• TRAVEL NOTICE: Learn more about COVID-19
  • Newsletter
  • Write a Review
  • Boards
  • Find a Cruise
  • Reviews
  • Cruise Tips
  • News
  • Deals
You may also like
Dismiss
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Issues Proposal to CDC for July 4
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Issues Proposal to CDC for July 4
Royal Caribbean Pauses Bookings for Cruises Departing Through Mid-January
Liberty of the Seas TA Listings Page Image

Royal Caribbean Pauses Bookings for Cruises Departing Through Mid-January

Royal Caribbean Pauses Bookings for Cruises Departing Through Mid-January
Liberty of the Seas TA Listings Page Image

December 23, 2021

Aaron Saunders
News and Features Editor
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest
  • Twitter

(Updated 5:05 p.m. EST) -- Royal Caribbean has paused bookings for cruises departing through mid-January 2022 in response to the omicron variant of COVID-19.

The line made the decision to do so in order to limit capacity on near-term sailings.

"Royal Caribbean International has a set of multilayered health and safety protocols that safeguards the well-being of our guests, our crew and the communities we visit," the line said in a statement provided to Cruise Critic.

"Cruises departing through early January 2022 are unavailable to new reservations because our ships will continue sailing with a limited capacity to accommodate physical distancing. These sailings were removed from our website as we’ve done with previous cruises in 2021.

"Additional layers of our measures include vaccination requirements for our guests and crew, a facemask policy, pre-cruise testing for all guests, and weekly testing for every crew member."

Vicki Freed, Senior vice president of Sales, Trade Support and Service with Royal Caribbean, also sent a statement out, adding that, "Sailings departing through early January 2022 are no longer open to new reservations because they’ve met the limited capacity we’ve set. Changes to existing bookings, such as upgrades or stateroom adjustments are still being accommodated, although subject to availability.”

The sailings affected have only been removed from the website and booking engine in order to limit capacity and are still planned to sail as scheduled.

Cruise lines had been starting to increase capacity in the fall as restart operations continued. With the emergence of the omicron variant in late November, lines have begun implementing more stringent health and safety protocols, including updating masking mandates and banning smoking in onboard casinos.

How was this article?

Featured News

1
Royal Caribbean Poised to Restart Cruise Operations at Labadee
5
Norwegian Cruise Line Announces New Norwegian Viva Cruise Ship to Debut in 2023
Want to cruise smarter?
Get expert advice, insider tips and more.
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy and Cookies Statement and Terms of Use.