NCLH Drops Pre-Cruise Testing on Select Sailings
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has dropped pre-cruise testing on select sailings starting August 1.
Exceptions to the protocol change include voyages departing from the U.S., Canada, Greece, and Bermuda, per a letter to travel agents and guests from Norwegian Cruise Line. Guests on cruises from those countries will still need to test negative to sail.
Select voyages on Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ other brands, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, will also no longer require testing.
In related news, Holland America and P&O Cruises have temporarily dropped testing on select sailings to Norway, and luxury line Viking has forgone testing on all but two of its ships.
Carnival Opens New Webpage For Carnival Luminosa
Carnival Cruise Line has opened a new webpage for fans to learn about Costa Luminosa, which will be transferring to the fleet this fall.
The ship will move from the Costa fleet to the Carnival fleet in September, and be renamed Carnival Luminosa. It’s set to begin operations from Brisbane, Australia in November. Next spring, it will move to Seattle to spend the summer season in Alaska.
Those who are interested can register to learn more about the ship and its promotions at carnival.com/carnivalluminosa.
Explora Journeys Orders Two Additional Ships
MSC Group’s new luxury cruise brand Explora Journeys has ordered two additional ships, which will bring the fleet up to six by 2028.
Explora V and VI will feature engines that run on liquefied natural gas, as well as a fuel cell powered by hydrogen fuel. The hydrogen power will be used for hotel operations, and enable the vessels to turn off the engines and emit zero emissions while in port.
Explora has also announced that Explora III and IV will be powered by liquefied natural gas as well, and be 19 meters longer to enable the installation of the new LNG and hydrogen system.
The line’s first ship, Explora I, is scheduled to launch this coming May.