Royal Caribbean extending sailing pause until last day in April

Those who depend on cruise tourists and Sandals Royal Bahamian workers will have to wait a while longer for their respite from COVID-19 shutdowns, with Royal Caribbean Group announcing yesterday that it will extend its pause in sailing until the last day in April, while Sandals has pegged its Nassau hotel reopening for the final day of March.

Royal Caribbean noted in a press statement that it continues to work with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and governments across the world on a safe and health return to sailing.

“Royal Caribbean Group continues to work with our Healthy Sail Panel of globally recognized scientific and medical experts to come back stronger, we look forward to welcoming our guests back on board,” the statement noted.

“We are reaching out to our guests and travel partners to share further details and address any questions or concerns they may have.”

Sandals explained last year that its reopening dates are being driven by demand. The company has set the reopening date for its Exuma property, Sandals Emerald Bay, for February 24.

Given Emerald Bay’s reopening date, Sandals Royal Bahamian will be the last of the chain’s Caribbean properties to reopen since they closed almost one year ago due to the threat of COVID-19.

Bahamians working for Sandals and the self-employed who depended on the cruise industry are now dependent on the government for financial support until the situations with those companies change.

Meanwhile, travel insurance company InsureMyTrip is seeing an uptick in travel insurance purchases for The Bahamas for 2021.

According to a press statement by the company, Americans are traveling to destinations close to home and The Bahamas is number three in a list of the top 15 destinations people have insured trips for.

“Travel insurance demand is highest for close-to-home international destinations, like Mexico and the Caribbean,” the statement pointed out.

“While travel bans and restrictions continue to remain in place, there are signs of growing optimism for an eventual travel rebound. This week, InsureMyTrip reports a slight uptick in travel insurance purchases for trips abroad. Those international trips are scheduled to be taken later this year.”

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Chester Robards

Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian. Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism

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