Cruise Radio News Briefs — April 15, 2021 [VIDEO]

Norwegian Cruise Line Changes FCC Policy

Norwegian Cruise Line has made changes to its refund/Future Cruise Credit policy, which could make it easier to get a refund. 

Norwegian said, “To offer our guests even more flexibility for future vacation planning, many who hold outstanding Future Cruise Credits (FCC) may now submit a request to convert their FCC to a monetary refund.”

Guests who elect to request their FCC to a monetary refund will receive the original cruise fare paid, back to their original form of payment and forfeit any bonus FCC.

STORY: Norwegian Cruise Line Adjusts Refund, FCC Policies

The CDC Still Doesn’t Want You to Cruise

Despite increasing pressure from several different directions to reopen the cruise industry, the US Centers for Disease Control is clear on at least one thing — it still thinks cruising is a bad idea.

CDC recommends that all people avoid travel on cruise ships, including river cruises, worldwide. The agency says the chance of getting COVID-19 on cruise ships is high since the virus appears to spread more easily between people in close quarters aboard ships.

The Cruise Lines International Association notes that its members have carried over 400,000 passengers over the past several months — the vast majority unvaccinated — with fewer than 50 COVID cases found. 

STORY: The CDC Still Doesn’t Want You To Cruise, But Has Advice If You Do

Juneau Residents Want to Limit Ship Visits

Before ships even return to Alaska, one city is trying to limit the visits vessels can make there. 

Eleven Juneau, Alaska residents have filed affidavits to limit cruise ship hours, have ship free Saturdays, and cap the size limit of cruise ships to 100,000 people after January 1, 2026. 

The hope is to make the ballot for this fall’s election. 

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