Royal Caribbean International said it is currently re-evaluating plans and timelines for all of its projects during the COVID-19 pandemic, which could put the company’s start and finish dates for its hotel and port redevelopment on Grand Bahama in limbo.
In a statement, the cruise line said it remains committed to The Bahamas and is now more fervent in its plan to grow the number of cruise visitors to this destination.
An article from Galveston County’s newspaper, The Daily News, revealed that Royal Caribbean asked the Port of Galveston for a one-year delay on its $100 million terminal building because of the economic effects of COVID-19.
The company, along with the ITM group, signed a heads of agreement at the beginning of March to commence the redevelopment of the Grand Lucayan resort complex in Freeport, Grand Bahama.
Royal Caribbean would not specifically state how COVID-19 would affect that project and others for The Bahamas.
The virus has dealt an “unprecedented” blow to the cruise industry, Royal Caribbean said.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had unprecedented impacts to the cruise and travel industry around the world,” the cruise line stated.
“As a result of these impacts, Royal Caribbean is reviewing all our projects to re-evaluate plans and timelines amidst this very fluid situation.
“We remain committed to The Bahamas and look forward to continue working closely with our partners and friends in The Bahamas to recover and bounce back from these unforeseen circumstances, and to continue to grow visitors to the destination now more than ever before.”
As concern grew about the spread of COVID-19, cruise lines were at the center of attention for a time as the virus spread among passengers.
Royal Caribbean announced last week that it would extend its sailing suspensions globally until May 12.