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Dominican Republic Breaks All Time Record For The Most Tourist Arrivals

The Dominican Republic recently broke its all time record for the highest number of tourist arrivals into the country. The Caribbean nation, which has long since been a favorite destination for travelers from the US and Canada, welcomed a record-breaking number of travelers into the country last month in the wake of the global pandemic. …

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This Is The First Cruise Ship Terminal In The U.S. To Remove Its Mask Mandate

With passengers officially no longer required to wear a face mask on planes and in airport terminals throughout the United States – this cruise ship terminal has become the first in the nation to remove its mask mandate. There has been some confusion following the announcement that a federal judge in the state of Florida …

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The World’s Largest Cruise Ship Is Set To Sail in 2024

The construction of the soon-to-be world’s largest cruise liner began last week – with the ship set to sail in 2024.  And to mark the milestone, a steel-cutting ceremony – for what will be Royal Caribbean’s sixth ‘Oasis Class’ vessel –  took place in France on April 5, at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard. Along …

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New Cruise Ship Celebrity Beyond Launching This Month

Cruise industry giant Celebrity Cruises is set to launch the newest addition to its fleet, the Celebrity Beyond. Later this month, the Beyond will set sail on the first of several different itineraries that have been programmed for the next few years. Beyond will become the third Edge-class cruise ship in Celebrity’s fleet, joining Celebrity …

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Royal Caribbean Cruises Welcome Back Self-Service Buffets

Royal Caribbean Cruises have brought back the self-service option to its buffets on board its ships – with passengers now able to once again serve food themselves. Just as the entire tourism industry has been affected greatly by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the cruise world is certainly no different – with cruise ships in the …

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Carnival Cruises Will Raise Gratuities For All Passengers Beginning May 1

Carnival Cruise Line is to raise its daily gratuity rates on board its cruise ships which are set to sail from 1 May. However, the company did state that anyone who has booked a cruise already or is set to book a cruise between now – and up to 1 May – can avoid having …

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Mexico President Proposes New Cruise Port For Playa Del Carmen

The president of Mexico has recently proposed a new cruise port for the coastal resort town of Playa del Carmen – in Mexico.  In a press conference – which took place last week – the country’s President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced plans to gain back the ownership of 2000 hectares of land – which …

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Canada Announces Very Strict Rules For Cruise Ships And Passengers

The federal government of Canada has just announced a new public health plan for cruise ships – with the country’s cruise ship season due to begin next month (April). Most countries reopened for cruising last year and have already dropped most restrictions that Canada is now just announcing. The nation’s Transport Minister, Omar Alghabra, laid …

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Brazil Finally Welcomes Back Cruise Ships

Cruise Season resumed on March 5, and now vaccinated travelers will be allowed on cruises  The Brazilian Association of Maritime Cruises (CLIA) announced on March 2 the decision to allow cruise companies to proceed with the cruise season 2021-2022.  As of March 5, cruises are resuming operations and considering the current covid restrictions. This resolution …

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New Cruise Line Offering Luxury Sailings In 2023

Brand New Luxury Cruise Operator, Explora Journeys, Enters The Industry In 2023 Explora Journeys—a new luxury cruise line by MSC, has released its itineraries for 2023 and 2024 as the cruise line launches worldwide. Their maiden vessel will visit 132 ports in 40 nations in its first year alone—including unique destinations such as Greece, Saint …

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Carnival Cruise Line Removes Mask Mandate For All Travelers

Carnival Cruise Lines will join its competitors from March 1 by ending the mask mandate on all cruise lines. This comes after the CDC eased its warnings for cruise ships late on Friday. The mask mandate removal comes after Disney World, Royal Caribbean Cruises, and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NCLH.N) removed their mask mandate.  …

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CDC Extends Its ‘Avoid All Cruise Travel’ Advisory

The CDC has extended its warning against all cruise travel for U.S. citizens. The CDC first warned against all cruise travel by raising cruises to Level 4: COVID-19 Very High-Risk on December 30, 2021. However, the CDC has extended that warning—despite anger and frustration from the cruise industry. The Cruise Lines International Trade group said: …

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