More Royal Caribbean Ships Approved for Test Cruises
Royal Caribbean has been approved by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for simulated test cruises on two additional ships. Allure of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas, among two of the largest cruise ships in the world as well as in Royal Caribbean's fleet, will both be allowed to sail a test voyage.
Allure of the Seas will depart on its test run July 27, 2021, from Port Canaveral, and Symphony of the Seas will sail from PortMiami on August 1, 201. These test voyages are the next step (Phases 2B and 3) for Royal Caribbean to get authorization to conduct cruises under the Conditional Sailing Order (CSO) without having to require COVID-19 vaccinations for 98 percent of passengers and 95 percent of crew.
Last week, Royal Caribbean received its first approval from the CDC to sail a simulated test voyage with volunteers on Freedom of the Seas from June 20 - 22, 2021 out of PortMiami. The CDC also gave the green light to Celebrity Cruises, also part of the Royal Caribbean Group, to sail with paying passengers onboard starting this June. The line will sail the Celebrity Edge on a seven-night Caribbean cruise from Port Everglades on June 26, 2021.