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The Cruise Line will take part in trials sailing to Vanuatu from November 2022

Media Release - Port Vila, 11th October 2022: The Vanuatu Government is delighted to welcome back the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
(RCCL), which is scheduled to resume its cruise itinerary to Vanuatu during the cruising trial in Vanuatu this summer. The first arrival will be the Ovation of the Seas at Mystery Island on 12 th November, followed by an overnight visit planned for the 19th -20th November at Port Vila, with further sailings planned throughout the 2022-2023 season on both Ovation of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s newest entrant into this region, now home porting from Brisbane.

Royal Caribbean has been working hand in hand with the Department of Tourism (DoT) and the Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) on the safe and successful resumption of cruising to Vanuatu.

The Minister of Tourism, Trade, Commerce and Ni-Vanuatu Business, Honorable James Bule saysWe look forward to welcoming Royal Caribbean and their guests back to enjoy our island communities once again, cruising provides a vital economic lifeblood to Vanuatu.’

Pre-pandemic, cruising was a key source of income and employment for Vanuatu. Mrs. Geraldine Tari, Acting Director for Department of Tourism, as well as the current Chairperson of the National Cruise Tourism Management Committee added ‘With cruising comes jobs and security for locals who rely on the cruising supply chain, so we look forward to Royal Caribbean’s cruise fleet to return to Vanuatu next month. It’s been more than two years since we’ve welcomed cruises to our islands, and we Welkam back their safe return to rebuild our economy and recover our tourism industry.’ “We are working actively with key stakeholders across all Ports of Call to ensure that reopening happens in a smooth and safe manner,” says Mrs. Tari.

“Vanuatu has always been one of the top regional cruise destinations in the South Pacific, which was manifested during the pre-covid era, and even now post-pandemic as Vanuatu re-opens to the world, we have noted a strong demand from our international visitors to return for a cruise experience in Vanuatu. We have been working with various cruise operators locally to ensure that their tourism product experiences are market ready with relevant content and itinerary specials on offer for our cruise visitors to answer the call of Vanuatu once again, creating their favorable Vanuatu moments” says Adela Issachar Aru, Chief Executive Officer of the Vanuatu Tourism Office.

Royal Caribbean has been sailing to the South Pacific Islands, including Vanuatu, for many years and has always focused on supporting the needs of the local community. During the challenges that the past few years bought to the region, Royal Caribbean worked with the local community to provide solar lighting for the installation in community gathering spaces in Port Vila; facilitated school upgrades, and provided much needed school resources, food provision and beach cleanups on Lelepa Island; and providing new market stalls chairs and wash stations, for Mama’s Markets in Manples.

‘Our guests love visiting Vanuatu for its natural beauty and friendly communities, and we are thrilled to be returning in November. Throughout our many years sailing to Vanuatu, we’ve always worked closely with the government and people of Vanuatu through our RCL Cares program to champion and support the Vanuatu community.’ Gavin Smith, Vice President Royal Caribbean Australia and New Zealand.

About Royal Caribbean International:

Royal Caribbean International, owned by Royal Caribbean Group (NYSE: RCL), has been delivering innovation at sea for more than 50 years. Each successive class of ships is an architectural marvel that features the latest technology and guest experiences for today’s adventurous traveller. The cruise line continues to revolutionise holidays with itineraries to 240 destinations in 61 countries on six continents, including Royal Caribbean’s private island destination in The Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay, the first in the Perfect Day Island Collection. Royal Caribbean has also been voted “Best Cruise Line Overall” for 19 consecutive years in the Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards.