Royal Caribbean CEO Says Cruising Is Protected, Vaccines Work

Richard Fain, CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., shared another video informing travel agents and travelers alike about the state of the cruise industry, this time with mostly positive results.

Fain immediately responded to the question of when the cruise will return. The cruise company’s brands have already started sailing again, carrying over 100,000 passengers on 150 trips during the pandemic, with only 10 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

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Thanks to the extensive COVID-19 health and safety guidelines developed and implemented by representatives of Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line – the so-called Healthy Sail Panel – the positive coronavirus cases caused only minor interruptions in the crossings and no additional ones Problems for travel destinations and local governments.

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One of the biggest topics of discussion regarding the cruise industry has been vaccines and whether or not they will be mandatory for passengers. Fain admitted he wasn’t sure about the answer, but reiterated that COVID-19 vaccines are working and could be the key for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to sail again in the US can.

“Essentially, we’ve just had 100,000 test cruisers and we’ve shown the process to work,” said Fain. “We look forward to a constructive dialogue with US health officials on the way forward.”

“Everyone knows the vaccines are a game changer,” continued Fain. “They work wonderfully and I have called them the ultimate weapon. The proof is that they work even better than most experts hoped. “

Fain also reminded travelers that Royal Caribbean’s current voyages are without a vaccine mandate for passengers and the safety rates are undeniable. The CEO announced that customer experience ratings on recent trips using logs have increased seven points compared to pre-pandemic routes.

When Royal Caribbean recently announced the return of voyages from Israel and the Bahamas, Fain also said the company was preparing to activate more ships for a possible U.S. deployment during the 2021 summer season, as long as another coronavirus spike doesn’t break the plan sabotaged.