Royal Caribbean International on Friday reported COVID-19, CNN. Trips on four ships were canceled due to rising rates of reports,
Why this matters: The cancellations are the latest blow to the cruise industry since the wave of the highly contagious Omron Editions.
Running news: “With caution, Royal Caribbean International is halting operations on a number of ships,” the company said in a statement, according to CNN.
- Those ships, including Vision of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas, have halted operations until at least January 29, per CNN.
- The cruise line has called for cancellations despite vaccination and testing requirements for guests and crew. Guests booked on canceled sailings will receive compensation options including a full refund per CNN.
- “We regret the cancellation of our guests’ long-awaited holidays and appreciate their loyalty and understanding,” the company said. “Our top priority is always the well being of our guests, our crew and the communities we visit.”
- Royal Caribbean did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
big picture: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week that passengers should “avoid cruise ships, regardless of vaccination status,” and raised their travel health notices to the highest level.
- this week, more 3,000 Passengers and crew members quarantine on Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum of the Seas in Hong Kong following a COVID scare on board.
- Norwegian Cruise Line also this week announced the cancellation of voyages on eight ships due to “ongoing travel restrictions,” according to CNN.
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