Royal Caribbean Cruises crew members who have felt imprisoned on cruise ships during a standoff between the company and the CDC might soon be emancipated, according to letters sent to employees Sunday from the CEOs of Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises obtained by the Miami Herald.
In an about-face, Royal Caribbean’s Michael Bayley and Celebrity Cruises’ Lisa Lutoff-Perlo announced they would sign the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s terms for disembarking crew. The letters also detailed plans for getting crew members to their home nations.
The crewT from the Caribbean, Central and South America will be transferred to certain ships and sailed home starting Saturday to the Bahamas, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, St. Kitts, Dominica, St. Lucia, Grenada, Trinidad, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The crew members will sial to Kingstown via Vision beginning their journey on May 15, with the first stops in St. Kitts, Dominica, St. Lucia, Grenada, Trinidad and then St. Vincent and the Grenadines, where the ship will end its voyage on June 7”.
After measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 slammed the cruise industry to a halt March 13, about 100,000 crew members remained stuck on ships as they meandered in and out of U.S.