New CDC Cruise Guidance Changes Everything — But There’s a Catch

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Thanks to the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, masks and social distancing may no longer be required and self-serve buffets could be back. The catch? These rules will be in place for ships on which at least 95 percent of passengers are vaccinated. What the New Guidance Says Every day, […]

MSC Virtuosa Returns From First UK Cruise in 14 Months

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The first cruise ship to sail from the United Kingdom in 14 months returned to Southampton over the weekend in what was regarded as a very successful voyage. MSC Virtuosa was originally scheduled to be completed and sail her inaugural voyage in November 2020, but with the pandemic and shipyard delays, it was pushed to […]

Carnival Plans Test Sailings & New Vaccine Protocols by May 31

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Carnival Cruise Line says that like Royal Caribbean, they are currently planning to begin test cruises. While there are no details as of yet as to which ships will sail from where or when, one thing we do know is this: they won’t be looking for more volunteers. Which Carnival Ships Will Sail? With Royal […]

Wellness Program Details Revealed For Celebrity Beyond

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Celebrity Cruises has revealed new details about its luxury wellness program aboard the next Edge-class ship, Celebrity Beyond. Creating a “sanctuary at sea,” the offerings onboard will rival the best spa resorts on land, and have been designed to promote holistic wellness of the mind, body, and spirit. “Wellness is so fundamental to our philosophy at […]

Cruise Fans React to Test Sailings; How to Volunteer

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It’s not an exaggeration to say that a cyber-cheer could be heard around the internet after Royal Caribbean announced that they’d been given permission to do test sailings. Cruise fans who have been land-locked for over a year finally have something to celebrate, and that much-discussed pent-up desire to sail came pouring out. “That’s The […]

Explained: The Letter That Will Allow Cruise Ships to Sail Again

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On Tuesday evening, Royal Caribbean International received a letter from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approving port agreements for its ship Freedom of the Seas, and giving provisional permission for the vessel to operate its first simulated sailing. President and CEO Michael Bayley shared […]

Cruise Radio News Briefs — May 26, 2021 [VIDEO]

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Royal Caribbean Receives Test Cruise Approval Royal Caribbean has officially become the first cruise line to receive approval to operate test cruises. The line will be able to sail simulated voyages with volunteer passengers in late June to test out its health and safety protocols.  Test cruises are a requirement from the CDC for ships […]

Oceania Cruises Announces Restart Dates For Three More Ships

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Oceania Cruises has announced the restart dates for three more of its cruise ships: Riviera, Insignia, and Sirena, between October 2021 and January 2022. Riviera will resume its previously-scheduled voyages from Istanbul beginning on October 18, 2021 and sail a series of Mediterranean cruises before beginning a winter series of Caribbean cruises from Miami. Insignia will resume cruising with the […]

Norwegian Reveals 7 Ship U.S. Sail Dates & Ports

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While some details are yet to be hammered out, Norwegian Cruise Line has announced plans for seven of their ships to sail from a variety of U.S. ports in the coming months. In addition, the line also revealed plans for three other ships to sail out of locations such as Panama City, Hong Kong, Australia, […]

Carnival’s Health Rules for Alaska Cruises

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Carnival Cruise Line has released more details on the health protocols for its fully-vaccinated sailings from Seattle to Alaska, set to begin July 27 aboard Carnival Miracle. A series of seven 7-night voyages will feature calls in Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan, along with scenic cruising in Tracy Arm Fjord. With a stop no longer required […]