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One Year Later: My Time Aboard MSC Cruises’ Meraviglia

Yesterday marked one year since I have stepped on board a cruise ship. My last sailing was aboard MSC Cruises’ MSC Meraviglia. Some of you may remember me embarking on that sailing at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. I wrote about the COVID-19 protocols put in place by MSC. But with all the craziness surrounding Covid onboard and ashore I glanced over the most important part of this trip – my experience on board.

Seabourn Cancels 2021 Alaska Season

Seabourn Is maintaining its optimism for the ultimate restart of travel while, in the meantime, continuing to take a practical approach in extending its current operational pause. As a result of the Canadian Transport Ministry’s Interim Order that closed Canadian ports and waters to passenger vessels, the brand is cancelling its 2021 Alaska/British Columbia departures.

Oceania’s 2022-23 Tropics & Exotics Itineraries Open For Sale

Oceania Cruises announced that its 2022-2023 Tropics and Exotics Collection of voyages is available for preview online. Fresh on the heels of the line’s single-day sellout of its 2023 Around the World in 180 Days voyage, Oceania Cruises is opening these 127 new late-2022 and early-2023 voyages for sale on March 3, 2021.

Royal Caribbean Will Offer The First Fully-Vaccinated Sailings

As Israel continues to roll out its successful vaccination campaign, we are also getting positive travel news regarding The Holy Land. Royal Caribbean’s new ship, Odyssey of the Seas will sail from Israel for the first time beginning in May 2021. While this isn’t the first report of voyages resuming during the pandemic, there is a definite correlation between Israel’s vaccination efforts and its travel restrictions. 

Top Five World Cruises For 2022 & 2023

At the end of a 7-day cruise I almost always have the same thought: I wish this didn’t have to end. Some might have a similar thought and look at taking grand voyages, spanning anywhere from a month to a couple of months. But for those who want to take their love of cruising to the next level, there’s a World Cruise for that.

Crystal Announces New Vaccine Requirement

Crystal announced that it has updated its new health and safety protocols to now require all guests to be fully inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to their Crystal cruise. Guests will need to provide proof of vaccination before embarkation and must have received both doses of the vaccine if recommended by the manufacturer by that timeline.

A Helping Hand: Past Silversea Guests Fundraise For Crew

On December 21, 2020, Steve and Janet Randall started a GoFundMe page. The goal of the page was simple in theory: to provide relief to small group of Silversea crew members who were unable to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The small group consisted of 200 employees who worked less than four months in 2020. The group consisted of the lowest paid Silversea employees, such as dishwashers, and other crew who work behind the scenes. As of January 4th, an initial goal of $66,000 was reached which covered a US$250 donation to each of the 200 crew members mentioned

Victory Cruise Lines Announces Vaccination Requirement For All Crew And Guests

American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) and Victory Cruise Lines (VCL) have announced a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for all guests that will go into effect for all sailings beginning July 1, 2021. Additionally, the vaccination requirement will apply to shipboard crew members and non-shipboard employees across all seven vessels in the AQSC and VCL fleets.