RCI-Royal Caribbean International received permission for two of its ships to remain in BVI (British Virgin Islands) in a warm lay-up state.
All RCI liners are in a warm lay-up, meaning they can quickly return back to service as the machinery, navigational and lifesaving equipment are all up to date.
Strict health and safety rules have been agreed to by both the cruise line and the Port Authority, which would allow the liners to remain in the BVI starting January 11 for an initial period of 30 days for a warm lay-up. Neither cruise ship will have passengers onboard.
The purpose of the agreement is so that the vessels can remain in port and refuel, take on provisions and spare parts.
The deal allows RCI to take care of maintenance and technical concerns, while the Tortola Island reaps economic benefits.