Cruise News Today — October 14, 2021 [VIDEO]

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Two Cruise Lines Extend Vaccine Mandates

Princess Cruises and Holland America have announced that they have extended their vaccination and pre-cruise testing requirements through February 2022.

Pre-cruise testing must be antigen or PCR, taken within two days of embarkation.

The lines have also extended its mask requirement through February, which applies to elevators, indoor entertainment venues, shops, the casino, and dining rooms unless eating or drinking.

STORY: Two Cruise Lines Extend Vaccine and Testing Requirements Into 2022

Viking Announces Next Ocean Ship Debut

Viking has announced that its next ocean ship will debut in early 2023, and be called Viking Saturn.

The vessel will sail in the Nordic region, operating two new 15-night itineraries that call in Iceland, Greenland, Norway, and Canada. As well, a popular eight-night cruise around Iceland will be returning aboard Viking Star.

Like Viking’s other ocean ships, Saturn will be 47,800 gross tons and hold 930 passengers.

STORY: Viking Announces New Ocean Ship, 3 New Itineraries

Expedition Ship Comes to Florida Port

JAXPORT Cruise Terminal in Jacksonville hosted a new ship for a nine-hour port visit on Wednesday.

Vantage Deluxe World Travel’s expedition vessel Ocean Explorer stopped in Jacksonville as the first port of call on an itinerary from Nassau, Bahamas.

The ship will visit six other east coast ports before returning to the Bahamas. 

Aside from its homeported ship Carnival Ecstasy, JAXPORT occasionally sees vessels stopping for a port call — the most recent being residential ship The World in 2017.

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