Royal Caribbean just announced its first 'fully vaccinated' cruises are setting sail in May
- Royal Caribbean's new
Odyssey of the Seascruise ship will be setting sail from Israelin May.
- The ship's crew and guests over 16 years old must be vaccinated against COVID-19.
- The cruise line previously said it expected its crews to receive vaccines before trips returned.
The announcement represents several firsts: the new ship's first trip,
The new ship will have classic cruising amenities families can look forward to, such as a two-level pool area, a "high-adrenaline" playground, and several restaurants. And the passengers will be shuttled on three- to seven-night trips to Greece and Cyprus from Haifa, Israel, and back.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the Royal Caribbean announcement an "important economic, touristic moment" for Israel.
"Royal Caribbean's decision to come to Israel is a significant expression of confidence in our policy," Netanyahu said in the press release. "Just as we made Israel the world champion in vaccines, we will make it the world champion in economics and tourism in the post-coronavirus era."Vaccination progress in Israel rapidly outpaces other countries. Of the 9 million people in Israel, over 4.6 million have received their first jab, while over 3.3 million are now fully inoculated against the virus, The Washington Post reported.
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