Tag: Royal Caribbean Group

SOME DAY IS HERE! 99% Vaccinated Cruise Ship Sets Sail From Florida On Saturday

FORT LAUDERDALE — A Royal Caribbean-owned ship, the Celebrity Edge, set sail from a Florida port on Saturday, marking the first cruise ship to sail from a U.S. port in 15 months. It set sail with 99 percent of its 1,110 passengers fully vaccinated, the company said. Celebrity Edge departed Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at 6 […]

2 Young Unvaccinated Passengers on RCCL Test Cruise Test Positive For COVID-19

NASSAU — Two young unvaccinated passengers on a Royal Caribbean International cruise out of the Bahamas tested positive for the coronavirus, the cruise line said. The passengers, who were younger than 16 and traveling in the same group, left Adventure of the Seas before the end of the cruise on Thursday in Freeport with their […]

Royal Caribbean Plans To Send Cruise Ships To St. Thomas When CDC Says They Can

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Royal Caribbean Group executives have announced “solid” plans to safely return to the U.S. Virgin Islands,” according to a news release from Government House. Beginning on July 6, the cruise line has “projected some 213,000 guests will visit by the end of 2021, generating millions in revenues for the territory’s small businesses,” […]

Royal Caribbean Megaship Grounded After 8 Crew Members Test Positive For COVID-19

MIAMI — Royal Caribbean’s new megaship, Odyssey of the Seas, was supposed to hail the company’s return to business as near-usual this summer. But the ship’s launch is now delayed, after eight crew members tested positive for COVID-19. Its first scheduled trips are now canceled. The outbreak happened despite all 1,400 crew members being vaccinated […]

Royal Caribbean Says Sailing Schedule Won’t Be Altered By Disease On Board

MIAMI — Royal Caribbean Group’s Celebrity Cruises said there would be no changes to its summer sailing schedule, a day after two people onboard its Millennium ship tested positive for COVID-19. Cruise operator Royal Caribbean said the two guests onboard on Celebrity Millennium who tested positive for coronavirus were asymptomatic and put in isolation. The guests, […]

Royal Caribbean Group To Participate In 4th USVI Community Business Forum

CHRISTIANSTED — The Office of the Governor and Royal Caribbean Group will host the fourth session of the USVI Community Business Forum series that will take a closer look at the cruise giant’s expected return to the territory this summer. The USVI Community Business Forum IV is scheduled for 9-11 a.m., Wednesday, June 16. The […]

Could COVID-19 Keep Cruise Lines Homeporting In The Caribbean Indefinitely?

Will the decision by several U.S. cruise lines to home port in the Caribbean this summer become a permanent fixture, or is it just a temporary workaround? The widespread suspicion that it is the latter, was succinctly voiced in one recent online posting on Tribune242’s website in The Bahamas: “These cruise people aren’t coming here […]

Bryan Asks Senate For $1.5 Million To Help Revitalize Downtown Areas In USVI

FREDERIKSTED — Amidst more than a half-dozen ongoing infrastructure projects throughout the territory’s downtown areas, some close to completion, Governor Albert Bryan is sending down legislation to the Senate requesting $1.5 million to complete improvements to the Frederiksted waterfront, spanning from Dorsch Beach along Strand Street to Buddhoe Park. These new infrastructure upgrades and improvements in Frederiksted are part […]

Royal Caribbean Group Is Shrinking Its Fleet, Selling Azamara To Private Equity Firm

MIAMI — Royal Caribbean Group is selling one of its four cruise lines — Azamara — to a New York-based private equity firm. In a $201 million transaction, the second largest cruise company in the world plans to hand over the Azamara brand and its three cruise ships to Sycamore Partners by the end of […]