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
This is the first In the very first episode of Billy's Cruise Takes I weigh in on NCLH suing Florida, Carnival's smoking policy changes, Canada allowing cruising, and the state of the Conditional sailing order... read more
When cruising resumed in Europe last year, cruise lines restricted guests from going ashore unless they were on an excursion booked through the cruise line. At least one major cruise line will resume cruising in North America without this requirement... read more
Just a day after the CDC finally provided updated guidance on the next steps to return to cruising, one of the three largest cruise companies has taken a bigger step. In a letter to CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky, Frank Del Rio (CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings) outlines the steps the COVID-19 safety measures the company’s three lines have taken, and explains how they plan to sail from the US starting in early July. 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
On this special episode we sat down with Frank Del Rio, the President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. We discuss his journey from a boy in Cuba to the CEO of a publicly traded company, the cruise industry growth potential, fleet expansions, what he's most excited about at NCL, Oceania, & Regent Seven Seas, and more.