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More Than 200,000 Volunteer For Free Royal Caribbean Test Cruises

More than 200,000 people have applied for Royal Caribbean’s free test cruises that will help the cruise line prepare for relaunch.  As part of the CDC’s requirements for a conditional sailing certificate, all cruise lines that want to resume operations in the United States must participate in virtual sailings that enable the ships to practice their …

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All Cruises In The U.S. Cancelled Until At Least March

All major cruise lines in the U.S. have cancelled their sailings until at least March of 2021. The further cancellations will mark a full year of suspended sailings in the U.S. since the global shutdown of cruising last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic  When cruising was initially suspended, nobody could have guessed that the …

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First Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Sets Sail With New Protocols

The first Royal Caribbean cruise ship set sail today after the cruise line shut down its global operations back in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas set sail from Singapore in what is expected to be a major milestone for the cruise industry.  The cruise will set sail for …

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Relief For Expedition Cruise Market As Argentina & Chile Begin Reopening

The struggling expedition cruise market could see relief as Chile and Argentina begin reopening for tourism. The positive announcements we reported on last week from Chile and Argentina means that travel to the Antarctic could soon be back on the program once again. This is welcome news for a part of the cruise industry that …

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7 Passengers Test Positive For COVID-19 On First Cruise In The Caribbean

All eyes were on the first cruise ship to resume operations in the Caribbean and it wasn’t the outcome SeaDream 1 had hoped for.  7 passengers have tested positive for COVID-19 on the small ship that was carrying only 53 passengers. SeaDream Yacht Club had been successfully sailing the SeaDream 1 in Norway for months …

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Free Royal Caribbean Cruises For Volunteers Of Upcoming Test Sailings

Royal Caribbean has launched a new website where volunteers can apply to be passengers on upcoming test sailings in preparation for the relaunch of cruising in the U.S. The best part is, it’s reportedly free. Would you take a cruise right now if you didn’t have to pay for it? Last week the company said …

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Celebrity Cruises Will Now Include Drinks, Internet and Tips

Starting Tuesday November 17th, Celebrity Cruises has announced they will include drinks, tips and internet from now on for all cruises.  The company said they have made the move to make the vacation experience ‘effortless’ right from the very start without ‘confusing promotions, complicated add-ons and limited time offers’. The new ‘Always Included’ luxury approach …

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First Cruise Line Officially Resumes Operations In The Caribbean

The first cruise line to sail in the Caribbean since the global shutdown of cruising back in March has officially resumed operations.  The SeaDream 1 officially set sail from Barbados on Saturday November 7th for a seven day cruise with port stops in Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. (Image: SeaDream Yacht Club) SeaDream …

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All Cruise Lines Cancel U.S. Sailings For The Rest of 2020

All cruise lines including Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Norwegian have cancelled all sailings for the rest of 2020.  The move comes after the Center for Disease Control (CDC) dropped its no sail order in exchange for a new conditional sailing order. Let’s put this into simple english.  Why Cruise Ships Aren’t Sailing Yet Originally the …

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What Passengers Need To Know About Cruise Ships Returning To The U.S.

Cruising from the United States has officially been given the green light by the CDC. The no sail order was lifted on October 30th, giving the U.S. cruise industry permission to resume operations.  Before cruise ships return to the seas, many changes and systems will have to be put into place over the next 60 …

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CDC Removes No Sail Order For U.S. Cruising

The CDC will officially let the current no sail order expire tomorrow on October 31, 2020. The executive summary documents read: “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this framework for a phased resumption of cruise ship passenger operations.” “After expiration …

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Carnival Cruises Begins Staffing First Ships In The Caribbean

Carnival Cruises has began staffing its first cruise ships in the Caribbean as the company looks to restart sailing in December. According to the CTI staffing agency, crew members began traveling to St. Maarten on October 24th to join the Carnival Horizon, Pride, and Mardi Gras. “Several Team Members of Carnival have departed today joining …

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