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

Carnival Cruise Line Still Planning on July Restart

In an exclusive interview with NBC Nightly News’ Lester Holt, Carnival president Christine Duffy revealed that the line is still planning on a July restart. Duffy said that Carnival is in active discussions with the CDC again, and believes that the CDC now has the same goal as the president — to reopen the U.S. by July 4.

When asked whether it’s realistic to expect all passengers and crew to be vaccinated, the exec said that there’s no mandate for other businesses to have that requirement, and cruising doesn’t want to be treated any differently. 

The full TV interview aired Monday evening on NBC Nightly News.

STORY: Carnival President Tells NBC Nightly News They Still Plan on July Restart

Norwegian Prima Sets Booking Record

Norwegian’s upcoming ship Norwegian Prima opened for bookings last week, and set a cruise line record for bookings on its first day and week of sales.

Sailings will begin in August 2022, and the ship will visit destinations like northern Europe, the Caribbean, and Bermuda during her inaugural season. 

Norwegian Prima is the first of six ships in Norwegian’s new Prima class.

STORY: New Norwegian Cruise Ship Boasts Record-Breaking Sales

U.S. River Line Looking to Hire Officers and Crew Members

U.S.-based river line American Queen Steamboat Company has announced that it’s currently seeking to hire over 200 officers and crew members.

The company is already sailing two ships, and is launching another in June for a nearly sold-out season. A fourth vessel will resume cruises later this summer.

A wide range of onboard hotel and marine roles are available. Visit to view available positions.

STORY: American River Line Seeks to Hire Hundreds of Crew Members

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