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Disney Cruise Line sailings resume in August

July 25, 2021

Disney Cruise Line has announced its plans to return to sailings from the United States on Aug. 9.

Disney Dream is scheduled to usher in the cruise line’s long-awaited return to cruising from the U.S. with tropical voyages to the Bahamas departing from Port Canaveral, Florida, on three- or four-night cruises featuring a stop at DCL’s private island, Castaway Cay.

Disney Cruise Line officials said the company is working hard to get ready for the return of passengers by incorporating enhanced health and safety measures to promote wellness for guests and crew members. Disney is in a different position from other cruise lines in that children 12 and under — a prime target of the family-oriented cruise line — cannot receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Viking Sea, the second ocean ship from Viking, carries 930 passengers in comfort and style.

Viking welcomes guests to two ships in Malta

July 23, 2021

Viking Ocean Cruises today marked its first “Welcome Back” sailings in the Mediterranean — the latest milestone in the company’s return to service. Last week, guests embarked on the award-winning Viking Sea and the new Viking Venus in Valletta, Malta — a cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site — where the ships are homeporting this summer. 

Offered as part of Viking’s “Welcome Back” collection, exclusively available for vaccinated guests, both ships are sailing three new itineraries round trip from Valletta. The new voyages include the 11-day Malta & the Adriatic Jewels, the 11-day Malta & Greek Isles Discovery and the 21-day Malta, the Adriatic & Greece itineraries. 

Viking has also partnered with Lufthansa to offer non-stop flights from Newark Liberty International Airport to Malta exclusively for Viking guests, making the transatlantic journey to Europe easier. See Cruiseable's Malta travel guide for a first-hand introduction to the storied island nation.

Serenade of the Seas sails to Alaska in the summer months.

Big-ship cruising returns to Alaska

July 21, 2021

Big-ship cruising is back in Alaska. Royal Caribbean International’s Serenade of the Seas departed Monday from Seattle on its first Alaska cruise since September 2019. Ninety-seven percent of the people on board are fully vaccinated, the cruise line announced. 

The sailing marks a celebratory moment for the cruise industry, local workforce, regional suppliers and Alaska’s communities that were significantly impacted by the absence of most cruise tourism. Cruising normally represents more than 60 percent of the state’s visitors and generates upward of $3 billion for its economy each year.

Serenade of the Seas visits Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan and Icy Strait Point, Alaska, as well as Endicott Arm fjord and Dawes Glacier. The ship will be joined by Ovation of the Seas in Seattle starting Aug. 13.

“Cruising in Alaska is finally back, and we are excited to be the first to return. Alaska is one of the most popular destinations among our guests, especially families with young kids – children who are ineligible for the vaccine today,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “This is a return that is significantly felt by many, including those whose communities rely on cruise tourism.”

Cruise the warm Caribbean waters on Carnival Glory.

Seven Carnival ships to resume service in September and October

July 21, 2021

Carnival Cruise Line has announced that three more of its ships will resume service in September, with an additional four scheduled to reenter service in October.

By October, 15 ships, representing about half of the line’s fleet, will have resumed service.

Carnival Glory will resume service from New Orleans, Carnival Pride from Baltimore on Sept. 12 and Carnival Dream from Galveston on Sept. 19.

Carnival Conquest resumes service from Miami on Oct. 8, Carnival Freedom from Miami on Oct. 9, Carnival Elation from Port Canaveral on Oct. 11 and Carnival Sensation from Mobile, Ala., on Oct. 21.

Carnival will continue to operate its ships as vaccinated cruises through at least October.

“We are very excited about our restart and greatly appreciate the support of our guests, travel agents and port and destination partners,” said Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy.

“By the end of July, we will have five ships in our restart plan, including the introduction of service on Mardi Gras, and we are seeing a great combination of strong demand and strong guest satisfaction scores tied to the positive guest experience on board.” Mardi Gras is set to debut on July 31. 

Unvaccinated passengers will be subject to COVID-19 testing pre-cruise and pre-embarkation on cruises of more than four days. They will also be charged a fee of $150 per person to cover the costs of testing and screenings.

Carnival is also limiting its supervised youth programs to vaccinated children 12 years and older, at least through October.

“Our plan envisions successfully bringing back our entire fleet by the end of the year, returning to full service – most especially for the millions of families who sail with us – and building back our business for the benefit of our guests, employees and the tens of thousands of jobs and local businesses that depend on our company,” Duffy said.

