Royal Caribbean hopes to resume cruises as soon as August, but the CEO says only if it's safe

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'We won't come back until we're sure we have done everything we can to work to protect the safety of our guests and crew,' Royal Caribbean's Richard Fain told CNBC.

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Fain said Royal Caribbean continues to work with authorities and health officials to detail a crisis playbook to minimize the risk of another cruise ship getting stranded once sailing resumes.they are medically fit"Expect to see no buffet food, empty seats in the show lounge, distance between lounge chairs and significantly reduced spa services," Monty Mathisen, managing editor of the Cruise Industry News trade publication, told CNBC.

The Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Anthem of the Seas is docked at Cape Liberty port on February 7, 2020 in Bayonne, New Jersey.Before any U.S. ship accepts passengers, approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be needed. The CDC enacted a no-sail order until July 24. Discussions are currently ongoing between the CDC, the Cruise Lines International Association trade group, cruise executives and the ports.

Fain said that's one of the essential questions his team is trying to answer. "How do we make sure that we have an established protocol made in conjunction with the ports so that we're all set and when and if such a thing [infected passenger] happens, we are ready to go? That's a big focus of the work that we have been doing and we will be doing. We have to have an established process in place.

In addition to constructing an agreement with ports, sources say the cruise industry is deliberating how to isolate and medically evacuate an infected passenger to land more efficiently, while also having the ability to isolate and get them access to a larger medical staff on board for treatment.

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That sounds like a horrible idea. You better have your affairs in order before boarding..

Open and sail if restaurants and hotels are open? Why not. Third world country craves that revenue

Fantastic company.... Stock is a third of its original value

C’mon, how much washy-washy do you really think it'll take for it to be ”safe?” Or will profits override safety as its done oh so many times before.

Of course he says that. Why wouldn't he say that?

A lot of seniors are ready to take their dreamy cruises to their eternity.

When have they ever been safe?

Translation: Only if we have enough bookings.

Wasn't a big fan of cruises before...and the pandemic has reinforced that.

Verdict: “It will be safe” ~ RC CEO, probably

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