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Carnival Cruise Line released return-to-cruise protocols, then hours later it was rescinded. We break down what the rules initially said and why they were quickly taken down. Some of the protocols touched on gaming, swimming, and onboard activities.

Sherry Laskin has cruise news

  • More cruise line cancellations
  • Vaccines are paving the way for future cruise bookings
  • MSC detailed some features on a ship that is coming to Miami 
  • Miami is going green
  • One luxury cruise line will require a shot in the arm
  • The future is looking bleak for the Queen Mary in Long Beach

Listener Question: I haven't heard anything about NCL Pride of America. Is there any discussion about restarting these cruises at all?

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A review of Seabourn Sojourn on an 11-night sailing from Vancouver, BC to Anchorage, Alaska on a luxury cruise line. Find out what the difference is between a regular Alaska cruise and taking the luxury route. 

Sherry Laskin has cruise news

  • Norwegian Cruise Line cancels sailings through June 1, 2020 
  • Nassau, Bahamas says cruise ships could start doing test voyages there as early as the spring
  • Royal Caribbean is requiring crew members to be vaccinated 
  • Royal is also remaining bullish on the 2021 Alaska season 
  • MSC Cruises shows us that the machines are in control 

Listener Question: I have a cruise booked for December 2021, and haven’t really been shopping around outside of that. My question is, should we expect prices to rise due to ships not filling all the rooms?  There is such a pent-up desire to cruise, I’m afraid the competition will be steep for a while. -Kayla

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We get a review of a cruise aboard Norwegian Epic. This was a seven-night sailing from Rome that hit all the popular ports of call. We learn what it is like sailing Norwegian Cruise Line in Europe and how it differs, if at all, from sailing in the Caribbean. 

Sherry Laskin has cruise news

  • Carnival reveals details about a space onboard the upcoming Mardi Gras 
  • Carnival publishes return to cruise protocols early, then pulls them off the website. 
  • Mexico is suggesting that some cruise lines homeport in Cozumel 
  • The future looks grim for the Alaska 2021 cruise season 
  • Viking Cruises starts construction on the new ship 

Listener Question: I am curious about this Titanic II ship. Was wondering if this for real? Mike 

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What will be some of the pros and cons of being the first cruise ship back to sea. Staff writer Richard Simms weighs in on what guests will have to look out for and what we know so far about the return-to-cruise process. 

Sherry Laskin has cruise news

  • Two US-based river cruise lines will now require the COVID vaccine for crew and guests. 
  • Carnival Cruise Line breaks ground on a new cruise terminal at PortMiami. 
  • NCL is sending crew members back home until they get more guidance on resuming sailings. 
  • MSC takes delivery of their latest cruise ship. 
  • One cruise line is bringing sports betting to sea 
  • If you miss Freeport, Bahamas, you can now get there with a negative test. 

Listener Question: Will the CDC still have jurisdiction to enforce the mask mandate when the ship is in international waters?  Or would a mandatory vaccine allow the cruise lines to avoid the mandate? 

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We get a review of Princess Cruises' Sky Princess. This was a 14-night cruise that consisted of a back-to-back seven-night to the Eastern and Western Caribbean, stopping at all the popular islands. 

Sherry Laskin has cruise news

  • Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is getting closer to having all crew members vaccinated
  • Carnival Cruise Line delays a few dry docks and pushes the inaugural sailing of Mardi Gras
  • One cruise ship goes from one cruise line to another 
  • The cancellations already start for the 2021 Alaska cruise season 
  • Celebrity pulls a ship from Europe and repositions it to the Caribbean for summer 2021

Listener Question: Are the perks really worth it? It seems like it's actually cheaper buying the perks a la carte instead of all-inclusive pricing. 

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Over the past few weeks, we've spent quite a bit of time talking about the health and safety protocols that are going to be put in place when sailing resumes. But one thing we haven't really discussed is what the port situation will be like and how it will impact cruising. Joining me to dive into this a little deeper is staff writer Richard Simms.

Sherry Laskin has cruise news

  • Royal Caribbean sells a cruise brand
  • Norwegian Cruise Line extends its cancellations
  • Two former Carnival Cruise Line ships are getting scrapped
  • COVID test requirement are coming for all people entering the United States
  • A bucket list cruise for 2023 

Listener Question: I currently have a Disney Cruise scheduled for Aug 28th and only have paid the deposit. Do you think I should pay the balance or wait till closer to the due date in April?

 I’ll be honest...I don’t know how ready I’ll be to cruise, if things don’t get better. Will I get my money back if I change my mind?

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An Alaskan cruise on the Alaska Marine Highway System this past fall. How much is this like a real cruise ship? We find out. 

Sherry Laskin has cruise news

  • Two more cruise lines have announced cancellations
  • Popular cruise director trades sea for land 
  • The ruling on banning large cruise ships could be overturned 
  • European brands adds new ship during shutdown 
  • Carnival earnings report shows big loss 

Listener Q:

When cruising finally does resume (whenever that might be), do you anticipate that proof of completion of COVID-19 vaccine will be required before boarding?  Also, do you anticipate cruise lines requiring rapid COVID tests and temperature checks as part of the embarkation process?

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Is the cruise industry getting a fair shake by media outlets? We discuss a land-side outbreak that received minimal coverage while the cruise industry continues to get hammered. 

Sherry Laskin has cruise news

  • Carnival Cruise Line cancels more cruises in 2021
  • Cruise ships are starting to make their way back to the west coast
  • Viking Cruises announces the godmother of an upcoming ship
  • A 55-year-old ship is getting scrapped
  • Carnival earn a few more travel awards in 2020

Listener Question: Is there a wave season in 2021? 

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Cruise news with Doug Parker and Sherry Laskin. Happy New Year! Date: January 2, 2021

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