Royal Caribbean Cruises is set to cut its US workforce by more than a quarter, citing the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Azamara chief executive Larry Pimental is also set to leave the Miami-based group, the Miami Herald reports, to lessen the impact on others.
RCCL confirmed on Wednesday (15 April) 26% of its more than 5,000 US employees would either be laid off or furloughed, while many crew will have the contracts cut short.
It comes just a week (9 April) after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended its initial 30-day "no sail order" for up to 100 days – potentially into July.
RCCL is yet to push back its plans to resume operations on 11 May in response to the CDC update, nor those of any of its brands – which include Royal Caribbean, Azamara and Celebrity Cruises.