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  2. SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (July 8, 2020) – Princess Cruises announced today changes to its deployment in Alaska and Europe for summer 2021 with Majestic Princess arriving to the West Coast and setting sail for her inaugural Alaska season, and Regal Princess returning to Europe. In 2021, guests will be able to experience Majestic Princess for the first time in Alaska. She will be deployed to Alaska replacing Regal Princess, picking up all Regal Princess published Seattle Inside Passage departures from May to September, except Regal Princess May 4, 2021 departure of a five-day Alaska Sampler which will be cancelled. Regal Princess will sail from Southampton, England replacing Grand Princess for summer 2021. Regal Princess will sail on 17 roundtrip departures from Southampton to the Mediterranean, Norway, Scandinavia, Iceland and other popular destinations in Europe. As a result of this change, the Regal Princess South Pacific Crossing, and two Grand Princess seven-day Europe cruises will be cancelled. Grand Princess will be deployed to the West Coast for a new summer Mexico and California Coast season departing from Los Angeles with details to be announced later this summer. Guests booked on Regal Princess Alaska and Grand Princess Europe voyages will have their booking automatically moved from Regal Princess to Majestic Princess in Alaska, and from Grand Princess to Regal Princess in Europe, and will receive a new booking confirmation. Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel advisor, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company's website at www.princess.com. We are currently enhancing our health and safety protocols with input from global health leaders in light of COVID-19 and assessing how they may impact our future itinerary offerings. Our actual offerings may vary from what is displayed in marketing materials. Stay updated on current Travel Advisories and Health & Safety protocols. _______________________ By Princess Cruises (Press Release, 7/8/20); Photo Credit: Princess Cruises Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com View full article
  3. SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (July 8, 2020) – Princess Cruises announced today changes to its deployment in Alaska and Europe for summer 2021 with Majestic Princess arriving to the West Coast and setting sail for her inaugural Alaska season, and Regal Princess returning to Europe. In 2021, guests will be able to experience Majestic Princess for the first time in Alaska. She will be deployed to Alaska replacing Regal Princess, picking up all Regal Princess published Seattle Inside Passage departures from May to September, except Regal Princess May 4, 2021 departure of a five-day Alaska Sampler which will be cancelled. Regal Princess will sail from Southampton, England replacing Grand Princess for summer 2021. Regal Princess will sail on 17 roundtrip departures from Southampton to the Mediterranean, Norway, Scandinavia, Iceland and other popular destinations in Europe. As a result of this change, the Regal Princess South Pacific Crossing, and two Grand Princess seven-day Europe cruises will be cancelled. Grand Princess will be deployed to the West Coast for a new summer Mexico and California Coast season departing from Los Angeles with details to be announced later this summer. Guests booked on Regal Princess Alaska and Grand Princess Europe voyages will have their booking automatically moved from Regal Princess to Majestic Princess in Alaska, and from Grand Princess to Regal Princess in Europe, and will receive a new booking confirmation. Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel advisor, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company's website at www.princess.com. We are currently enhancing our health and safety protocols with input from global health leaders in light of COVID-19 and assessing how they may impact our future itinerary offerings. Our actual offerings may vary from what is displayed in marketing materials. Stay updated on current Travel Advisories and Health & Safety protocols. _______________________ By Princess Cruises (Press Release, 7/8/20); Photo Credit: Princess Cruises Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com
  4. Two major cruise companies have created a joint blue-ribbon task force to try to find comprehensive solutions to the industry's most vexing problem: how to keep ship passengers and crew safe from the coronavirus. Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings together launched the "Healthy Sail Panel," as it's being called, with the goal of looking at every facet of safety, from whether ultraviolet lights can effectively kill the virus to how to improve meal service. Some of the proposed changes might prove costly, like whether to modify ships to promote social distancing. And such recommendations could smack into the evolving nature of how to best fight the coronavirus, including how soon a vaccine might be on the way. That's okay, say the group's co-chairs, Mike Leavitt, former Utah governor and secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, and Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. It's not just about coronavirus, they say, but overall prevention of diseases – including any that might pop up in the future – on ships. "We are not only looking at COVID, but we think there will be changes to the way people look at cruising altogether," Leavitt said. So far, there are no conclusions, Leavitt said. The experts' panel has met only twice. Short-term recommendations could take two months and ideas for the longer term could take up to a year. He said the group plans to share its findings with the entire cruise industry since "we don't want safety to be the basis of competition." For now, cruise ship fleets around the world have been idled, waiting out the pandemic. Major operators, including giants Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Line, have extended the cruising suspensions into September. While time may be on their side for the moment, the task is huge. Gottlieb said that among other things, the panel hopes to find ways to control the spread of a virus even if a single infected passenger boards a ship. Though COVID-19 sickened and killed passengers and crew as it spread around the world earlier this year, ships have one advantage over cities: A more controlled environment, Gottlieb said. He adds that cruise operators can regulate the flow of passengers through hallways, decide what technology will best find or kill the virus and establish rules about congregating. Yet establishing the new protocols is a complicated task. There's "not one silver bullet" when it comes to making a ship safer, said Frank Del Rio, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. "This is layers on top of layers on top of layers." ________________________ By Chris Woodyard, USA Today (July 6, 2020); Photo Credit: Pixabay Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com
  5. Two major cruise companies have created a joint blue-ribbon task force to try to find comprehensive solutions to the industry's most vexing problem: how to keep ship passengers and crew safe from the coronavirus. Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings together launched the "Healthy Sail Panel," as it's being called, with the goal of looking at every facet of safety, from whether ultraviolet lights can effectively kill the virus to how to improve meal service. Some of the proposed changes might prove costly, like whether to modify ships to promote social distancing. And such recommendations could smack into the evolving nature of how to best fight the coronavirus, including how soon a vaccine might be on the way. That's okay, say the group's co-chairs, Mike Leavitt, former Utah governor and secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, and Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. It's not just about coronavirus, they say, but overall prevention of diseases – including any that might pop up in the future – on ships. "We are not only looking at COVID, but we think there will be changes to the way people look at cruising altogether," Leavitt said. So far, there are no conclusions, Leavitt said. The experts' panel has met only twice. Short-term recommendations could take two months and ideas for the longer term could take up to a year. He said the group plans to share its findings with the entire cruise industry since "we don't want safety to be the basis of competition." For now, cruise ship fleets around the world have been idled, waiting out the pandemic. Major operators, including giants Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Line, have extended the cruising suspensions into September. While time may be on their side for the moment, the task is huge. Gottlieb said that among other things, the panel hopes to find ways to control the spread of a virus even if a single infected passenger boards a ship. Though COVID-19 sickened and killed passengers and crew as it spread around the world earlier this year, ships have one advantage over cities: A more controlled environment, Gottlieb said. He adds that cruise operators can regulate the flow of passengers through hallways, decide what technology will best find or kill the virus and establish rules about congregating. Yet establishing the new protocols is a complicated task. There's "not one silver bullet" when it comes to making a ship safer, said Frank Del Rio, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. "This is layers on top of layers on top of layers." ________________________ By Chris Woodyard, USA Today (July 6, 2020); Photo Credit: Pixabay Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com View full article
