Royal Caribbean's unvaccinated guests will face litany of restrictions

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The Freedom of the Seas on a test cruise earlier this month. Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean has established restrictions for unvaccinated guests on the Freedom of the Seas cruise that departs Miami on July 2.

Unvaccinated passengers must have travel insurance to cover the possibility of contracting Covid-19, and when they board the ship, several venues will be off-limits.

The restricted bars and restaurants are Chef's Table, Izumi, Deck 3 of the main dining room, R Bar, Schooner Bar, the Pub, and Viking Crown Nightclub. There will be select times they can use the Viking Crown Lounge. 

Unvaccinated guests will not be allowed to use the Solarium Pool and Solarium Bar or the casino and casino bar.

They will not be allowed to attend the 70s Party in Studio B, the Quest gameshow, art auctions and the Red Party. They can only attend Royal Theatre shows on Deck 4 and will be given dedicated times to attend ice skating shows in Studio B.

Unvaccinated guests may not use the Vitality Spa, while the fitness center will have dedicated times for them.

On June 7, Royal Caribbean Group CEO Richard Fain warned that unvaccinated adults would face restrictions on ships. It's not an issue for Royal's ships departing from the Bahamas, Cyprus, Seattle and Galveston this summer because those cruises require vaccines for eligible guests.

However, Florida law prohibits companies from requiring proof of vaccination from customers for service. Fain said on June 7 that he expected most passengers departing Florida ports to be vaccinated, but that Royal Caribbean could not require it.

Unvaccinated guests 12 and older departing a Royal Caribbean cruise from Florida are required to purchase travel insurance, effective June 29. The insurance must cover medical, travel and other related costs for Covid-19 should they test positive while on board, Royal Caribbean said.

The coverage must have a minimum of $25,000 per person in medical-expense coverage and $50,000 per person in travel expenses or Royal Caribbean's Travel Protection Program package, which includes the required coverage.
Proof of travel insurance is a condition of boarding for unvaccinated guests and must be shown at check-in. The requirement applies to sailings from Aug. 1 through Dec. 31, 2021, and all bookings, except those made between March 19 and June 28, 2021.

The Freedom of the Seas' four-day itinerary departing July 2 includes calls in Nassau and Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal's private destination in the Bahamas.

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