Royal Caribbean to return to the Caribbean with vaccinated guests in June

Royal Caribbean Group and other cruise lines are making tentative steps towards the resumption of cruises. Royal Caribbean said last week that it would resume sailing in the Caribbean in June, for vaccinated adult guests.

Adventure of the Seas (IMO 9167227) and Celebrity Millennium (IMO 9189419) will also have vaccinated crews; children under the age of 18 will not have to have been vaccinated, but will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result, Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises said last week.

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, chief executive officer of Celebrity Cruises, a division of Royal Caribbean, said that returning to the Caribbean would represent “the measured beginning of the end of what has been a uniquely challenging time for everyone”.

Adventure of the Seas will homeport in Nassau, The Bahamas. Its itinerary will include stops in Cozumel, Mexico and Royal Caribbean’s own private island. Celebrity Millennium will homeport in St. Maarten.

Royal Caribbean International CEO Michael Bayley said that “the vaccines are clearly a game changer for all of us”.

Meanwhile, Royal Caribbean has completed its sale of boutique brand Azamara to private equity company Sycamore Partners in an $201m all-cash transaction.

The sale included boutique brand Azamara’s three-ship fleet and associated intellectual property.

Royal Caribbean said that the deal would help it focus on expanding its Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Silversea Cruises brands.

“We look forward to guiding and supporting Azamara in its next phase of growth,” said Stefan Kaluzny, Managing Director of Sycamore Partners.

Azamara is adding a fourth ship, the former Pacific Princess.

2001-built, Bahamas-flagged, 138,193 gr Adventure of the Seas is owned by Adventure of the Seas Inc care of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd of Miami, Florida, USA. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Americas Syndicate) on behalf of Adventure of the Seas Inc

2000-built, Malta-flagged, 91,011 gt Celebrity Millennium is owned by Millennium Inc care of Celebrity Cruises Inc of Miami, Florida. ISM manager is RCL Cruises Ltd of Weybridge, Surrey. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Millennium Inc. For H&M it is entered with Gard AS on behalf of RCCL.