  6. My eyes were glazing over. I need the Cliff Note version.🤣
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  8. The European Union this week issued a document that it says should serve as the guidelines for the cruise industry’s restart in Europe. The guidelines, called Healthy Gateways and published in full here, include a number of health and safety measures that the EU says will, and should, keep the risk of COVID-19 infection down for both guests and crew on ships sailing European waters. Healthy Gateways includes lines having contingency plans for COVID-19 outbreaks onboard that may include quarantine for guests and repatriation for crew members, cruise ships sailing with a reduced capacity, adequate testing either onboard or arranged prior to embarkation, enhanced crew member training, and more. It also implores cruise lines to look toward shorter sailings with ports of call when the industry undergoes its initial restart and for cruise lines to explore bringing the check-in processes outdoors, if possible, and moving to electronic payments. "It is recommended to use electronic alternatives for check-in and check-out (e.g. mobile concierge or use of electronic devices that can be disinfected after each use). The possibility of using an outdoor based check-in may also be considered. It is recommended that passenger expenses are paid electronically where possible (cash should be accepted only in exceptional cases) and that bills, invoices and receipts are sent electronically, as well," the guidelines read. The EU also recommends that buffets, which have been a signature of a lot of sailings, be changed. "It is recommended that self-service food operations are avoided, and if this is not feasible, these facilities can operate only if additional specific hygiene management precautions are implemented as described in the following paragraphs. It is preferable that food is delivered by crew to passengers in closed packages or wrapped when it is delivered." The EU’s guidance also addresses a face mask requirement for guests—the EU does recommend both guests and crew wear masks while in cruise terminals and in indoor spaces on ships when physical distancing is impossible. “Physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres (or otherwise as per national/local health authority requirements of the home port or the port of call) should be maintained at waiting areas and during boarding at transport stations, by adopting special markings and controlled entry measures. When physical distancing cannot be maintained, the use of face masks should be required,” the requirements read. In a statement responding to the guidance, CLIA called it an “important marker” for cruising’s restart in Europe. “The primary concern of CLIA and its member lines is the health and safety of its passengers and crew. This guidance from the public health authorities in Europe provides a useful resource for cruise lines as they prepare to resume operations,” CLIA Europe secretary-general Tom Boardley said. _______________________ By Daniel McCarthy, Travel Market Report (July 2, 2020); Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com View full article
  9. The European Union this week issued a document that it says should serve as the guidelines for the cruise industry’s restart in Europe. The guidelines, called Healthy Gateways and published in full here, include a number of health and safety measures that the EU says will, and should, keep the risk of COVID-19 infection down for both guests and crew on ships sailing European waters. Healthy Gateways includes lines having contingency plans for COVID-19 outbreaks onboard that may include quarantine for guests and repatriation for crew members, cruise ships sailing with a reduced capacity, adequate testing either onboard or arranged prior to embarkation, enhanced crew member training, and more. It also implores cruise lines to look toward shorter sailings with ports of call when the industry undergoes its initial restart and for cruise lines to explore bringing the check-in processes outdoors, if possible, and moving to electronic payments. "It is recommended to use electronic alternatives for check-in and check-out (e.g. mobile concierge or use of electronic devices that can be disinfected after each use). The possibility of using an outdoor based check-in may also be considered. It is recommended that passenger expenses are paid electronically where possible (cash should be accepted only in exceptional cases) and that bills, invoices and receipts are sent electronically, as well," the guidelines read. The EU also recommends that buffets, which have been a signature of a lot of sailings, be changed. "It is recommended that self-service food operations are avoided, and if this is not feasible, these facilities can operate only if additional specific hygiene management precautions are implemented as described in the following paragraphs. It is preferable that food is delivered by crew to passengers in closed packages or wrapped when it is delivered." The EU’s guidance also addresses a face mask requirement for guests—the EU does recommend both guests and crew wear masks while in cruise terminals and in indoor spaces on ships when physical distancing is impossible. “Physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres (or otherwise as per national/local health authority requirements of the home port or the port of call) should be maintained at waiting areas and during boarding at transport stations, by adopting special markings and controlled entry measures. When physical distancing cannot be maintained, the use of face masks should be required,” the requirements read. In a statement responding to the guidance, CLIA called it an “important marker” for cruising’s restart in Europe. “The primary concern of CLIA and its member lines is the health and safety of its passengers and crew. This guidance from the public health authorities in Europe provides a useful resource for cruise lines as they prepare to resume operations,” CLIA Europe secretary-general Tom Boardley said. _______________________ By Daniel McCarthy, Travel Market Report (July 2, 2020); Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com
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  11. Viking's recently announced Mississippi River cruises have proven highly anticipated, with many already sold out. As a result, the company has opened additional 2023 sailing dates to meet the strong demand. Viking also released new renderings of the state-of-the-art Viking Mississippi, which is slated to debut in August 2022, sailing the Lower and Upper Mississippi River between New Orleans and St. Paul. The 386-guest Viking Mississippi will offer four different itineraries for 2022-23, including three eight-day sailings—America's Heartland (St. Louis to St. Paul); Heart of the Delta (New Orleans to Memphis) and Southern Celebration (New Orleans–Vicksburg–New Orleans)—and the 15-day America's Great River voyage from New Orleans to St. Paul. Scheduled ports of call include more than a dozen destinations spanning seven U.S. states, including Louisiana (Baton Rouge, Darrow, New Orleans and St. Francisville); Mississippi (Natchez and Vicksburg); Tennessee (Memphis); Missouri (Hannibal and St. Louis); Iowa (Burlington, Dubuque and Davenport); Wisconsin (La Crosse); and Minnesota (Red Wing and St. Paul). "We are very pleased with the initial response and support we have received from guests and community partners along the Mississippi River," said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking, in a statement accompanying Thursday's news. "Like me, many travelers are planning ahead for when we will once again be exploring the world in comfort—to exotic destinations as well as those closer to home. We look forward to welcoming guests as we bring modern river cruising to the Mississippi River in 2022." Viking Mississippi is currently under construction in Louisiana. Once completed, highlights will include 193 all outside staterooms ranging from 268 square feet to 1,024 square feet; a two-story Explorers' Lounge equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows that open to an outdoor seating area at the bow; indoor/outdoor dining at River Cafe; the most alfresco dining options on the Mississippi at Aquavit Terrace; a glass-backed infinity plunge pool at the aft and a full 360-degree promenade deck, among other amenities and features. Contact your travel advisor or visit Viking.com to book or for more information. _____________________ By Travel Pulse, Patrick Clarke (July 2, 2020); Photo Credit: Viking Cruise Line Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com View full article
