Royal Caribbean Faces Boycott Calls as Only Vaccinated Adults Allowed on Cruise Ships

Several folks on social media have made calls to boycott cruises with Royal Caribbean after the corporate introduced its new sailings from the Bahamas would require grownup friends to be “fully vaccinated against COVID-19” in a press release on Friday.

Speaking to Newsweek, a spokesperson for Royal Caribbean mentioned that “vaccinations will be required for the upcoming sailings from [the] Bahamas and St. Maarten.”

“We have followed the science and used our learnings about COVID-19 to develop comprehensive health and safety protocols to make cruising safer by preventing and mitigating the spread of infectious diseases, in general, and of COVID-19, in particular. This will continue to evolve as new research and technology becomes available,” the spokesperson added.

Twitter person @patriottakes wrote: “MAGAs [Make America Great Again, Donald Trump’s campaign slogan] are starting to boycott Royal Caribbean because they are requiring vaccinations for adult passengers and crew members when they start sailing again in June. #CancelCulture.” The put up has had over 7,200 likes because it was first shared on Monday.

User @drsimonegold tweeted: “WOW: @RoyalCaribbean cruises is now requiring you to get an experimental vaccine to book a cruise with them. I will be boycotting the company instead. Who else is with me? #BoycottRC.” The put up obtained over 8,100 likes and over 2,300 retweets because it was first posted on Saturday.

User @joanwetz agreed with the boycott, noting: “I am. I will not do business with anyone requiring a vaccine,” in a put up that obtained over 130 likes because it was first shared.

User @FunTimeFred1 wrote: “I’m 100% with you, Simone Any company that make this a requirement will go bust,” in a reply to the message by @drsimonegold. The put up obtained practically 100 likes because it was first tweeted.

MAGAs are beginning to boycott Royal Caribbean as a result of they’re requiring vaccinations for grownup passengers and crew members after they begin crusing once more in June. #CancelCulture

— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) March 22, 2021

User @HardLinesBlog tweeted: “I’m saying goodbye to all venues moving to this requirement,” in response to the tweet by @drsimonegold. The tweet obtained at the very least 145 likes because it was first posted.

On Friday, Royal Caribbean introduced new seven-night cruises aboard the Adventure of the Seas cruise ship that can depart from Nassau within the Bahamas beginning in June.

“The new itineraries departing through August, which will sail with vaccinated crew, will be available to adult guests who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and those under the age of 18 with negative test results,” the assertion mentioned.

Royal Caribbean prolonged the suspension of sailings for its world fleet by way of May 31 (excluding cruises aboard the Quantum, Spectrum, Voyager and Odyssey of the Seas cruise ships) “in order to allow additional time for our return to service preparations,” the corporate mentioned in a press release on March 19.

The firm plans to “resume further operation in June” however famous updates on prolonged suspensions for the next ships and sailings:

  • Quantum of the Seas: “Alaska sailings departing April 5 to October 14, 2021: In order to allow additional time for our preparation, Quantum of the Seas will remain in the Asia-Pacific region.”
  • Odyssey of the Seas: “May 9 to October 28, 2021 sailings departing from Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy. Instead, Odyssey will begin her inaugural season out of a new homeport, Haifa, Israel from June to October 2021. These new sailings are available for residents of Israel only.”
  • Adventure of the Seas: “June 5 to October 14, 2021: Instead of offering sailings from Barcelona, Spain, Adventure of the Seas will now offer sailings from Nassau, Bahamas beginning June 2021,” the corporate mentioned.

The firm warns: “Health and safety protocols, guest conduct rules, and regional travel restrictions vary by ship and destination, and are subject to change without notice.

“Due to evolving well being protocols, imagery and messaging could not precisely replicate onboard and vacation spot experiences, choices, options, or itineraries. These will not be accessible throughout your voyage, could range by ship and vacation spot, and could also be topic to alter with out discover.”

The cruise industry came to a halt last year amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a “No Sail Order” for cruise ships from March 14, 2020, as the national health body had “motive to imagine that cruise ship journey could proceed to introduce, transmit, or unfold COVID-19.”

The order was most recently extended on September 30 last year but on October 30, “a Framework for Conditional Sailing Order” was issued by the CDC. The new order outlined detailed guidelines for resuming cruise operations in U.S. waters.

“This Order introduces a phased method for resuming passenger cruises. Passenger operations proceed to be suspended through the preliminary phases of this Order. The preliminary section requires crew screening to find out the prevalence of COVID-19 amongst all crew members presently on cruise ships in U.S. waters,” the health body advises.

Currently the CDC recommends that “all folks keep away from journey on cruise ships, together with river cruises, worldwide, as a result of the danger of COVID-19 on cruise ships may be very excessive. It is very vital that individuals with an elevated danger of extreme sickness keep away from journey on cruise ships, together with river cruises.”

“Cruise passengers are at elevated danger of person-to-person unfold of infectious illnesses, together with COVID-19, and outbreaks of COVID-19 have been reported on cruise ships,” the CDC warns.

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An aerial view of Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Sea cruise ship docked in Miami, Florida on March 2. The cruise firm’s new sailings from the Bahamas would require all grownup friends “to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.”
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The wider image

Coronavirus has contaminated greater than 123.3 million folks, together with over 29.8 million within the U.S., because it was first reported in Wuhan, China.

More than 2.7 million folks have died worldwide and greater than 69.9 million have recovered as of Monday, in accordance with Johns Hopkins University.

The graphic beneath, produced by Statista, illustrates international locations with probably the most COVID-19 vaccine doses administered per 100,000 folks.

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The graphic beneath, produced by Statista, illustrates the unfold of COVID-19 within the U.S.

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