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Royal Caribbean will not qualify for bailout under US stimulus package

26 Mar 2020
Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean, along with other cruise lines, will not qualify for government assistance as part of the roughly $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package that was passed by the United States Senate.

Despite the fact president Donald Trump has mentioned offering support for the cruise lines, the current stimulus package stipulates only U.S.-incorporated companies with a majority of workers based in the U.S. are eligible for assistance. 

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, the parent company of Royal Caribbean International, is incorporated in Liberia.

Royal Caribbean referred requests for comment by CNBC to industry trade group Cruise Lines International Association, which did not return a request for comment.

To be eligible for relief, a company must be “created or organized in the United States or under the laws of the United States” and “have significant operations in and a majority of its employees based in the United States.”

A vote on the stimulus package is headed to the House of Representatives on Friday.

Matt started Royal Caribbean Blog in 2010 as a place to share his passion for all things Royal Caribbean with readers. He oversees all the writers at Royal Caribbean Blog, and writes a great deal of content on a daily basis.  He has become one of the foremost expert on a Royal Caribbean cruise.

Over the years, he has reached Pinnacle Club status with Royal Caribbean's customer loyalty program.

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