In the News this week, Carnival Cruise Line, Princess and the CDC.
I get asked the question quite often, do Travel Agents still exist? Well, yes we do and I believe we are more valuable than ever.
With the announcement last week of the Carnival Sensation and Ecstasy leaving the fleet, some ship redeployments were expected. Now Jacksonville has a ship again and Alaska gets a second ship.
This weeks cruise news features changes in protocols from NCL, Royal and Carnival plus new for Alaska 2023 from Holland America.
Change In Protocols
This week NCL announced a change in their protocols surrounding Covid. First, they will allow kids under the age of five to sail unvaccinated. Second, mask will now be optional for all passengers whether indoors or out. This will all begin with sailings March 1, 2022 and I hope it will be a sign other cruise lines will do the same.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has lifted the mask requirement for areas on the ship designated vaccinated only. This include certain bars and other venues. Mask are also not required while eating or drinking or while on outside decks. This will begin with sailings after February 15, 2022.
Holland America Sails 6 Ships in Alaska in 2023
Holland America has been sailing Alaska longer than any other cruise line si you could say they have the experience. In 2023, you will have your choice of 6 ships, Eurodam, Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Noordam, Volendam and Amsterdam. Itineraries will include two departures on the 14 Night Alaskan Explorer and a variety of sailings between Vancouver and Whittier, roundtrip Vancouver and roundtrip Seattle. Sailings will run from April 2023-September 2023. On Alaska sailings, Holland features naturalist and park rangers to present and answer questions about the wonders of Alaska.
Carnival Cruise Line Adjusting Testing
Carnival announced this week they will allow guest who have had COVID 19 to sail without going through the required pre cruise testing 48 hours before the cruise. This will include anyone vaccinated or unvaccinated who have recovered from the virus within three months of sailing. And passengers must have recovered at least 10 days prior to sailing. You will need documentation to prove it.
Physical or digital copy of the results from the initial infection.
A letter from a medical provider indicating the date of your release from isolation and remember, it must be at least 10 days prior to sailing.
Additionally, guest will need to go through additional screening at the terminal.
See Carnival.com for more details and of course refer to your travel advisor or Carnival for up to date protocols.
Princess Cruise Line is one of the premier cruise lines sailing today. Offering a variety of ships and featuring premier dining, shore excursions and more.
Recently I returned from a cruise on Mariner of the Seas from Royal Caribbean. It was a five-night Western Caribbean and Bahamas itinerary and one of the stops was Perfect Day at Cocoa Cay. This is Royal Caribbean's own private island destination in the Bahamas.
As some know, I just recently returned from a sailing on the Mariner of the Seas. this was my first time on Mariner of the Seas so I was excited to explore and find the best things to do. Here are my five best.
Cruise news from Carnival Disney and Princess cruise line from this week. Be sure to subscribe to my email newsletter in the box to the right.
On Tuesday Carnival Cruise Line had exciting news for those of us cruisers here in Jacksonville. The Carnival Ecstasy is being replaced with the Carnival Spirit in March for the restart.
Wonder of the Seas
This week Royal Caribbean welcomed the brand new Wonder of the Seas, the newest in the Oasis Class of ships for Royal. Wonder is the fifth Oasis class ship and the first in 3 years. She will boast the title of largest cruise ship in the world measuring 1,188 Feet long, weighing in at 236,857 gross tons and carrying 6,988 passengers.
Wonder will have new features like an eighth neighborhood for suites only, new dining venues like the Mason Jar as well as new activities for the kids. She will sail beginning on March 4, 2022 from Fort Lauderdale sailing 7 night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries. Then off to Europe sailing the Mediterranean and when she returns to the US in November, she will sail from Port Canaveral.
Fan of Marvel?
Disney Cruise Line announced they will be celebrating the Marvel franchise with Marvel Day at Sea on Disney Dream. The Day will feature character interactions as well as themed activities and entertainment. This will be on select voyages in 2023 listed below.
Celebrity Infinity Sailing the Caribbean Over the Summer
Celebrity has redeployed the Celebrity Infinity to the Caribbean cancelling European sailings for the summer of 2022. She was scheduled to sail in the Mediterranean and Canary Islands April through November.
When infinity returns to service in June 2022, she will sail alternating seven night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Fort Lauderdale. Ports of call will include Nassau, Key West and Puerta Plata, Dominican Republic on the Eastern Caribbean. On the Western Caribbean, ports will include Belize, Cozumel and Bimini Bahamas. Sailings will continue into November when she will head to South America for the winter.
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On Friday an email was sent to passengers and advisors with the announcement surrounding the future of protocols and vaccine requirements.
This week news from Royal Caribbean Uniworld, the CDC and Princess Cruise Lines.
Recently I returned from a sailing on Mariner of the Seas to the Western Caribbean. It was a five night cruise from Port Canaveral visiting Perfect Day at Cocoa Cay and Cozumel with two days at Sea, Today I am giving my review of the embarkation process, my stateroom and the food.
Royal Caribbean, NCL and Carnival all make this weeks cruise news.
Recently I cam across a destination I am adding to my bucket list, Antelope Canyon in Arizona. I was looking through Instagram and saw this amazing formation and thought how incredible would that be to see in person.
I have a passion for travel and believe travel is about experiences. Experiences create memories and are the stories we tell to friends and family - even with a little fudging on the facts.