  12. Viking's recently announced Mississippi River cruises have proven highly anticipated, with many already sold out. As a result, the company has opened additional 2023 sailing dates to meet the strong demand. Viking also released new renderings of the state-of-the-art Viking Mississippi, which is slated to debut in August 2022, sailing the Lower and Upper Mississippi River between New Orleans and St. Paul. The 386-guest Viking Mississippi will offer four different itineraries for 2022-23, including three eight-day sailings—America's Heartland (St. Louis to St. Paul); Heart of the Delta (New Orleans to Memphis) and Southern Celebration (New Orleans–Vicksburg–New Orleans)—and the 15-day America's Great River voyage from New Orleans to St. Paul. Scheduled ports of call include more than a dozen destinations spanning seven U.S. states, including Louisiana (Baton Rouge, Darrow, New Orleans and St. Francisville); Mississippi (Natchez and Vicksburg); Tennessee (Memphis); Missouri (Hannibal and St. Louis); Iowa (Burlington, Dubuque and Davenport); Wisconsin (La Crosse); and Minnesota (Red Wing and St. Paul). "We are very pleased with the initial response and support we have received from guests and community partners along the Mississippi River," said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking, in a statement accompanying Thursday's news. "Like me, many travelers are planning ahead for when we will once again be exploring the world in comfort—to exotic destinations as well as those closer to home. We look forward to welcoming guests as we bring modern river cruising to the Mississippi River in 2022." Viking Mississippi is currently under construction in Louisiana. Once completed, highlights will include 193 all outside staterooms ranging from 268 square feet to 1,024 square feet; a two-story Explorers' Lounge equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows that open to an outdoor seating area at the bow; indoor/outdoor dining at River Cafe; the most alfresco dining options on the Mississippi at Aquavit Terrace; a glass-backed infinity plunge pool at the aft and a full 360-degree promenade deck, among other amenities and features. Contact your travel advisor or visit Viking.com to book or for more information. _____________________ By Travel Pulse, Patrick Clarke (July 2, 2020); Photo Credit: Viking Cruise Line Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com
  13. Royal Caribbean International's newest ship, Odyssey of the Seas—originally scheduled to begin service this year—now won't begin sailing until spring 2021. In a statement this week, the line said all scheduled Odyssey of the Seas sailings between November 5, 2020 and April 17, 2021 have been cancelled. The ship's first 2021 sailings will be an inaugural season of eastern Mediterranean sailings from Rome, then the new ship then will reposition to the U.S. in November 2021, it added. The line told travel advisors, "In the wake of COVID-19, our initial global suspension and its subsequent extensions, we understand the uneasiness all of this has caused both for you as a travel advisor and, of course, your clients whose vacations have been regrettably disrupted. "The health crisis has unfortunately also impacted shipyard operations, as well as our supply chain. As a result, the debut of our newest fleet member, Odyssey of the Seas, will be delayed, resulting in the unfortunate cancellation of all sailings between November 5, 2020 to April 17, 2021." The line said the compensation options that apply for recent global cancellations (caused by the extended suspension of service for the pandemic situation) will also apply for these cancelled sailings. In making the announcement to advisors, the line also announced two changes to the onboard activities programming. Royal Caribbean said the trapeze school will no longer be a feature of SeaPlex. It also noted that the minimum age to jump in Sky Pad will be seven years of age, and 13 to jump using a virtual reality headset. _____________________________ By Susan Young, Travel Agent Central (July 1, 2020); Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com View full article
  14. Royal Caribbean International's newest ship, Odyssey of the Seas—originally scheduled to begin service this year—now won't begin sailing until spring 2021. In a statement this week, the line said all scheduled Odyssey of the Seas sailings between November 5, 2020 and April 17, 2021 have been cancelled. The ship's first 2021 sailings will be an inaugural season of eastern Mediterranean sailings from Rome, then the new ship then will reposition to the U.S. in November 2021, it added. The line told travel advisors, "In the wake of COVID-19, our initial global suspension and its subsequent extensions, we understand the uneasiness all of this has caused both for you as a travel advisor and, of course, your clients whose vacations have been regrettably disrupted. "The health crisis has unfortunately also impacted shipyard operations, as well as our supply chain. As a result, the debut of our newest fleet member, Odyssey of the Seas, will be delayed, resulting in the unfortunate cancellation of all sailings between November 5, 2020 to April 17, 2021." The line said the compensation options that apply for recent global cancellations (caused by the extended suspension of service for the pandemic situation) will also apply for these cancelled sailings. In making the announcement to advisors, the line also announced two changes to the onboard activities programming. Royal Caribbean said the trapeze school will no longer be a feature of SeaPlex. It also noted that the minimum age to jump in Sky Pad will be seven years of age, and 13 to jump using a virtual reality headset. _____________________________ By Susan Young, Travel Agent Central (July 1, 2020); Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com
  15. Hong Kong, 29 June 2020 – Genting Cruise Lines announced the restart of cruise operations for Dream Cruises with Explorer Dream operating two and three-night “Taiwan Island-Hopping” itineraries beginning from 26 July 2020, departing from Keelung and calling at Penghu, Matzu and Kinmen islands. “After months of detailed planning with the authorities to ensure the safety and health of guests and crew, we appreciate the approval of Explorer Dream resuming cruise operations in Taiwan. Dream Cruises will be the first cruise line in the world to begin sailing after the global cruise industry was shut down due to the pandemic,” said Tan Sri KT Lim, Chairman and CEO of Genting Hong Kong. “Our new standard operating procedures to ensure passenger safety draws on our first-hand experience from the charter of two of our ships in Singapore to house foreign workers and cooperating with DNV GL, the world’s largest classification society, for Explorer Dream to receive the world’s first “Certification in Infection Prevention for the Marine industry (CIP-M),” he continued. Taiwan is the ideal destination for Genting Cruise Lines to resume Dream Cruises’ operations with the company’s 25 years of history with the island as both a destination and as a homeport and because of Taiwan’s popularity among travellers due to its scenic splendours and friendly citizens. Taiwan’s low numbers of COVID-19 cases compared to global figures has also been lauded by experts as one of the most effective response scenarios in the world. Due to the success Taiwan has experienced in controlling the pandemic within its borders, the local authorities have taken the proactive step to reinvigorate their economy and open up tourism. To support this endeavour, Dream Cruise will offer special island-hopping cruises calling into the popular ports and islands of Peng Hu, Matsu Island and Kinmen where Taiwanese guests will again be able to enjoy refreshing short getaways on carefree ocean voyages. “We thank Taiwan for their initiatives to re-start their economy and the tourism industry and the trust they have placed in Dream Cruises. As well, we appreciate the support of the travel industry in the restart of our cruise operations. This is truly a remarkable achievement which was made possible by the Taiwan authorities’ swift and effective handling of the COVID-19 crisis and their foresight in resuming the tourism industry to benefit all the ports, the economy and the lifestyle of the people of Taiwan,” said Kent Zhu, President of Genting Cruise Line. During the past few months, Genting Cruise Lines has completely re-examined and enhanced all of its health, hygiene and operating protocols to ensure the safest environment for everyone on board including social distancing in dining, entertainment and public areas, 100% fresh air ventilation in staterooms and operations throughout the ship. Genting Cruise Lines has also worked with DNV GL, the largest classification society in the world, to adapt their hospital “Certification in Infection Prevention (CIP) for the Marine industry (CIP-M). Ex- plorer Dream will be the first cruise ship in the world to receive the CIP-M certification, which will further verify the procedures and systems in place for the proper prevention, control, and mitiga- tion of infection, to protect her passengers and crew. In accordance with Taiwan’s regulations prior to resuming sailing, Explorer Dream has undergone a thorough deep cleaning and observation of strict quarantine procedures for her crew. The majority of crew will be from other Genting Cruise Lines ships who have been quarantined for the last 3 months and all will undergo a mandatory 14 day quarantine