As the cruise industry returns to North America, Royal Caribbean International is preparing to relaunch service in the region after more than a year.
While cruises from the United States are still out question for the time being, the company will homeport ships in the Bahamas and Bermuda starting in June.
“We are not trying to circumvent the No Sail Order from the CDC. Over the past few months, we’ve been in very constant and regular conversations with them, and I really believe we are on a very positive path, primarily because of the vaccinations,” Royal Caribbean International’s President and CEO Michael Bayley said, speaking at a Caribbean Tourism Organization event held on April 28.
Later in the year, a third ship will start service from Barbados, offering week-long cruises to the Southern Caribbean and the ABC Islands.
According to Bayley, those initiatives are part of a major restart program that includes vessels sailing not only in North America, but also in Mediterranean and Asia.
“All of those ships have been doing very well. There has been good demand. We fell encouraged by the bookings that we are seeing,” Bayley revealed.
As pandemic situation gets better, the perception of the overall situation is also changing, he added.
“Since March 2020, we survey our consumers every month, asking them a series of questions about how they see the future, how they feel about COVID,