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ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL’S RETURN TO SAILING UPDATE

June 29, 2021

We are encouraged to see our ongoing work with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to progress on all fronts. Royal Caribbean International has received approval for simulation cruises on the following ships to date:

  • Allure of the Seas – July 27 from Port Canaveral
  • Symphony of the Seas – Aug. 1 from PortMiami
  • Independence of the Seas –  Aug. 1 from Port of Galveston
  • Mariner of the Seas – Aug. 11 from Port Canaveral
  • Serenade of the Seas – July 7 from Port of Seattle
  • Oasis of the Seas – Aug. 22 from Cape Liberty

Freedom of the Seas has now received a Conditional Sailing Certificate from the CDC to set sail with guests starting Friday, July 2. As the cruise industry’s first ship to receive approval and conduct a simulation cruise, Freedom successfully completed its simulation that departed on June 20 from PortMiami.

Royal Caribbean is pursuing one of two pathways, laid out by the CDC, to get back to cruising. It requires that U.S-based ships conduct simulation cruises to test health and safety protocols if the cruise line expects to return to sailing with less than 95% fully vaccinated guests or crew. As a family brand, Royal Caribbean typically sees that children under the age of 12 make up 10% of our guests on board, and today, they are ineligible for the vaccine. We are committed to continuing to deliver memorable family vacations, and it is why we are conducting simulation sailings.

As we set sail once again in the U.S., our crew will be fully vaccinated, and our health protocols will include vaccination policies for all our guests. Details on Royal Caribbean’s vaccine policies can be found on our website at bit.ly/pr_vaccinepolicy.

Royal Caribbean International is applying the recommendations of its Healthy Sail Panel of public health and scientific experts to provide a safer and healthier cruise vacation on all of its sailings. Health and safety protocols, regional travel restrictions and clearance to visit ports of call, are subject to change based on ongoing evaluation, public health standards, and government requirements. For more information on the latest health and travel alerts, U.S. government travel advisories, please visit https://www.royalcaribbean.com/cruise-ships/itinerary-updates or consult travel advisories, warnings or recommendations relating to cruise travel on applicable government websites.
NOTICE: For U.S. cruises and guests: Prior to booking, please consult all applicable U.S. Centers for Disease Control travel advisories, warnings, or recommendations relating to cruise travel, available at www.cdc.gov/travel/notices. If a certain threshold level of COVID-19 is detected onboard your cruise ship during your voyage, your voyage will be ended immediately and the ship will return to the port of embarkation, and your subsequent travel, including your return home, may be restricted or delayed. For cruises and guests worldwide: Health and safety protocols, guest conduct rules, as well as regional travel restrictions and clearance to visit ports of call, are subject to change without notice based on ongoing evaluation, public health standards, and government requirements. Onboard and destination experiences, features, itineraries and guest conduct rules vary by ship and destination and are subject to change without notice.