Where there’s a will, there’s a way home.

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Our teams have been working around the clock to get each and every one our crew members home as safely and quickly as possible. This is an ever-changing situation as we work with U.S. authorities and more than 60 countries around the world. Our repatriation plans must abide by the travel restrictions in place by each nation, so we have been working with all local and international government entities to stay compliant within these guidelines. 

As of April 27, 2020, 13,847 crew have been repatriated home and we will not stop until we get everyone home safely. Of course, crew who choose to stay onboard will continue to have a home on our ships.

Our crew continue to be strong, positive, and work together to keep each other safe. Each day brings us closer to being through with this unfortunate chapter in our history, and one day closer to better times. We are a family, and we are in this together!

 


IN THE WORDS OF OUR CREW

Here’s what some of the crew members had to say:

“Thank u to our Best HRmanager❤️ Cruise director 😍 HD❤️ Captain ❤️ staff captain❤️ #IAMROYAL

“I’m so thankful and blessed being part of the Celebrity Family. I’m also grateful having everything we need on-board provided by the company.”

 “I just wanna say big big thanks for our executive community for all efforts in this difficult situation !!! All crew members doing a great job !!!!! I very proud that I’m part of Azamara Team, Azamara family forever!!!!!! 🥰”


CREW REPATRIATION BY THE NUMBERS

As of April 27, 2020 13,847 have been repatriated.

9,098 Royal Caribbean crew members are safely home:

  • 1,725 Indonesians returned home – some sailing aboard Voyager, Spectrum and Ovation, others by charter flights
  • 1,198 Filipinos sailed home on Voyager and Spectrum
  • 398 American crew went home via commercial flights and private transport
  • 389 of our Mexican crew members returned by commercial flights
  • 353 of our Chinese colleagues were brought home aboard Quantum
  • The remaining 5,035 repatriated crew flew home commercially to more than 40 countries

3,289 Celebrity crew members are home safe: 

  • 1,160 Indonesians returned home – some sailing aboard Royal ships and others by charter flights
  • 400 Filipinos sailed home on both Celebrity and Royal ships
  • 196 of our Mexican crew members returned by commercial flights
  • 173 of our Ukrainian crew members returned by commercial flights
  • 124 of our British crew members returned by commercial flights
  • 122 American crew went home via commercial flights and private transport
  • 115 Romanian crew on a charter flight
  • The remaining 999 repatriated crew flew home commercially to more than 40 countries

566 Azamara crew members are safely home:

  • 141 Indonesians returned home – some sailing aboard Journey, others by charter flights
  • 117 Filipinos transferred and sailed home on Spectrum
  • 15 American crew went home via commercial flights and private transport
  • 10  Romanians have been repatriated through charter
  • The remaining 283 repatriated crew flew home commercially to more than 20 countries

THE PATH HOME FOR REMAINING CREW

Listed below are our current repatriation plans, pending approval from various governments, and a rough estimate of dates. But please remember – everything in this pandemic changes quite often, and you should not be surprised if some of these plans change, too. That’s okay – we aren’t letting up until we have gotten everyone who wants to leave the ship home. Under these plans, we will be transferring certain crew members by nationality onto different ships—for instance, all the Ukrainians will be transferred over to Navigator—and then head for specific ports where flights home are being arranged.

