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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 Lines Extending Operational Suspensions and Temporary Cancellation Policies

When can we cruise again? Cancellations extended due to COVID-19In the first part of March just about every cruise line suspended operations throughout the globe because of the global spread of COVID-19.  Now lines are putting the brakes on cruising for even longer, some into June.  In most cases this also means generous future cruise credits for those expecting to cruise in the future, rather than simply taking a cash refund.  Keep reading for more information on these updates, including details on what you should do if your sailing is impacted... read more

History Made @ Sea: Celebrity Edge Sailed With an All Female Bridge Crew and Leadership Team

All Female Bridge Team on Celebrity EdgePeople of all types have a variety of career ambitions, yet only about one in fifty mariners is a woman.  Earlier this month, a team of talented women made history on the high-seas, as Celebrity Edge became the first cruise ship to be lead by an all-female bridge team and onboard leadership team.  This fantastic achievement is another step in the pursuit of equality under the line's thoughtful leadership of Lisa Lutoff-Perlo... read more

All Cruise Lines Stop Sailing for a Month - Time to Take a Breather. Time to Start Fresh.

Billy - The day after coronavirus cancelled cruisesIn the past several days we've seen one cruise line after another suspend operations because of the coronavirus pandemic.  Today however marked the end of cruising out of the United States for the next thirty days.  This has never happened in the history of cruising.  As someone who lives and breathes cruising, this is candidly a stunning moment - though also not a terrifically surprising one.  Psychologically though, this is probably a good reset button for me, and for the site... read more

Royal Caribbean Announces Voluntary Suspension of Cruising for Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, and Other Brands

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd Suspends Cruising

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd and their brands Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Azamara, and Silversea have followed Norwegian Cruise Line's announcement, suspending cruising due to coronavirus.  

This was first reported by Royal Caribbean Blog, our preferred and recommended source of Royal Caribbean information.  Their site is having a bit of trouble keeping up with the traffic, but you can see Royal Caribbean's press release below. read more

Is Princess Now "All-Inclusive"? Princess Plus Lets Guests Bundle Wi-Fi, Drinks, and Gratuities

Princess Plus = drinks, wi-fi, gratuities included

A few months ago Princess Cruises ran a sale called "Best Sale Ever" where many sailings included the option to bundle Wi-Fi, drinks, and gratuities with your fare - at significant savings compared to booking these things independent of your fare.  It must have been quite successful, as it now seems it might be a more permanent option... read more