As Royal Caribbean prepares to return to cruising from its coronavirus-driven suspension, the cruise line is already planning so as to add new routes later this 12 months. The cruise line is including a house port in Barbados subsequent winter and is providing 7- and 14-night itineraries out of Bridgetown, it introduced this week.
Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas will make the sailings start in December, the cruise line mentioned. The ship will go to new ports of name within the islands of Tobago, Trinidad and St. Vincent, in addition to locations in Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao throughout week-long cruises.
Longer routes will even embody visits to Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica. Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean Worldwide, mentioned in a press launch that the brand new residence port “unlocks new memorable holidays to share with household and associates in breathtaking locations.”
“The pink-sand seashores and surprising adventures throughout Barbados additionally make it an excellent vacation spot for our friends to expertise much more of the Caribbean appeal and tradition earlier than or after their cruise,” Bayley mentioned.
The brand new itineraries all depart on Sundays. They embody a 7-night southern Caribbean “island hop,” a 7-night southern Caribbean “journey” and a 14-night “final” Caribbean voyage. Earlier this week, Royal Caribbean mentioned it was extending its cruise suspension for many of its ships by way of April 30.
Royal Caribbean and different cruise traces are working to satisfy Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention necessities to ensure that them to return their ships to service. The cruise traces want to point out that they’ll conduct regular operations with COVID-19 protections in place with a view to keep away from having the coronavirus unfold amongst passengers and crew.
With a purpose to present that they’re prepared, the cruise traces might want to run mock voyages with volunteer passengers. As of final month, Royal Caribbean mentioned that greater than 150,000 folks had provided to volunteer as passengers for any trial cruises.