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Royal Caribbean cuts US-based workforce by 26%

In 2019, Royal Caribbean had begun work on a new headquarters building, depicted here, to house its growing workforce
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is laying off or furloughing approximately 26% of its more than 5,000 US-based workers.

The company broke the news to employees on Wednesday after earlier announcing the concluson of many crew contracts, an RCL spokesman said. 

'The circumstances of the pandemic made this action unavoidable, and it hurts to part ways with so many good and talented people,' he added. 

Cost-cutting in a no-revenue environment

As the cruise industry deals with the current no-revenue environment, operators are under pressure to cut costs. 

Earlier, Norwegian Cruise Line reduced its US employees' shoreside pay by 20% and moved to a four-day work week

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