“We will continue to offer exemptions to our unvaccinated guests on a limited, capacity-managed basis within 14 days of sailing as we finalize the vaccinated guest count.”

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Get close-up views of the Manhattan skyline when Queen Mary 2 sails through New York Harbor.

Cunard unveils ‘Grand Escape Voyages’

July 15, 2021

Cunard has announced it's offering a range of “Grand Escape Voyages” starting in October through May 22, 2022.

The 40 new cruises range from two to 40 nights, visiting 49 destinations by flagship Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria. Sales open July 21.

“We are thrilled to announce our new ‘Grand Escape Voyages,’ as we celebrate Cunard’s full return to sailing,” said Jamie Paiko, vice president of sales for Cunard North America.

The Queen Mary 2’s “Grand Escape Voyages” will operate 29 new itineraries that call at 15 ports in 14 countries. The transatlantic crossings will be complemented with brief cruises in Western Europe, and the liner also will spend time in the Caribbean, sailing roundtrip from New York, Fort Lauderdale, Hamburg or Southampton.

Crystal Endeavor is on course to make her inaugural voyage out of Reykjavík on Sunday.

Luxury expedition yacht Crystal Endeavor prepares to sail

July 12, 2021

Stralsund, Germany, July 12, 2021 – Crystal Endeavor, the first “Made in Germany” Polar Class 6 (PC6) luxury expedition yacht, cruised out of MV WERFTEN shipyard in Stralsund this past weekend where she was designed and built. The yacht is now bound for Iceland and her inaugural voyages in the Land of Fire and Ice.

A pier-side sail away celebration was held Saturday at MV WERFTEN for employees and family members who offered a heartfelt sendoff of waving and wishes of “gute reise” and “bon voyage” to the intrepid new expedition yacht. Crystal Endeavor sailed from Stralsund with a full vaccinated crew and is scheduled to arrive in Reykjavík, Iceland, on Thursday.

The ship will depart Reykjavík on its inaugural voyage Saturday after an overnight in the city on the first in a series of five 10-night voyages circumnavigating Iceland.

Jack Anderson, president of Crystal, described the new state-of-the-art expedition yacht as “the most spacious, most powerful and most luxurious expedition ship in the industry.” He said Crystal Endeavor would offer guests “incredible adventures to the far reaches of the globe, with the highest standards of safety and sustainable features that demonstrate extreme care for our guests and the world’s oceans and the destinations we visit.”

 National Geographic Endurance accommodates 126 guests in 69 spacious cabins.

Lindblad launches new polar ship next week

July 12, 2021

Lindblad Expeditions has announced that its new polar expedition ship, National Geographic Endurance, will depart on its maiden voyage on July 21, 2021, from Reykjavik, Iceland.

The first new polar ship built in the line’s history, the 126-guest ship was named in honor of legendary explorer Ernest Shackleton. Originally set to launch in April 2020, National Geographic Endurance sat out the pandemic in Norway.

The 19-day inaugural voyage will begin and end in Reykjavik and will explore Iceland and then sail off the east coast of Greenland, home to polar bears, walruses, and whales. If Greenland’s border opens for visitors, the ship will make landings and explore ashore.

Rates begin at $22,190 per person, based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.

Following the inaugural voyage, National Geographic Endurance will embark on two 13-day voyages also to Iceland and Greenland, departing Aug. 7 and Aug. 18. Rates begin at $13,350, based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.

Both itineraries offer the opportunity to hike to the erupting Fagradalsfjall Volcano in the region of Geldingadalur.

Onboard, guests can view the ship-wide polar art exhibit, relax after a dip in a whirlpool, work out in the glass-walled yoga studio or gym, and even sleep under the stars in the top-deck igloos. 

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The Atrium on Carnival Vista is a lively spot for taking in the action after a day in port.

Major cruise lines resume voyages from US

July 10, 2021

Over the past week, four major cruise lines returned to the high seas — two of them sailing from U.S. ports — for the first time in more than a year.

Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Crystal and Seabourn resumed sailings after the pandemic shut down the industry for more than a year. 

Carnival President Christine Duffy, Carnival Vista Captain Andrea Catalani and local officials led a “Back to Fun” ribbon-cutting ceremony in Galveston, Texas, last weekend to celebrate Carnival Cruise Line’s resumption of guest cruises from the U.S.

