Cruise Updates

The top priority continues to be the health and safety of passengers on board.The fact remains that the vast majority of more than 270 cruise ships were not affected by this virus. This is due, in large part, to the aggressive measures adopted by the cruise lines in response to COVID-19 based on prevailing guidance from global health authorities, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Those measures include rigorous screening protocols, enhanced sanitation measures and the availability of onboard medical care and treatment 24/7. 

We have ALL the latest updates to help you plan your next cruise vacation.

We have ALL the latest updates to help you plan your next vacation.

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MSC Cruises launching 10 ships in Europe this summer

MSC Cruises will launch 10 ships in Europe this summer, adding more confirmed itineraries that offer a breadth of embarkation options to enable more close-to-home cruise options.

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Barbados extends its airport closure to Friday

Grantley Adams airport in Barbados will remain closed until at least noon on Friday, April 16, according to published reports.

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CDC Signals Some Cruising Could Return By Midsummer

For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has signaled that some cruising could restart from U.S. sometime this summer.


“CDC is committed to working with the cruise industry and seaport partners to resume cruising following the phased approach outlined in the conditional sailing order,” the statement said. “This goal aligns with the desire to resume passenger operations in the United States expressed by many major cruise ship operators and travelers; hopefully, by mid-summer with restricted revenue sailings.”


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CDC Says New Cruise Guidelines Coming Soon

Update: The CDC has now released the next phase of its Conditional Sail Order (CSO) for the cruise industry. This represents the second phase of the CSO, which was introduced at the end of October 2020 to replace the CDC’s previous No-Sail Order.


Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced Thursday that officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said they would soon issue guidelines for the safe restart of sailing in the United States.

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NCLH To Require Guest/Crew Vaccinations, Plans July U.S. Restart

On April 5, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NCLH) sent a letter to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) outlining its plan to resume sailing from U.S. ports, starting July 4, 2021.


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Windstar Cruises Will Require Proof Of Vaccination For Guests To Board

The list is growing. Until further notice, Windstar Cruises will require proof of a COVID-19 vaccination for all guests. 

Windstar's six, boutique-style yachts carry fewer than 350 guests; these small ships access smaller ports, waterways, and destinations. In a press statement, the line said it arrived at the decision in the best health and wellness interests of its guests, crew, and the places the yachts visit.

In addition, the statement noted: "Many Windstar destinations and some airlines have announced or are considering vaccine mandates, providing further support for the new Windstar policy."


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Five New Cruise Ships to Get You Excited About the Industry’s Post-COVID Return

It has been one year since the COVID-19 pandemic began and while the virus affected the whole world, it is arguable that no industry has been as negatively impacted as travel and tourism. Borders were closed to international visitors, hotels turned away guests, and airlines cut capacity across the board.

So, one year out from COVID-19 becoming the major issue in North America, some travel is back on track, with a few destinations even experiencing a renaissance. However, there is one segment of travel that has not been given the chance to restart in North America, and that’s the cruise industry.

Cruising, which has had successful restarts in the Mediterranean and Singapore, and has been approved in the U.K., is still awaiting final CDC approval to restart North America sailing. And while the timetable remains unclear, when it does resume, cruise execs expect pent-up demand to make 2021 a “boom time” for the industry. And that includes new capacity coming online.

Here are just five of the new builds, some of which would have already been sailing if not for COVID-19, set to hit the water once cruising returns:

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New Ocean Cruise Ships Entering Service in 2021

New Cruise Ships Debuting in 2021

Despite the virtual shutdown of the cruise industry last year, more than 20 new ocean ships are expected to enter service in 2021. Some were delayed and some were delivered in 2020 but never carried a passenger. Things may still change, but here is an overview of the new ocean cruise ships expected to enter service in 2021, in alphabetical order by the cruise line.

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All ships in the Princess Cruises fleet will feature its Ocean Medallion touchless technology experience when they are allowed to return to service next year.

Regardless of which ship guests sail on, all will feature the wearable technology which also supports new health protocols.

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How to book your ideal cruise?

Booking a cruise can be a minefield, with hundreds of cruise lines around the world and thousands of itineraries and ports, not to mention the dizzying number of packages on offer.

