Cruise Radio News Briefs — March 8, 2021 [VIDEO]

Odyssey of the Seas Heads Out to Sea For First Time

Royal Caribbean’s new Quantum Ultra class ship has departed the shipyard in Germany and headed up the Ems River and out to sea.

During the journey up the river, Odyssey of the Seas passed through two bridges and over an autobahn tunnel.

Despite only being a 20-mile journey, the conveyance took over 10 hours because of how slowly the ship had to maneuver through the shallow water. 

Beginning in May, Odyssey will spend her maiden season sailing from Israel to Cyprus and Greece.

STORY: Odyssey of the Seas’ Conveyance From Shipyard to Sea [VIDEO]

Celebrity Cruises Hosts Virtual International Women’s Day Event

To celebrate International Women’s Day this year, Celebrity Cruises is hosting a virtual event with female leaders within the company. It will include Celebrity’s president and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, as well as the first American female cruise ship captain, Kate McCue. 

The women will connect to discuss last year’s Women’s Day cruise featuring an all-female bridge team aboard Celebrity Edge.

You can catch the conversation on Celebrity’s Facebook page today at 12 pm Eastern time.

The U.S. Travel Association is seeking government support to encourage more travel. It is also urging the government to create a more solid roadmap on reopening the U.S. borders to international travel.

Meanwhile, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is calling for clear direction from the CDC so that cruise ships can begin preparing to sail again from American ports. 

A recent poll from the Travel Association indicates there’s pent-up demand. It suggests that 80 percent of Americans want to travel within the next six months, and 60 percent are already making plans.

STORY: U.S. Travel Association Seeks Reopening Path


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