After pressure from politicians and the public came to a head over the past week, finally there are signs of potential progress on the return of cruising to from the US. Following a call on Thursday with CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky and other officials, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava seemed optimistic. "We were very encouraged by our call today with CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Division Director Dr. Martin Cetron and the CDC team to discuss the safe return of cruising in the US." read more
As many of us start to see the proverbial “light at the end of the tunnel”, when it comes to cruising from the US, the situation remains quite dark. It’s not because of what the CDC or any government agency is doing, but what they’re not doing. The Conditional Sail Order is stalled, the CDC doesn’t know what to do next, and you can help. read more
As we eagerly await a safe return to cruising out of North America, the world’s largest cruise company, Carnival Corporation, recently published new policies that give us a clearer picture of what cruising will be like. Only a few days later however, they pulled these policies from their website. We’ve reviewed the COVID-19 Policies and Procedures the company posted (removed as of early Feb 7 2020), which should give us some idea of what to expect on all of their lines, including Holland America Line, Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, and others. Below we’ve called out some of the highlights, and summarized what this means for your cruise experience...
In the first of this two part series we discussed just some of the ways that the cruising experience could change after things start up again - especially in terms of planning and arriving at your cruise. Once underway, some cruise for the onboard experience, and others for the ports, so we’ll lay out our predictions for how those things may change as well... read more
COVID-19 has already changed most parts of our lives in some way. At some point – hopefully sooner than later – we’ll start to return to a new normal. When that happens, and cruise ships start carrying guests once again, some things are likely to change – whether for months, years, or longer. Let’s play fortune teller and try and think of some of the changes we might see coming soon both before and during our cruises... read more
In the past several days we've seen one cruise line after another suspend operations because of the coronavirus pandemic. Today however marked the end of cruising out of the United States for the next thirty days. This has never happened in the history of cruising. As someone who lives and breathes cruising, this is candidly a stunning moment - though also not a terrifically surprising one. Psychologically though, this is probably a good reset button for me, and for the site... read more