Perhaps no industry has been as devastated during the COVID-19 pandemic as the cruise industry. The writing was on the wall ever since the Diamond Princess was quarantined in Tokyo last February. The US State Department warned to stop taking cruises in March. But some people were still stuck at sea for months as countries refused entry.
Even in the best of times, cruises are floating petri dishes, with bugs like norovirus spreading like wildfire across a cruise ship.
But Royal Caribbean hopes to take advantage of Israel’s vaccine leadership to kickstart their turnaround.
They will offer cruises from Haifa, Israel starting this May! The brand new Odyssey of the Seas will offer 3 to 7 day tours of the Greek Isles and Cyprus. It’s the first time that Royal Caribbean will service Israel and it will be the maiden voyage for Odyssey of the Seas.
Royal Caribbean will require that all crew and passengers 16 and older be fully vaccinated.
However as the vaccine hasn’t been tested on kids, they won’t be required to be vaccinated.
One thing is for sure, the world will be closely watching the outcome of this cruise.
Would you travel on a cruise where all adults are vaccinated? Or would you wait until kids are able to be vaccinated as well? Will we see more cruise line and tourism companies take advantage of Israel’s vaccination program?