The cruise line said all crew members will be vaccinated against COVID-19. Passengers aged 16 and over cruising to Alaska will also need to be vaccinated. The requirement will be extended to Alaska-bound passengers aged 12 and over starting August 1.
For other voyages passing through United States waters, Royal Caribbean has stated that it is
strongly recommended passengers to be vaccinated. Unvaccinated passengers must be tested for COVID-19 and follow other measures to be announced later, the company said.
Royal Caribbean has indicated that its first cruise to the United States since March 2020 will leave Miami on July 2 on the ship Freedom of the Seas.
The company said that over the next six weeks, five more ships will sail the Caribbean after leaving Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Port Canaveral, Fla., And Galveston, Texas. Two other ships will sail from Seattle to Alaska.
Royal Caribbean, which is headquartered in Miami but registers its ships in other countries, plans to have 12 ships operating globally by the end of August. These include ships from the UK, Europe and the Bahamas.
In the United States, cruise lines are still discussing health measures with federal, state and local authorities.
Royal Caribbean is planning trial trips starting this month. These pilot trips are needed before cruise lines can make regular crossings with less than 95% of passengers vaccinated.
Meanwhile, U.S. officials said this week that a lawsuit in Florida against the federal government over conditions for cruise lines to resume shipping could threaten plans to restart Alaska cruises.