Are You Ready to Hit the Open Seas Again?

Affectionately referred to as floating petri dishes since the start of the pandemic, it appears one of the major cruise lines will soon be setting sail again after being docked for a full year.

Tracking a handful of sectors and companies that have been dubbed “rebound” or “reopening” stocks, cruise line represents a business that seems to have had it much worse than even the airline industry. While travelers by-large have been essentially grounded for the past 12-months, airlines were still operating, albeit at a reduced capacity for most of 2020. But cruise lines were a different story, as they were slapped with an official “no-sail” ban from the CDC which only recently was lifted in November.

But now that vaccinations are rolling out and will soon be available to the masses, Royal Caribbean (RCL) announces it will restart some Caribbean cruises in June, following a year-long suspension amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The company said crews will be fully vaccinated, and adult guests will be required to be vaccinated as well, while Children under 18 will need to show proof of a negative Covid test.

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, chief executive officer of Celebrity Cruises, a division of Royal Caribbean, said:

“Returning to the Caribbean … marks the measured beginning of the end of what has been a uniquely challenging time for everyone.”

The flagship sail of 2021 will be led by Adventure of the Seas which will homeport in Nassau, The Bahamas. The itinerary also includes stops in Cozumel, Mexico and Royal Caribbean’s own private island. Celebrity Millennium will homeport in Caribbean island St. Maarten.

Sipping on a drink, under the Caribbean sun, on the white sandy beaches of St. Maarten sounds tempting, but something about the last year makes the idea of being confined to a ship with thousands of other strangers just a little unsettling. Are you ready to jump back on a cruise ship?

Originally published by Reuters.com

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