Cruise Radio News Briefs — March 18, 2021 [VIDEO]

Royal Caribbean Set to Return to West Coast

Royal Caribbean is finally returning to the West Coast.

Starting in June 2022, Navigator of the Seas will be homeporting in Los Angeles to sail three to five-night cruises to Catalina Island and Mexico.

The ship will also sail select seven-night holiday itineraries which include overnights in Cabo San Lucas.

These West Coast sailings will open for booking the week of March 29, 2021.

STORY: Royal Caribbean To Homeport Navigator In Los Angeles In 2022

Viking and P&O Will Offer UK Coastal Cruises

Viking and P&O have both announced plans to operate UK coastal cruises this year. 

Viking’s new ship, Viking Venus, will sail three coastal cruises in May and June from Portsmouth, which are open to UK residents. 

P&O’s new ship Iona, along with Britannia, will operate three to seven-night ‘cruises to nowhere’ along the coast this summer, open only to vaccinated UK residents.

STORIES: Viking to Resume UK Cruises in May 2021

The U.S. Lost $1.1 Trillion

The U.S. lost $1.1 trillion in travel economic output last year due to the global pandemic, according to new end-of-year totals from the U.S. Travel Association.

Travel’s economic footprint in the country shrank 42 percent, from $2.6 trillion down to $1.5 trillion.

In conjunction, travel-supported jobs accounted for 65 percent of all American jobs lost due to the economic fallout of the pandemic.

Previous to the health crisis, travel and tourism accounted for 11 percent of the U.S. workforce.

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