Cruise News Briefs – January 21, 2021 [VIDEO]

One Cruise Line Will Require COVID-19 Vaccination

As of May, UK-based cruise line Saga Cruises will be requiring all guests to be vaccinated for COVID-19 before sailing.

Without exception, all guests will need to receive both doses of the vaccine at least 14 days before they are set to board. 

Interestingly, the line will not be requiring the same of crew members, though it states that as soon as crew members can be vaccinated, they will be. 

STORY: First Cruise Line Officially Requires Vaccines — Will Others Follow?

Carnival Addresses Gratuity Rumors

There’s a rumor going around that Carnival will be raising the daily per-person gratuities by five dollars. Carnival Brand Ambassador John Heald said that it is false. 

Past gratuity increases have been much less significant, with Carnival’s most recent hike in 2018 being by just one dollar per day. 

Currently, Carnival Cruise Line has sailings canceled through mid-April. 

STORY: Carnival Cruise Line Addresses Gratuity Hike, Vaccine Rumors

Costa Toscana Floated Out

The newest ship from Costa Cruises is being floated out at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. During the ceremony, Costa Toscana, which will be the line’s new flagship, touched water for the first time.

The vessel is just one of the many LNG-powered ships that have been ordered by Carnival Corporation, some of which have already been delivered. It is scheduled to begin sailing in December of this year.

STORY: Carnival Corporation Celebrates Float-Out of New Ship

Closing Bell for Tuesday, January 20, 2020

  • Carnival Corporation (CCL): $20.78
  • Royal Caribbean Group (RCL): $72.82
  • Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH): $25.19

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