Costa Cruises Plans to Resume Sailings in May 2021

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Costa Cruises has revised its plans to resume cruising, and is now aiming for a May restart. In a press release, the Italian line said that “the decision has been taken in consideration of the restrictions still in place in Italy and other European countries to contain COVID-19.” It went on to say that the […]

Royal Caribbean’s Fain Says Sailing From U.S. Could Begin In July

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Royal Caribbean Group CEO Richard Fain says “a dramatic change in the landscape” could see the line sailing from U.S. ports in time to meet President Biden’s goal of reopening society by the 4th of July.  “That would make it an especially memorable Independence Day,” Fain said in one of his frequent video updates for […]

Cruise Radio News Briefs — March 22, 2021 [VIDEO]

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Royal Caribbean to Sail From Bahamas Royal Caribbean has announced that it will be launching roundtrip cruises from Nassau, Bahamas beginning this June.  Adventure of the Seas will sail a series of seven-night voyages from the port, including some that include two consecutive days docked at Royal’s private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay. All crew […]

River Cruise Ship Embarks on Inaugural Sailing After CDC Approval

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Last week we reported that a disagreement between American Queen Steamboat Company and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had resulted in the cancellation of the line’s planned March 21 inaugural sailing of its newest paddlewheeler, the American Countess. Happily, a last-minute reprieve has enabled the new ship to be christened and […]

Fun Things to See in Bari, Italy

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By Michael York Bari, located on the eastern side of Italy near the “heel” of the “boot,” is an ancient city which surprises visitors with its wealth of sights and understated (but highly intriguing) Old City. The sights are not the only draw of Bari. Its gastronomic options are famed throughout the Mediterranean, and focus […]

Close Call for Disney Cruise Ship at Florida Port

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A tugboat was in the right place at the right time, riding — or should we say sailing — to the rescue as one of the ships in Disney Cruise Line’s fleet found its efforts to dock in Port Canaveral blocked by a casino boat. Caught on Camera Thursday afternoon, the Disney Dream was arriving […]

As Cruise Lines Resume Sailings, Masks Remain the Big Question

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The past few days have seen several cruise lines announcing a return to service. But as they circumvent the Centers for Disease Control’s Conditional Sailing Order by moving departures to Caribbean ports, several important questions are as of yet unanswered. Vaccines Required… What About Masks? Last week, Royal Caribbean International revealed that it would begin […]

Discovery Princess Floated Out at Fincantieri Shipyard

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Princess Cruises’ newest ship, Discovery Princess, was floated out at the shipyard on Thursday, marking a major milestone in the vessel’s construction. The 3,660-passenger vessel is currently being built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. It is Princess’ sixth and final Royal Class ship, following Royal, Regal, Majestic, Sky, and Enchanted Princess — all […]