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Cruise Radio News Briefs | Week of May 17, 2020

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Welcome to the Cruise Radio News Brief for the Week of May 17, 2020 where we bring you the latest cruise news, our weekly podcast, and recent YouTube videos.

1. Royal Caribbean quickly backtracked from its “no buffets” decision. Rather, Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited Chairman and CEO Richard Fain indicated that the buffets “will evolve” and that “it’s not going to be exactly as it was before.” What exact changes or new policies we might see are still up in the air, however.

2. Virgin Voyages pushed back its launch date to October 16 after countless delays for the new cruise line. The line’s first ship, Scarlet Lady, was initially supposed to have had her maiden voyage on April 1. In addition, founder Richard Branson’s Birthday Bash Cruise was rescheduled for July 14, 2021.

3. Norwegian Cruise Line has extended its temporary “Peace of Mind” policy through November 30. Before the change, the policy was only valid through October 2020. This announcement came directly after the line also decided to extend its voluntary suspension of cruises through July 31.

Norwegian Pearl

4. The Bahamas says it may be ready to welcome back visitors by July 1. Despite several cruise lines pushing back their planned dates for returning to service to August and beyond, the Bahamian Prime Minister said they are “finalizing the health and safety protocols” for a re-opening.

5. Royal Caribbean extended its cancellation of sailings through July 31. Their China operations are an exception, however. As compensation, Royal Caribbean is offering a 125 percent Future Cruise Credit for sailings through  April 30th, 2022, as long as said trips are booked by December 31, 2021.

photo: Royal Caribbean

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