The world's second-largest global cruise shipowner RCCL (Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd) is preparing to announce furloughs and layoffs. RCCL's site shows that the company employs 65,000 people from 120+ countries and operates 60+ ships worldwide. RCCL is incorporated in Liberia and headquartered at PortMiami Florida USA.
RCCL fully owns the subsidiaries Azamara, Celebrity, Silversea and RCI-Royal Caribbean International. It also co-owns the brands Pullmantur Cruceros (Spain) and TUI Cruises (Germany).
“Earlier today (April 15), we told our employees the difficult news that we were laying off or furloughing approximately 26 percent of our more than 5,000 coworkers in the USA.
We earlier announced the early conclusion of many crew contracts.
The circumstances of the pandemic made this action unavoidable, and it hurts to part ways with so many good and talented people.”
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