Beginning in June, and continuing through August, Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas will make Bermuda its homeport for the first time and operate 7-night cruises from there.
Those sailings will allow passengers to spend time in Bermuda as well as visiting Royal Caribbean’s Perfect Day at CocoCay, private island in the Bahamas.
The new 2021 summer itineraries from Bermuda will open for bookings on Monday, March 29 and depart as soon as June 26.
Sailing with vaccinated crew, the cruises – at this time – will be available to adult guests who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and those under the age of 18 with negative test results. This current health and safety measure, like others, may evolve as they are evaluated on an ongoing basis.
Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International, said: “We are thankful to the government and people of Bermuda for welcoming us to their beautiful island nation with open arms as Vision of the Seas’ new homeport. This is another step in our safe and measured return to sailing beginning in June.” Bayley continued: “Travellers are eager to venture out gradually and start cruising again. By adding a second unique option to sail the Caribbean from a destination as rich and vibrant as Bermuda, we’re offering guests choice in how they can enjoy their well-deserved vacations this summer.”
The 7-night sailings start and end in Bermuda, allowing passengers to begin or extend their trips with stays at one of the island’s hotels or resorts.
And while it is docked at Bermuda’s Royal Naval Dockyard, passengers aboard the Vision of the Seas will be able to explore the island’s culture and natural beauty.
Passengers will also have the chance to add to the excitement with a visit to Royal Caribbean’s Perfect Day at CocoCay. The private island destination is home to a lineup of first-of-their-kind thrills and one-of-a-kind ways to chill, ranging from 13 jaw-dropping waterslides at Thrill Waterpark, including the tallest waterslide in North America – Daredevil’s Peak; Oasis Lagoon, the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean; Up, Up & Away, the helium balloon that floats up to 450 feet in the air; and the first floating cabanas in The Bahamas at Coco Beach Club.
Bermuda’s Premier, the Hon. E. David Burt, JP, MP, said: “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. We look forward to homeporting Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas this June as part of the island’s strategic tourism recovery planning which, as always, is guided by science.”
Vacationers can rest assured their well-being and that of the crew members and communities visited are Royal Caribbean’s top priorities. Details on the health and safety measures to be implemented will be announced at a later date. The comprehensive, multilayered health and safety measures to come will continue to be led by science and leverage expert guidance from the Healthy Sail Panel, Royal Caribbean Group’s Head of Public Health and Chief Medical Officer, and local government and health authorities.
In addition, travellers must meet the travel requirements of Bermuda. This currently includes receiving a negative PCR test result before traveling, testing upon arrival into the country and filling out appropriate entry forms. The most up-to-date policies can be found on Bermuda’s website.
The Hon. W. Lawrence Scott, JP, MP, Minister of Transport, Bermuda, said: “We look forward to welcoming Royal Caribbean passengers back to our shores and the opportunity for pre- and post-cruise stays in Bermuda. I am very excited that Bermuda will commence safe cruising this summer with our partner Royal Caribbean for their homeporting initiative from Bermuda to their private island Perfect Day at CocoCay.”
Royal Caribbean’s 7-night sailings from Bermuda continue the cruise line’s measured and safe return to cruising the world once again, following months of successful cruises in Singapore with more than 50,000 guests to date who have now sailed aboard Quantum of the Seas, and the recent announcements of plans for the highly-anticipated Odyssey of the Seas to cruise from Haifa, Israel and cruises from The Bahamas with Adventure of the Seas.
For more information on Vision’s new summer cruises, go to https://www.royalcaribbean.com/the-healthy-sail-center .
With the Vision of the Seas move to homeport in Bermuda this summer, Royal Caribbean said that it has had to cancel the ship’s previous summer line-up departing San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Details on compensation options for the San Juan sailings are now being circulated by Royal Caribbean to all impacted guests and travel agencies.
For more, contact Royal Caribbean.