Royal Caribbean has released the following statement in response to this article:

In response to the recent article, Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, and Royal Caribbean International strongly value the travel agent community. We sincerely appreciate travel agents for the important role that they play in creating memorable experiences and the greater value they bring to vacationers through their training, expertise, and in-depth knowledge of the travel industry. We remain committed to the travel agent community and will continue to support them in the promotion of the value of cruise vacations and growing their businesses.