Tag: Royal Caribbean Group

Vision of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas: Royal Caribbean’s ‘Plague Ships’

This past week, I received lots of information from both crew members and cruise guests that several Royal Caribbean cruise ships are transferring crew members, who test positive or are ill with COVID-19, to one of two idle ships in the fleet (Vision of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas) which are being operated as floating […]

Harmony of the Seas: Royal Caribbean’s Latest Super-Spreader-At-Sea Cruise

MIAMI — The Harmony of the Seas finally returned to its home port in Port Canaveral today after a disastrous week at sea.  Royal Caribbean transferred over a hundred crew members, who tested positive for COVID-19, to the Vision of the Seas which the cruise line is using as a quarantine facility-at-sea and/or floating hospital. Based on dozens of […]

Even The Vaccinated Should Avoid Cruise Travel As Omicron Cases Surge, CDC Says

MIAMI — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said people should avoid traveling on cruise ships regardless of their vaccination status, as daily COVID-19 cases in the country climb to record highs due to the fast-spreading Omicron variant. The move delivers another blow to the cruise industry that had just started returning to […]

Royal Caribbean Bookings Take A Hit As Omicron Fears Worsen

MIAMI — Royal Caribbean Group said today it was grappling with a drop in bookings and a rise in cancellations as COVID-19 cases surge in the United States, driven by the fast-spreading Omicron variant. U.S. cruise ships have been gradually returning to the seas since late June, but an increase in Omicron cases has sparked calls for a […]

Carnival Says Most Itineraries Unchanged Even As Omicron Cases Rise

MIAMI — Carnival Corp said this week a majority of its ships’ itineraries were unchanged despite a surge in cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant, which has threatened to stall a recovery in the cruise industry. The world’s largest cruise operator, however, said a few destination ports were reviewing their protocols and processes due to the […]

Jewel of the Seas Puts COVID-Infected Crew Members Onto Rhapsody of the Seas To Avoid Being Blocked At Caribbean Ports

PHILIPSBURG — The Jewel of the Seas faced a dilemma Sunday.  After starting the day with fifteen crew members and five guests testing positive for COVID-19, ten additional crewmembers later tested positive for the virus. This brought the number of infected crew members to a total of twenty-five. With five infected guests, the total number of infected […]

ABC Islands Tell 2 Cruise Ships ‘Go Home’ After Showing Up Riddled With COVID-19

MIAMI — A COVID-19 outbreak took place on a South Florida-based cruise ship for the third time this week, as the number of coronavirus cases in Florida hit its highest level since the start of the pandemic. An undisclosed number of passengers and crew aboard the Carnival Freedom cruise caught the virus so the ship […]

Celebrity Equinox Cancels Christmas Day Visit To St. Croix; Picks St. Thomas Instead

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — If the Celebrity Equinox had its druthers, it would prefer to visit St. Thomas instead of St. Croix tomorrow. And with the full weight and power of the Royal Caribbean Group — which owns the Equinox — it does have its druthers. The Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) buried the lead this […]

COVID-Plagued RCG Cruise Ship Symphony Of The Seas Docked In St. Thomas

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — At least 48 people have tested positive for the coronavirus on Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas cruise ship that docked in St. Thomas on Wednesday, the company said, as the omicron variant continues to spread around the world. The sprawling ship, which boasts a nightclub and theater, left Miami on December 11 for […]

Omicron Sends Cruise Ship Shares Plummeting; Investors Look To Fed

NEW YORK — Wall Street ended lower on Monday, with shares of Carnival Corp and several airlines tumbling as investors worried about the Omicron coronavirus variant ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting later this week. Travel-related stocks fell, with the fast-spreading variant accounting for around 40 percent of COVID-19 infections in London and at least […]