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Embarkation Woes, Small New Ships Coming, NCLH Lawsuit Update, COVID Cases at Sea - e5 8/15/21

In This Episode: Embarkation delays for some cruisers, multiple COVID cases on Carnival Vista, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings granted injunction to sail 100% vaccinated, surprising stats about new ships in 2021...

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Mariner of the Seas Simulated Voyage: Visiting Coco Cay

The first (and only) full day of our cruise started with docking at Coco Cay.  Because this was my first visit to Royal Caribbean's private destination, I wanted to see it all.  Starting with complimentary in-room breakfast was a good way to save time and not oversleep so we could have a perfect day.  Of course we had plenty to do both on and off the island... read more

Judge Rules, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Can Require Proof of Vaccination, Sail with 100% Vaccinated Guests

Sunday evening a US District judge granted a preliminary injunction to stop Florida's so called "vaccine passport ban".  The Florida law, until now, prohibited businesses (including cruise lines) from denying service to customers if they couldn't provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Businesses violating the law were subject to a $5,000 fine per instance.  Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, parent company of Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, originally filed a suit on the matter in July of this year. read more

Mariner of the Seas Simulated Voyage (Test Cruise) - Invitation Received

Royal Caribbean is bringing more and more ships back into service.  Before each ship can sail with paying guests, they complete what the CDC calls a Simulated Voyage with volunteers, where the line demonstrates proper protocols can be followed onboard.  We got an surprise in our inbox recently, as we’ve been invited to sail the Simulated Voyage for Mariner of the Seas this week... read more

New Cruise Line Virgin Voyages Finally Sails with Guests

The count is over, at four hundred and ninety-two days.  That’s how long Virgin Voyages, the newest cruise line, just for adults, was delayed in setting sail due to the pandemic.  In early 2020 many were eagerly awaiting the April 1 maiden voyage, but the change of date was no joke.  For a group of lucky British sailors (that’s what Virgin Voyages calls guests), they set sail today from... read more

Carnival Mardi Gras - Our Sneak Peak at Carnival's Newest, Most Innovative Ship

Carnival Mardi Gras is the line’s newest ship, and a new class of ship from the largest cruise line in the world.  In addition, she’s the largest ship in the fleet, the first ship with a roller coaster, is powered by LNG, and has more dining options than any Carnival vessel.  We were fortunate enough to be among the very first to experience just some of what Mardi Gras has to offer.  Did Carnival meet our expectations of something truly different? read more