Royal Caribbean announces its return to the Caribbean with cruises from the Bahamas
The cruise line will offer new 7-night itineraries from Nassau, The Bahamas, starting in June 2021
Starting in June, travelers can exchange those virtual travel experiences for their long-awaited vacations and cruise the Bahamas and Mexico with Royal Caribbean International.
The global cruise line has announced a series of 7-night itineraries aboard the Adventure of the Seas, which sets sail in June from the new home port Nassau, The Bahamas. Cruise passengers now have the opportunity to hop from island to island to enjoy the adventures they have missed, including the first set of two-consecutive-day itineraries on Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean's private island in the Bahamas, and explore. Grand Bahama Island, The Bahamas and Cozumel, Mexico.
Travelers who are thinking about their vacations can book their cruise on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 and set sail from June 12, 2021. The new itineraries with departure until August, which will sail with vaccinated crew, will be available for adult guests who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and those under the age of 18 with negative test results.
“We are excited to return to offering an unforgettable vacation in the Caribbean, gradually and safely. Vaccinations are clearly a game changer for all of us, and with the number of vaccines and their impact growing rapidly, we believe that starting with cruises for vaccinated adult guests and crew is the right choice.
As we move forward, we are counting on this requirement and other measures to inevitably evolve, ”said Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. “The opportunity to have a homeport in The Bahamas is a testament to the tremendous partners that the government and the people of the nation have been to us for more than 50 years. We are grateful for the trust they have in us and our commitment to a healthy and safe return to sailing".
Featured itinerary details
The sun-soaked shores of Perfect Day at CocoCay, Grand Bahama Island and Cozumel dazzle you.
• The limited series of Royal Caribbean itineraries with Adventure offers guests the unique opportunity to spend two consecutive days on Perfect Day at CocoCay, where all staff will be fully vaccinated. With twice the time to enjoy the best combination of adventures and ways to relax on the island, during the day, travelers can enjoy the 13 waterslides that Thrill Waterpark offers, including the highest in North America; Up, Up & Away, the helium balloon that floats up to 450 feet in the air; and the first floating cabins in the Bahamas at Coco Beach Club. And as the sun sets, they can relax with a cocktail in hand on the tranquil beaches of Chill Island or in the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean, Oasis Lagoon.
• Turquoise waters, island vibes and options to safely explore the culture, history, cuisine and natural beauty of each destination are on the agenda for Grand Bahama Island and Cozumel on select Royal Caribbean excursions.
“As we anticipate a promising return to a vibrant tourism industry, the news that the cruise industry will begin with sailings from The Bahamas is exciting. Hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of passengers will experience Nassau or Grand Bahama in a way they never had the chance, ”said Dr. Hubert A Minnis, Prime Minister of The Bahamas.
“I am especially pleased that Royal Caribbean, with whom we have had a long and mutually beneficial relationship for over 50 years, has chosen The Bahamas as a home port when to resume shipping. This is truly a new day for tourism. It should inspire many small and medium businesses, tour operators, taxi drivers, restaurants and retailers to prepare for the brightest days ahead, the best we have ever had. "
Extraordinary experiences aboard the Adventure of the Seas
Ready to create memories Royal Caribbean is known for, Adventure of the Seas offers guests a wealth of experiences to seamlessly sail from one island to another. From The Perfect Storm, the dual Cyclone and Typhoon waterslides, and the FlowRider surf simulator, to the Splashaway Bay kids' water park, all kinds of thrills are guaranteed.
Add to that the variety of entertainment venues and restaurants, such as Izumi, known for its menu of fresh sushi and sashimi; the popular steakhouse, Chops Grille; and Boleros, a Latin-inspired lounge, there are adventures for all ages and all members of the family on board.
"Royal Caribbean has long been a valued partner for The Bahamas, and we are delighted to work with them to make Nassau their newest home port," said Aviation and Tourism Minister Dionisio D'Aguilar.
“The cruise industry is a vital part of the Bahamian economy and returning Royal Caribbean and its guests to our shores will go a long way toward restoring and reviving tourism. We have been diligently preparing for the past few months to ensure an experience that is equally safe and enjoyable. We are confident that passengers will receive the warm and friendly hospitality for which the Bahamas are famous”.
Cruise passengers can rest assured that their well-being, that of the crew members and the communities we visit are Royal Caribbean's top priorities. Details on the additional health and safety measures Royal Caribbean will implement will be announced at a later date. The comprehensive health and safety measures to come are based on the professional expertise of the Healthy Sail Panel, the Chief Public Health Officer and the Royal Caribbean Group Medical Director along with local government and health authorities.
Additionally, cruise passengers must comply with the travel requirements established by The Bahamas. This may include obtaining a negative PCR test result prior to arrival, testing upon arrival in the country, and completing the appropriate entry forms. The most up-to-date policies can be found on the Bahamas website.
Royal Caribbean's new 7-night summer itineraries continue the cruise line's safe and healthy return to sail the world once again, following months of successful sailings aboard the Quantum of the Seas in Singapore and the recent announcement, of the highly anticipated Odyssey of the Seas to sail from Haifa, Israel.