“Seeing our guests board the ship for the first time in over 15 months was a welcome and emotional sight,” Duffy said in a statement. “The excitement our guests have for Carnival cruising knows no bounds and it’s great to be able to have them enjoy our unique vacation experience and of course see our amazing crew once again.”

Carnival Vista is finishing up a weeklong cruise with stops in Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan), Cozumel and Belize City.

Carnival Horizon also took to the seas again, sailing from PortMiami on July 4. Carnival Breeze will follow out of Galveston on July 15. Further north, Carnival Miracle kicks off the line’s Alaska season from Seattle on July 27. Mardi Gras, the line’s newest ship, sets sail from Port Canaveral on July 31. Other ships in the Carnival fleet will begin service in August, though specific itineraries remain in flux. 


Visit the Crystal Cove Bar for quality service and drinks while aboard Crystal Serenity.
Corey Weiner, Red Square, Inc. / Courtesy of Crystal CruisesVisit the Crystal Cove Bar for quality service and drinks while aboard Crystal Serenity.

Crystal Cruises celebrated the resumption of its ocean cruise operations as Crystal Serenity set sail from the Port of Nassau on its "Luxury Bahamas Escapes," a seven-night voyage calling on the Bahamas.

Crystal Serenity will now home port in the Bahamas through November.

Crystal executives, Bahamian government officials and dignitaries from the port of Nassau gathered in Nassau for a Homeporting Inauguration Ceremony to welcome the cruise line's return to the high seas after a difficult year. 

“We are delighted to celebrate this historic day in Nassau as Crystal Serenity resumes sailing and welcomes our guests, who we consider our Crystal family, back on board,” said Carmen Roig, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Crystal who was in the Bahamas for the festivities. 

In Miami, Royal Caribbean selected Freedom of the Seas as its first ship in the U.S. to welcome guests and the first cruise ship to sail out of PortMiami. It set out last weekend with 93 percent of the ship's passengers and crew members fully vaccinated. 

“We have a lot to celebrate. Families and loved ones can finally come together after more than a year apart, and we’re now welcoming them back on board to make up for that lost time,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. 

Seabourn resumed operations last Saturday and welcomed guests back on board Seabourn Ovation, which departed on a seven-day voyage from Piraeus (Athens), Greece. The ship will sail a series of seven-day voyages visiting ports throughout the Greek Isles through October 2021.

— from Cruiseable news services

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A seal encountered on an expedition cruise to Antarctica.

Silver Wind readies for expedition voyages

July 10, 2021

Silversea Cruises shared details this week about the conversion of Silver Wind into a luxury ice-class ship that will be the company’s fourth expedition vessel.

Silver Wind is undergoing refurbishments at a shipyard in Gdansk, Poland. The redesign includes an ice-strengthened hull for cruising in polar waters and state-of-the-art technology upgrades. Silver Wind will be outfitted with a new advanced wastewater treatment plant, new food waste treatment facilities and new fuel-saving boilers.

The upgraded Silver Wind will embark on its maiden voyage Nov. 20, 2021, a 22-day journey to Antarctica, in time for a prime viewing position on the White Continent for a solar eclipse on Dec. 4, 2021.

“We are converting our beloved Silver Wind into one of the most luxurious expedition ships at sea to further expand and diversify our cold-water cruise offering,” said Roberto Martinoli, Silversea CEO. “We are significantly investing in our ultra-luxury fleet to meet the burgeoning guest demand for voyage options in such breathtaking, remote destinations as Antarctica, and we have more exciting enhancements to come.”

Expeditions to include up to 28 experts

Silver Wind will be fitted with a strengthened hull, ice-detector sonars designed for use on icebreaker vessels, 24 Zodiac motorized rafts and 14 kayaks.

With a reduced guest capacity of 274, Silver Wind will carry up to 28 expedition experts, who will share their knowledge during onboard lectures, guided Zodiac tours and on shore experiences. A photo studio with state-of-the-art equipment will be added in the space formerly occupied by a casino. The ship also will get a mudroom and a water-heating system in the ship’s swimming pool.

