Majestic Princess departed Sydney on Saturday, November 12th, as scheduled, despite a COVID-19 outbreak affecting 800 people during its last cruise.
Abu Dhabi removes green COVID pass requirements for cruise passengers
Cruise passengers visiting Abu Dhabi will no longer need to show their COVID pass when entering tourist attractions and visiting landmarks around the city.
Record 35 cruise ships scrapped since COVID-19 pandemic began
The toll that COVID-19 has taken on the global cruise industry is apparent in the record number of cruise ships that have been sold for scrap in the last three years, with […]
No masks or COVID tests needed for Costa Cruises 2022/23 Dubai cruise season
Costa Cruises has updated its COVID-19 protocols for the upcoming 2022/23 Middle East cruise season out of Dubai, as well as cruises in the Mediterranean and Caribbean.
MSC Cruises drops COVID vaccination requirements for 2022/23 SA season
MSC Cruises has confirmed that it will no longer be mandating vaccination for passengers during the coming 2022/23 cruise season in South Africa.
CDC drops travel advisory for cruises and demand surges as cases drop
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has finally removed all travel advisories for cruises, meaning it no longer sees cruise holidays as representing a higher risk of COVID-19 contagion […]
PCR test and vaccines no longer required for Saudi cruise tourists
Saudi Arabia has just dropped a raft of COVID-19 health and safety rules for tourists, making the country one of the most accessible in the world ahead of its new cruise season.
Major cruise lines begin to drop mask requirements on US cruises
All three of the world’s largest cruise companies, Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian, have dropped their mask requirements on cruises departing from US ports after March 1st.
Has cruising turned corner on COVID?
With Cunard Line reporting its strongest bookings in more than a decade, and Royal Caribbean reporting low COVID infections numbers at sea and imminent profitability, the future looks increasingly bright for the […]
Majority of cruise lines opt-in to CDC’s voluntary COVID program
Carnival, Princess, Holland America, Seabourn and Royal Caribbean are among at least 18 cruise lines and counting that have opted-in to the CDC’s updated COVID program for cruise ships operating in US […]
CDC revises cruise warning from Level 4 to 3 for first time
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has lowered its travel warning for cruise ships for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic emerged.
New voluntary CDC COVID-19 program for cruise ships launched
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its new COVID-19 program for cruise ships operating from American ports.
Fred Olsen pushes back restart dates for Braemer and Balmoral ships
Fred Olsen Cruise Line has pushed back the restart date for its two oldest ships, Braemer and Balmoral, citing uncertainty over the current COVID-19 environment.
Norwegian Cruise Line cancels more cruises, warns guests of unpredictability
Norwegian Cruise Line has cancelled cruises aboard a further five cruise ships, adding to the cancellation of itineraries for eight ships announced earlier this month.
MSC Orchestra returns to service in South Africa after COVID outbreak
MSC Orchestra has resumed her South African cruise season out of Durban, after pausing operations for a month following a COVID-19 outbreak in December.
MSC extends Cruise With Confidence COVID safety protocols into late 2022
MSC Cruises has extended its Cruise With Confidence program into late summer, 2022, in response to rising uncertainty over the new Omicron variant of coronavirus.
Hong Kong shuts down cruise industry amid rising Omicron infections
All cruises from Hong Kong will be suspended for two weeks in response to renewed COVID-19 mitigation measures introduced by city authorities.
Royal Caribbean and Norwegian first to cancel cruises due to Omicron
Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line have become the first to cancel sailings amid rising fears of Omicron-related COVID-19 infections.
CDC still planning to make Conditional Sailing Order voluntary for US cruises
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States has confirmed that the Conditional Sail Order it introduced in 2020 remains on track to become voluntary from January 15th.
Queen Mary 2 arrives in New York for first time in two years
Cunard Line‘s Queen Mary 2 arrived in New York this week for the first time in two years, but with 10 cases of COVID-19 onboard.