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Royal Caribbean Announces 2021 Itineraries

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Royal Caribbean International has announced its China itineraries for the first half of 2021. The spectrum of the Seas, the cruise line’s newest ship, will sail from Shanghai on 4- to 7-night sailings. These new itineraries promise exciting new destinations and shore excursions for the whole family.

Spectrum will be offering nearly 30 sailings in Japan. These 4- to 5-night cruises will be sailing to multiple destinations, from the islands of Okinawa to the beaches of the Yaeyama Islands. The Quantum Ultra Class ship’s 7-night cruises will include overnight stays in select destinations, in which guests can spend more time in port exploring the local, vibrant culture.

Other destinations include some of Japan’s most famed cities, such as Shimonoseki, Maizuru, Niigata and Hakodate (Hokkaido). Here, guests can explore the Niigata City Aquarium, the hot springs of Hokkaido and much more.

Guests aboard the Spectrum will also have the opportunity to choose from a lineup of new shore excursions designed to enhance the destination experience. Through local celebrations in new and unique locales, these excursions cover a variety of themes and routes, turning traditional sightseeing into an immersive adventure.

Meanwhile, the newly amplified Voyager of the Seas will call Shanghai home during the summer of 2021. After a $97 million makeover in 2019, Voyager will be embarking on a series of 4- and 5-night Japan cruises to several of the nation’s ports of call, such as Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Kumamoto and Kagoshima.

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Voyager of the Seas moving through a bay. (Photo via Royal Caribbean International)

Voyager touts thrilling features that make for an unforgettable family vacation: from The Perfect Storm duo of racer waterslides to the reinvigorated Vitality Spa and redesigned kids and teens spaces, Voyager will offer the standout family summer vacation in the region.

For additional information or to make reservations, vacationers can call their travel advisor; visit RoyalCaribbean.com or call (800) ROYAL-CARIBBEAN.

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Cruise Ship Denied by Two Caribbean Ports Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

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An MSC Cruises ship was turned away from at least two ports in the Caribbean on Tuesday after a crew member fell ill amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

According to The New York Times, MSC Meraviglia was denied from docking in both Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Georgetown, Cayman Islands after port authorities learned that a crew member from the Philippines was ill. However, the Associated Press reported that the employee was believed to be sick with the common seasonal flu.

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Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats.

“In an abundance of caution, in order to provide protection to the health and safety of the residents of the Cayman Islands, the government has denied permission for the cruise ship to call on Grand Cayman as previously scheduled,” Dwayne Seymour, health minister of the Cayman Islands, said in a statement.

The cruise line expressed frustration over the repeated denial, claiming that the ill crew member and all passengers on the ship had passed a health screening prior to embarking.

“The crew member had traveled to Miami from Manila, via direct connection in Istanbul,” MSC Cruises said in a statement to the Times. “He developed symptoms of common flu and tested positive to Type A influenza after he visited the ship’s 24/7 Medical Center while already on board. He has no other symptoms.”

The ship, which is carrying more than 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew members, is in the midst of a 15-day roundtrip sailing from Miami that had included scheduled stops in Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Mexico, Bahamas, Belize and Honduras.

MSC Meraviglia isn’t the first ship to be turned away from port amid fears of the spreading coronavirus and likely won’t be the last. Tuesday’s unexpected hiccup comes just one week after MSC Cruises updated MSC Bellissima’s Grand Voyage itinerary to Asia.

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