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Grandeur of the Seas Resumes Cruises

Another Royal Caribbean ship has returned to sailing. Grandeur of the Seas hit the water on Sunday after a 21 month hiatus. 

Sailing from Bridgeport, Barbados, the ship is operating a series of seven to 14 night Caribbean voyages. 

Grandeur was originally scheduled to be transferred to Pullmantur in early 2021, but the company filed for bankruptcy in 2020, so the ship is staying with Royal for the foreseeable future. 

This is Royal Caribbean’s first Vision-class ship to return to cruising. 

10 COVID Cases Reported on Norwegian Ship

A Norwegian Cruise Line ship has returned to New Orleans with 10 positive COVID cases onboard. 

Norwegian Breakaway was on a seven-night cruise from the Big Easy with 3,200 people onboard when the company reported the ten cases to the local health department. 

A statement from the operator said:

“We have identified a handful of COVID-19 cases among guests and crew onboard Norwegian Breakaway, which is scheduled to disembark in New Orleans, LA on December 5. All of the identified cases onboard are asymptomatic.”

Every guest was tested before disembarking the ship at 7 am on Sunday morning.  

STORY: Norwegian Cruise Line Details Breakaway Covid Cases, Response

Royal Caribbean Adjusts Testing Policy For Kids

Royal Caribbean has changed the way it is doing testing for unvaccinated passengers ages two to 11. 

Effective December 17, kids will have to have a negative PCR test taken in advance to board — antigen tests are no longer being accepted as a pre-cruise option. However, at embarkation, kids will have to take a complimentary antigen test.

Vaccinated guests 12 and up are still able to provide a negative antigen test to satisfy boarding requirements.

STORY: Royal Caribbean Updates Pre-Cruise Testing Policy

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