The 2018 refurbishment enhanced most public spaces, and now Silver Wind’s upper suites will be entirely redone with new furniture and carpets, as well as new walk-in showers to complement the bathtubs. Silver Wind’s Vista and Veranda suites will also be updated, including the installation of new walk-in showers.

Many of the ship’s public areas also will be refreshed, with repainted walls and ceilings in La Dame, La Terrazza, the Observation Lounge, the Panorama Lounge and the reception area. The gym and beauty salon will be refreshed too.

Silversea’s polar voyages include international roundtrip flights or air credit, business-class upgrades at reduced rates, pre- and post-cruise hotel nights, guided Zodiac and land tours, complimentary expedition gear on select voyages, in-suite 24-hour dining service including caviar, premium beverages and butler service, onboard gratuities and unlimited Wi-Fi.

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Windstar Cruises' power yacht Star Breeze visits small ports in the Caribbean and Mediterranean.

Windstar resumes cruises in Caribbean & Europe

July 9, 2021

Windstar Cruises, the U.S-based small ship cruise line, has resumed voyages with vaccinated crew members and guests in the Caribbean and Mediterranean.

The first voyage left in late June from Athens aboard Wind Star, a sailing yacht carrying a maximum of 148 guests. It sailed to Nafplio, Monemvasia, Patmos, Mykonos and Santorini on the Treasures of the Greek Isles itinerary. The ship will sail the same itinerary through October 2021. (See our Wind Star review.)

Wind Star will then begin its Mediterranean Island Mosaic itinerary, sailing from Rome to Portoferraio, Calvi, Mahon and Palma de Mallorca before ending in Barcelona.

Star Breeze quickly followed suit, with sailings from St. Maarten that began in late June on its Beach, Fun & Sun: A Remote Caribbean Getaway itinerary. Ports include Anguilla, Tortola, Noman Island, Virgin Gorda and more. (See our Star Breeze review.)

The cruise line's smaller ships are able to stop at smaller ports, giving its guests the benefit of enjoying these off-the-beaten-track destinations without crowds of tourists that have become common at larger ports in the Mediterranean.

The cruise line is resuming operations with a phased approach. Its six yachts will resume operating in this manner through November. 

— from Cruiseable news services

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An aerial shot of the luxury river ship AmaStella sailing in Passau, Germany.

AmaWaterways to begin family history cruises

July 8, 2021

River cruise line AmaWaterways announced it is partnering with genealogy site Ancestry to provide guests with a way in which to learn about their family history through Ancestry Experience packages. The special voyages include pre-cruise private consultations, onboard presentations, genealogist-led excursions and more.

The first cruise in the Ancestry series, “Heritage on the River: Your Personalized Ancestry Experience,” is scheduled to depart July 30, 2022, aboard AmaStella on a Rhine River itinerary calling at ports in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland.

Guests who sign up for Ancestry Experience packages “will be matched with an expert from AncestryProGenealogists, Ancestry’s professional research division, who will conduct a one-hour welcome call to discuss aspects of their family that are of particular interest,” a spokesman for AmaWaterways announced.

During the cruise, a genealogist will provide presentations that offer perspective on guests’ ancestors and focus on available records to gather information that enables them to delve more deeply into their family histories.

Guests will also be privy to a private onboard consultation with a genealogist to review their family tree and ancestry-themed excursions.

As part of the program, AmaWaterways said it will invite travel advisors on an “Ancestry Heritage River Cruise” familiarization trip from Basel to Amsterdam aboard AmaMora, which departs Aug. 12, 2021.

The cruise will be hosted by AmaWaterways Vice President of Operations Jon Burrows and include onboard sessions led by Ancestry's Kyle Betit, senior genealogist and travel program operations manager, and Angie Bush, a genetic genealogists and genealogist educator.

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Entry requirements to European nations vary by travelers' vaccination status.

Entry requirements for travel to Europe

July 5, 2021

Traveling to Europe in the coming months? You'll want to prepare for the vaccination requirements before you go.

Our travel agency partner, Pleasant Holidays, has put together a simple one-page flyer that lays out the entry requirements for U.S. travelers established by the governments of France, Spain, Italy and Greece.

In the guidelines, travelers can see the differing requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors, including the kind of tests needed, additional requirements and what kind of documentation you should bring. 

When entering France, for instance, unvaccinated travelers need to take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departing the U.S. and to be able to show the negative test results upon entry. A sworn declaration form is also required.