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Royal Caribbean just announced new 'fully vaccinated' cruises from Bermuda this summer

Business Insider logo Business Insider 3/24/2021 bchang@businessinsider.com (Brittany Chang)
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  • Royal Caribbean just announced a new series of "fully vaccinated" summer cruises from Bermuda.
  • The seven-night cruises will sail aboard the Visions of the Seas ship from June 26 through August.
  • This is the cruise line's third fully vaccinated cruise announcement this month.
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Royal Caribbean has announced a new series of "fully vaccinated" cruises from Bermuda, just four days after the cruise line unveiled another group of vaccine-mandated sailings from the Bahamas.

From June 26 through August, Royal Caribbean will sail its new series of seven-night cruises from Bermuda - a first for the cruise line - aboard the Vision of the Seas ship. Along the way, guests will get an overnight stay in Bermuda and a full day at Perfect Day at CocoCay, the cruise line's private island in The Bahamas.

"Bermuda has safely and responsibly managed the reopening of its tourism economy by air, and we will meet the challenge of doing the same for the cruise industry," Edward David Burt, Bermuda's premier, said in the press release.

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However, if you don't plan on getting the COVID-19 vaccine, you may be out of luck. Crew members aboard the ship will be vaccinated against COVID-19. Similarly, "at this time," Royal Caribbean will be requiring its adult guests aboard these new Bermuda sailings to also be fully vaccinated against the virus. Passengers under 18-years-old will instead have to test negative for COVID-19.

This new announcement follows Royal Caribbean's - and several other cruise lines' - recent trend of unveiling upcoming "fully vaccinated" cruises. Throughout March, the cruise giant announced several trips with vaccine mandates, including its Odyssey of the Seas sailings from Israel and Adventure of the Seas sailings from the Bahamas, both of which will cruise this year.

"This is another step in our safe and measured return to sailing beginning in June," Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, said in a press release. "Travelers are eager to venture out gradually and start cruising again."

Eager cruise-goers interested in these new sailings will still have to adhere to Bermuda's health protocols, which include getting a negative PCR COVID-19 test result before traveling, and testing again upon arrival.

Are you a cruise industry employee or have a cruise industry story to share? Contact this reporter at bchang@insider.com.

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