Royal Caribbean Cruises has halted some of its cruise vessel service due to a continuous spike in the rising number of COVID-19 cases, mainly due to the Omicron-new variant of COVID-19.
According to a statement released by the cruise line, the sailing of three ships- Serenade of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas, Symphony of the Seas has been halted as the return of its Vision of the Seas to the cruising has been delayed and postponed later to March 7, 2022.
The company said, “We regret having to cancel our customer’s much-anticipated vacations and appreciate their loyalty and patience. These measures were taken out in an abundance of caution.”
Earlier this week, Royal Caribbean has called off its Spectrum of the Seas cruise for January 6, 2022, after nine guests on its January 2 trip were came into close contact with a Hong-Kong national who has been later identified as COVID-19 positive case.
In December, clusters broke out aboard two Royal Caribbean cruises they checked out from a port in Florida. After returning to New Orleans, over a dozen people have been tested positive on a Norwegian Cruise Line vessel.
Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention later urged all Americans to avoid preferring cruises, regardless of vaccination status. Further, they raised its COVID-19 warning level for cruise vessels to 4, which is also considered the highest level.