Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced last week that it plans to
resume cruise operations as on August 1 and in China on July 1.
As a consequence of ongoing global public health circumstances, Royal Caribbean Cruises officially announced in a statement it decided to extend the suspension of most sailings through July 31, and sailings from China will be suspended through the end of June.
In winter months, passengers
onboard cruise ships run a far higher risk of contracting a virus than summer travelers.
The Diamond Princess is currently being quarantined in Japan because of the coronavirus, scientists analyzed almost 120 serious virus outbreaks aboard cruise ships over the past decade. All of them are recorded by the US Centers for Disease Control. Any ship that stops at the US and which has an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness aboard must report it to the Centers for Disease Control.
Several cruise lines have implemented new travel restrictions
this week and boosted their passenger screening procedures.
Cruise operators issued travel advisories to ensure that their guests are not affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Cruise lines are not letting people sail if they have traveled in China amid the outbreak of the new coronavirus that started there.
The coronavirus appeared in Wuhan, China, in December last year.
Due to the virus, almost 20 people died and 600 were infected.
Port Canaveral is among the busiest cruise ports in the world with 4.5 million cruise passengers annually.
Five cruise ships have been spotted docking at the same time in Port Canaveral a day before New Year’s Eve. The cruise ships are Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas, Disney Cruise Line’s Dream, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Bliss, Carnival Cruise Line’s Liberty, and Royal’s Mariner of the Seas.
Norwegian Breakaway arrived at Port Canaveral on Saturday, starting a
five-month seasonal service as a Port Canaveral-based ship.
Breakaway is the second Norwegian Cruise Line ship that joins the Port
Canaveral lineup as the Norwegian Sun also will be based here for more than
seven months from fall 2019 to spring 2020.
The Norwegian Breakaway will replace the slightly older and larger Norwegian Epic at Port Canaveral. The Epic has been based at Port Canaveral for three consecutive fall/winter sailing seasons. Both Norwegian ships will sail a total of 67 voyages from Port Canaveral.