You may have been watching the news and have some concerns about your 7 February 2020 sailing. We appreciate the CDC’s abundance of caution and their partnership.
None of the four guests being tested by the CDC showed any clinical signs or symptoms of coronavirus. One had tested positive onboard for Influenza A. Our records indicate that the guests had not been in China since 26 January.
We have also been cleared by authorities to depart, as usual. However, to reassure concerned guests, we will delay our departure until Saturday, 8 February 2020, when we will receive the conclusive test results from the CDC.
We know that you may be anxious about boarding the ship – we’re anxious too! So, we’ve decided to push our boarding to 8 February 2020, at 5:00 PM EST, while we wait for the results from the CDC.
We’ve also made adjustments to our itinerary, which can be found below:
We’ll set sail from Cape Liberty at 10:00 PM on Saturday, 8 February instead of 3:00 PM on Friday, 7 February. Additionally, our visit to Port Canaveral will now be on 11 February from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM and to Perfect Day at CocoCay on 12 February from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Unfortunately, we’ll be unable to visit Nassau, Bahamas.
|7/2||Friday||Cape Liberty, New Jersey||-|
|8/2||Saturday||Cruising||Cape Liberty, New Jersey|
|10/2||Monday||Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida||Cruising|
|11/2||Tuesday||Perfect Day at CocoCay||Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida|
|12/2||Wednesday||Nassau, Bahamas||Perfect Day at CocoCay|
|15/2||Saturday||Cape Liberty, New Jersey||Cape Liberty, New Jersey|
Given that we have shortened the sailing and modified the itinerary, you’ll receive a two-day refund in the form of an onboard credit. Plus a pro-rated credit, to the value of two days, for any pre-purchased packages such as drinks, Internet or dining. Both credits will be added to your Onboard Account and can be used anywhere on the ship.
Please also take a minute to review our screening and boarding protocols. We have been working with medical experts, public health authorities and local governments, and in alignment with new stricter CDC protocols, we are tightening our measures to protect guests and crew. These steps are intentionally conservative, and we apologise that they will inconvenience some of our guests.
Until further notice, all ships in the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. fleet will adopt these health-screening protocols:
For all air travelers entering the U.S. on or after Monday, June 13, the U.S. government no longer requires COVID-19 testing to enter the country. This includes both international travelers and U.S. residents returning from international travel. This requirement is separate from Royal Caribbean cruise testing requirements, which remain in place. To learn more about testing requirements visit our Testing Requirements FAQ.
The safety of our guests and crew is always our top priority. We are continuously monitoring events taking place around the world, including the situation in Ukraine. With the recent events, we have made the decision to cancel our visits to St. Petersburg, Russia on all Summer 2022 itineraries. We have planned alternative ports and will communicate itinerary changes to our guests and travel partners.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people gather. Due to evolving health protocols, certain onboard and destination experiences, offerings, features, or itineraries may not be available during your voyage, may vary by ship and destination, and may be subject to change without notice. Imagery and messaging on the Royal Caribbean website and other company advertising may not accurately reflect experiences that are currently unavailable or otherwise impacted by evolving health protocols.