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Sailing in American waters will resume this summer, but experts say they will not look the same. Here are some things that will be different.

USA TODAY

Royal Caribbean International is preparing to sail from Texas and Florida once again this summer.

The cruise line plans to start sailing with six ships from ports in the southern states in July and August, starting with Freedom of the Seas in Miami on July 2. The company had already announced plans to sail from Seattle to Alaska on two-way routes starting in July.

“That’s it. Vacationers can finally plan to spend their precious time this summer and really get out after that, which has been a challenging time for everyone,” said President and CEO of the Caribbean Michael Bailey in a statement. news from friday.

According to the publication, summer cruises are offered. The company plans to deploy its full global fleet by the end of the year and said more details will be provided in the coming weeks.

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Royal Caribbean announced last month its plans to resume cruises this summer.

All crew members will be vaccinated against COVID-19, while passengers are “strongly advised” to be fully vaccinated, according to the report. Those who are unvaccinated or unable to check their vaccinations will need to be tested and follow other protocols, although Royal Caribbean has not yet set out all its policies.

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Protocols are stricter for cruises to Alaska. Passengers on Alaska-bound ships in July who are 16 or older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and the age requirement will be reduced to 12 starting on August 1. Those departing from international ports must meet the travel requirements of that country.

Bailey said that as of Friday, 90% of vacationers booking with Royal Caribbean had either been vaccinated or planned to be vaccinated in time for their cruise.

When will the Royal Caribbean cruise ships set sail again?

Here is a list of the Royal Caribbean ships and when they will set sail. By the end of August, the cruise line plans to have 12 ships that will travel through the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Alaska and Europe.

  • Freedom of the seas: 3- and 4-night cruises to the Bahamas and private destination Perfect Day at CocoCay from Miami, starting July 2.
  • Odyssey of the seas: 6- and 8-night southern and western Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale, starting on July 3.
  • Serenade of the Seas: 7-day voyages from Alaska from Seattle, starting on July 19.
  • Attractiveness of the seas: Seven-day cruises from the Eastern and Western Caribbean from Port Canaveral, starting on August 8.
  • Ovation of the seas: Seven-day Alaska cruises from Seattle, starting Aug. 13.
  • Symphony of the Seas: 7-night voyages from the Eastern and Western Caribbean from Miami, starting on August 14.
  • Independence of the seas: 7-night voyages from the Western Caribbean to Galveston, Texas, beginning Aug. 15.
  • Sailor of the seas: 3- and 4-night Bahamas and Perfect Day on CocoCay cruises from Port Canaveral, starting on August 23rd.

Cruises that are not on the list will be canceled by the end of August and affected customers will have the opportunity to receive a full refund, according to Royal Caribbean.

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