Updated: February 11, 2021
On February 4, 2021, the Canadian government announced an extension on the cruise ship ban through the end of February 2022. Because of existing US laws governing foreign-flagged ships operating to/from US ports, this likely means the cancellation of all Alaska sailings for the 2021 season, including the planned itinerary for Out At Sea 2021.
As a result of the likely cancellation of the 2021 Alaska sailing season for cruise lines, Out At Sea is pushing our Alaska sailing to 2022, scheduled now for July 1-8, 2022. For individuals who already booked their cabin with Royal Caribbean, we will be in contact with you directly to discuss options for transferring your reservation to the 2022 sailing.
For those who did not yet register for the Alaska sailing but would like to now book your cabin for the 2022 voyage, we’ve updated the OAS registration system to now accept 2022 registrations. After you register with OAS, you’ll receive an email with booking instructions.
For more information about the 2022 sailing, visit the cruise details page.
In the interest of safety and precaution to avoid any additional summertime cancellations, the planning team for Out At Sea has decided to move the official 2021 event to a virtual format. Dates and details will be available in March.
We know a number of folks still want to try and get some travel in later this year if/when things get back to normal and it’s safer to fly and sail. We also miss you all!
As such, we are excited to announce an informal “sail if you can” getaway trip to Cozumel for anyone who wants to join in! This trip will be November 18-22, 2021, departing Tampa on board the Brilliance of the Seas.
Registration and details will be available later this month.
In the meantime, make sure you’ve joined our official Facebook group for the latest updates and discussions around the our programs and other major cruise news. We encourage you to reach out to us with any thoughts, questions, or concerns regarding any of these updates.
While sailings from the United States have yet to resume, news and updates from the cruise lines have been optimistic in slowly starting again as early as May. The outright ban on U.S. passenger cruise line sailings from the CDC expired in October 2020, replaced with an updated Conditional Framework for Sailing order, including a detailed certification process that would allow ships to be cleared for business once again. This process involves a rigorous review and inspection of updated protocols, ship-board safety systems, and crew training to ensure the safety and wellbeing of passengers and crew, and how to quickly and effectively respond to any positive infection situations that may occur. Each cruise line is responsible for submitting their COVID protocols and updates to the CDC for review, at which point they can be cleared for sailing from US ports once more. (You can actually track which ships are being cleared on the CDC website, updated every Tuesday)
Among the cleared ships is the Brilliance of the Seas, the ship hosting our November sailing.
For more information on where Royal Caribbean currently stands, you can check out Royal Caribbean’s Cruising Safely page, constantly updated with the latest information and details. We also recommend an article recently posted on the Royal Caribbean Blog a comprehensive status of the company’s sailing status that contains some pretty useful information.