(VI Consortium) Gov’t House announced Wednesday that Royal Caribbean’s first voyage to the territory will be in early July. In a previous Consortium story, Joshua Carroll, vice president of destination development at Royal Caribbean is quoted as stating during a forum with Gov’t House last week that the first voyage would be sometime late June. However, Gov’t House quoted Jayne Halcomb, Royal Caribbean’s Director of Destination Development for the Caribbean and the Americas as identifying the following dates for the planned trips to the territory:
July 6th, Celebrity Edge, St. Thomas.
July 29th, Allure of the Seas, St. Thomas.
August 18th, Celebrity Equinox, St. Croix.
September 28th, Explorer, St. Croix.
The Edge will still depart Florida on June 26.
“These ships will be arriving with approximately 30 percent guest capacity because of course we want to start out more conservative to make sure we’re doing in a safe way,” Ms. Halcomb said. “But as we evolve, and as we learn, as this process unfolds, we expect that to grow.”