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Cruise Radio News Briefs — May 12, 2021 [VIDEO]

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Carnival Cruise Line Cancels More Sailings

Carnival Cruise Line has canceled sailings on all but three of its ships through August 1. The only vessels that may still sail in July are Carnival Vista and Breeze from Galveston, and Carnival Horizon from Miami.

The cancellation comes after the latest update from the CDC, which has earned harsh critiques from many industry leaders. 

Of the agency’s latest guidance, Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy said that the company still has “many questions that remain unanswered. We are working diligently to resume sailings in the U.S. and meet the CDC guidelines.”

STORY: Carnival Cruise Line Cancels Sailings For All But Three Ships Until August 1

Azamara Announces New Health & Safety Protocols

Azamara has announced new health and safety protocols, which will be in place for the line’s return to cruising in August.

Highlights of Azamara’s “Explore Well at Sea” program include a vaccination and negative COVID test requirement, new HVAC air filtration systems, enhanced cleaning protocols, and upgraded onboard medical facilities.

The line plans to resume sailings with a series of voyages in the eastern Mediterranean starting August 28.

STORY: Azamara Reveals Health & Safety Protocols Ahead of Cruise Resumption

Royal Caribbean To Resume Hiring Crew From India

Royal Caribbean has announced it will resume hiring crew from India on May 21, according to a social media post by the line’s president Michael Bayley.

In April, the company temporarily stopped hiring crew from the country because of new travel restrictions to and from India. 

Safety protocols for crew arriving to ships will include multiple PCR tests and quarantines, as well as the COVID-19 vaccine.

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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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