December 15. Royal Caribbean won’t let you embark the ship at a different port of call or leave the ship earlier during your cruise.
The policy on the cruise line’s downline embarkation has changed, according to an update sent to travel agents via email.
Up until now, passengers were able to request to embark or disembark at a port of call other than the scheduled embarkation/disembarkation port.
“Down lining” was on a request basis only, subject to consideration and approval by Royal Caribbean. While they used to allow down lining, they also discouraged it due to implications resulting from unscheduled itinerary changes and weather/sea conditions, which would have resulted in missing a guest’s port of embarkation/debarkation.
Why the change? As many countries continue to enforce travel restrictions, Royal Caribbean says the decision was made “in an abundance of caution for the safety and security of our guests.”
Should guests who reserved flights through Royal Caribbean’s Air2Sea program experience delays in air travel that result in missed cruise embarkation, downlining to a future port-of-call remains an option as long as the guest is fully vaccinated and able to show proof of required Covid-19 test results prior to boarding.
Source: Royal Caribbean Blog