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Cruise Radio News Briefs — February 23, 2021 [VIDEO]

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CDC May Release Technical Cruise Regulations Within Days

According to Michael Bayley, president of Royal Caribbean International, the CDC’s technical regulations for cruise resumption may be released in a matter of days.

The next step will be trial sailings with volunteers, which every cruise ship that sails from a U.S. homeport will be required to do. Late last year, Royal Caribbean put out a call for volunteers on these test cruises, and around 250,000 people signed up.

As of this morning, the line plans to resume sailing in May 2021.

P&O Celebrates Steel Cutting For New Ship

P&O Cruises celebrated the start of construction for its new ship during a virtual steel-cutting ceremony on Monday. The newbuild has been named Arvia, and will stand alongside sister-ship Iona as the two largest vessels in the P&O fleet. 

Like Iona, Arvia will be powered by liquefied natural gas which is a cleaner burning fossil fuel.

Carnival Launches New “Mini CFO” Marketing Campaign

Carnival Cruise Line has launched a new marketing campaign featuring its “Chief Fun Officer,” Shaquille O’Neal. In the promotions, the former NBA star has a “Mini CFO” sidekick to help promote Carnival’s short 3 to 5 night itineraries.

About half of Carnival’s fleet operates short cruise itineraries, which visit top destinations like Half Moon Cay and Nassau, Bahamas, as well as Cozumel, Mexico.

STORY: Carnival Rolls Out New “Mini Shaq” Marketing Campaign

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Sarah has been writing about the cruise industry since 2015. She’s been on eight cruises so far, and her favorite onboard activities include trying out the water slides, spending time in the spa’s thermal suite, eating lots of food, and attending the love & marriage show. You can keep up with her over on her Instagram at @IAmSarahJaneB.

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