Royal Caribbean International has announced that it will be sailing not only from Nassau this summer, but also the island territory of Bermuda.
For the first time, from June through August 2021, Vision of the Seas will sail a series of seven-night cruises from Bermuda. Passengers will enjoy an overnight stay in Bermuda to enjoy its culture, history, and cuisine, and then head south for a full day at Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay.
“We are thankful to the government and people of Bermuda for welcoming us to their beautiful island nation with open arms as Vision of the Seas’ new homeport. This is another step in our safe and measured return to sailing beginning in June,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International.
“Travelers are eager to venture out gradually and start cruising again. By adding a second unique option to sail the Caribbean from a destination as rich and vibrant as Bermuda, we’re offering guests choice in how they can enjoy their well-deserved vacations this summer.”
In Bermuda, Vision of the Seas will homeport at the Royal Naval Dockyard. From there, cruisers will be able to enjoy the island’s pink sand beaches, world-class golfing, and its charming, colorful homes. Before or after the voyage, travelers can extend their trip by staying at one of Bermuda’s upscale hotels or resorts.
“Bermuda has safely and responsibly managed the reopening of its tourism economy by air, and we will meet the challenge of doing the same for the cruise industry. We look forward to homeporting Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas this June as part of the island’s strategic tourism recovery planning which, as always, is guided by science,” said Premier the Hon. E. David Burt, JP, MP, Bermuda.
Specific details on the health and safety measures that will be implemented during these Bermuda voyages will be announced at a later date. Royal Caribbean continues to be guided in its health and safety protocol by scientific and medical experts from its Healthy Sail Panel — a joint venture between Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.
Passengers on these Bermuda sailings must meet the travel requirements of Bermuda, which currently includes receiving a negative PCR test result before traveling and then testing upon arrival into the country.
The new summer 2021 itineraries from Bermuda will open for booking on March 29, 2021 and depart as soon as June 26. All crew will be vaccinated, and adult guests will be required to have the vaccine as well. Passengers under 18 will be allowed to cruise with negative COVID-19 test results. These health and safety measures, like others, may evolve as they are evaluated on an ongoing basis.