RCI-Royal Caribbean post-Coronavirus sailings exclude traditional buffets

   May 16, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

The RCI-Royal Caribbean International announced that health and safety changes planned for the post-COVID cruises included eliminating traditional buffets.

According to Royal Caribbean CEO Michael Bayley, buffets will have to be temporarily removed from cruise ships in order to avoid any concerns about the spread of illnesses.

Bayley said he thought that in the beginning, there would not be a buffet and they would utilize the space, the Windjammer, but in all probability, it would not be a classical buffet. It would be "something more akin to a restaurant.” 

The likely removal of traditional buffets from dining areas is the latest in a long line of safety changes being made to ensure the company will be able to sail when the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) lifts its no-sail order.

RCI is also working with the Centers on enhanced measures to protect the safety, security, and health of the crew, guests, and the communities visited when sailings resume.

In April, Royal Caribbean filed a patent application for its own branded version of a face mask to protect employees and passengers. Dubbed Seaface, the plan is for the devices to be implemented on all ships of the company.