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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).

“Cruise Ships, Stop Your Engines” Miami’s New Mayor Advocates Shore Power for PortMiami

PortMiamia from above There’s a new mayor in Miami-Dade County, home to PortMiami, and she wants to shut cruise ships down…but in a good way.

In most ports, when ships arrive, they keep at least one of their engines running to power onboard infrastructure, from lights and computers, to plumbing systems and cooking equipment.  This practice leads to excess air-pollution, and with pre-pandemic PortMiami playing host to eight cruise ships several days a week, it adds up...  read more

Why All 2021 Alaska Cruises Might Be Cancelled & Six Things That Might Save It

Hubbard Glacier as Seen from Oceania Regatta

Hopefully cruising will resume in the coming months, right around what should be the Alaska cruise season.  Unfortunately, even if cruising returns soon, the Mendenhall Glacier, quaint buildings of Ketchikan's Creek Street, and Juneau's Mt Roberts might not be on your itinerary.  Canadian and US laws and even CDC restrictions are putting the Alaska cruise season in jeopardy, but there are six things that might save it.  read more

Carnival's COVID-19 Cruise Policy Released Prematurely - Feb 2021 Updates

Carnival COVID Policies and Procedures Update

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...

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Princess Launches Sports Betting at Sea. Why Non-Gambling Cruisers Should be Happy

Princess Ocean Sportsbook Princess Cruises' Virgin Voyages program allows for a range of high-tech enhancements to the guest experience, including contactless payments, high-speed internet, easy entry, and now even sports betting at sea.  Of course those who like to put their money where their jersey is will enjoy this new option, but we think there is also good reason for those who don't partake to be happy about the news.... read more

Celebrity Addresses Planned Passenger Capacity, New Itineraries, Vaccine Requirements, Apex Inaugural Details & More

Celebrity Apex - Celebrity UpdatesAs cruise lines stay nimble and plan for a return to cruising from North America, Celebrity has made significant changes and announcements over the past months - including a shift to all sailings including tips, drinks, and WiFi (Always Included).  On a call with travel agents this week, the line announced some details around capacity, vaccines, inaugural voyages, and new itineraries... read more

Updated: False Positive - The First Royal Caribbean Ship Back Reporting a COVID Case Could Be a Big Success

Royal Caribbean International's Quantum of the Seas

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