CLIA Urges CDC to Drop Pre-Cruise Testing
In light of the CDC’s recent decision to drop testing for inbound international flights, cruise lines are asking for the same treatment.
The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) released a statement saying “As the CDC monitors the improving health landscape and works with airlines to support a smooth transition with the lifting of the pre-arrival testing requirement, we believe a review of pre-embarkation testing requirements for cruise travelers is also in order.”
Currently, guests have to provide negative tests to sail. CLIA has not asked for a change to the vaccination requirements.
Coin Ceremony Held For Carnival Celebration
Carnival has marked another construction milestone for its ship Carnival Celebration, as a coin ceremony was held at the Meyer Turku shipyard on Wednesday.
The coin ceremony is a centuries-old custom in shipbuilding, symbolizing good fortune for the vessel and its crew. During the ceremony, a box of coins, which had been placed under the keel at the start of construction, was welded to a permanent position near the mast of the ship.
Carnival Celebration is the line’s second Excel-class ship after Mardi Gras, and is scheduled to debut this November.
Princess Cruises Cancels Voyages on Two Ships
Princess Cruises has canceled a number of 2023 sailings on Royal and Regal Princess.
Regal Princess was originally scheduled to sail in the Baltic from April 9 to September 3, 2023, but the entire season has been canceled due to the war in Ukraine. As well, Royal Princess cruises in Asia and Oceania from September 5 to October 10, 2023 have been canceled due to recent deployment changes.
Those who were booked can either get a future cruise credit or request a full refund. Both options will include a 10 percent off offer for any cruise up to 15 days that’s sailing before the end of 2023.
It’s not yet known where the ships will sail instead.