on land after the ship arrives in Keelung on 30 June. Upon negative nucleic acid test results, an additional 7 day isolation period on board Explorer Dream will provide a total of 21 days of exhaustive preventive procedures before operations begin on 26 July. To safeguard the well-being of guests, stringent health screening processes and guidelines prior to embarkation, disembarkation and social distancing measures on board, as well as thorough sanitization and disinfection and enhanced hygiene practices for guest cabins and crew member quarters, public areas and recreational facilities, along with safe food and beverage handling procedures will be in place. For example, all of Genting Cruise Lines’ ships allow for 100% external fresh air to be filtered and supplied to each passenger cabin as well as on board public areas ensuring a constant and healthy flow of fresh air throughout the vessels. Isolation wards are available in the Medical Centre and cabins can be converted into quarantine rooms if required. As a further testament to the efficacy of the company’s enhanced preventive measures, two of Genting Cruise Lines’ ships, SuperStar Aquarius and SuperStar Gemini, are currently in Singapore as temporary accommodations for foreign workers after successfully completing careful assessment checks covering various aspects including safe distancing practices, the ships’ ventilation systems, and preventive and infection control measures. Throughout this successful initiative in collaboration with the authorities, the company has been able to further refine its standard operating procedures within a real-world context to ensure that all its Genting Cruise Lines’ ships, including Explorer Dream, will be the safest cruise ships for guests in the post-COVID era. About Genting Cruise Lines Genting Cruise Lines is a division of Genting Hong Kong comprising of three distinct cruise brands – Star Cruises, Dream Cruises and Crystal Cruises – providing a range of products from contemporary cruises to ultra-luxurious vacation experiences spanning the sea to air. Founded in 1993, Star Cruises established the Asia-Pacific as a popular, world-wide cruise destination and, with its current fleet (SuperStar Aquarius, SuperStar Gemini, Star Pisces and The Taipan), continues to pioneer the contemporary cruise market in the region. Launched in 2015, Dream Cruises delivers the highest level of guest service and spacious comfort in the region. Genting Dream which debuted in November 2016 and World Dream, in November 2017, were developed specifically for the China and Asia market, and provides passengers with inspirational journeys at sea that are Asian at heart and international in spirit. Explorer Dream, launched in April 2019, will further fuel Dream Cruises’ global aspirations. Production is currently underway in Germany on two new Global Class ships that will join the fleet beginning in 2021. By sea, river, land or air, Crystal has redefined the way the world views luxury travel. The world-renowned Crystal Experience – featuring global journeys with Crystal Cruises, Crystal River Cruises, Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises, Crystal AirCruises and Crystal Air – continues to entice the world’s most discerning travelers with incomparable luxury and unparalleled personal service. Through its family of brands, Genting Cruise Lines offers the widest and most imaginative spectrum of cruise products for the modern traveller, catering to all segments, geographies, life stages and travel styles. About Dream Cruises Genting HK brings 26 years’ of Asian cruise industry experience in creating its new cruise line – Dream Cruises. Featuring a fleet of quality, German built vessels for Asian sourced passengers, Dream Cruises is the pacesetter in the global cruise industry, meeting the needs of the ‘emerging generation’ of confident, independently-minded and upwardly-mobile Asian travellers. Dream Cruises offers inspirational journeys, which are Asian at heart and international in spirit. Purpose-built for the Asian market, Genting Dream, the first ship of the fleet, debuted in November 2016, with her sister ship World Dream joining in November 2017, offering guests cruising from Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Singapore the highest levels of service, as measured by crew to passenger ratio, and most spacious comfort as measured by gross tons per lower berth. Further expanding the Dream Cruises family, Explorer Dream joined in 2019 with homeports in Shanghai, Dalian and Tianjin during summer and Australia and New Zealand in winter. Construction has also started in Germany on the first 208,000 gross ton Global Class ship, Global Dream, and also the second Global Class ship, which will join the fleet in 2021 and 2022 respectively. Since its launch, Dream Cruises has been recognized by the Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Guide 2020 ranking Genting Dream and World Dream in the world’s top ten Large Resort Ships – the only two highest rated 4.5 star ships operating in the region. Dream Cruises was also recently awarded ‘Best Cruise Operator’ at the Travel Trade Gazette’s (TTG) Travel Awards 2018 and “Best Cruise Line – Cuisine” and “Best Cruise Line – Entertainment” by the Travel Weekly Asia Readers’ Choice Awards 2018 and “Best New Cruise Ship” for World Dream at the 12th Annual TTG China Travel Awards 2019. About Explorer Dream Built with German craftsmanship, Explorer Dream measures 268 meters in length and 32 meters in width and a total gross tonnage of 75,338 tons with 928 cabins for a lower berth capacity of 1,856 passengers. The signature, luxury “ship within a ship” enclave of Dream Cruises - The Palace, provides an unprecedented “True Asian Luxury” experience to discerning travelers in China and Asia, boasting an industry leading staff to guest ratio, a majority of its suites at over 40 square meters, as well as Proprietary Butler Training endorsed by affiliated company Crystal Cruises – The World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line. A generous variety of culinary options is available to cater for every taste – from inspired Asian flavours to exquisite Western delicacies. Acclaimed Australian Chef Mark Best will extend his influence on to Explorer Dream with his Seafood Grill by Mark Best serving up the ocean’s bounty in a spectacular al fresco setting. Signature Dream dining favorites will also take pride of place on the new ship including Umi Uma for Japanese delights, Silk Road for traditional Chinese fare, Blue Lagoon for Southeast Asian comfort food and Palm Court for informal refreshments and breath-taking views. For adventurous foodies, the all new Mozzarella Ristorante e Pizzeria will tantalize with a modern fusion of classic Italian dishes and pizzas with a Japanese twist. _________________ By Genting Cruise Lines (Press Release, June 29, 2020); Photo Credit: Genting Dream Cruises Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com View full article
  16. Hong Kong, 29 June 2020 – Genting Cruise Lines announced the restart of cruise operations for Dream Cruises with Explorer Dream operating two and three-night “Taiwan Island-Hopping” itineraries beginning from 26 July 2020, departing from Keelung and calling at Penghu, Matzu and Kinmen islands. “After months of detailed planning with the authorities to ensure the safety and health of guests and crew, we appreciate the approval of Explorer Dream resuming cruise operations in Taiwan. Dream Cruises will be the first cruise line in the world to begin sailing after the global cruise industry was shut down due to the pandemic,” said Tan Sri KT Lim, Chairman and CEO of Genting Hong Kong. “Our new standard operating procedures to ensure passenger safety draws on our first-hand experience from the charter of two of our ships in Singapore to house foreign workers and cooperating with DNV GL, the world’s largest classification society, for Explorer Dream to receive the world’s first “Certification in Infection Prevention for the Marine industry (CIP-M),” he continued. Taiwan is the ideal destination for Genting Cruise Lines to resume Dream Cruises’ operations with the company’s 25 years of history with the island as both a destination and as a homeport and because of Taiwan’s popularity among travellers due to its scenic splendours and friendly citizens. Taiwan’s low numbers of COVID-19 cases compared to global figures has also been lauded by experts as one of the most effective response scenarios in the world. Due to the success Taiwan has experienced in controlling the pandemic within its borders, the local authorities have taken the proactive step to reinvigorate their economy and open up tourism. To support this endeavour, Dream Cruise will offer special island-hopping cruises calling into the popular ports and islands of Peng Hu, Matsu Island and Kinmen where Taiwanese guests will again be able to enjoy refreshing short getaways on carefree ocean voyages. “We thank Taiwan for their initiatives to re-start their economy and the tourism industry and the trust they have placed in Dream Cruises. As well, we appreciate the support of the travel industry in the restart of our cruise operations. This is truly a remarkable achievement which was made possible by the Taiwan authorities’ swift and effective handling of the COVID-19 crisis and their foresight