Do you crave the ocean breeze? The soothing sight of crystal-blue waters? The feel of warm sand between your toes? Well, cruise lovers, if you’re ready to sail again, Royal Caribbean is just about ready for you.
Wednesday, March 24th marks the day that seven-night Royal Caribbean International cruises from Nassau, Bahamas go on sale, with the first sailing set for June 12.
What You Need To Know
The global cruise line recently announced a June-August series of seven-night cruises on board Adventure of the Seas. Sailing roundtrip out of Nassau, the voyages will include a first: two back-to-back days at the highly popular Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s Bahamian private island destination, as well as stops at Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, and Cozumel, Mexico.
All crew members will be vaccinated and cruises will only be open to fully vaccinated adults and those under the age of 18 with proof of a timely negative PCR test result. A variety of other health and safety protocols will be in place on the ship, although — as the situation is still developing — full details won’t be available until closer to the sail dates.
“We are excited to get back to delivering memorable vacations in the Caribbean, gradually and safely,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, RoyalCaribbean International. “The vaccines are clearly a game changer for all of us, and with the number of vaccinations and their impact growing rapidly, we believe starting with cruises for vaccinated adult guests and crew is the right choice.”
He added that moving forward, “We expect this requirement and other measures will inevitably evolve over time.”
Passengers will need to meet not only Royal Caribbean’s various health requirements, but those put in place by the Bahamian government as well. This may include receiving a negative PCR test result before arrival, testing on arrival into the country, and completion of a health survey.
Why The Two-Night CocoCay Experience is So Important
One of the big selling points of these summer sailings is the fact that the ship will spend two consecutive days at Perfect Day at CocoCay. While this has long been a popular request among the line’s guests, there are numerous reasons why the time is right for the wish to become a reality.
First, there’s the fact that like all guests and crew members, the CocoCay staff will be fully vaccinated. This will offer yet another layer of both safety and comfort to the “bubble” Royal Caribbean is creating around guests.
From a financial viewpoint, the move also makes sense as it means more money going into the Royal Caribbean coffers as opposed to being spent by guests traversing other destinations.
As for the other ports visited, passengers will be able to disembark, but they’ll be required to take part in shore excursions specifically curated by Royal Caribbean. Again, this will help the cruise line avoid potential contamination issues, even with all guests being fully vaccinated. (Of course, like everything else related to the health and safety protocols, the decision to allow limited shore excursions could change between now and when the ships actually set sail.)
About Adventure of the Seas
Although the 3,807-passenger Adventure of the Seas first sailed in 2001, it underwent a $60 million refurbishment back in 2018 which saw nearly every aspect of the ship being refreshed even as several new dining venues were added.
Among the changes made to Adventure during the 2018 drydock were the addition of approximately 100 staterooms as well as several new waterslides and the popular FlowRider surfing simulator. On the bar and restaurant front, Asian-inspired Izumi joined the specialty restaurant lineup, as did Chops Grille steakhouse and Boleros Latin Lounge, a favorite late-night spot for drinks and dancing.