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Cruise Radio News Briefs — February 3, 2021 [VIDEO]

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Two U.S. River Lines Will Require COVID-19 Vaccine

Two river cruise lines — American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruise Lines  — have both announced that they will be requiring COVID vaccinations for both guests and crew.

The mandate will go into effect on July 1, 2021 for all ships across both fleets, which are based in the United States.

The requirement expands on safety measures that are already in place, which include a negative COVID test before the cruise and masks in public spaces where social distancing isn’t possible.

STORY: Two US-Based River Cruise Lines to Require COVID-19 Vaccination

Celebrity Cruises to Return to Australia and New Zealand

Celebrity Eclipse will mark Celebrity Cruises’ return to Australia and New Zealand, when the ship is homeported in Sydney and Auckland for the 2022-2023 season.

The vessel will sail 19 different itineraries, ranging in length from five to 18 nights. It’ll include sailings through Australia, New Zealand, and various South Pacific islands. Voyages will include overnight stays, late-night departures, and the return of some much-loved itineraries.

STORY: Celebrity Cruises to Return to Australia in 2022

Princess Introduces Sports Betting App

When cruising resumes, Princess will be introducing a new way to gamble on its ships. 

Guests will now be able to participate in real-time digital sports betting on the line’s new Ocean Sportsbook app. When the ship is in international waters, guests can wager on major sports events including football, basketball, baseball, and hockey. 

This will initially be rolled out across six ships.

STORY: Bet On It: Princess Cruises To Offer Real-Time Sports Wagering

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