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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.

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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.

Wall Street analyst thinks cruise recovery is many years away

Wall Street analyst Chris Woronka of Deutsche Bank wrote a note that predicts in the long run cruise lines will recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, but it will take many years to accomplish.

While he does not see the cruise line stocks of Carnival, Norwegian or Royal Caribbean being low enough to buy right now, in the long term Woronka sees these stocks recovering after getting torpedoed by the COVID-19 panic.

Newlyweds sue Royal Caribbean for being on New Zealand volcano excursion during eruption

Newlyweds Matthew and Lauren Urey are suing Royal Caribbean for being caught during a volcanic eruption while on a cruise shore excursion.

Daily Mail reports the couple made a legal filing that the cruise line failed to alert passengers about the danger, despite the cruise like allegedly knowing about the issue.

Royal Caribbean extends its cruise cancellations through September 15

Royal Caribbean announced it would cancel most of its cruises through September 15, following other cruise lines announcements this week.

The Royal Caribbean Group announced most sailings are cancelled through September 15, with the exception of some ships in China and Bermuda.

Bermuda sailings will be suspended through October 31st, 2020, while Voyager of the Seas sailings are cancelled through September 30th, 2020, and Spectrum of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas sailings through July 2020.

Royal Caribbean-owned Pullmantur Cruises files for reorganization

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd and Cruises Investment Holding announced on Monday that it has filed for the reorganization of Pullmantur Cruceros under Spanish insolvency laws.

RCCL owns 49% of Pullmantur, while Cruises Investment Holding owns 51 percent.

According to Pullmantur's Board of Directors, the impact of COVID-19 wreaked havoc on the cruise line's financial situation.

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