Cruise News Today — August 9, 2022 [VIDEO]

11 Voyages Canceled on Princess Cruises Ship

Less than a week after arriving back to the U.S. after being in Asia for nearly a decade, Princess Cruises has canceled Diamond Princess’ first 11 sailings over crew shortages.

In a statement, Princess told Cruise Radio, “With rising occupancy levels on the ships that have already returned to service and our commitment to guarantee the Princess experience is exceptional, Princess has made the difficult decision to cancel a limited number of voyages on the Diamond Princess beginning September 1, 2022 through November 13.”

The additional time out of service will allow the line to bring in additional crew members. Guests are being offered a booking on another ship or a FCC, both with $100 onboard credit, or a full refund.

Diamond Princess is scheduled to sail from California to Mexico and the California coast this fall. The ship garnered unwanted attention in early 2020 as being the first ship with a coronavirus outbreak.

STORY: Princess Cruises Cancels 11 Voyages Scheduled For This Fall

NCLH Removes Vaccine Requirement & Drops Testing For Vaccinated Guests

Yesterday, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announced that its three cruise brands are dropping their vaccination requirements as of September 3. Those brands are Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

The lines also said that fully vaccinated guests no longer have to submit a negative COVID-19 test to sail, no matter the length of the voyage. Unvaccinated guests will still need to test negative before getting on the ship.

STORY: NCLH Drops COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements, Welcomes Everyone to Sail

Tourism in Jamaica Almost Fully Recovered

Tourism in Jamaica has almost full recovered since the pandemic, according to the country’s Ministry of Tourism.

This year, Jamaica expects over three million visitors, with an estimated earnings of around 100 million dollars. That’s below the Caribbean country’s best earnings of 3.7 billion dollars in 2019.

The tourism minister also said that the United States has made a strong comeback in the area.

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