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Royal Caribbean setting sail next month from US for first time in a year
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Royal Caribbean International plans to set sail from Texas and Florida next month for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic sidelined the entire cruise industry more than a year ago, the company announced Friday.
The first ship will take off from Miami on July 2 for a special Fourth of July weekend trip, and the cruise line said a dozen ships will be in the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Alaska and Europe by the end of August.
Michael Bayley, CEO of Royal Caribbean International, credited America's vaccine rollout with the relaunch of the cruise industry.
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"Thanks in large part to the successful rollout of vaccines, the world of adventure is beginning to open up, and we are all excited to start delivering great vacations to our guests, who have increasingly told us they are getting vaccinated," Bayley said in a statement Friday.
"As of today, 90% of all vacationers booking with Royal Caribbean are either vaccinated or planning to get vaccinated in time for their cruise."
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