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Royal Caribbean cancels an additional 30 days of cruises due to COVID-19

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced today all of its brands will extend their voluntary suspension of cruises for an additional 30 days because of the coronavirus pandemic.

All sailings are cancelled through May 11, 2020. Alaska, Canada and New England sailings are cancelled through June 30, 2020 due to port closures.

This affects Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara and Silversea Cruises.

Royal Caribbean expects to resume service on May 12, 2020, with sailings to Alaska, Canada and New England resuming service on July 1, 2020.

Royal Caribbean Cruises takes $2 billion financing loan

Royal Caribbean Cruises on Monday announced it has received a $2.2 billion revolving credit line to help the company's financial situation.

The announcement was made in an effort to bolster its finances in the face of a cruise industry hurt by the coronavirus.

The addition of this load means Royal Caribbean says it has over $3.6 billion on hand in the form of cash deposits and other existing, revolving credit that has not been used.

In addition, the company has committed financing for all of its new ships on order.

Royal Caribbean delays upgrades for two cruise ships due to coronavirus

Royal Caribbean will put off its plans to upgrade Allure of the Seas and Explorer of the Seas in Europe, due to the effects coronavirus around the world.

Royal Caribbean Blog first reported that the cruise line confirmed it will not go forward with the scheduled upgrade work on either ship.

Allure of the Seas was scheduled to have her dry dock begin last week, and Explorer of the Seas next month.

Royal Caribbean moving Quantum of the Seas to offer Alaska cruises in 2021

Royal Caribbean announced it will have two Quantum Class ships offering Alaska cruises in 2021, with Quantum of the Seas homeported in Seattle.

In May 2021, Quantum of the Seas will move to Seattle and offer 7-night sailings that depart on Mondays. Ovation of the Seas will offer similar itineraries on Fridays from Seattle.

Quantum’s summer 2021 Alaska itineraries open for sale today.

Royal Caribbean expands suspension of cruises to include ships around the world due to Coronavirus

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced its 30 day suspension of cruises will now encompass its worldwide fleet.

Less than a day after Royal Caribbean announced it would cease operations in the United States for 30 days due to the spread of Coronavirus, the cruise line announced it has decided to suspend the sailings of its fleet globally at midnight tonight.

Royal Caribbean will suspend its cruises in the United States for 30 days due to Coronavirus

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced it will halt cruises in the United States temporarily for 30 days.

Beginning at midnight tonight, Royal Caribbean will pausing the fleet’s US sailings for 30 days. 

We understand the gravity of the public health crisis confronting the country. And this is our part to play.

Royal Caribbean will take passengers temperature to avoid spread of Coronavirus

Royal Caribbean informed its guests with upcoming sailings it will add a new health screening to prevent the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19.

The cruise line will begin screening all passengers on Royal Caribbean International ships beginning March 6, 2020. 

Letter sent to guests to inform them of mandatory temperature screenings

Royal Caribbean announces new port facility, hotel and more coming to Freeport, Bahamas

Royal Caribbean's joint venture, Holistica Destinations, announced a $300 million project in Freeport, Bahamas that will open in Winter 2022.

The venture spans two locations including the enhancement and expansion of the port terminal, to be called Harbour Village, and the Lucaya Property, which will be situated at the current Grand Lucayan resort. 

Grandfather charged in toddler's cruise ship death pleads guilty

The grandfather who was accused of accidentally dropping his 18-month-old granddaughter from the 11th deck of Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas has changed his plea to guilty.

Salvatore “Sam” Anello agreed to a plea deal.  He was charged with negligent homicide in October, alleging that he dropped his granddaughter, Chloe Wiegand, from an open window on the 11th floor of the cruise ship in July.

Royal Caribbean adds 15 more port stops to St. Maarten in 2020

Royal Caribbean announced it will add 15 visits to St. Maarten in 2020, which will bring as many as 68,000 additional guests to the island.

The new visits will begin in May 2020 and run through December 2020 and take place on Freedom of the Seas.

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