1. Crystal Cruises has reportedly released all of its shoreside employees, and a shutdown appears imminent. Two of its ships were arrested in Freeport earlier this month and have reportedly been put up for sale.
2. Starting on March 1, Norwegian Cruise Line will begin allowing unvaccinated kids under 5 to sail. It will also go back to its pre-Omicron protocol of no mask requirement anywhere on its ships.
3. Both Disney Wish and Carnival Celebration were floated out at the Meyer Werft and Meyer Turku shipyards, respectively, on Friday. Wish is set to debut in July, and Celebration is scheduled to debut in November.
4. Cunard has announced that the name of its next ship is Queen Anne. The debut of the vessel in early 2024 will mark the first time Cunard has had four ships sailing at once since 1999.
5. Norwegian Cruise Line has canceled most of Norwegian Sky‘s 2023 sailings, with just a few cruises still open for booking throughout the year. There’s no word on why the ship will spend most of the year without passengers.
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