Royal Caribbean suspends international operations after virus outbreak

FILE PHOTO: The Royal Caribbean cruise ship Anthem of the Seas is docked after passengers have been eliminated with attainable coronavirus signs on the port of Bayonne, New Jersey, U.S., February 7, 2020. REUTERS/Bryan R Smith

(Reuters) – Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL.N) mentioned on Saturday it has suspended the voyages of its fleet globally from midnight tonight following the coronavirus outbreak.

The cruise operator mentioned it’ll conclude all present sailings as scheduled and expects to return to service on April 11, 2020.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday mentioned that main cruise strains together with Royal Caribbean would droop cruises for 30 days at his request after repeated transmission of coronavirus amongst passengers at sea.

The corporate had initially suspended its cruises in the US for 30 days on Friday following Trump’s request.

On this identical week Princess Cruises, the operator of two ocean liners that have been quarantined after they grew to become hotbeds for coronavirus infections, suspended the voyages of all its 18 ships for 2 months.

Reporting by Ann Maria Shibu in Bengaluru; enhancing by Diane Craft

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