Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group Richard Fain has expressed his high hopes for cruising in the U.S. this summer, just days after the Celebrity Millennium set sail on her first post-pandemic commercial voyage.
“We are moving inexorably towards the total resumption of cruising in a safe and healthy manner. Last Saturday, the Celebrity Millennium started her first voyage in 15 months, leaving from St Maarten to destinations in the Caribbean,” Fain said in a video address to travel advisors.
“In less than a week, the Adventure of the Seas will start sailing from Nassau. In just two weeks, the Celebrity Edge will depart Port Everglades with their own Captain Kate at the helm. On July 2, Freedom of the Seas will lead port Miami on her first sailing to Nassau and our incomparable private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay,” he added.
Fain also said that during the rest of 2021, the rest of Royal Caribbean Group’s fleets will be returning too.
“While I may not know every detail of the process, I can assure you this: we will not restart any ship unless and until we are confident of two things. Firstly, it is safe to do so, and more so than shoreside equivalents. And secondly, that the experience onboard meets our exacting expectations, including guest ratings of the crews, at least equal to what they were pre-pandemic,” Fain said.
In the 10-minute video, Fain also lauded US’ vaccination efforts, saying that most of Royal Caribbean guests have either