Cruise lines pause operations on multiple ships due to COVID

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Royal Caribbean International is pausing operations on multiple ships due to COVID, canceling some sailings and pushing back one ship’s return to cruising. Four ships have been impacted by the pause – Visions of the Seas (currently used to quarantine positive crew members), Serenade of Seas (until April 26), Jewel of the Seas (until February 20), and Symphony of the Seas (until January 29).  Norwegian Cruise Line also announced earlier this week cancelled cruises on eight of its ships as well. Between Dec. 15 and Dec. 29, cruise ships sailing in US waters reported 5,013 COVID-19 cases to the CDC.

Royal Caribbean International is moving crew members who have tested positive for coronavirus to two of its out-of-service ships, Vision of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas, to quarantine as the pandemic continues to surge. The transferred crew members, who are all fully vaccinated, are in isolation and are being monitored by an onboard medical team. After each crew member completes their 10-day quarantine, they return to their assigned ships.

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