Shortly after Celebrity Cruises announced that it would homeport in St. PMaarten starting on June 3, sister-brand Royal Caribbean International announced its long-awaited return to North American sailing.
Royal Caribbean will make its return with a lineup of 7-night sailings onboard Adventure of the Seas, which will sail from Nassau starting on June 12. The sailings will include two consecutive days at Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal’s private destination, along with Grand Bahama Island and Cozumel.
Royal will require all guests over the age of 18-year-olds to be vaccinated and those under 18-years-old to show proof of a negative test, the same requirement that Celebrity announced earlier in the day.
The ship will also sail with additional health and safety measures that were put together by Royal’s Healthy Sail Panel. Those new protocols will be announced at a later date, Royal said.
Aside from Royal's requirements, guests must meet the travel requirements of The Bahamas, which may include receiving a negative PCR test result before their arrival, testing upon arrival, and filling out additional entry forms. The most up-to-date policies are available at The Bahamas website.
“We are excited to get back to delivering memorable vacations in the Caribbean, gradually and safely. The vaccines are clearly a game-changer for all of us, and with the number of vaccinations and their impact growing rapidly, we believe starting with cruises for vaccinated adult guests and crew is the right choice. As we move forward, we expect this requirement and other measures will inevitably evolve over time,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International.
“The opportunity to homeport in The Bahamas is a testament to the tremendous partners the government and the people of the island nation have been to us for more than 50 years. We are grateful for the confidence that they have in us and our commitment to a healthy and happy return to sailing.”