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Cruise News Today — August 24, 2021 [VIDEO]

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Mariner of the Seas Sails

Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas resumed revenue cruises from Port Canaveral yesterday, after completing her simulated voyage last week.

Now, the vessel has begun a series of three and four-night cruises to Nassau and the line’s private island Perfect Day at CocoCay.

The sailing is significant because it marks the 13th ship in Royal Caribbean’s 25-vessel fleet to return to cruising, meaning over half the fleet is now operational.

CDC Updates Guidance for High-Risk Cruisers

The CDC has updated its guidance for cruise travel, recommending that anyone at high risk for serious COVID-19 complications should not sail.

The recommendation is for all travelers on both river and ocean ships, whether or not they are vaccinated.

The advice reflects growing concern about the Delta variant, which has caused case numbers to soar in recent weeks.

The agency also recommends that those who do cruise should be tested 1 to 3 days before their trip, and again 3 to 5 days after.

STORY: Updated Guidance: CDC Says ‘High-Risk’ People Should Avoid Cruise Travel

Norwegian Announces Next EMBARK Episode

Norwegian Cruise Line has given a sneak peek the next episode of its five-part docuseries EMBARK.

The episode will take viewers behind-the-scenes for resumption of service aboard Norwegian Jade. It will showcase moments when crew were reunited, and the final preparations before the first guests arrived.

The episode, called “Welcome Aboard,” will premiere live on Thursday, September 9 at 8 pm eastern time.

STORY: Norwegian Announces Next ‘EMBARK’ Episode, Detailing Jade’s Return to Sailing

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Sarah has been writing about the cruise industry since 2015. She’s been on eight cruises so far, and her favorite onboard activities include trying out the water slides, spending time in the spa’s thermal suite, eating lots of food, and attending the love & marriage show. You can keep up with her over on her Instagram at @IAmSarahJaneB.

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