Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD Expanded its suspension of ship operations. Royal now expects to resume operations on August 1, 2020.
In an earnings call with investors, CEO Micheal Bayley confirmed that Royal Caribbean International will cancel sailings through July 2020. Additionally, Bayley pointed out that some regions will return to sailings before others with a phased-in service plan. Other Royal Caribbean Sister Brands are expected to follow.
Jason Liberty, Royal Caribbean CFO, made it clear that the larger ships will be amongst the first to return as they only need 30% occupancy to break even as opposed to smaller ships which require at least 50% capacity to meet that break-even point. This statement insinuates that the requirements for sailing might require a 60% plus capacity-cut when ship operations return.
Royal Caribbean had this to say in a statement:
Given ongoing global public health circumstances, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has decided to extend the suspension of most sailings through July 31, 2020, with the exception of sailings from China, which will be suspended through the end of June.
We are working with our guests and travel partners to address this disruption to their vacations, and we are genuinely sorry for their inconvenience.
We expect to return to service on August 1.
Royal Caribbean sent this to Travel Advisors breaking down the refund or Future Cruise Credits.