Cruise News this week includes the end to the mask mandate, cruise ships back in Australia and Celebrity shuffles some ships.
Cruise Ships Are Back in Australia
For two years the ports in Australia have been closed due to the pandemic. But on April 17, the ban expired and cruise ships are now welcome again. According to Travel Pulse, the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) reported Australia lost over $7 billion in cruise revenue over the last two years. P&O Cruises Pacific Explorer was the first to arrive in Sydney but will not sail until May. No word on protocols except vaccinations will be required.
Mask No More When Flying
On Monday a Federal Judge in Florida put an end to the mask mandate on airlines. The judge wrote the CDC did not have the authority to issue the mandate and its "not in accordance with the law". Soon after the ruling passengers on flights were told they could remove the mask if they chose and the airlines released statements making mask optional. The ruling also pertains to public transportation like busses and trains.
Other countries may have different rules, for example Canada still has the mandate so make sure you check prior to removing the mask. In addition, some municipalities may still require them on local transportation.
Celebrity Cruise Line Cancels China Season
This week Celebrity Cruise Line announced they are cancelling the winter season for the Celebrity Solstice in China. As a result, she will sail from Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera starting in September and the Millenium will move to the Caribbean. Solstice will of seven and 8 night cruise to ports in Mexico including Puerto Vallarta, Ensenada, and Mazatlán plus Cabo San Lucas. She will also offer Coastal sailings will stops in Ensenada, San Francisco, Monterey and Vancouver.
Millennium will sail from San Juan PR from October through December seven night cruises to the Caribbean. Ports will include Nassau, St. Thomas and Barbados. Prior to those sailings, she will sail a repositioning cruise from San Diego through the Panama Canal with stops in Mexico, Costa Rica, Columbia, Aruba and Curacao.
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