Royal Caribbean CEO Talks August 1 Restart Date — and What Your Next Cruise Could Look Like
Royal Caribbean announced it expects to resume sailing the high seas as early as August, but the company’s CEO says nothing is definite. “We won’t come back until we’re absolutely sure we have done everything we can to work to protect the safety of our guests and crew.” Whenever cruise ships reopen for business, there will likely be drastic changes onboard. “I think we’re all learning I think that’s one of the important things and it’s important that we do understand all of the implications,” he said. “We have consulted with some of the leading experts in the world to make sure we have the best protocols, the best sanitation, the best hygiene, [and] the best testing to allow us to come back in a way that we’re confident in doing all the things we should be to protect those people.” Fain suspects that capacity will be limited and self-service buffets have not been definitely eliminated, but their status is up in the air. “My guess is that when we start, we will limit the number of people who can go onto a ship just as my neighborhood restaurants are beginning to open up,” Fain told CNBC. As for social distancing he noted that a large cruise ship capable of When occupancy rates are capped, people will be able to be spread out throughout the ship’s multiple floors. thousands of passengers will make social distancing easier.