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Cruise News Today — June 22, 2021 [VIDEO]

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Freedom of the Seas Sets Sail on Test Cruise

We’re learning more about the test cruise that Royal Caribbean has been conducting from over the past couple days from PortMiami. 

Freedom of the Seas departed for a two-night simulated sailing on Sunday evening with 600 volunteers onboard. 

A representative from the CDC is also sailing, and will be checking off embarkation and disembarkation procedures, mask and social distancing protocols on board, food service, and even the logistics of a port calls. Which, for this test cruise, is Royal’s private island Perfect Day at CocoCay.

If all goes well, Freedom of the Seas will set sail on her first revenue cruise on July 2 from PortMiami. 

STORY: First Cruise Ship Departs Miami for Required CDC Test Voyage

Holland America Announces More Ship Restart Dates

Holland America Line is the next Carnival Corporation brand the roll out a phased-in resumption of service. 

Aside from Alaska cruises this summer, In September Zuiderdam will sail from San Diego, followed by Koningsdam in October.

On the east coast, starting in October, Nieuw Amsterdam will sail from Port Everglades. In November, Rotterdam, Eurodam, and Nieuw Statendam will also sail from the south Florida port.

STORY: Holland America Details Six Ship Restart For Fall 2021

Popular Guy’s Burger Now Available For Delivery

Fans of Guy’s Burger Joint on Carnival cruise ships will be excited to learn that Guy’s land-based Flavortown Kitchen has expanded its menu for a limited time.

The “Straight Up” burger is now available to order via food delivery apps like Uber Eats, Postmates, DoorDash, and Grubhub. It costs $11.99.

Since 2011, Guy’s Burger Joint has expanded to all 24 Carnival ships. 

Fun Fact: roughly eight million Guy’s burgers are served onboard every year — that’s about eight billion calories. 

STORY: You Can Now Order Guy’s Most Popular Burger For Delivery

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