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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).

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

Princess Ocean Sportsbook Princess Cruises' Royal Caribbean 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

These Are the New CDC Rules for Cruising

On October 30th the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced they’d allow the “No Sail Order”, in place since March 2020, to expire.  This means that under certain conditions, cruise ships may again be permitted to sail from the United States, so we've dug into the documents to find what type of restrictions will be in place and what the next steps are... read more

Even Without Guests, Cruise Ship Crews Working Hard - Carnival Sensation Rescues 24 Off Florida Coast

Carnival Sensation Crew Rescuing 24 Boaters Off Florida CoastRight now there are scores of cruise ships docked and out to sea, without any guests, and just a skeleton crew to keep things in safe and working order.  That doesn't mean those aboard aren't working hard, as was demonstrated Saturday off the Florida coast when the crew of Carnival Sensation sprang to action to ensure the safety of other mariners... read more