The case for mandating Covid-19 vaccinations to board a cruise ship.

Should Covid-19 vaccinations be mandated for all guests & crew? One small UK-based cruise line has already done it. Saga Cruises now requires all crew and guests to have proof of a Covid19 vaccination. No vaccination, no boarding – that simple! The Washington Post reported Saga Cruises’ position this way, “We have made the decision not to allow a guest to travel with us if they choose not to receive the vaccine.” He went on to say, “The majority of our guests fall into the at-risk age bracket and our priority is their safety and wellbeing.” So far none ......

By |2021-07-15T16:27:06-07:00January 27th, 2021|

Biden Administration issues series of orders on international travel

The Biden Administration has issued several orders aimed at reducing the spread of Covid-19 from foreign countries. The executive order follows on the CDC's orders the previous week which requires all travelers, including US citizens, to obtain a negative Covid-19 test no more than 3 days prior to entering the US from foreign countries. The new executive order will also require those arriving to self-quarantine for 10 days. In addition, the executive order requires masks to be worn on most public transportation including planes, trains and buses, as well as in stations and airports. Further the order requires masks ......

By |2021-07-15T16:27:53-07:00January 25th, 2021|

Azamara Cruises buys the Pacific Princess

Princess Cruises has sold the Pacific Princess to Azamara Cruises. The Pacific Princess is the same "R-Class" ship as the other three ships in Azamara's fleet. The ship started service in 1999 as part of Renaissance Cruises. It was later acquired by Princess cruises in 2002. The ship holds 670 passengers. It will be renovated before entering service with Azamara to reflect the tones and touches as found on its sister ships. The ship, as yet unnamed, will begin its inaugural sailing under Azamara's flag in Europe in 2022. Last week, Royal Caribbean Group announced the sale of Azamara ......

By |2021-07-15T16:28:39-07:00January 25th, 2021|

CDC requires Covid-19 test for inbound passengers

Let's talk about Covid-19 coronavirus doodle illustration dialog speech bubbles with icon. 72-hour advance testing requirement Starting January 26, 2021, the CDC will require all passengers traveling to the US to get tested for Covid-19 no more than 72-hours before their flight departs and to provide proof of a negative test result to the airline before boarding a flight. This applies to foreign and US travelers abroad flying into the U.S. This new policy applies to anyone 2 years of age and older traveling into the U.S. This policy does not apply to air travel between US ......

By |2021-07-15T16:29:23-07:00January 19th, 2021|

Azamara Cruises sold by Royal Caribbean to private equity group

Azamara Cruises announced today that the Royal Caribbean Group has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Azamara to Sycamore Partners, a private equity firm. Azamara expects to close the sale during the first quarter of 2021. The line was sold for $201 million. Sycamore Partners will acquire Azamara's three ships. The sale will allow Royal Caribbean to focus on its three remaining brands - Royal Caribbean, Celebrity (a premium line) and Silversea (an ultra-luxury line). Royal Caribbean said the sale was contemplated before the Covid-19 pandemic began and the sale was not driven by financial concerns caused by Covid-19. ......

By |2021-07-15T16:30:35-07:00January 19th, 2021|

Cruise ship refurbishments & stats

Updated: January 11, 2021 How recently a cruise ship has been refurbished is an important factor to many seasoned cruisers, especially if you are investing a significant amount in your cruise vacation. It can be very disappointing to find a ship with stained or worn carpets and beat up furnishings. Many cruisers prefer a ship that is no more than a few years from its last refurb. So here is a guide so you can be better informed on how recently a ship has been updated & upgraded. This list will be continually updated: ......

By |2021-07-15T16:31:31-07:00January 11th, 2021|
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