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Royal Caribbean laysoff or furloughs 26% of its employees

15 Apr 2020
Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean has reduced its workforce by 26% through a combination of permanent layoffs and 90-day furloughs with paid benefits.

The Miami Herald reported the workforce reduction, as confirmed by Royal Caribbean chief communications officer Rob Zeiger.

The layoffs and furloughs are a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that has greatly impacted the entire cruise industry. Royal Caribbean has been under a voluntary global shutdown since mid-March that extends through mid-April, although that could certainly be extended as well.

The CDC has issued a 100-day no-sail order, and Carnival Cruise Line has already cancelled sailings through the end of June.

Royal Caribbean has stated it is "studying" the new CDC regulation before making any changes.

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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