U.S.|Omicron prompts much cruise lines to cancel trips.
- Published Jan. 17, 2022Updated Jan. 18, 2022, 4:04 a.m. ET
Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises person canceled respective trips arsenic the Omicron variant continues to wreak havoc with the cruise industry.
In caller weeks, hundreds of passengers have contracted the coronavirus onboard ships, with galore falling sick and spending days successful quarantine.
On Friday, Royal Caribbean canceled a sailing connected the vessel Independence of the Seas, successful effect to “Covid-related circumstances astir the world,” the institution said connected its website.
The institution said this period that it had called disconnected planned trips connected 3 ships — Serenade of the Seas, Symphony of the Seas and Jewel of the Seas — and delayed the instrumentality to cruising of another, Vision of the Seas, to March.
In a connection connected Monday, Celebrity Cruises said it had postponed work connected its vessel Celebrity Eclipse. The vessel was scheduled to marque 4 trips successful March and April.
The cruise manufacture has been battered by the pandemic. It was each but shuttered for astir 18 months earlier making a comeback this past summer, but the manufacture has precocious faced mounting disapproval astir its information protocols.
Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged travelers to debar cruises, adjacent aft vaccination. The bureau raised its Covid-19 informing level for cruise ships to 4, the highest level.
The determination came arsenic the fig of outbreaks connected ships has grown, causing immoderate ports to crook distant ships. In December, clusters broke retired aboard 2 Royal Caribbean cruises after they near port successful Florida, and much than a twelve radical tested affirmative connected a Norwegian Cruise Line vas after it returned to New Orleans.
Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises necessitate passengers who are eligible for inoculations to person them. Younger passengers who are not eligible indispensable trial antagonistic earlier sailing.