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We aren't always the first to cruise news, and we don't strive to cover every story.  Our effort is however to bring you objective information along with our take on why the story is important (or not).

Carnival Plans to Deploy More Ships, Entire Fleet Sailing by End of 2021 - Vaccinated Sailings

Carnival Elation in Grand Turk The return to service for cruise lines has just begun, but despite the significant logistics involved, things are starting to move quickly.  One of the largest and best known lines, Carnival Cruise Line, has announced that they'll be brining even more ships back in September and October - with a total of 15 vessels sailing, and plans to have the rest sailing by the end of the year... read more

NCL Sues Florida to Allow Fully Vaccinated Cruises

FL v NCLH Vaccine Passport Lawsuit Florida is home to the three busiest cruise ports in the world, so a safe return to cruising is in the best interest of the state.  Despite this, and the overwhelming evidence that vaccines play a critical role in a "return to normal", Florida imposes significant fines each time a business requires proof that a patron is vaccinated.  Now, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (parent company to NCL, Regent Seven Seas, and Oceania Cruises), is suing Florida over this so called "vaccine passport ban", and the entire industry will be watching... read more

The 1st Cruise from the US Doesn’t Have Restrictions – It Has Planning

Celebrity Edge Docked in Costa Maya, MX on Her 1st Cruise Back from the US

On June 26 Celebrity Edge became the first cruise ship to sail from the US in over 15 months.  We’ve been on board four days now, and as a cruise blogger, I keep getting asked about restrictions.  This makes sense, as myself and every other traveler with a keyboard has been trying to predict the future for a year – and we were all wrong... read more

June 26: First Cruise Ship to Leave from US, Celebrity Edge

Celebrity Edge will make history on Saturday June 26th, 2021 as she's the first ship to cruise from the US since the start of the pandemic.  While another Celebrity ship, Celebrity Millennium, has been sailing from St Maarten for several weeks (check out our live blog from the first sailing), tomorrow represents a massive step forward in a return toward normal and the recovery of the cruise industry.

We're going to be onboard this sailing, so after the details below, check out how you can follow along and get your questions answered! read more

Updated July 18: Stay Issued on Previous Ruling, CSO Remains - Florida Wins Case Against CDC and the Conditional Sail Order...and It Doesn't Really Matter

July 18, 2021 Update: The 11th Circuit panel voted, 2-1 to stay the ruling which was scheduled to make the Conditional Sail Order a recommendation rather than a requirement in the state of Florida.  This means the June 18 ruling noted below is currently on hold.
On June 18, a Federal judge handed the State of Florida a victory in their challenge of the CDC's Conditional Sail Order (CSO).  The judge agreed with Florida's claims that the CDC was exceeding the authority given to them, but offered several next steps, and stopped short of invalidating the order... read more