in resuming the tourism industry to benefit all the ports, the economy and the lifestyle of the people of Taiwan,” said Kent Zhu, President of Genting Cruise Line. During the past few months, Genting Cruise Lines has completely re-examined and enhanced all of its health, hygiene and operating protocols to ensure the safest environment for everyone on board including social distancing in dining, entertainment and public areas, 100% fresh air ventilation in staterooms and operations throughout the ship. Genting Cruise Lines has also worked with DNV GL, the largest classification society in the world, to adapt their hospital “Certification in Infection Prevention (CIP) for the Marine industry (CIP-M). Ex- plorer Dream will be the first cruise ship in the world to receive the CIP-M certification, which will further verify the procedures and systems in place for the proper prevention, control, and mitiga- tion of infection, to protect her passengers and crew. In accordance with Taiwan’s regulations prior to resuming sailing, Explorer Dream has undergone a thorough deep cleaning and observation of strict quarantine procedures for her crew. The majority of crew will be from other Genting Cruise Lines ships who have been quarantined for the last 3 months and all will undergo a mandatory 14 day quarantine on land after the ship arrives in Keelung on 30 June. Upon negative nucleic acid test results, an additional 7 day isolation period on board Explorer Dream will provide a total of 21 days of exhaustive preventive procedures before operations begin on 26 July. To safeguard the well-being of guests, stringent health screening processes and guidelines prior to embarkation, disembarkation and social distancing measures on board, as well as thorough sanitization and disinfection and enhanced hygiene practices for guest cabins and crew member quarters, public areas and recreational facilities, along with safe food and beverage handling procedures will be in place. For example, all of Genting Cruise Lines’ ships allow for 100% external fresh air to be filtered and supplied to each passenger cabin as well as on board public areas ensuring a constant and healthy flow of fresh air throughout the vessels. Isolation wards are available in the Medical Centre and cabins can be converted into quarantine rooms if required. As a further testament to the efficacy of the company’s enhanced preventive measures, two of Genting Cruise Lines’ ships, SuperStar Aquarius and SuperStar Gemini, are currently in Singapore as temporary accommodations for foreign workers after successfully completing careful assessment checks covering various aspects including safe distancing practices, the ships’ ventilation systems, and preventive and infection control measures. Throughout this successful initiative in collaboration with the authorities, the company has been able to further refine its standard operating procedures within a real-world context to ensure that all its Genting Cruise Lines’ ships, including Explorer Dream, will be the safest cruise ships for guests in the post-COVID era. About Genting Cruise Lines Genting Cruise Lines is a division of Genting Hong Kong comprising of three distinct cruise brands – Star Cruises, Dream Cruises and Crystal Cruises – providing a range of products from contemporary cruises to ultra-luxurious vacation experiences spanning the sea to air. Founded in 1993, Star Cruises established the Asia-Pacific as a popular, world-wide cruise destination and, with its current fleet (SuperStar Aquarius, SuperStar Gemini, Star Pisces and The Taipan), continues to pioneer the contemporary cruise market in the region. Launched in 2015, Dream Cruises delivers the highest level of guest service and spacious comfort in the region. Genting Dream which debuted in November 2016 and World Dream, in November 2017, were developed specifically for the China and Asia market, and provides passengers with inspirational journeys at sea that are Asian at heart and international in spirit. Explorer Dream, launched in April 2019, will further fuel Dream Cruises’ global aspirations. Production is currently underway in Germany on two new Global Class ships that will join the fleet beginning in 2021. By sea, river, land or air, Crystal has redefined the way the world views luxury travel. The world-renowned Crystal Experience – featuring global journeys with Crystal Cruises, Crystal River Cruises, Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises, Crystal AirCruises and Crystal Air – continues to entice the world’s most discerning travelers with incomparable luxury and unparalleled personal service. Through its family of brands, Genting Cruise Lines offers the widest and most imaginative spectrum of cruise products for the modern traveller, catering to all segments, geographies, life stages and travel styles. About Dream Cruises Genting HK brings 26 years’ of Asian cruise industry experience in creating its new cruise line – Dream Cruises. Featuring a fleet of quality, German built vessels for Asian sourced passengers, Dream Cruises is the pacesetter in the global cruise industry, meeting the needs of the ‘emerging generation’ of confident, independently-minded and upwardly-mobile Asian travellers. Dream Cruises offers inspirational journeys, which are Asian at heart and international in spirit. Purpose-built for the Asian market, Genting Dream, the first ship of the fleet, debuted in November 2016, with her sister ship World Dream joining in November 2017, offering guests cruising from Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Singapore the highest levels of service, as measured by crew to passenger ratio, and most spacious comfort as measured by gross tons per lower berth. Further expanding the Dream Cruises family, Explorer Dream joined in 2019 with homeports in Shanghai, Dalian and Tianjin during summer and Australia and New Zealand in winter. Construction has also started in Germany on the first 208,000 gross ton Global Class ship, Global Dream, and also the second Global Class ship, which will join the fleet in 2021 and 2022 respectively. Since its launch, Dream Cruises has been recognized by the Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Guide 2020 ranking Genting Dream and World Dream in the world’s top ten Large Resort Ships – the only two highest rated 4.5 star ships operating in the region. Dream Cruises was also recently awarded ‘Best Cruise Operator’ at the Travel Trade Gazette’s (TTG) Travel Awards 2018 and “Best Cruise Line – Cuisine” and “Best Cruise Line – Entertainment” by the Travel Weekly Asia Readers’ Choice Awards 2018 and “Best New Cruise Ship” for World Dream at the 12th Annual TTG China Travel Awards 2019. About Explorer Dream Built with German craftsmanship, Explorer Dream measures 268 meters in length and 32 meters in width and a total gross tonnage of 75,338 tons with 928 cabins for a lower berth capacity of 1,856 passengers. The signature, luxury “ship within a ship” enclave of Dream Cruises - The Palace, provides an unprecedented “True Asian Luxury” experience to discerning travelers in China and Asia, boasting an industry leading staff to guest ratio, a majority of its suites at over 40 square meters, as well as Proprietary Butler Training endorsed by affiliated company Crystal Cruises – The World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line. A generous variety of culinary options is available to cater for every taste – from inspired Asian flavours to exquisite Western delicacies. Acclaimed Australian Chef Mark Best will extend his influence on to Explorer Dream with his Seafood Grill by Mark Best serving up the ocean’s bounty in a spectacular al fresco setting. Signature Dream dining favorites will also take pride of place on the new ship including Umi Uma for Japanese delights, Silk Road for traditional Chinese fare, Blue Lagoon for Southeast Asian comfort food and Palm Court for informal refreshments and breath-taking views. For adventurous foodies, the all new Mozzarella Ristorante e Pizzeria will tantalize with a modern fusion of classic Italian dishes and pizzas with a Japanese twist. _________________ By Genting Cruise Lines (Press Release, June 29, 2020); Photo Credit: Genting Dream Cruises Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com
  17. Just doing my part to keep cruise and travel on our minds even though it all seems dead in the water right now. Thinking positively.😎
