Welcome to the Cruise Radio News Brief for the Week of March 14, 2021, where we bring you the latest cruise news, our weekly podcast, and recent YouTube videos.
1. Royal Caribbean announced that it will begin sailing out of Nassau this June. Adventure of the Seas will sail seven-night cruises, including some featuring an overnight stay at the line’s private island Perfect Day at Coco Cay. Also, all crew members as well as all adult guests age 18 and older will be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19, while children will have to show proof of a negative PCR test.
2. Celebrity Cruises made a similar announcement as Royal Caribbean to say that it will restart cruises June 5 from the port of St. Maarten. Celebrity Millenium will sail two itineraries, one to Aruba, Barbados, and Curaçao and the other to St. Lucia, Barbados, and Tortola. Also like Royal, all crew members as well as all adult guests age 18 and older will be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19, and children will have to show proof of a negative PCR test.
3. Federal Maritime Commissioner Louis E. Sola is calling for mandatory vaccination of passengers and crew as the cruise industry looks to restart. His suggested plan for a return to cruising focusing on vaccinations, sanitation, and coordination among terminals, ships, and ports.
4. Navigator of the Seas is heading to the West Coast—the first Royal Caribbean ship to home port there in a decade. Beginning in June 2022, the ship will begin roundtrip sailings out of Los Angeles, offering three- to seven-night cruises through at least spring 2023.
5. Azamara, a boutique cruise line, officially renamed its new ship, which was previously Pacific Princess of Princess Cruises. Azamara Onward is meant to inspire resilience, positivity, and the possibilities in store for the future.
Featured Article: Why Carnival Cruise Line is More Grateful Than Ever to Past Guests
According to the recently released annual report from Carnival Corporation, the cruise operator “expects to be less reliant on new guests.” Rather, after selling several ships to increase liquidity this past year, the fleet’s overall capacity was reduced by 13 percent. The hope, in turn, is that the established returning cruiser base will be more spread out over a smaller fleet. Read more here.
This Week’s Podcast: Weekly Cruise News Update
On this week’s episode, we catch up with Sherry Laskin to review a busy week of cruise news.
Featured Video: Nassau, Bahamas Cruise Tips
Are you one of the many cruisers itching to get back to sea and looking at the new itineraries on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator out of Nassau, Bahamas? Watch the video below before you go for the five best tips for visiting the popular port city.