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Latest news related to Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and articles submitted by crew members. Find out insight stories from the other side of the Royal Caribbean cruise ships, told by the crew.

Odyssey of the Seas Israel Season Cancelled

May 15, 2021

Royal Caribbean International has canceled Odyssey of the Seas cruises from Israel scheduled for this summer from Haifa to Cyprus and Greece. Several crew members on board reported that the news was announced by the ship’s captain via the PA system. The decision comes after the escalating conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

Royal Caribbean tightens health protocols onboard Quantum Of The Seas

May 14, 2021

Royal Caribbean International changed the health and safety protocols onboard Quantum Of The Seas sailing out from Singapore, reports Singapore Cruise Society. The new measures will reduce guest capacity to 25%, all restaurants will be closed for guests and room service with the main dining room menu will be provided.

Royal Caribbean will begin hiring crew from India with enhanced safety protocols

May 10, 2021

Starting May 21st Royal Caribbean will once again hire crew from India. This great news comes two weeks after the company announced a temporary suspension of all assignments for shipboard employees from India or people who reside in this country. 

Odyssey of the Seas: Crew to be vaccinated tomorrow in Haifa / New Captain Onboard

May 06, 2021

Odyssey of the Seas has departed the port of Limassol, Cyprus today and is heading back to its homeport Haifa, Israel where the crew will receive the first dose of the vaccine against Covid-19. According to our source, the captain made an announcement on the ship’s PA system that the port agent confirmed the crew vaccination for tomorrow May, 7. Odyssey of the Seas crew will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, our source said.

Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises begin vaccinating crew members

May 02, 2021

Following the recent announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that cruises could resume from the US ports by mid-July, cruise lines are moving forward with the restart plans and already started with the necessary preparations for the upcoming season. Yesterday three major cruise lines announced the start of crew vaccination including MSC Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International.

Royal Caribbean suspends all Indian crew assignments until further notice

Apr 24, 2021

Indian crew members will not be able to board Royal Caribbean ships at this stage after the company decided to temporary cancel all assignments for shipboard employees from India or people who reside in this country. According to a letter sent to the crew, this decision is based on various reasons and related to recently announced travel restrictions and complexities with crew movement to and from India.

Letter from Myanmar Crew to the Cruise Lines – Don't leave us in this storm

Apr 20, 2021

Like many nations struggling with the Covid-19 pandemic, Myanmar faces additional destabilizing risks from the military coup. Cruise ship crew members from this country shared their concerns about the current situation and worries that this might affect their next sign-on date. In hopes that the cruise lines will not forget them they sent an open letter voicing their concerns.

700 crew members will join Odyssey of the Seas from Cyprus

Apr 19, 2021

Royal Caribbean newest Quantum Ultra Class ship, Odyssey of the Seas has arrived in the port of Limassol, Cyprus to collect crew ahead of the final preparations for the inaugural summer season in the Eastern Mediterranean

Celebrity Reflection to Evacuate U.S. Citizens from St. Vincent

Apr 15, 2021

Following the recent developments in St. Vincent the U.S. Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), has released revised natural disaster alert, offering transit opportunity for U.S. citizens who wish to depart the island. According to the announcement the U.S. Embassy is coordinating with Royal Caribbean Group for a maritime transit opportunity for U.S. citizens who wish to depart St. Vincent on Friday, 16 April.

Cruise lines face scrutiny after false claims that evacuation by ships is only for vaccinated people in St Vincent

Apr 13, 2021

The past few days have been devastating for the people on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent after La Soufriere volcano erupted several times in an explosion of ash and hot gas. The larges eruption happen this Monday, since the volcanic activity started last week, and poses a serious threat to residents yet to be evacuated.