It’s no wonder you can end up frazzled before you start. Coupled with that, the internet is rife with conflicting advice – do you book a cruise early or leave it late? Use a travel agent or do it yourself online?

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First Look: Walt Disney World's New Star Wars Hotel

Guests will live aboard the Halcyon starship for a two-day, two-night stay, where they will interact with characters and become an active participant in immersive adventures.


Their journey begins at the Galactic Starcruiser Terminal at Walt Disney World, where a launch pod will blast off, taking them to the ship’s location in space. When the Launch Pod docks in the Halcyon opens, guests will step into the ship’s main deck Atrium.

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Celebrity Cruises is set to include Wi-Fi, drinks and tips as standard in a bid to end “confusing promotions, complicated add-ons and limited time offers”.

The line’s new Always Included package launches on 17 November and offers a “simplified” pricing structure. Always Included will become Celebrity’s new entry rate fare.

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Switzerland-based cruise line Viking has completed construction of the first-ever “full-scale” PCR testing laboratory on a cruise ship, designed to allow for daily COVID-19 testing of all passengers and crew members on the Viking Star.

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10 Changes in Shipboard Life that Might Take Getting Used to

Royal Caribbean has issued The Royal Promise, a series of guidelines for guests sailing aboard Quantum of the Seas to assure guests that their health and safety is its top priority as the ship begins  a series of cruises from Singapore.


It’s a glimpse of the changes coming when cruising once again starts for Americans and Canadians. And some of them are going to require significant adjustments to life at sea as we know it:

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Disney Cruise Line said it will launch new Hawaii itineraries in 2022.

The 10-night sailings will depart from either from Vancouver to the Aloha State or vice versa and will be aboard the Disney Wonder.


The departure from Vancouver to Hawaii is scheduled for April 26, and the return journey leaves Honolulu for the Canadian city on May 6.

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Holland America Going Big in Alaska for 2021 with Six Ships

Holland America Line this week unveiled its 2021 lineup for Alaska and it includes six different ships sailing Alaska and Glacier Bay itineraries.

From April to September, Holland will sail Eurodam, Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam,


Noordam, Oosterdam, and Volendam in Alaska, including sailings out of Seattle, Vancouver, Whitter, and more.

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New to cruising? Here are all the terms you need to know

If you’re new to cruising, you may feel like your fellow passengers are speaking in an insider, secret

language, exchanging words and phrases that stump you. Fortunately, TPG can keep you from getting lost


in translation with this handy glossary of cruise lingo.


Take a peek and you’ll know your berth from a beam in no time.

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Major Cruise Lines to Test All Crew and Passengers for COVID-19


The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) revealed it would mandate pre-boarding COVID-19 tests for all passengers and crew members on ships carrying over 250 people.

As part of the CLIA’s mandatory health protocols for the controlled resumption of sailings, cruise lines have agreed to 100 percent testing of passengers and crew on all ships, with a negative test required for any embarkation.

CLIA officials claim the testing policy is a first for the travel industry, but did not reveal which types of tests would be administered or the timeline for testing before setting sail.

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10 common cruise ship mistakes first-timers make all the time





The last thing you want to do is make a major mistake on your first cruise vacation. Avoiding common pitfalls is a smart way to set yourself up for a great vacation.

Unfortunately, a lot of first-time cruisers do not take a little bit of time to learn about these all too common blunders, and they always regret it later.

Here are the top ten cruise mistakes to avoid for anyone going on a cruise.

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Here Are The Cruise Ships Back In Service

The cruise industry is mounting a comeback with ships restarting operations globally at reduced capacity levels. 

Here are the cruise ships currently back in service or planning restarts in October

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MSC announces half-price cruise fares for healthcare heroes

GENEVA — MSC Cruises has launched a new global program designed to reward healthcare professionals and their families with discounted cruise fares.

The program, which will be applicable until the end of 2021, thanks frontline and back office healthcare workers for their contribution in fighting the global pandemic.

Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises, said: “As a family-owned company we think it’s only right and proper to find a way to express our heartfelt ‘thank you’ to each and every healthcare professional of the world – as well as their families – for their selfless and tireless dedication, professionalism and bravery in tackling the current global pandemic.”

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