  18. Whether you normally travel for work or you’re just chomping at the bit to get away, you’ll want to consider how you will stay safe and healthy before planning your next adventure. Covid-19 travel bans are gradually being lifted and destinations are re-opening, and you’ll need to take precautions - and take them seriously - in making trip preparations. It may be a while before major cruise lines sail or Europe welcomes Americans back. As if travel weren’t stressful enough with planning, packing and airport security, now we’re adding pandemic and health precautions to the list. If traveling for pleasure, your own tolerance for risk will determine your decision, but here are a few tips to weigh the pros and cons: Medical Check: First, see your doctor to make sure you have no underlying conditions that would make travel a risk. Destination: Next, study up on your destination. Are hotels and attractions open for visitors, particularly visitors from the U.S.? Is a mandatory quarantine rule in effect? What pre-screening will be required before entering the country or city? Transportation: Consider how you will get to your destination. Driving with close family members domestically is the safest option. Pack sanitizer, your own food and beverages for the road, and a mask for everyone. If you’re traveling by public transportation or air, find out beforehand what’s involved in the way of security and health screening so you know what to expect. Avoid public interactions by bringing your own water and snacks, when possible, and don’t forget your mask. hand sanitizer, and disinfectant. For flights, train or bus, wipe down your seating area, tray table, arm rests. Wear your mask. If flying, avoid connecting flights where possible. Hotels/B&B/Lodge: Check the hotel website for any new policies, procedures or restrictions in place. Ask how they are preparing for guests. Consider bringing along your own pillow. Just as with public transportation, use disinfectant wipes to sanitize everything you touch, and protect yourself with a mask and hand sanitizer, even if you trust the hotel to do a good job of cleaning. Avoid accommodations with shared or communal bathrooms. Cruise: If mingling with 5,000 other passengers sends you into a panic attack, consider a smaller ship. A boutique cruise line, such as Viking Ocean, Azamara and Oceania offers a less crowded and more personal experience. An adventure cruise, such as UnCruise, will be mainly an outdoor, nature-oriented vacation with less than 70 people. A luxury river cruise, like AmaWaterways will glide you comfortably along the rivers of Europe, Asia and Africa with under 200 fellow guests to as few as 28 passengers, depending on ship and destination. Cruise lines, big and small alike, are not new to sanitizing their ships, and when ships set sail again, there may never be a more safe and healthy time for cruising. New screening procedures will be in place. Life on board will be very different, so be sure to check with your intended cruise line for its new policies before you book. Consider Cancel-For-Any-Reason Insurance. Pandemics are not a covered reason for cancellation with most insurance policies. However, a policy that allows a cancellation for any reason may get you a full or partial refund if you should decide at the last minute that this trip isn’t for you. Consult with a insurance expert and read the policy to learn exactly what is and isn’t covered. Wear the Mask. It goes without saying that masks may be required at hotels, aboard cruise ships, on flights and other public places, but even if they are not, wear one, in consideration of yourself and those around you. Avoid physical contact (hand shakes, hugs, etc.), and socially distance where possible. Plan Now, Go Later. If the future looks uncertain or you decide that 2020 is completely off the table for travel, why not plan now for a trip is 2021 or even 2022. Most cruise lines, hotels and travel suppliers have extended final payment dates and relaxed their cancellation policies, giving you more flexibility and options. Travel will return. Be optimistic and be ready! ______________________ By Janice Neves CruiseCrazies Authorized Agent Photo Credit: Image by Edmund Hochmuth from Pixabay
  19. • MSC Seaside to sail from Port Canaveral starting November 2020, marking MSC Cruises’ first cruise ship from the popular drive-to port, offering three-, four- and seven-night cruises • MSC Divina will arrive to Port Canaveral in March 2021, also offering three-, four- and seven-night cruises • Available to book now, itineraries feature destinations in the Caribbean and The Bahamas, including MSC Cruises’ private Bahamian destination, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve Fort Lauderdale, FL (June 22, 2020) — MSC Cruises — the world’s fastest growing cruise line — will begin sailing from Port Canaveral for the first time this Winter and have a year-round presence, starting with the modern and glamourous MSC Seaside from November – March 2021, and followed by the elegant MSC Divina, starting at the end of March. The arrival marks a significant milestone for both MSC Cruises and Port Canaveral, as the port welcomes an MSC Cruises ship for the first time. Guests eager to sail from the sunshine state to the Caribbean and The Bahamas can experience MSC Cruises’ signature European style and have greater flexibility with three-, four- and seven-night cruise options departing on Sundays and Thursdays. Starting today, guests can book MSC Cruises’ sailings from Port Canaveral online at MSCCruises.com or though their preferred travel advisor partner. With nearby access to Orlando, the city’s theme parks and attractions, guests can enjoy an extended stay before or after their cruise and have options for either a short weekend getaway, or a week-long cruise. Itineraries uncover hidden treasures of the Caribbean and The Bahamas, including stops at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve — MSC Cruises’ private Bahamian destination. “Port Canaveral has always been an extremely popular port with cruisers, since it is easily accessible, offers innovative and modern terminals and provides nearby access to many attractions in the surrounding area. We are thrilled at MSC Cruises to bring two of our modern and glamourous cruise ships, MSC Seaside and MSC Divina, to such a high demand port for the first time with sailings year-round to the sunny Caribbean and The Bahamas,” said Rubén Rodriguez, President of MSC Cruises USA. “As we look toward the upcoming year, we are eager to be bringing our guests back to sea when the time is right, with health and safety as a top priority and following guidance from national and international health authorities, while continuing to expand our presence in North America with new and enriching cruise experiences.” “We’re very pleased to welcome MSC Cruises to Port Canaveral and excited to be the homeport for the beautiful MSC Seaside and MSC Divina,” said Port CEO Capt. John Murray. “This exciting new partnership is an endorsement of our commitment to excellence and the investments we’ve made in our cruise operations. We’re looking forward to working together with our new cruise partner providing the best possible experience for their guests.” HIGHLIGHT ITINERARIES FROM PORT CANAVERAL MSC Seaside and MSC Divina will uncover the treasures of the Caribbean and The Bahamas with itineraries to allow guests to escape with a quick weekend getaway or a week-long vacation under the sun. And, with MSC Seaside beginning sailings starting November 1, guests can start planning their time together with a much-needed vacation for the holidays. Aboard MSC Seaside, guests can choose from three-, four- and seven-night cruises starting November 2020 through March 2021, visiting George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico; and Nassau and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in The Bahamas. MSC Divina will replace MSC Seaside in Port Canaveral come March 2021, continuing her itineraries with a diverse set of three-, four- and seven-night cruises through November 2021, and visiting George Town, Cozumel, Nassau and Ocean Cay. IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES ON OCEAN CAY MSC MARINE RESERVE As a highlight of MSC Cruises’ Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, guests will experience the cruise line’s exclusive private Bahamian destination, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. MSC Cruises has transformed Ocean Cay into a one-of-a-kind destination within a flourishing marine reserve, providing guests a unique opportunity to discover local marine life, soak up the spirit of Bahamian culture and reconnect with themselves and each other. On the island, guests can enjoy breathtaking views of crystal blue waters and more than two miles of white pristine sand spread across eight world-class beaches, including a dedicated family beach. Water activities on the island have been created to help guests discover marine life close-up, including snorkeling, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and other water sports. Guests can also relax with private cabanas for rent, or book a massage at the island’s exclusive, luxurious spa concept — The Spa at Ocean Cay — offering treatments designed to immerse guests in the natural environment. With late evening stays on several itineraries, guests can have the opportunity to enjoy unique evening activities, such as an incredible lighthouse light show and a high-energy Junkanoo parade. MSC CRUISES’ NEW COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOL MSC Seaside and MSC Divina’s sailings from Port Canaveral will follow MSC Cruises’ new comprehensive and enhanced health and safety protocol which are being developed in collaboration with relevant national and international health authorities with the support of a team of external medical experts. The new enhanced protocol will encompass every aspect of the guest’s journey, ensuring that the health and safety of guests and crew is protected, while preserving the uniqueness of the guest experience. Full details of the new precautionary health and safety measures will be announced in the coming days. ABOUT MSC SEASIDE MSC Seaside is MSC Cruises’ revolutionary ship launched in December 