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Join the Bird for Royal Caribbean’s return to cruising on the first voyage of the Adventure of the Seas from Nassau, Bahamas. After a 15-month pandemic pause, it is time to cruise The Bahamas and the Caribbean again! The Adventure arrived in Nassau on Tuesday, escorted by fire boats and a water cannon salute as she entered Nassau harbor. This cruise includes two perfect days at Coco Cay, a stop in Cozumel, and a stop in Freeport.
 

Come along with the Bird for an adventure on the Adventure as cruising resumes from Nassau! 

 

Sat 12 Jun Nassau, Bahamas Depart 9:00 pm

Sun 13 Jun Perfect Day Cococay, Bahamas 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Mon 14 Jun Perfect Day Cococay, Bahamas 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Tue 15 Jun Cruising 

Wed 16 Jun Cozumel, Mexico Arrive 8:00 am-6:00 pm

Thu 17 Jun Cruising

Fri 18 Jun Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas 7:00 am-5:00 pm

Sat 19 Jun Nassau, Bahamas Arrive 6:00 am

 

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Adventure of the Seas - Bahamas - June Sailings’ Protocol Update 

Vaccination Requirement 
For Adventure of the Seas, Bahamas sailings departing before August 1, 2021 – we require that all guests 16 years and older be fully vaccinated before sailing. (All doses of your COVID-19 vaccine must be completed 14 days prior to arriving in The Bahamas.) We ask that fully vaccinated guests provide proof of vaccination prior to boarding. Anyone unable to provide proof will be considered unvaccinated. Additionally, all crew members onboard will be fully vaccinated. 

Testing

Vaccinated Guests 
Vaccinated guests are only required to undergo a complimentary boarding day antigen test, which our testing provider, Doctors Hospital, will administer at the British Colonial Hilton Nassau, where check-in will take place for your cruise. We decided to add this requirement to give everyone additional peace of mind as we resume cruising and apologize for the inconvenience. 

Vaccinated guests do not require any other pre-cruise testing. For re-entry into your home country, you may require proof of a negative COVID-19 test. If needed, we’ll offer complimentary testing for you on Day 5 or 6 of your cruise. Additional details will be provided onboard. 


Unvaccinated Guests
All unvaccinated guests 12 years and older will need to take three tests. 

1. Within five days of arrival into The Bahamas, as required by local government, guests will undergo a SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test. You will need to submit the negative SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR result as part of the Bahamas Health Visa online application process and provide proof upon arrival in the airport. Costs associated with this test are the guests’ responsibility. 
2. On boarding day, guests will take a complimentary antigen test at the British Colonial Hilton Nassau, where check-in will take place. Registration details are provided below.
3. A final complimentary test will take place onboard on Day 5 or 6 as required for re-entry into The Bahamas. This test may also be used for entry into your home country, if needed. Additional details will be provided onboard.

All unvaccinated guests 2 - 11 years old will need to take two tests. 

1. On boarding day, guests will take a complimentary test at the British Colonial Hilton Nassau, where check-in will take place. Registration details are provided below. 
2. A final complimentary test will take place onboard on Day 5 or 6 for entry into your home country, if needed. Additional details will be provided onboard.

Guests under 2 years of age will not be tested.


Face Masks 
Vaccinated guests are not required to wear masks onboard or at Perfect Day at CocoCay. Masks may be required at the ports we visit.  

Unvaccinated guests are not required to wear masks onboard while outdoors or at Perfect Day at CocoCay, unless in a crowded setting. Masks are not needed in the pool or for activities where they could become wet. Indoors, unvaccinated guests must wear masks unless seated and actively eating or drinking. Masks are not required in your stateroom. Masks may be required at the ports we visit.  

Guests under the age of two do not need to wear a mask. 

Destinations 
All guests may visit each port freely. Please follow all local requirements.

Travel Documentation Checklist 
[ ] Bahamas Health Visa is required for entry by the local government for all guests 18 years and older. Guests under 18 need to be added to a parent or guardian’s visa profile. Click here to learn more. 
[ ] Passport Books (not cards) are needed for all guests with validity of at least 6 months after sailing’s return date. 
[ ] COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or Negative COVID-19 Test Result to meet requirements for entering The Bahamas and boarding the ship. 
[ ] Health Questionnaire to be completed on our Royal Caribbean App the day before you board. 

