Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: August 1, 2021

01 Aug 2021
Matt Hochberg

Can you believe August is already here? It is the middle of Summer and there is a lot of Royal Caribbean news to catch up from during this week.

This week, Royal Caribbean added a testing requirement for cruises that are at least 5 nights.

Guests sailing on cruises beginning July 31 that are 5-nights or longer will have to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test at check-in.

The new test result is for all passengers, regardles of if they are vaccinated or not.

Tests must be administered no more than three days prior to sailing, and either antigen or PCR tests are acceptable.

Royal Caribbean News

New RCB Video: U.S. appeals court lifts CDC cruise ship restrictions

Have you subscribed to the Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube Channel? We share some great videos there regularly, all about taking a Royal Caribbean cruise! This week, we are sharing our latest video — U.S. appeals court lifts CDC cruise ship restrictions — and don’t forget to subscribe here.

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 416th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available, where Aaron talks about the first Royal Caribbean cruise ship to sail to Alaska.

Aaron went on the first big ship to visit Alaska since 2019, and reports on what it was like to sail again to Alaska, as well as the significance of cruising's return.

Please feel free to subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and head over to rate and review the podcast on iTunes if you can! We’d appreciate it.

What it's like on a test cruise

What happens on one of the CDC's simulated voyages?

I had the chance to sail on a 2-night test cruise aboard Allure of the Seas, which is required by the U.S. government in order to offer a cruise with paying passengers.

It's the first of a series of test cruises in the next few weeks that the line is opening up to its most loyal passengers, as well as travel agents, as it seeks to fulfill the requirements of the CDC's Conditional Sail Order.

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 experts 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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