Royal Caribbean obtains CDC approval for Oasis of the Seas navigation


Royal Caribbean is authorized to commence cruises with revenue passengers on Oasis of the Seas.

Cruises from the New York area are ready to begin, as Royal Caribbean announced on Friday that it had received approval from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for Oasis of the Seas.

Oasis of the Seas conducted a 6-night test cruise on August 22, during which the crew checked the new health protocols on board.

The first commercial navigation with Oasis of the Seas will begin on September 5 from Cape Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey. This is a 7-night itinerary to the private island of the cruise company, Perfect Day at CocoCay, in the Bahamas.

The Oasis is the latest Royal Caribbean cruise ship to obtain CDC approval to sail, which means it now has its conditional navigation certificate.

To navigate the Oasis of the Seas, passengers aged 12 or over must be fully vaccinated.

Vaccinated passengers must present a negative PCR or antigen test result carried out no later than 2 days before departure in order to be able to board. Unvaccinated children between the ages of 2 and 11 must show a negative PCR test result no more than 3 days before departure to board.

All unvaccinated passengers aged 2 to 11 must undergo 2 more Covid-19 tests at the cruise terminal and before disembarkation.

People under 2 years old will not be tested.

All crew members on board all vessels in the fleet will be fully vaccinated.

Guests who have been vaccinated will have full access to onboard sites and will not need to wear a face mask at only vaccinated sites. Here is a list of places and activities available for vaccinated guests only, as well as everyone.

The Oasis of the Seas is the 14th cruise ship to resume operations in the Royal Caribbean fleet.

Other vessels that have resumed sailing include:

  • Quantum of the Seas
  • Sea adventure
  • Freedom of the seas
  • Hymn of the seas
  • Jewel of the seas
  • Serenade of the Seas
  • Odyssey of the seas
  • Allure of the Seas
  • Ovation of the seas
  • Symphony of the Seas
  • Independence of the seas
  • Harmony of the seas
  • Sea sailor

Oasis will offer 7-night Bahamas cruises from Cape Liberty, New Jersey, starting September 5; and 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Miami, starting in November


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