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NCL cancels South Africa sailings on Norwegian Jade

Nov 30, 2021

Norwegian Cruise Line announced cancelations of five South Africa sailings on the Norwegian Jade with embarkation dates from December 3, 2021, through January 26, 2022. An NCL spokesperson said that the reason for the latest cancelation is the safety of the guests, crew and communities they visit, as the company’s highest priority.

Hong Kong eases cruise ship capacity to 75%

Nov 29, 2021

The Hong Kong authorities announced that Dream Cruises Genting Dream will sail with increased capacity. Starting from the first of December, the vessel will welcome 25% more of the current guest capacity. The “Super Seacation” cruises can carry up to 2500 passengers, according to the latest health ruling allowance.  

100 Cruise Ships Return to the U.S. in 2021

Nov 29, 2021

Step by step, synchronized with the established procedures considering the pandemic, the cruising has won many battles and got to the place where it stands right now. There’s no doubt the industry has made significant progress by the number of ships on the trackers these days, which has reached 100 ships, compared to the 65 at the beginning of August. Not all of the vessels are with guests, only 76 of them resumed cruise operations, the rest are with crew only waiting for their official return.

Sophia Loren names MSC Virtuosa in Dubai

Nov 29, 2021

The naming ceremony of the MSC Virtuosa took place in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates on 27th of November. The famous actress and Hollywood icon Sophia Loren did the official naming of the ship at Port Rashid, which has made a partnership with Dubai's Department of Economy and Tourism and DP World. Captain Francesco Veneiro, the Master and many local important guests were present on the celebration of the long-established maritime tradition.

Mein Schiff 1 crew rescues sailors from distressed sailboat - one sailor dead

Nov 29, 2021

The cruise ship Mein Schiff 1 responded to a mayday call and rescued two men from the French sailboat “Agecanonix” during the ship’s return from the Caribbean to the German port of Bremerhaven. Unfortunately, the third sailor died on the sailboat before the cruise ship reached to rescue the survivors.

Caribbean Princess is Eighth Princess Ship to Return to Cruise Service

Nov 29, 2021

Princess Cruises marked the return to service of the Caribbean Princess, the eighth ship in the fleet to resume cruises from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Guests sailing onboard the Caribbean Princess received warm welcome onboard by the crew, senior officers and Princess Cruises President John Padget, before the ship set sail on a 7 Night cruise to the Eastern Caribbean.

Royal Caribbean Lifeguards Rescue Guest on Liberty of the Seas

Nov 26, 2021

Lifeguards onboard the cruise ship Liberty of the Seas sprang to the rescue of a guest after he lost consciousness in one of the ships' pools. What started as another workday by the Solarium Pool became a day Royal Caribbean lifeguards saved a guest's life.

Royal Caribbean International Crew Allowed Shore Leave in U.S. Ports

Nov 26, 2021

Royal Caribbean International started the “Crew free flow pilot program” allowing independent shore leave for employees on five cruise ships sailing to U.S. ports. The pilot program started last week with 50 crewmembers, from each ship, being granted shore leave on the Anthem of the Seas in Cape Liberty - Bayonne, Liberty of the Seas in Galveston, Allure of the Seas in Fort Lauderdale, Independence of the Seas in Port Canaveral, and Oasis of the Seas in Miami.

Singapore Welcomes Vaccinated International Guests on Cruises Under Quarantine-Free Programme

Nov 26, 2021

Singapore Tourism Board will allow international travelers from countries in the Vaccinated Travel Lane to board cruise ships currently homeported in Singapore, reports Singapore Cruise Society. This announcement refers to 21 countries that the Singapore government established the Vaccinated Travel Lanes with.

MSC Cruises to accept only fully vaccinated guests for the Winter season

Nov 25, 2021

MSC Cruises announced the company will accept only fully vaccinated guests for the winter sailings across the entire fleet, with obligation of an additional COVID-19 test before the embarkation date. These measures were in use for all of the line’s winter voyages in other regions, just the Mediterranean sailings have been added to the list with the new requirements, and from that moment on, all the guests booked on both MSC Grandiosa and MSC Fantasia.