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Royal Caribbean will sail two ships outside the United States

Royal Caribbean announced two of its cruise ships will sail from outside the United States this summer.

While it tries to work with the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) to get permission for cruises to restart, Royal Caribbean announced so far two ships will offer summer sailings from other North American ports that are open to Americans, as well as residents of any country.

Vision of the Seas will sail from Bermuda in June and offer 7-night cruises that visit Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas.

Royal Caribbean cancels most cruises until June

Royal Caribbean has joined most other cruise lines in cancelling its May 2021 cruises.

The cruise line announced it would extend its global cruise shutdown through the end of May, minus a few exceptions:

  • Quantum of the Seas
  • Odyssey of the Seas
  • Spectrum & Voyager of the Seas from China

North Star on Quantum of the Seas

When Will Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships Sail Again?

This article was last updated on April 16, 2021.

Royal Caribbean fans everywhere are itching to know when the line will resume cruising from North America.

Since the expiration of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's ban on sailings in late 2020, several new developments -- conditional sailing framework requirements, vaccination roll-outs and an extension of Canada's no-sail order -- have shaped the way cruise lines are operating.

Cruise ship ventilation study shows "undetectable" transmission of aerosol particles such as COVID-19

Royal Caribbean Group revealed the findings of a new study that looked at how aerosol particles spread on a cruise ship's ventilation system.

The study was conducted by the Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and the National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) onboard Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas to evaluate the efficacy of HVAC systems on ships in order to assess and improve ventilation to combat COVID-19 spread.

Royal Caribbean hasn't decided if cruise ship passengers will need to get a vaccine

Surrounding the topic of cruises resuming, Royal Caribbean Group did not indicate if guests would need to get a Covid vaccine in order to cruise.

Royal Caribbean Group held a conference call with investors on Monday to discuss their fourth quarter 2020 earnings, but they would not say if passengers would be required to get a Covid vaccine.

"We're really in an interim period where the vaccines are still relatively new. They're coming out amazingly quickly, but it still is going to take months to get huge numbers of people vaccinated."

"We don't have answers yet."

Royal Caribbean will keep Quantum of the Seas in Singapore 3 more months

The only Royal Caribbean cruise ship able to sail right now is going to extend her stay in Singapore by three months.

 Royal Caribbean International announced the extension of the Singapore season for Quantum of the Seas, which launched in December 2020. With this extension, Royal Caribbean will deploy Quantum for an additional three months in Singapore between 22 March 2021 and 21 June 2021.

The cruises are still only able to booked by residents of Singapore and include no port stops during any of the additional voyages.

Royal Caribbean cancels Alaska cruises on Quantum of the Seas in 2021

Royal Caribbean has pulled the plug on all of its scheduled cruises to Alaska on one of its cruise ships.

Quantum of the Seas had her entire 2021 Alaska cruise season cancelled because of the global health crisis.

The cancellations include the transpacific repositioning cruises.

Mountain in Alaska

Royal Caribbean bypasses CDC with new cruises from Barbados

Royal Caribbean announced new sailings for Winter 2021 out of Barbados, which would put them out of the CDC's jurisdiction.

For the first time a Royal Caribbean ship will homeport from Barbados to offer 7- and 14-night cruises to destinations in the Southern Caribbean.

The new cruises are available to book immediately, and will be offered onboard Grandeur of the Seas. Guests will be able to choose from sailings to destinations in Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Cartagena, Panama, Costa Rica and more.

Royal Caribbean cancels all sailings through April 2021

Royal Caribbean pulled the plug on cruises restarting in early spring.

The Miami-based cruise line announced on Tuesday it would extend its now year-long cruise shutdown through the end of April 2021, which means nearly all of its sailings in March and April are cancelled.

The two exceptions are the successful restart of cruises in Singapore on Quantum of the Seas, which are not affected by today's announcement, and China sailings on Spectrum of the Seas, February 16-28, are suspended.

Royal Caribbean agrees to sell two cruise ships

Royal Caribbean announced this week it has reached a deal to sell two of its cruise ships.

Majesty of the Seas and Empress of the Seas have been sold to an undisclosed buyer in Asia-Pacific region, and will depart the fleet later this month.

These are the first ships Royal Caribbean International has sold since the cruise industry shutdown in March. While other cruise lines have sold or scrapped vessels, Royal Caribbean had been able to avoid such a fate until now.

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