Cruise Status

Dear TA’s,

The timing for U.S cruising to return is still uncertain. However, there have been several itinerary announcements recently.

As I have outlined in a previous blog post, ships classified as “green” are viewed as unaffected by COVID based on self-reported information, including the report or no confirmed cases of COVID during the previous month, adherence to proper quarantine procedures, and the filing of current paperwork. “Yellow” ships were previously “green” but are awaiting results of a potential positive test. “Red” ships had a positive COVID test onboard or violated a government regulation or protocol.

Lindblad has announced that it will begin Alaska and Galapagos sailings in June for vaccinated guests. Royal Caribbean also announced three Caribbean itineraries will sail the week of June 5th, and due to the inability to sail from the U.S., has moved three ships from U.S. waters. To date no other cruise lines have moved their ships from U.S. waters.

The Royal Caribbean itineraries set to sail from the Caribbean in June include Adventure of the Seas, which will sail from The Bahamas, Vision of the Seas from Bermuda, and Celebrity Millennium from St. Maarten. These new itineraries will require guests and crew to be vaccinated and will make stops at Royal Caribbean’s private island CocoCay.

Carnival Cruise line has announced that there are currently no plans to move its ships away from U.S. homeports. They currently have 31 ships across all brands operating or planning to resume operations in U.S. waters. All of their ships are classified as “green” which is unchanged from previous reporting.

Royal Caribbean currently has 20 ships operating or planning to operate in U.S. waters during the initial phase. Adventure of the Seas has moved from U.S. waters. 100% of Royal Caribbean’s ships are currently classified as “green.”

Norwegian Cruise Lines has 5 ships operating or planning to operate in U.S. waters.  They have recently introduced the ship Norwegian Sun. Their ships all have an unchanged classification of “green.”

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