Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD. announced that it is suspending cruising in the United States for 30 days.
In a statement Royal Caribbean announced: “We understand the gravity of the public health crisis confronting the country. And this is our part to play. So, beginning at midnight tonight, we are pausing the fleet’s US sailings for 30 days.”
Royal Caribbean is reaching out to its guests to help them work through this disruption to their vacations, and says to be truly sorry for their inconvenience. The cruise line is communicating with their crew to work out the issues this decision presents. Royal Caribbean says they are aware this adds great stress to their guests, employees and crew, and is working to minimize the disruption.
Cruises that depart US ports before midnight tonight and international cruises will operate their scheduled itineraries. US ships already at sea will finish their itineraries as planned.
Update: Given global public health circumstances, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has decided to suspend its sailings globally. The cruise line will conclude all current sailings as scheduled and assist guests with their safe return home. As with the announcement yesterday – regarding U.S. sailings – Royal Caribbean expects to return to service on April 11, 2020.