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Cruise Radio News Briefs — May 25, 2021 [VIDEO]

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Norwegian Reveals Alaska Plans

Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed details for its plans in Alaska this summer. Norwegian Bliss is expected to begin week-long sailings from Seattle on August 7, pending CDC approval.

The cruises will call in Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, and Icy Strait Point. Some sailings will include scenic cruising in Glacier Bay or the Holkham Bay Glacier Fjord.

As with all of Norwegian Cruise Line’s cruises this year, vaccinations will be required.

In related — and very exciting — news, President Biden signed the Alaska Tourism Restoration Act into law on Monday evening.

STORY: Norwegian Cruise Line Details Summer 2021 Alaska Return

Royal CEO Details How The Company Will Handle Resuming Sailing

Royal Caribbean Group’s CEO Richard Fain delivered his month video message on Monday morning. 

Last week, Royal Caribbean formally submitted its request for sailing authorization to the CDC, and said “we are hopeful that they will issue that permission shortly.”

Fain also provided some details on how the company’s lines plan to restart. The company intends to vaccinate all of its crew.

Here’s how they will handle passengers.

Since Celebrity and Silversea carry fewer children, who cannot get the vaccine right now, they are expected to have at least 95 percent of passengers vaccinated and be able to skip the CDC’s simulated sailings. Since Royal Caribbean International carries more families, it is expected to operate the simulated test sailings before revenue voyages.

All three lines still plan to operate with as many full-vaccinated passengers as possible, with exceptions for young kids and those who can’t get the shot for medical or religious reasons.

Viking To Restart River Cruises in July

And lastly, Viking has announced that it will restart European river cruises this July. 

Five itineraries are available for booking, including those on rivers through France, Amsterdam, Portugal, and Switzerland.

The news came on the heels of the European Union saying that it is opening its borders to fully vaccinated American travelers. 

STORY: Viking Announces Summer River Cruise Restart Date

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