Holland America Temporarily Drops Testing on One Ship
Holland America has dropped the COVID-19 testing requirements for three sailings this month on its newest ship Rotterdam. The change applies to voyages departing Amsterdam on July 10, July 17, and July 24. All three are itineraries to Norway.
Holland America’s vaccination policy remains in place; all guests 12 and older must be vaccinated to sail, or request a vaccine exemption. Passengers 18 and older must have their booster shot if eligible for it.
The news comes after sister line P&O announced it has temporarily dropped testing for several voyages on its ship Iona.
Those sailings are also in Norway.
Another Norwegian Sun Cruise Canceled
Another Norwegian Sun voyage has been canceled after the ship hit a growler during a cruise late last month.
After an inspection in Juneau, Norwegian made the decision to bring the ship back to Seattle for repair, and also canceled its next sailing. Now, today’s voyage has also been axed as repairs continue on the ship.
A statement from NCL said “As a precautionary measure, Norwegian Sun’s July 5, 2022, sailing has been canceled. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.“
The next voyage is scheduled for July 14.
Keel Laid For Utopia of the Seas
Royal Caribbean’s upcoming Oasis-class ship Utopia of the Seas has reached its next construction milestone.
The keel was laid at the shipyard in France last week and, per maritime tradition, coins representing the shipyard and cruise line were placed in the ship’s first 948-ton steel block.
Utopia will be Royal’s second LNG-powered ship following Icon of the Seas, which is set to debut next year.
Utopia of the Seas is scheduled to launch in spring 2024.