(CMR) Royal Caribbean will no longer homeport from Bermuda this summer, canceling its Vision of the Seas' summer season from the island. According to the Royal Caribbean blog, this affects Vision of the Seas Bermuda departures between June 26 – August 28, 2021.
The cruise ship was scheduled to sail from Bermuda and offer 7-night sailings down to Perfect Day at CocoCay.
Poor sales are believed to be the cause of the cancellation as several US customers prefer to board in the US. In April, Royal Caribbean began subsidizing flight costs to Bermuda for Vision of the Seas cruises, with fares as low as $99 from New York.
In a letter to travel partners, Royal Caribbean stated: “The decision has been made to cancel Vision of the Seas’ summer season from Bermuda. While we are no longer homeporting from the island nation, we still look forward to bringing our guests to Bermuda with several ships across the Royal Caribbean fleet as we have for many years. As we get back to cruising, our close partnership with the Ministry of Tourism and the Bermuda Tourism Authority is still focused on working toward the common goal of getting the community back on its feet by helping revive local tourism.”
Royal Caribbean said the past few weeks have been “tumultuous” and that “recent conversations have led to a promising movement for the cruise industry and are the necessary steppingstones to get Royal Caribbean back.”
Vision of the Seas is the second Royal Caribbean cruise ship to have her entire summer 2021 restart season canceled, following Odyssey of the Seas having her cruises from Israel canceled.
This leaves now just three ships with firm restart plans for summer 2021: Adventure of the Seas from the Bahamas, Anthem of the Seas from England, and Jewel of the Seas from Cyprus.