Mar 20, 2021 - Economy & Business

Cruise liners plan to resume Bahamas-only trips starting in June

 Royal Caribbean International's "The Harmony of the Seas" moored in a port in Miami, Florida, in December 2020.
Royal Caribbean International's "The Harmony of the Seas" moored in a port in Miami, Florida, in December 2020. Photo: Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images)

Three cruise liners announced plans to launch Bahamas-only trips as soon as June.

Why it matters: It's the most significant move for the struggling industry since cruise lines halted in March 2020 after becoming the source of some of the most extensive coronavirus outbreaks early in the pandemic.

Context: Crystal Cruises, Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises announced this week Bahamas-specific trips, and additional cruise lines are expected to reveal similar routes in coming weeks.

The big picture: Crystal Cruises will require all passengers to be inoculated against the virus, though the company has not said whether all its crew members will be vaccinated.

  • Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises indicated all of its crew members will be vaccinated, though they are allowing people under age 18 to board without proof of a vaccine so long as they test negative for the virus.
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