Luggage Handling

·         Complimentary luggage collection will be available upon exiting Customs at Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS). Please keep any medication or required documentation with you. Your luggage will be delivered to your stateroom. 

·         Please print and attach your Royal Caribbean luggage tags to your bags at home, which we’ve emailed to you or your Travel Advisor in our Guest Ticket Booklet. This allows porters to easily identify where your luggage should go. 

Checking-In & Getting Onboard

·         Check-in & any required boarding day testing will take place at the British Colonial Hilton Nassau Hotel. 

·         Transfers from the airport to the hotel are available for a fee. To book a transfer, contact your Travel Advisor or call us at 866-562-7625. If preferred, taxis are readily available at the airport. 

Once you’re ready to board, complimentary shuttles will be waiting to take you to the ship.

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Thank you for taking us along. I look forward to hearing about the cruise and everything you have to go through is this new norm. Safe travels. Stay positive.....I mean negative.

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The Adventure sits, waiting for passengers to walk her decks again! We’ll be onboard in less than 24 hours. 

 

 

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The Nassau Cruise port is undergoing a $270M makeover. Festival Place, the home of last minute souvenirs and adult beverages has been demolished along with the taxi stand, and most of the horse carriage shelter. In its place are construction trailers. 
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Workers hastily hang banners advertising the new port for its first passengers tomorrow. And a young man repaints the curbs to give the port a fresh look.

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37 minutes ago, BirdTravels said:

Adventure of the Seas - Bahamas - June Sailings’ Protocol Update 

Vaccination Requirement 
For Adventure of the Seas, Bahamas sailings departing before August 1, 2021 – we require that all guests 16 years and older be fully vaccinated before sailing. (All doses of your COVID-19 vaccine must be completed 14 days prior to arriving in The Bahamas.) We ask that fully vaccinated guests provide proof of vaccination prior to boarding. Anyone unable to provide proof will be considered unvaccinated. Additionally, all crew members onboard will be fully vaccinated. 

Testing

Vaccinated Guests 
Vaccinated guests are only required to undergo a complimentary boarding day antigen test, which our testing provider, Doctors Hospital, will administer at the British Colonial Hilton Nassau, where check-in will take place for your cruise. We decided to add this requirement to give everyone additional peace of mind as we resume cruising and apologize for the inconvenience. 

Vaccinated guests do not require any other pre-cruise testing. For re-entry into your home country, you may require proof of a negative COVID-19 test. If needed, we’ll offer complimentary testing for you on Day 5 or 6 of your cruise. Additional details will be provided onboard. 


Unvaccinated Guests
All unvaccinated guests 12 years and older will need to take three tests. 

1. Within five days of arrival into The Bahamas, as required by local government, guests will undergo a SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test. You will need to submit the negative SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR result as part of the Bahamas Health Visa online application process and provide proof upon arrival in the airport. Costs associated with this test are the guests’ responsibility. 
2. On boarding day, guests will take a complimentary antigen test at the British Colonial Hilton Nassau, where check-in will take place. Registration details are provided below.
3. A final complimentary test will take place onboard on Day 5 or 6 as required for re-entry into The Bahamas. This test may also be used for entry into your home country, if needed. Additional details will be provided onboard.

All unvaccinated guests 2 - 11 years old will need to take two tests. 

1. On boarding day, guests will take a complimentary test at the British Colonial Hilton Nassau, where check-in will take place. Registration details are provided below. 
2. A final complimentary test will take place onboard on Day 5 or 6 for entry into your home country, if needed. Additional details will be provided onboard.

Guests under 2 years of age will not be tested.


Face Masks 
Vaccinated guests are not required to wear masks onboard or at Perfect Day at CocoCay. Masks may be required at the ports we visit.  

Unvaccinated guests are not required to wear masks onboard while outdoors or at Perfect Day at CocoCay, unless in a crowded setting. Masks are not needed in the pool or for activities where they could become wet. Indoors, unvaccinated guests must wear masks unless seated and actively eating or drinking. Masks are not required in your stateroom. Masks may be required at the ports we visit.  

Guests under the age of two do not need to wear a mask. 

