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Royal Caribbean President Addresses COVID Cases

Royal Caribbean president Michael Bayley is speaking out after a couple of the line’s ships have seen new cases pop up during the sailing.

In Facebook post, the executive said “With a typical sailing having anywhere from 95% to 98% fully vaccinated on-board population and all guests tested before boarding and all crew tested weekly with front-of-house staff now being tested every three days and everyone wearing masks the vast majority of the time, along with social distancing, sanitizing, etc., we now have a positivity rate way below the national rate and way below our big homeport states.”

98 percent of the guests who have tested positive on Royal ships are fully vaccinated, and 99 percent have had mild symptoms or asymptomatic.

The line recently pulled bookings for some January voyages to control capacity.

Two Cruise Lines Add Booster Shot Requirement for Guests

Two Carnival brands are now requiring the booster shot for certain sailings.

Cunard and P&O Cruises have sent out letters to guests booked on cruises in the near future to inform them that booster shots will be required to sail.

The letter said “The definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ is having completed an approved two dose Covid-19 vaccination course with a third booster vaccination.”

Guests must have the booster vaccine at least seven days prior to sailing. This news makes them the first cruise lines in the world to require the booster for guests.

Those who don’t meet the vaccine requirements at the time of their sailing may transfer their booking or get a full refund.

Carnival Celebration Gets Her Funnel

Carnival Celebration has received its signature funnel at the shipyard in Turkey. The ship is still being built before heading out to sea trials early next year.

Celebration will sail her inaugural voyage in November of next year from the UK to Miami, where she’ll cruise year-round.

Like Mardi Gras, Celebration will have the BOLT roller coaster, it’ll be powered by liquefied natural gas, and it comes in at 180,000 gross registered tons.

Construction of the ship started on January 13, 2021.

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