July 5. Royal Caribbean International is now officially back and delivering cruise vacations from ports in the U.S. After a nearly 16-month journey, Freedom of the Seas on July 3 became the first of the cruise line’s ships to welcome guests in the U.S. and the first cruise ship to do so from PortMiami. Sailing with 93 percent of guests and crew fully vaccinated and just in time for Fourth of July weekend, Freedom set off on the first cruise of a summer-long series of three-night weekend and four-night weekday getaways to Perfect Day at CocoCay—the cruise line’s private island destination—and Nassau in the Bahamas.
Royal Caribbean is planning for nine more ships to return through August, including Anthem of the Seas in the U.K., Serenade and Ovation of the Seas in Alaska, and the new Odyssey of the Seas in Fort Lauderdale. In the coming weeks, the cruise line will announce plans to reintroduce its full fleet around the globe by year’s end. The complete 2021 lineup to date is available by clicking on Royal Caribbean Cruise Schedule.
With a sailing made possible in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as state and local authorities, Freedom of the seas is the cruise industry’s first ship to have successfully completed a simulated sailing and receive a Conditional Sailing Certificate (CSC) from the CDC. The certificate confirms the health and safety measures that Royal Caribbean has in place fulfill the CDC’s guidance and requirements.
Source: Insider Travel Report