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Royal Caribbean Bans Smoking in the Casino

Royal Caribbean has joined Carnival, Holland America, and Princess in banning smoking in its casinos. The temporary policy will be in effect through at least January 5, 2021.

Those who wish to smoke can do so in designated outdoor smoking areas.

The change comes in conjunction with an update made last week to the onboard masking policy. Also through January 5, all passengers are required to wear masks indoors, including in vaccinated-only venues.

STORY: Royal Caribbean Temporarily Bans Smoking in the Casino

Carnival Corporation Provides 4th Quarter Update

Carnival Corporation this week offered a business update, and despite losing $2 billion in the fourth quarter, things are actually looking up. 

The company is ending 2021 with $9.4 billion in liquidity, onboard spending is up 4 percent over what was already a strong 2019, and future bookings — especially for the last half of 2022 and the beginning of 2023 — are strong. 

CEO Arnold Donald reported that since the restart, 1.2 million passengers have sailed on Carnival Corporation ships, and that the company expects to have the entire fleet sailing again by spring 2022. 

Carnival Receives Over 38,000 Christmas Cards For Crew Members

Carnival’s brand ambassador John Heald has provided an update on the line’s “Operation Happy Holidays.”

For the second year, Carnival asked fans and guests to write Christmas cards for its shipboard crew members, and they beyond delivered.

The line received over 38,000 cards, which was far more than enough for every member of the fleetwide crew. 

STORY: Carnival Cruise Line Guests Deliver Nearly 39,000 Smiles

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