Royal Caribbean is announcing a US summer program for eight of its cruise ships
The cruise line said all crew members would be vaccinated against COVID-19. Travelers 16 and older on cruises to Alaska will also need to be vaccinated. The requirement will be expanded to cover travelers traveling to Alaska from August 12 and August 1.
For other voyages passing through US waters, Royal Caribbean said it is “strongly recommended” for travelers to be vaccinated. The company said that unvaccinated passengers should be tested for the virus and follow other measures that will be announced later.
Royal Caribbean said its first US sailing since March 2020 will depart from Miami on July 2 at Freedom of the Seas.
The company said that over the next six weeks, five more ships would sail to the Caribbean after departing Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Port Canaveral, Florida and Galveston, Texas. Two ships will depart from Seattle for Alaska.
Royal Caribbean, which is headquartered in Miami but registers its ships in other countries, plans to operate 12 ships worldwide by the end of August. These include ships sailing from the United Kingdom, Europe and the Bahamas.
Meanwhile, US officials said this week that Florida’s lawsuit against the federal government over the terms of restarting cruise lines could threaten plans to restart Alaska.
There are also summer cruises to Alaska.