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Masks, Testing, Buffets, and More - The Skinny on Cruise COVID Restrictions

Cruise Line COVID Restrictions With COVID rules constantly changing for cruise lines, it can be hard to know what restrictions apply to your next cruise.  Below you can find answers to some of the most common rules, such as mask-wearing, testing, and more.  Note that this is primarily focused on CDC rules applying to sailings from the US - though we’ll specify cruise line-specific or port-specific rules in some cases... read more

State of Florida Suing the Federal Government Over Cruise Industry Shutdown

The past week has been a wild one for cruising in the US: The cruise industry pleaded with the CDC to stop it's months of radio-silence on it's Conditional Sailing Order. The CDC then finally provided technical instructions as a 'next step', but with no clear end in sight. Some cruise lines announced they'd sail the Caribbean without the US support. NCL proposed US fully-vaccinated sailings in July. The Florida governor said that private business can't require vaccines.  With all this, cruising from the US remains uncertain, while packed bars, flights, and hotels have gone with little or no regulation. Now, the State of Florida announced that it is suing the federal government over the shutdown of the cruise industry... read more

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Informs CDC of Their Intent to Sail in July

Just a day after the CDC finally provided updated guidance on the next steps to return to cruising, one of the three largest cruise companies has taken a bigger step.  In a letter to CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky, Frank Del Rio (CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings) outlines the steps the COVID-19 safety measures the company’s three lines have taken, and explains how they plan to sail from the US starting in early July. read more