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Royal Caribbean is Cruising Towards Recovery

Royal Caribbean Group which comprises the cruise lines of Celebrity Cruises, Silversea Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, TUI Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, reported a steady recovery in its second quarter financial report.

In addition to this, Royal Caribbean is dropping the requirement for pre-embarkation Covid-19 tests for vaccinated guests.

It is effective from 08 August for short cruises only. The cruise line will still require unvaccinated guests to take a test prior to their departure date.

The cruise line rolled out its entire fleet in June, and enjoyed strong booking numbers and occupancy rates, despite its second-quarter net loss of $500 million.

In spite of the loss, total revenues per passenger cruise day reached record levels, up 4% and 5% compared to pre-pandemic levels.

“Consumers’ propensity to travel and cruise remains strong. We continue to see a robust and accelerating demand environment for cruising and onboard spending,” said Jason Liberty, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group.

Jason Liberty, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group

Bookings in its second quarter were 30% higher than 2019’s second quarter bookings on average. Guests continue to book closer to their embarkation dates. Cancellations are now down, matching pre-pandemic levels, though the price of 2022 cruises is higher than they were before the pandemic.

Emer Roche
Emer Roche
Emer has over 10 years experience working for Irish magazines, supplements, websites and creative agencies. She’s written features for U Magazine, Image Magazine and theheyday.ie, across a range of subjects such as women’s interest, travel, culture, news and interviews. She also has a portfolio of commercial writing for creative agencies, such as RTE.ie and Originate Creative. Emer is a Dublin native with part of her heart in Ardmore, County Waterford. She lives in Dublin 7 with her husband, two kids, dog and cat.

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