Since the restart of cruising in North America, Celebrity Cruises has sailed with at a minimum, 95% of guests fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This was made all the more strict months ago when the US Virgin Islands and then The Bahamas required that for ships to dock, all persons able to be vaccinated must be vaccinated, or the vessels would be denied berthing. Now, itinerary adjustments being sent to travel advisors suggest they're shoring up this policy. read more
While cruise lines are making it relatively clear how get what you need in order to sail, companies providing these services don't always speak the same language as the cruise lines. This has lead to many asking about one particular COVID test option from Walgreens... read more
Today in near Singapore, a case of COVID-19 was reported on Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas, the first ship in the fleet to return to cruising since March. The presence of this case though isn't necessarily indicative of a failure. With advanced contact tracing and transmission measures in place, the coming days will demonstrate whether or not this exercise was actually a success in preventing spread, or an opportunity to update protocols... read more
While most cruise lines have continued their suspensions of service since mid-March this year, there are some lines that have started sailing again. These sailings have taken place primarily in Europe and the challenges and ways lines have dealt with them have varied. We’ll look at what some major lines are doing to return to service... read more
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, two of the three largest cruise companies in the world, have brought together an impressive group of cross-disciplinary experts on public health, epidemiology, maritime operations, hospitality, and more. Their goal? Combine all of the best science and experience to identify a science-backed plan for a healthy return to service that ensures the wellbeing of guests, crew, and communities that lines visit. In a time we should all be coming together, these competitors are doing just that. read more
With cruise lines planning to start cruising while minimizing risks associated with COVID-19, Norwegian Cruise Line has released details of their new health and safety plan. We'll go over these changes, and explain what this means for your next cruise, and what you'll want to consider when making your plans...