First Major U.S. Cruise Line Mandates Vaccination

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There’s a pattern forming here, as Virgin Voyages became the latest — and the first mainstream cruise brand — to announce that it will require all passengers and crew to have been vaccinated before sailing when cruises resume from U.S. shores. Royal Caribbean made headlines when it announced a series of cruises starting in May […]

Are Bahamas’ Tiny Islands Ready For Hundreds of Cruise Visitors?

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Tourism inspires strong opinions, especially when it’s en masse. So it is little surprise that the announcement of all-Bahamas cruises aboard Crystal Serenity — with stops at islands where the population isn’t much larger than the passenger complement — is generating some controversy. Beginning July 3, luxury line Crystal Cruises’ Serenity will offer a 16-week program […]

Princess & Holland America Cancel Alaska Cruises Through June 2021

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If there is to be any kind of large-ship Alaska cruise season this year, it won’t begin until at least July. Both Princess Cruises and Holland America Line — two of the largest players in the Alaska market — announced new cancellations today. Princess has now canceled sailings from Seattle through June 27, while Holland […]

Cruise Radio News Briefs — March 16, 2021 [VIDEO]

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Viking Sun Arrives in China Viking Sun has officially arrived at her new homeport in southern China.  It is the first vessel under China Merchants Viking Cruises, a joint venture between China Merchants Shekou and Viking. Viking Sun will offer tailor-made voyages for Chinese passengers. The ship’s schedule and itineraries will be announced in the […]

Viking to Resume UK Cruises in May 2021

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Viking has announced that it plans to resume limited cruise operations with three domestic UK sailings beginning in May 2021. The voyages will be limited to UK residents, and are possible due to a signal from the Government of the United Kingdom that it would allow the resumption of domestic cruises beginning in May. Passengers […]

Oceania Cruises Announces Name of Seventh Ship

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Oceania Cruises has announced the name of the first of two new Allura Class vessels, and the seventh for the line. The 1,200 passenger ship will be called Vista. It is being constructed by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, as will her as-yet-unnamed sister ship in the Allura Class. Vista is set to sail in 2023, followed by the second […]

Norwegian Cruise Line Cancels All Voyages Through June 2021

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Still awaiting guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the next steps toward a reopening of the U.S. cruise industry, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. has announced the suspension of all voyages through June 30. The decision impacts booked passengers on three cruise brands: Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, and Regent Seven […]