Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley said in a social media post, that Royal Caribbean International has an estimated 500 Ukrainian crew members on its fleet.
“We also have over 200 Russian crew who also are concerned and anxious over these events and we are offering them the same support. The Royal family is here for all our crew and our thoughts and prayers go out to all impacted by these events.”
Royal Caribbean is opening communication channels to crew that so that they are able to freely speak with friends and family.
Additionally, the company is offering assistane for crew to get home or close to should they wish to leave their contracts early.”We are trying to expedite any Ukrainian crew who wishes to join any of our ships earlier than scheduled,” Bayley said. “Counseling has been made available to them and ships captains and management are obviously in daily communication with them to offer assistance as needed.
Cruises to Russia
According to Royal Caribbean, as of February 25, they have no plans to cancel visits to Russia, despite acknowledging that visiting the country is “increasingly uncertain” in an online statement. The same remains true for Celebrity Cruises which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Group.
Voyager of the Seas is still scheduled to operate cruises in the Baltic, including visits to St. Petersburg; Celebrity Apex and Celebrity Silhouette are scheduled as of now to visit St. Petersburg for Celebrity Cruises.
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.