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Cruise News Today — September 29, 2021 [VIDEO]

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Cruise Execs Talk About the Future at State of the Industry Panel

If there was a single message to come out of the Seatrade Cruise Global State of the Industry panel on Tuesday, it was that when it comes to the ongoing recovery, the various cruise lines are all in it together.

As Royal Caribbean Group’s CEO Richard Fain explained, the cruise lines aren’t competing with one another so much as they are against hotels, resorts, and other land-based vacations.

Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald said that while the shutdown has been a trying time for everyone, things are now pointed in the right direction — as evidenced by the fact that half of the company’s fleet is now back in operation.

STORY: Cruising is Back: What’s Next According to Top Execs

Royal Caribbean to Offer COVID Testing at the Terminal

As first reported by Royal Caribbean Blog, Royal Caribbean will now offer limited COVID testing at the terminal on embarkation day for U.S. based cruises.

The tests will be offered on a limited basis, and are intended for those who can’t find a test ahead of time, or can’t get results in time for sailing day.

The pierside tests will start at $99 per person and be open to fully-vaccinated passengers by appointment only.

Baby Sea Turtles Hatch at MSC’s Ocean Cay

And to end on a lighthearted note, MSC Cruises has announced that six Loggerhead sea turtle nests have been found on its private island, Ocean Cay.

The line reported that hundreds of baby turtles have been making their way towards the ocean from their nests, the achievement of a goal MSC has had since it began to revitalize the island.

Before MSC acquired it, the Bahamian island was being used as an industrial sand excavation site.

Since identifying the nests, MSC has been monitoring them to ensure that the baby turtles have the best chance of survival.

STORY: MSC Cruises’ Ocean Cay Welcomes First Loggerhead Sea Turtle Hatchlings [PHOTOS]

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