First Royal Caribbean Ship Receives Conditional Sailing Certificate from CDC

Freedom of the Seas will sail from Miami on July 2. - Photo by Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas has received its Conditional Sailing Certificate from the CDC. This announcement comes in on the heels of the vessel successfully completing its simulated voyage from Miami to Perfect Day at CocoCay. This certificate will officially allow the ship to begin to sail revenue passenger voyages with less than 95% of guests vaccinated. 

Freedom of the Seas will resume sailing from Miami on July 2, offering a Fourth of July cruise to Nassau and Perfect Day at Coco Cay. 

Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International shared the news of Freedom of the Seas return on Facebook: 

Royal Caribbean will have specific health and safety protocol for Freedom of the Seas July sailings for both vaccinated and unvaccinated guests: 

  • Mask Wearing: When indoors all guests ages 2 and older must wear masks unless eating or drinking. They will allow guests to remove their masks indoors in venues and events dedicated to fully vaccinated parties. Masks will not be required in one’s stateroom, outside on open decks, or at Perfect Day at CocoCay (unless in a crowded area). 
  • Dining: Freedom of the Seas Main Dining Room spans two decks. One deck will accommodate parties with vaccinated and unvaccinated guests. My Time Dining will not be available to parties that include unvaccinated guests. Specialty restaurants,  grab-and-go cafes, and Windjammer will be open to all. Many bars and lounges will be open to everyone and others will be available to vaccinated guests only. 
  • Entertainment: Entertainment venues will offer spaced seating and more showtimes. Select showtimes will be for everyone and other showtimes for vaccinated guests only.
  • Other Areas: The casino will be open to vaccinated guests only. The Fitness Center will have dedicated operating hours for everyone as well as hours reserved for vaccinated guests only. Salon services will be available to everyone, however treatment rooms used to provide facials, massages and other services will only be available to vaccinated guests. 

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