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Royal Caribbean continues with the Australian season while Royal and Norwegian “pause” the US routes

Royal Caribbean continues to sail for the rest of the season in Australia, despite having suspended all travel to the United States for 30 days.

The line announced the voluntary stop in America on Friday due to the public health crisis. It followed a similar announcement from Norwegian Cruise Lines today and Princess Cruises on Friday.

Princess suspended travel for 60 days around the world, while Norwegian stopped traveling on Norwegian, oceanic and Seven Seas regents between March 13 and April 11.

Gavin Smith, CEO of Australia and New Zealand, said Cruise passenger: “This 30-day break is only valid for US ships. Australian departures are not currently affected by this announcement. Radiance of the Seas will sail from Sydney on Saturday 14 March as expected. “

Royal Caribbean has introduced new health requirements for passengers in Australia and elsewhere to improve screening and ensure safety. Those over 70 will now be required to present a letter from a doctor stating that they are fit to travel and have no chronic illness.

Further boarding checks are also underway, as well as bans against countries already affected by the disease and those who have been in contact with those who have suffered from COVID-19 in the past 15 days.

Those who cannot travel receive a 100% future cruise credit and the line has a 48 hour cruise cancellation policy with confidence.

Royal Caribbean has remaining local departures Radiance of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas is Ovation of the Seas. Specter of the seas is currently taking Bush Fire’s first responders on the latest in a series of free cruises from Sydney.

On Friday, the line released a statement in America in which it said: “We understand the severity of the public health crisis facing the country. And this is our part to do. So starting midnight tonight, we will pause the U.S. fleet departures for 30 days.

“We are contacting our guests to help them overcome this interruption of their holidays and we are truly sorry for the inconvenience. We are also communicating with our crew to solve the problems that this decision presents for them.

“We know this adds great stress to our guests, employees and crew members and we are working to minimize disruptions.

“Cruises that depart from US ports before midnight and international cruises will carry out their scheduled itineraries. U.S. ships already at sea will finish their itineraries as planned.

“Our business is to provide wonderful holidays and create great memories. We can’t wait to get back to work as soon as possible. “

The sister brands of Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara and Silversea also canceled departures for the following month.

Norwegian Cruise Lines, Oceania and Regent Seven Seas canceled cruises from 13 March to 11 April 2020.

Other lines such as MSC Cruises, CMV, Disney Cruises and Fred Olsen have also stopped sailing.

None of the above mentioned lines reported COVID-19 cases.

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