While the suspension of Royal Caribbean International's global fleet has been extended through December 31, 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the award-winning and innovative cruise line casts a hopeful eye toward the future.
According to Royal Caribbean's tweet on October 30, 2020, the CDC's announcement that it would amend its "No Sail Order," which has been in place since March 14, 2020, to a "phased resumption of cruise ship passenger operations" establishes a pathway for their ships to return to service (twitter.com). Royal Caribbean went on to say, "While we are eager to welcome our guests back on board, we have a lot to do between now and then, and we're committed to taking the time to do things right. This includes training our crew in new health and safety protocols and conducting a number of trial sailings to stress-test those protocols in real-world conditions" (twitter.com).
As Royal Caribbean prepares to launch its first trial cruise in accordance with CDC guidelines, the cruise line has created a Facebook group named "Volunteers of the Seas." Already, the group has 50.2 thousand members and over 100,000 volunteer guests who have signed up to be participants in the trial cruises (thecaribbeannewsnow.com).
Royal Caribbean has also moved forward with other plans. On November 18, 2020, Royal Caribbean's 2022 summer Caribbean cruises opened for sale for itineraries five nights or longer (royalcaribbeanpresscenter.com). The cruise line will announce its remaining Caribbean summer 2022 deployment early next year.
With the Caribbean playing a starring role, Royal Caribbean's exciting 2022 cruise itineraries include double the number of sailings to the Eastern Caribbean, evening stays in Puerto Rico, and visits to St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. Kitts & Nevis, Jamaica, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Aruba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Aruba, and Bonaire. All sailings will also stop at Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean's private, thrill-packed destination in the Bahamas.