a very slim minority of the total population – much less than on land. — and the majority of those cases are “spontaneous or mild in nature, with little or no burden on onboard or onshore medical resources,” the CLIA said in a statement.