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Cruise Radio News Briefs — April 22, 2021 [VIDEO]

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Bahamas Reacts to CDC’s Warning

Officials in the Bahamas are not taking the CDC’s recent health advisory lightly.

Reacting to the agency warning Americans against traveling to the Bahamas, the travel and tourism minister said that in order for the island nation to avoid taking yet another economic hit, residents had to do everything in their power to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The CDC’s advisory couldn’t have come at a worse time as several cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean, hope to begin sailing to and from the Bahamas as early as June as a way of circumventing the Conditional Sailing Order which prevents them from sailing out of U.S. Ports.

STORY: Bahamas Heeds CDC ‘Wake-Up Call’ to Save Cruise, Tourism Season

Alaska Joins Lawsuit Against CDC

Alaska has joined a lawsuit against the CDC in an attempt to revoke the Conditional Sailing Order that threatens to destroy a second consecutive cruise season.

The Alaska cruise season usually runs from May through September. With the cruise industry largely shut down since March 2020 due to the global pandemic, the northernmost state lost all of its 2020 season — an anticipated 1.3 million cruise visitors.

STORY: Alaska Joins Florida Lawsuit Against CDC to Restart Cruising

Holland America Turns 148

We’re wishing a very happy birthday to Holland America Line! Over the weekend the company celebrated its 148th birthday. 

Founded in 1873 in Rotterdam, the company first operated between the Netherlands and North America before expanding and later becoming a part of Carnival Corporation in 1989. 

Its newest ship Rotterdam, is on schedule for sea trials later this weekend, and is scheduled for delivery to the company in July. 

STORY: Holland America Celebrates 148th Birthday

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