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Cruise Radio News Briefs — February 2, 2021 [VIDEO]

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Masks to Be Required on Cruises as Per the CDC

The CDC has issued a new order that will require cruise passengers to wear masks in all public areas.

Guests will be allowed to remove them to eat, drink, swim, or take medicine. However, the rule won’t apply to kids under two years old or individuals that have documented reasons for medical exemption. 

The CDC said that it reserves the right to enforce the order through criminal penalties, but it will largely be the responsibility of the cruise lines to enforce the rules.

STORY: CDC Rule: Cruise Passengers Will Be Required To Wear Masks

MSC Cruises Takes Delivery of New Ship

On Monday morning, MSC Cruises took delivery of its newest Meraviglia-Plus class ship, MSC Virtuosa. A small ceremony was held at the shipyard in France, with the cruise line and shipyard executives in attendance. 

Virtuosa is set to debut in the Mediterranean in April, where it will sail four cruises before moving to its new home in Kiel, Germany to operate Northern Europe voyages.

STORY: MSC Takes Delivery of Newest Cruise Ship

Holland America Names Captain of Rotterdam

Holland America Line has named the person who will take the helm of its new ship Rotterdam — Captain Werner Timmers. Captain Timmers has 40 years of experience with Holland America, and has already served as captain for six of its vessels.

In the coming months he will head to the ship for sea trials, and then relocate to Fincantieri shipyard to oversee Rotterdam’s finishing touches.

The vessel is set to sail her inaugural voyage on August 1.

STORY: Holland America Names Captain of Upcoming Cruise Ship

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