Cruise Radio News Briefs — May 20, 2021 — PM UPDATE [VIDEO]

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Alaska Tourism Bill Passes in the House

We’re officially one step closer to cruising Alaska this summer. 

On Thursday afternoon the Alaska Tourism Restoration Act was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, which already passed the Senate last week, just needs to be signed by President Biden to become official.

The bill temporarily lifts the requirement of cruise ships to stop in a foreign port before returning to the United States to satisfy the Passenger Vessel Services Act. 

On the heels of the bill being passed, Carnival Cruise Line Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, and Holland America Line all put sailings open for booking.

STORY: Alaska Tourism Restoration Act Passes in DC

Cruises Officially Resume From The UK

It’s back to the high seas for passengers from the United Kingdom.

MSC Cruises’ ship Virtuosa set sail yesterday from Southampton, England, marking the first cruise from the UK in 14 months. The ship will operate four 4-night sailings around the British Isles in the coming weeks.

Last August, MSC Cruises was the first cruise line to sail during the pandemic with updated safety protocols, and has successfully carried over 100,000 guests since. 

STORY: MSC Cruises Becomes First Line to Resume Sailings From The UK

Royal Caribbean Cancels Its Bermuda Homeport Season

Royal Caribbean canceled its 2021 Bermuda homeport season on Thursday morning. The line said that likelihood of cruises resuming from the US this summer is getting greater each day, and with guests preferring more direct access to ports of departure, they were canceling the season. 

Impacted guests will receive a 125 perfect future cruise credit or can opt for a full refund.

The line still plans to visit Bermuda, just not homeport a ship there this summer.

At the time of broadcast, there has been no word on where Vision of the Seas will be redeployed.

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