2017, with a unique, innovative beach condo design bringing guests closer to the sea and helping them enjoy the outdoors like never before. Guests can stroll along the widest waterfront boardwalk at sea, dare to cross the glass-floor catwalks on either side of the ship, enjoy plentiful outdoor spa space and an array of outdoor leisure areas. MSC Seaside also boasts expanded internationally-inspired dining, including a partnership with pan-Asian pioneer Roy Yamaguchi who created the Asian Market Kitchen on board. The ship’s MSC Aurea Spa is one of the largest spas at sea, with a variety of body and facial treatments designed for ultimate relaxation and rejuvanation. Thrilling activities on board, ensuring that cruisers of all ages are always entertained, include a multi-story aqua park with four water slides; two of the longest zip lines at sea; full-size bowling lanes; an F1 simulator; and full-scale theatrical productions each night of the cruise. ABOUT MSC DIVINA Inspired by MSC Cruises’ godmother and award-winning actress Sophia Loren, MSC Divina brings elegance and sophistication with the detailed European-inspired design MSC Cruises is known for. With seven distinct dining venues, guests can taste gourmet cuisines from around the world, including prime cuts of meat at Butcher’s Cut and fresh sushi and sashimi at Galaxy Kaito. The on board MSC Aurea Spa offers cruisers a range of treatments as well as a thermal area to relax and rejuvenate throughout the cruise. Guests will also find an array of entertainment options with onboard activities including a waterslide, F1 Simulator, 4D cinema and a gaming arcade. Additionally, guests can marvel at one of the largest theaters at sea, with 1,600 unobstructed seats, showcasing full-scale theatrical productions each evening of the cruise. For more information on MSC Seaside and MSC Divina and to book a cruise, cruisers should contact their preferred travel advisor or visit www.msccruises.com. All information believed to be accurate as of the date of issuance. It is the reader's responsibility to verify its continued accuracy, as all information is subject to change. ______________________ By MSC Cruises (Press Release, June 22, 2020); Photo Credit: MSC Cruises Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com View full article
  20. • MSC Seaside to sail from Port Canaveral starting November 2020, marking MSC Cruises’ first cruise ship from the popular drive-to port, offering three-, four- and seven-night cruises • MSC Divina will arrive to Port Canaveral in March 2021, also offering three-, four- and seven-night cruises • Available to book now, itineraries feature destinations in the Caribbean and The Bahamas, including MSC Cruises’ private Bahamian destination, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve Fort Lauderdale, FL (June 22, 2020) — MSC Cruises — the world’s fastest growing cruise line — will begin sailing from Port Canaveral for the first time this Winter and have a year-round presence, starting with the modern and glamourous MSC Seaside from November – March 2021, and followed by the elegant MSC Divina, starting at the end of March. The arrival marks a significant milestone for both MSC Cruises and Port Canaveral, as the port welcomes an MSC Cruises ship for the first time. Guests eager to sail from the sunshine state to the Caribbean and The Bahamas can experience MSC Cruises’ signature European style and have greater flexibility with three-, four- and seven-night cruise options departing on Sundays and Thursdays. Starting today, guests can book MSC Cruises’ sailings from Port Canaveral online at MSCCruises.com or though their preferred travel advisor partner. With nearby access to Orlando, the city’s theme parks and attractions, guests can enjoy an extended stay before or after their cruise and have options for either a short weekend getaway, or a week-long cruise. Itineraries uncover hidden treasures of the Caribbean and The Bahamas, including stops at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve — MSC Cruises’ private Bahamian destination. “Port Canaveral has always been an extremely popular port with cruisers, since it is easily accessible, offers innovative and modern terminals and provides nearby access to many attractions in the surrounding area. We are thrilled at MSC Cruises to bring two of our modern and glamourous cruise ships, MSC Seaside and MSC Divina, to such a high demand port for the first time with sailings year-round to the sunny Caribbean and The Bahamas,” said Rubén Rodriguez, President of MSC Cruises USA. “As we look toward the upcoming year, we are eager to be bringing our guests back to sea when the time is right, with health and safety as a top priority and following guidance from national and international health authorities, while continuing to expand our presence in North America with new and enriching cruise experiences.” “We’re very pleased to welcome MSC Cruises to Port Canaveral and excited to be the homeport for the beautiful MSC Seaside and MSC Divina,” said Port CEO Capt. John Murray. “This exciting new partnership is an endorsement of our commitment to excellence and the investments we’ve made in our cruise operations. We’re looking forward to working together with our new cruise partner providing the best possible experience for their guests.” HIGHLIGHT ITINERARIES FROM PORT CANAVERAL MSC Seaside and MSC Divina will uncover the treasures of the Caribbean and The Bahamas with itineraries to allow guests to escape with a quick weekend getaway or a week-long vacation under the sun. And, with MSC Seaside beginning sailings starting November 1, guests can start planning their time together with a much-needed vacation for the holidays. Aboard MSC Seaside, guests can choose from three-, four- and seven-night cruises starting November 2020 through March 2021, visiting George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico; and Nassau and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in The Bahamas. MSC Divina will replace MSC Seaside in Port Canaveral come March 2021, continuing her itineraries with a diverse set of three-, four- and seven-night cruises through November 2021, and visiting George Town, Cozumel, Nassau and Ocean Cay. IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES ON OCEAN CAY MSC MARINE RESERVE As a highlight of MSC Cruises’ Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, guests will experience the cruise line’s exclusive private Bahamian destination, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. MSC Cruises has transformed Ocean Cay into a one-of-a-kind destination within a flourishing marine reserve, providing guests a unique opportunity to discover local marine life, soak up the spirit of Bahamian culture and reconnect with themselves and each other. On the island, guests can enjoy breathtaking views of crystal blue waters and more than two miles of white pristine sand spread across eight world-class beaches, including a dedicated family beach. Water activities on the island have been created to help guests discover marine life close-up, including snorkeling, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and other water sports. Guests can also relax with private cabanas for rent, or book a massage at the island’s exclusive, luxurious spa concept — The Spa at Ocean Cay — offering treatments designed to immerse guests in the natural environment. With late evening stays on several itineraries, guests can have the opportunity to enjoy unique evening activities, such as an incredible lighthouse light show and a high-energy Junkanoo parade. MSC CRUISES’ NEW COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOL MSC Seaside and MSC Divina’s sailings from Port Canaveral will follow MSC Cruises’ new comprehensive and enhanced health and safety protocol which are being developed in collaboration with relevant national and international health authorities with the support of a team of external medical experts. The new enhanced protocol will encompass every aspect of the guest’s journey, ensuring that the health and safety of guests and crew is protected, while preserving the uniqueness of the guest experience. Full details of the new precautionary health and safety measures will be announced in the coming days. ABOUT MSC SEASIDE MSC Seaside is MSC Cruises’ revolutionary ship launched in December 2017, with a unique, innovative beach condo design bringing guests closer to the sea and helping them enjoy the outdoors like never before. Guests can stroll along the widest waterfront boardwalk at sea, dare to cross the glass-floor catwalks on either side of the ship, enjoy plentiful outdoor spa space and an array of outdoor leisure areas. MSC Seaside also boasts expanded internationally-inspired dining, including a partnership with pan-Asian pioneer Roy Yamaguchi who created the Asian Market Kitchen on board. The ship’s MSC Aurea Spa is one of the largest spas at sea, with a variety of body and facial treatments designed for ultimate relaxation and rejuvanation. Thrilling activities on board, ensuring that cruisers of all ages are always entertained, include a multi-story aqua park with four water slides; two of the longest zip lines at sea; full-size bowling lanes; an F1 simulator; and full-scale theatrical productions each night of the cruise. ABOUT MSC DIVINA Inspired by MSC Cruises’ godmother and award-winning actress Sophia Loren, MSC Divina brings elegance and sophistication with the detailed European-inspired design MSC Cruises is known for. With seven distinct dining venues, guests can taste gourmet cuisines from around the world, including prime cuts of meat at Butcher’s Cut and fresh sushi and sashimi at Galaxy Kaito. The on board MSC Aurea Spa offers cruisers a range of treatments as well as a thermal area to relax and rejuvenate throughout the cruise. Guests will also find an array of entertainment options with onboard activities including a waterslide, F1 Simulator, 4D cinema and a gaming arcade. Additionally, guests can marvel at one of the largest theaters at sea, with 1,600 unobstructed seats, showcasing full-scale theatrical productions each evening of the cruise. For more information on MSC Seaside and MSC Divina and to book a cruise, cruisers should contact their preferred travel advisor or visit www.msccruises.com. All information believed to be accurate as of the date of issuance. It is the reader's responsibility to verify its continued accuracy, as all information is subject to change. ______________________ By MSC Cruises (Press Release, June 22, 2020); Photo Credit: MSC Cruises Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com
