Royal Caribbean International's Adventure of the Seas (Photo: South Florida Caribbean News)

Royal Caribbean returns to Bahamas home

Royal Caribbean International's Adventure of the Seas (Photo: South Florida Caribbean News)

Royal Caribbean International’s Adventure of the Seas will again set sail in June this year when it resumes tours from its new homeport of Nassau, The Bahamas.

“Vacationers now have the chance to island-hop and relish the adventures they have missed, including the first series of two back-to-back days on Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s game-changing private island destination in The Bahamas, and quality time exploring Grand Bahama Island, The Bahamas and Cozumel, Mexico,” a release from the cruise line operator outlined.

Since last Wednesday, March 24, Royal Caribbean began accepting bookings for seven-night cruises aboard Adventures of the Seas, which will make its maiden journey for the season on June 12 and conclude tours in August.

CocoCay in The Bahamas (File photo)

Health, safety, wellbeing

While promising a fully COVID-19-vaccinated crew, the cruise liner will only offer reservations to adult guests who will have vaccinated against virus by the time of boarding and to minors (under 18) with negative test results.

“We are excited to get back to delivering memorable vacations in the Caribbean, gradually and safely. 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,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International.

President and CEO of Royal Caribbean Michael Bayley poses for a photo with the cruise liner Harmony of the Sea as a backdrop. (File photo)

“As we move forward, we expect this requirement and other measures will inevitably evolve over time,” he added.

Still, Royal Caribbean International reiterated prioritising the health, safety and wellbeing of both its crew and guests during the cruise season. To this end, the company said it will share details of additional measures that it will implement in due course.

The cruise operator also advised vacationers that they must fulfil travel requirements of The Bahamas to embark the vessel — receiving a negative PCR test result before arrival, testing upon arrival in the country, and filling out appropriate entry forms.

Partnership with The Bahamas Gov’t

The company, therefore, acknowledged and thanked the Government of The Bahamas for the role it has played in the cruise line’s operations in that country.

 “The opportunity to homeport in The Bahamas is a testament to the tremendous partners the Government and the people of the island nation have been to us for more than 50 years. We are grateful for the confidence that they have in us and our commitment to a healthy and happy return to sailing,” Bayley said.

In response, Prime of Minister of The Bahamas Dr Hubert Minnis expressed similar sentiments.

Prime Minister of The Bahamas Hubert Minnis (Photo: Office of the Prime Minister)

“As we anticipate a promising return to a vibrant tourism industry, news that the cruise industry is going to begin homeporting in The Bahamas is exciting. Hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of passengers will experience Nassau or Grand Bahama in ways they never had the opportunity to before,” the prime minister said.

“I am especially pleased that Royal Caribbean, with whom we have had a long and mutually beneficial relationship for more than 50 years, selected The Bahamas as a homeport when sailing resumes… It should inspire many small- to medium-sized businesses, tour operators, taxi drivers, restaurants and retailers to prepare for brighter days ahead, the best we have ever had,” he added.