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Cruise Radio News Briefs — February 5, 2021 [VIDEO]

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MSC Cancels Cruises, Hopes For an April Restart in Greece

MSC Cruises has canceled all United States-based sailings through April 30, 2021. The suspension affects voyages on MSC Divina, Meraviglia, and Armonia.

The line has also announced that it is aiming to resume cruises in Greece in time for Easter.

In addition, all of MSC Magnifica’s scheduled Mediterranean cruises through April 29 have been canceled, and another MSC ship will be replacing it — including for its scheduled Greece cruises.

STORY: MSC Cancels More U.S. Cruises in 2021

Keel Laid for New Viking Ocean Cruise Ship

Today Viking celebrated the keel laying of its new ocean ship, Viking Mars, at the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy. 

When Viking Mars debuts, she will be the line’s eighth ocean ship and measure the same size as her sisters at 47,800 gross tons, holding 930 passengers.

The ship is expected to debut next year.

Canada Bans Cruise Ships Until 2022

Today the Minister of Transport in Canada announced new orders that’ll prohibit cruise ships from sailing to Canada until February 28, 2022.

This could put the 2021 Alaska and Canada/NE cruise season in jeopardy due to the US Jones Act, which requires foreign-flagged ships to call in a foreign port. 

If the COVID-19 situation vastly improves, the Canadian government has the ability to rescind these orders.

STORY: Alaska Cruise Season Dead as Canada Bans Ships Until 2022

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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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