  21. Glad to hear you’re thinking optimistically and planning now for next year! I am a pretty sedentary person on a cruise, preferring to lounge in a chair and nap or read most of the day, which is why I gravitate towards Princess and to smaller ships. I love the production shows at night, and Norwegian does a great job with their Broadway series. If you’re the type that likes non stop entertainment, you can’t go wrong with NCL and Carnival. For even more activity and people watching, though, you might want to try Royal’s Oasis class ships with their Floating-resort feel and “neighborhoods”, and a cabin overlooking Central Park or Boardwalk. If you’re traveling with a family of varying ages, these ships have something for everyone. For ports, I love The NYC or Boston to Bermuda cruises. The ship sits in port for three days with plenty of opportunity to explore the island. Any of the cruise line private islands (Cococay, Great Stirrup Cay) are always a great beach day. My favorite Caribbean ports have been St. Maarten, Aruba, Grand Cayman, and Ocho Rios. Caribbean is nice but my all-time fave destinations are Alaska, Norway, Mediterranean, and the British Isles. Check out some of the recent reviews here on CruiseCrazies for more inspiration. Have fun on your cruise!
  22. Well said, Andi! Your agent thanks you!!🙂👍
  23. [Updated 6/27/2020] If you experienced a recent COVID-related cancellation during the 2020 pandemic, you might be cursing the cruise lines, airlines, or resorts out of an abundance of frustration in obtaining refunds or credits. If you booked your own trip, unfortunately you’re on your own. Now imagine if you had booked with a travel professional. He or she would have expertly borne the frustration and aggravation of dealing with the travel providers so you wouldn’t have to. Travel agents may have more effective contacts and avenues at their disposal, making refunds more timely and with less hassle. As a cruise specialist, one of the questions I hear most is “why should I book with a travel agent, when I can simply book directly on the web with the cruise line?” Great question. Purchasing a cruise should be a personal experience. All cruises are not alike, and the best cruise experience is one where the cruise ship and itinerary are matched to the client with his or her personality and interests in mind. So while booking directly on the cruise line’s website may appear to be an easy process, do you really have all the facts to make an informed decision to book that cruise? When it’s safe to cruise again, you’ll want to know about health and safety precautions, the safer travel destinations, and the best ways to get there. Following are ten compelling reasons why you should book with an experienced travel agent. Note, these recommendations are directed to cruise travelers, but can be applied in any travel situation. 1. You’re a first-time cruiser. You have always wanted to take a cruise, but simply don’t know where to begin. You’re befuddled by the all the choices: small ship, big ship, inside cabin, outside cabin, early dining, late dining, anytime dining and all the other variables that make up a cruise vacation. No wonder you’re in a tizzy. An agent that specializes specifically in ocean and river cruising will help you sort through a sea of options and find the best ones that work for you. 2. Your time is precious. Who wants to spend hours sorting through the hundreds of cruise ship and itinerary options? An experienced agent will be happy to do the work for you – it’s what they love to do. 3. Complete door-to-door service. Do you need a ride to or from the ship? Air transportation? A hotel the night before or after your cruise? A shore tour? The cruise line will be more than happy to book these as part of a complete package, but your choices will be quite limited to whomever the cruise line contracts with. A cruise agent, on the other hand, has connections to many taxi companies, local tour guides, discount hotels and other resources that can save you money or provide service in line with your particular style. 4. Reliable Pricing. Have you ever logged on to a web-only cruise site to research pricing on a particular cruise? You’ll see one price listed, one for each cabin category. You say to yourself, great – I think I’ll book. However, in many cases that’s not the only price; there may be other promotion codes, as well, allowing for different rates for the same cabin. A knowledgeable agent will let you know whether any price discounting is available resulting from any special promotions, group pricing, or whether you might qualify for a past passenger rate, a military rate or other discount and/or added amenity. 5. Unbiased information. An independent agent is working for you, not a particular travel supplier or cruise line. While you are welcomed to take advantage of all the services the cruise line will offer as part of a cruise package, the agent will help you find other alternatives if the cruise choices are not to your liking or you simply want to find ways to save money on your vacation. 6. Added amenities and reduced group pricing. Cruise agencies will typically reserve groups of cabins and sell them to their clients at a reduced group-only rate and include other amenities such as onboard credit, a bottle of wine, free excursion, or any number of other gifts. 7. Personalized Service. Have you ever been frustrated with the 800-number large web-based agencies, waiting on hold, unreturned phone calls, or misinformation? During the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly, many travelers have complained that calls to their OTA’s (online travel agency) for help have gone unanswered. With inexperienced order takers in their call centers, OTAs simply don’t have the means to handle this volume of request, let alone in a professional and knowledgeable manner. In some cases, the representative you are dealing with has never stepped foot on a cruise ship and is just relating information from the cruise line’s website. A good, reliable agent will never leave you hanging, always return calls and emails promptly, and pass along information from both the cruise line and the agent’s own personal experience. A good agent knows what you are looking for in a cruise vacation and will make it happen in a friendly and professional way. Most importantly, a qualified agent will be there to help you when you most need it. 8. Support Small Business. With thousands of agencies out there beckoning for your business – brick & mortar and on-line agencies alike – competition is fierce. Small, independent agencies – in business for years, with a loyal clientele – need to work hard to retain their place in the world of cruise selling. These mom & pop agents have access to the same resources as the big web agencies as well as personal experience and unmatched service you won’t find anywhere else. The next time you call 1-800 Big Cruise Outfit, keep in mind that you may be taking business away from the guy around the corner trying to feed a family. 9. We Have Your Back. If any problems should arise before or during your vacation, a good agent will advocate on your behalf to get the answers and results you’re looking for. Like during a pandemic or other world event having a broad effect on travel. 10. Transfer your direct-with-cruise-line booking to a travel agent. Did you know that if you find an agent you really like but have already booked direct with the cruise line, that you can transfer that booking to the agent? Simply let the agent know, and he or she will take care of the whole process. You’re cruise stays exactly the same, you will receive great service and bonus amenities, the agent will get a commission, and everyone wins! At the time of this writing, ship operations are paused, but when they sail again – and they will – you’ll want to be ready. A travel advisor is one of the best tools you can use in a post-pandemic vacation world. ______________________ By Janice Neves, CruiseCrazies Authorized Agent
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