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Royal Caribbean hires its first Global Health Officer

Royal Caribbean announced it has created a new role to manage the cruise line's health protocols, hiring Dr. Calvin Johnson as its first Global Health Officer.

The new role will oversee and put into action new policies and recommendations related to all health initiatives, including the COVID-19 policies that are forthcoming.

Royal Caribbean got rid of the one thing all cruisers hate to do

Royal Caribbean announced it has completely re-imagined the cruise safety drill in order to promote social distancing, while still providing important safety information.

The cruise line will roll out Muster 2.0, which is a new way of conducting the muster drill on its ships.

Royal Caribbean Group CEO calls out handling of Coronavirus in USA as "embarrassing"

As cruises begin to slowly get started in Europe, the lack of progress to getting COVID-19 under control in the United States has Royal Caribbean Group Chairman and CEO Richard Fain upset.

In a YouTube video update, the head of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. was clearly frustrated at the lack of progress being made to contain the pandemic in the United States while every other developed country has dealt with it better.

Now your kids can play the video game from Royal Caribbean's kids club at home

Royal Caribbean has released a copy of its video game it designed for the kids club on its cruise ships, for use at home by children and their parents.

Called, "The Treasure of Barnacle Briggs®", the game was first offered on Royal Caribbean cruise ships that had been recently upgraded, including Oasis of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean and developer Firstborn took three weeks to adapt the onboard experience to a game you can download on your iPhone or iPad.

Royal Caribbean cancels cruises through September 30

Royal Caribbean announced on Friday it had cancelled its cruises through September 30 in order to be in compliance with the new "No Sail" order by the CDC.

Less than a day after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control extended its "No Sail" Order, Royal Caribbean removed cruises that would have sailed between September 16 - September 30, 2020.

The cruise line sent an email to travel agents informing them and guests of the change.

Cruise ships could be easier to protect people from COVID-19 than college dorms

One of the co-chairs of a new health protocol group set up by Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line thinks protecting guests on a cruise ship from coronavirus would be easier than other tight quarter environments, like a college dorm.

Healthy Sail Panel's co-chairman Governor Mike Leavitt spoke to Royal Caribbean Group Chairman and CEO Richard Fain about the nature of a cruise ship and the challenges of developing health protocols on a ship.

Compare: Royal Caribbean vs. Norwegian Cruises

Planning a cruise can be daunting, and if you're not careful, you can pick a line that's not well suited to your needs.

Whether you're a seasoned sea dog or new to the world of cruising, we'll help you compare Norwegian vs. Royal Caribbean in the most important areas -- dining, cabins, onboard activities and price -- to help you make a better decision about which of these two top cruise lines is right for you.

Compare: Royal Caribbean vs. Carnival Cruises

A cruise line's vibe can make or break your experience, which is why it's so important to pick the line (and ship) that's right for you.

If you're looking for a breakdown of Carnival vs. Royal Caribbean cruises, we can help.

Below we've compared the two most well-known cruise brands so you can make an informed decision, based on key areas like food, cabins and, of course, price.

NCL and Royal Caribbean team up for joint health panel task force

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announced on Monday a collaboration to create a panel to create COVID-19 protocols.

The "Healthy Sail Panel" has a mission of developing recommendations for cruise lines to advance their public health response to COVID-19, improve safety and prepare to safely resume operations.

The co-chairs of the panel are Gov. Mike Leavitt and Dr. Scott Gottlieb. 

Leavitt is former secretary of the US Department Health and Human Services and Gottlieb is former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration.

Royal Caribbean pushes back Odyssey of the Seas debut until April 2021

Royal Caribbean's next new cruise ship will not begin sailing until April 2021.

On Tuesday, the cruise line confirmed Odyssey of the Seas would have all of its sailings cancelled between November 2020 - April 2021.

In a statement to travel agents, Royal Caribbean said the decision to delay Odyssey's arrival was due to issues at the Meyer Werft shipyard, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Specifically, all sailings between November 5, 2020 - April 17, 2021 are now cancelled.

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