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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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4 Tips To Sail With More Space

The growing vaccine and testing mandates required for travel in the era of Covid-19, modern river cruising lends itself well to escaping the cruising crowds. A trend toward ships with more space with less capacity was already in motion prior to the pandemic, but spacious suites and fewer tablemates are appreciated now more than ever.

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Disney Cruise Line Passengers Are Now Required To Be Fully Vaccinated

Disney became the latest cruise line to update its vaccination policy to comply with the Bahamas order requiring that all passengers ages 12 and older be fully vaccinated in order for a ship to enter any of its ports, including private islands such as Disney's Castaway Cay.

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Richard Fain: Unvaccinated guests will face hassles

Unvaccinated adults who cruise on a Royal Caribbean International ship will face more restrictions and higher costs than guests who are vaccinated for Covid-19, Royal Caribbean Group CEO Richard Fain said Monday.

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Four cruise brands, four plans to satisfy CDC requirements

Over the course of four days this month, the four largest cruise lines laid out plans for the summer in which they demonstrated that, after a year of walking in lockstep as an industry, they are taking very different paths toward a restart.

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MSC Cruises To Resume Sailing From U.S. This August

MSC Cruises this week announced its restart plans for cruising from U.S. ports beginning this August. The announcement follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s approval of the company’s “Phase 2A Port Agreements” for PortMiami and Port Canaveral, as well as the provisional approval of its request to conduct a simulation cruise, to be held on MSC Meraviglia from PortMiami on July 17, 2021.

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Two More Royal Caribbean Ships Get Approval for Test Cruises

Two more Royal Caribbean International ships received approval for test cruises from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).


“Yippee,” Royal Caribbean President Michael Bayley wrote on Facebook on June 3.

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CDC approves Carnival's plans to sail from three ports

Cruise lines are making agreements with ports around the country to comply with the CDC's requirement that procedures are in place to prevent Covid-19 transmission on ships and in ports and that there is a public health plan in the event that cases are discovered.

Carnival Corp. said Friday that it had received CDC approval for port agreements it made with the first three homeports it plans to launch operations from: PortMiami, the Port of Galveston and Port Canaveral.

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Disney Dream conducting test cruise in late June

The CDC has approved a two-night test sailing of the Disney Dream on June 29 from Port Canaveral, Fla.


In a letter to Disney Cruise Line crew, Thomas Mazloum, president of Disney Signature Experience, called the approval “a critically important milestone for Disney Cruise Line,” reported Crew Center.

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Azamara Onward bound for the Med

Azamara’s newest ship will spend its first season in the Mediterranean after being christened on an inaugural cruise from Monte Carlo.


The Azamara Onward will be Azamara’s fourth vessel. It will debut in spring 2022 and offer 22 European itineraries and three new land explorations. The ship’s maiden cruise will begin in Monte Carlo and end in Venice.

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CRUISESCelebrity Cruises To Be First Cruise Line To Sail From U.S. On June 26

“Someday is here.” That was the one-line tweetCelebrity Cruises CEO and president Lisa Lutoff-Perlo used to announce the news that on Saturday, June 26, Celebrity Edge will be the first cruise ship to sail from U.S. waters in more than a year. Captain Kate McCue, according to Celebrity, the first and only American female captain, will have the honor of leading the fleet—and the industry—back into operation.

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CDC drops mask and distancing rules on ships where pax are vaxxed

New CDC guidance enables passengers and crew on ships with 95% vaccination rates to forego wearing masks or physical distancing while onboard.


It is among several updates to the CDC's cruise line restart requirements that gives much more flexibility around masks, distancing and dining to ships that reach the 95% vaccination threshold.

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Holland America adding cruises in the Mediterranean

Holland America Line's Eurodam will offer cruises from Venice, Athens and Barcelona in September, following a series of four Greece cruises starting in August.

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Royal Caribbean gets nod from CDC to conduct a test sailing

Royal Caribbean International became the first cruise line to receive CDC approval to conduct a test sailing, with the Freedom of the Seas approved to do a simulated voyage from June 20 to 22.


"After 15 months of hard work and collaboration, today's approval of our simulated cruises is the latest promising step in our path to return to sailing in the U.S.," Royal Caribbean said in a statement.

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Hong Kong gears up for cruise restart