Royal Caribbean pauses some cruise operations due to omicron concerns

Reuters

Posted at Jan 08 2022 06:11 PM

A view of the world's largest cruise ship of Royal Caribbean Cruises — the 362-meter-long Symphony of the Seas — during its world presentation ceremony, berthed at a port in Malaga, Spain March 27, 2018. Jon Nazca, Reuters/file
A view of the world's largest cruise ship of Royal Caribbean Cruises — the 362-meter-long Symphony of the Seas — during its world presentation ceremony, berthed at a port in Malaga, Spain March 27, 2018. Jon Nazca, Reuters/file

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd has paused some of its cruise operations amid rising numbers of COVID-19 infections due to the omicron variant.

The sailings of 3 ships — Serenade of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas, Symphony of the Seas — have been paused while the return of its Vision of the Seas to cruising has been postponed to March 7, 2022, the cruise line said in a statement on Friday.

"We regret having to cancel our guests' long-awaited vacations and appreciate their loyalty and understanding," the company adding that these measures have been implemented "in an abundance of caution."

Earlier this week, Royal Caribbean called off its Spectrum of the Seas cruise for January 6 after 9 guests on its January 2 trip were identified as close contacts to a local Hong Kong COVID-19 case.

The contacts have tested negative, but the cruise ship returned to Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Hong Kong on January 5 to test all guests and crew who were required to take a second test on January 8, the company said. (Reporting by Jahnavi Nidumolu in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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