Destinations 
All guests may visit each port freely. Please follow all local requirements.

Travel Documentation Checklist 
[ ] Bahamas Health Visa is required for entry by the local government for all guests 18 years and older. Guests under 18 need to be added to a parent or guardian’s visa profile. Click here to learn more. 
[ ] Passport Books (not cards) are needed for all guests with validity of at least 6 months after sailing’s return date. 
[ ] COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or Negative COVID-19 Test Result to meet requirements for entering The Bahamas and boarding the ship. 
[ ] Health Questionnaire to be completed on our Royal Caribbean App the day before you board. 

Luggage Handling

·         Complimentary luggage collection will be available upon exiting Customs at Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS). Please keep any medication or required documentation with you. Your luggage will be delivered to your stateroom. 

·         Please print and attach your Royal Caribbean luggage tags to your bags at home, which we’ve emailed to you or your Travel Advisor in our Guest Ticket Booklet. This allows porters to easily identify where your luggage should go. 

Checking-In & Getting Onboard

·         Check-in & any required boarding day testing will take place at the British Colonial Hilton Nassau Hotel. 

·         Transfers from the airport to the hotel are available for a fee. To book a transfer, contact your Travel Advisor or call us at 866-562-7625. If preferred, taxis are readily available at the airport. 

Once you’re ready to board, complimentary shuttles will be waiting to take you to the ship.

Bird - thanks for posting this, but it’s not correct anymore WRT testing. RCL issued new requirements today.  Starting next week you have to get an RT-PCR test at your expense prior to coming to the Bahamas.  Cruisers should check the RCL pages for updates. 

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Just now, karena1 said:

please post about the airport experience

 

 

11 minutes ago, HBCcruiser said:

How was the airport/customs experience? We sail 7/17/21 and arrive a day early like you did. 

On the flight, the flight attendant gives you the immigrations form. (Have a pen handy). Typical questions, including your passport number (have your passport handy). 
 

You hike halfway across the airport and arrive in the immigrations hall. There were a lot of immigrations officers in the booth and an automated system to send you to the the officer, we had no waiting. They examine your passport and health visa. The young lady seemed happy when we told her that were here for the cruise.
 

You claim your bags. There is an exit for Bahamas, US and UK citizen and one for everyone else. Follow the signs. The Customs officers (different than immigrations officers)  have another automated line. The will ask about plants, fruits, alcohol, and tobacco. If they don’t believe you, your bags roll up on the stand and they will search them. 
 

We got through both checks in less than 10 minutes. 
 

(If you are flying back to the US, you clear US immigrations in Nassau). 
 

We caught a taxi to the Hilton. Lots of taxis at the airport stand. Our driver, an older retired female, we very proud of the Bahamas and took us along the coast in a narrated tour of the island pointing our sights and homes of famous people. The taxi ride and island tour was $35 from the airport to the Hilton. 

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2 minutes ago, radarcruiser said:

Bird - thanks for posting this, but it’s not correct anymore WRT testing. RCL issued new requirements today.  Starting next week you have to get an RT-PCR test at your expense prior to coming to the Bahamas.  Cruisers should check the RCL pages for updates. 

Thanks!  They just added a test at their expense for our cruise yesterday. Two other ships had COVID incidents this week. 

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I will be along to enjoy your trip report!!! So happy to see Royal sailing again! I hope you have a wonderful trip and everyone onboard stays safe and healthy!

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Sad Reality


An average of 20,000 cruise passengers visit Nassau every day (>$7.2M a year). Without cruise ships, the economy is horribly depressed.
 

Without tourists, the normally bustling Bay Street is a ghost town with most shops shuttered. The iconic Straw Market has its storm shutters closed. And yes, even Senior Frogs is closed. There is a mask

mandate with a $250 fine and a 10pm - 5 am curfew to try and reduce the COVID. 
 

Our taxi driver mentioned that they are praying to get some of the free vaccine that President Biden offered the world yesterday. They have only administered 62K doses and less than 8% of the population has been vaccinated. Until yesterday, the US State Department had a Level 4 (do not travel) advisory for the Bahamas due to COVID. 

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Very sad to see everything closed up. Hopefully things will get better soon! Go ahead and send them all the doses people here in the states don't want! Before they expire.

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