For a cruise enthusiast, there’s nothing like the ocean breeze in your hair and the land shrinking in your peripheral.
And no, there are no motorcycles involved for these hardcore cruisers – just the open sea.
Finally, the long-awaited return of the cruise industry in the United States has begun, and we couldn’t be more excited!
Fan-favorite Royal Caribbean International’s ship, Adventure of the Seas, is homeporting at Nassau Cruise Port in preparation for their triumphant return to the industry.
Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, said in a statement reported by Travel Pulse:
“The return of Adventure of the Seas marks a start in the tremendous step forward our guests have been waiting for and we’ve been working toward for more than 15 months. This is all possible thanks to the government of The Bahamas, the support of our partners and the hard work of our teams across Royal Caribbean.”
This massive fifteen-deck, Voyager-class ship will carry eager passengers for a 7-night adventure, porting at CocoCay (Royal Caribbean’s private island), Grand Bahama Island, The Bahamas, and Cozumel, Mexico.
Bayley also said how glad Royal Caribbean is to be helping their “Caribbean family” and will “set sail from the U.S. for the first time on July 2.”
This is no undistinguished feat as not one cruise ship has departed from the US – or most of the world – since March of 2020 when the “no sail order” was released by the CDC!
The pandemic nightmare that had occurred on the Diamond Princess – where healthy individuals were forced to quarantine with those infected with COVID-19 – left many with a bad taste in their mouth and put a somewhat permanent stain on the cruise industry.
With Royal Caribbean kicking off cruising from the United States, eight more of their ships are set to embark in July and August, reports Travel Pulse.
Unfortunately, there will be a price to pay (in more ways than one) to board this ultimate summer vacation getaway.
Beginning on August 1, Royal Caribbean will change their policy to require all passengers ages 12 and older to be fully vaccinated before sailing.
Despite this over-reaching of power and assault on American freedom, you can bet they will embark at full capacity.
Taking a cruise is the ultimate vacation experience in one neatly-wrapped package with a bow on top.
Nowhere else can you dine on world-renowned cuisine every night, enjoy an in-house water park, and be entertained by star performances before even reaching your destination!
But only time will tell if the cruise industry will one day allow all Americans onboard – whether they’re vaccinated or not.