Royal Caribbean International announced Friday that it will pause operations on multiple ships due to COVID, canceling some sailings and pushing back one ship’s return to cruising.
“Despite stringent health and safety measures, including vaccination and testing requirements for guests and crew, and extensive contingency planning, we have had to move forward with this decision,” the cruise line said Friday in a statement shared by spokesperson Lyan Sierra-Caro.
Four ships have been impacted by the pause:
- Vision of the Seas, which is being used to quarantine COVID positive crew members, has had its return to cruising postponed until March 7.
- Serenade of the Seas sailings between Jan. 8 and March 5 have been canceled. The ship will return to service on April 26 after dry dock.
- Jewel of the Seas sailings will be canceled between Jan. 9 and Feb. 12 and it will return to service on Feb. 20.
- Symphony of the Seas sailings between Jan. 8 and Jan. 22 have been canceled, the ship will return to service on Jan. 29.
Passengers who booked sailings on those ships will have “compensation options” including a full refund.