Royal Caribbean Crew:
  • Caribbean, Central and South American crew: Transferring to Vision, Rhapsody and Adventure.  Vision will sail from Miami on May 15 and will sail to St. Kitts, Dominica, St. Lucia, Grenada, Trinidad and St Vincent and the Grenadines, where she will end her voyage on June 7. Rhapsody will sail on May 13 from Miami and will sail to Cartagena, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala and will end her voyage in Belize on May 23. Adventure will sail from the Bahamas on May 9 and will sail to Haiti and Dominican Republic, ending her voyage in Jamaica on May 23. We have also scheduled charter and commercial flights from Barbados for crew from Central and South American countries that we are not calling on by ship. Those countries are Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Guyana and Nicaragua. The flights will begin on May 12.
    Please note that crew from Barbados will be transferred to Explorer, Liberty and Harmony and will be repatriated to Barbados when those ships arrive there. For crew from El Salvador, Chile, Venezuela, Ecuador, Uruguay and Bolivia, we are still working on the details for your way home.
  • Filipino crew: Transfer onto Harmony and Liberty, which will sail to Barbados, where we have asked to operate charter flights to Manila every three days, beginning May 11. We are spacing the flights because there is only limited hotel and quarantine space right now for arriving travelers.
  • Indian crew: Transferring to Anthem. Depart on May 9 and sail to Goa, arriving June 8. The Indian government has the country shut down, except for ship repatriation. We are working on transportation details to home cities from there. We’re also discussing the 14-day quarantine period they require upon arrival.
  • Indonesian crew: Transfer to Explorer and Liberty, which will sail to Barbados, where we have requested permission to fly charter flights May 9-12. The government has now required testing upon arrival, and those waiting for their results will need to stay in a hotel. We will be covering these costs.  All charters will stop in Jakarta and Denpasar.
  • U.S. crew: American crew on ships close to the US will be repatriated with private transportation beginning May 6. US crew in Asia will be flown home from Philippines as soon as the Manila airport reopens. For American crew at Perfect Day and off the coast of Barbados, we will be putting you on a ship that is sailing to Miami to repatriate you home via private transport and you should be home no later than May 14. US crew in the Med should be flown home by May 20.
  • Ukrainian and Romanian crew: Transfer onto Enchantment. Charter flights will fly out of Barbados, beginning with a flight to Romania on May 21, followed by two going to Ukraine on May 22.
  • European, Canadian and all other nationalities: Transfer to Freedom, Empress and Majesty, then sail to Southampton and fly home from there. Empress sails May 19 – June 4, Freedom May 17 – 28, Majesty sails May 15 – 28. Any crew whose countries do not permit them to travel home will remain on Freedom until conditions change. We are looking at options to charter British crew home before the ships set sail. Unfortunately, we cannot charter other international crew who need to downline with commercial flights at this time.
  • Crew on Allure and Jewel: Transferring all crew on Allure to Jewel so Allure can sail with only the needed crew members to Cadiz for her drydock. We are awaiting approval from the government in Barbados for the Caribbean, South and Central American employees. The remaining international crew will meet up with Anthem to transfer Indian crew, and then everyone else will sail to Southampton for flights home.
Celebrity Crew:
  • Caribbean, Central and South American crew: Transferring to Royal Caribbean’s Vision, Rhapsody and Adventure. Vision would sail from Miami on May 15 and then sail to St. Kitts, Dominica, St. Lucia, Grenada, Trinidad and St Vincent and the Grenadines, where she would end her voyage on June 7. Rhapsody would sail on May 13 from Miami and sail to Cartagena, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, ending her voyage in Belize on May 23. Adventure would sail from the Bahamas on May 9 and sail to Haiti and Dominican Republic, ending her voyage in Jamaica on May 23. Please note that crew from Barbados would be transferred to Royal Caribbean’s Explorer, Liberty and Harmony and be repatriated to Barbados when those ships arrive there.
  • Filipino crew: Transfer onto Celebrity Equinox. Equinox would sail to Barbados, where we have asked to operate charter flights to Manila every three days, beginning May 11. We are spacing the flights because of the limited hotel and quarantine space right now for arriving travelers.
  • Indian crew: Transferring to Celebrity Infinity and departing within the next two weeks to Goa, arriving in early June. The Indian government has shut down the country, except for ship repatriation. We are working on transportation details to home cities from there.
  • Indonesian crew: Transfer to Royal Caribbean’s Explorer and Enchantment. Explorer would sail to Barbados, where we have requested permission to fly charter flights May 9-12. Enchantment would sail to Miami for a charter flight on May 15. All charters would stop in Jakarta and Denpasar.
  • US crew: American crew on ships close to the U.S. would be repatriated with private transportation beginning as soon as possible, presumably within the next week. U.S. crew in Asia would be flown home from the Philippines as soon as the Manila airport reopens. U.S. crew in the Med would be flown home by May 20.
  • Millennium and Eclipse on the US West Coast: We are looking into moving both ships to Puerto Vallarta in the next week to 10 days. We would then set-up one charter to the Philippines, one charter to Barbados for Caribbean, Central and South American crew, as well as commercial flights based on availability for our European, Canadian and International crew.
  • Ukrainian and Romanian: Transfer onto Royal Caribbean’s Navigator. Charter flights from Miami to Ukraine and Romania are currently planned for May 16.
  • European, Canadian and all other nationalities: Transfer to Royal Caribbean’s Freedom, Empress and Majesty, sailing to Southampton and flying home from there. Empress and Majesty would leave Miami on May 13 and reach Southampton May 28. Freedom would leave Miami on May 15 and reach Southampton on May 24. Any crew whose countries do not permit them to travel home will remain on Freedom until conditions
  • For our crew on Constellation: We are estimating that the ship will be in Athens beginning May 7 and we would arrange two different charters from there: one to London for our European and International crew; one to Indonesia. The Manila airport is currently closed so we are looking into when and how we can get a charter to
  • For our crew on Apex: We are planning a charter from St. Nazaire to Barbados within the week for our Caribbean, Central and South American crew. For our European, Canadian and International crew we will continue with commercial flights based on availability. We are currently working on options for our Indian crew.