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Does My Kid Need to Be Vaccinated to Go on a Cruise?

Many people are ecstatic that cruising is back. However, just because cruising has resumed doesn’t mean you should toss all your worries about COVID.

Recently, a Norwegian Cruise Line ship had 17 people test positive for COVID while on board. While this may not sound like much on a cruise of 3,200 people, it is a high percentage when you consider the cruise’s line very strict COVID vaccination policy in place. Everyone on board was required to be fully vaccinated. They required passengers to take a COVID test before boarding, and the test needed to have a negative result.

Still, because of these COVID policies, no social distancing measures were taken on board, and they had no capacity restrictions in

Conditional Sail Order Extended Despite Huge Drop in COVID Cases

COVID has been in the headlines for nearly two years. It has impacted the lives of everyone during that time. From work to leisure, COVID remains a concern for many, and its effect on the cruise industry cannot be understated.

Part of this comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s conditional sailing order. It was set to expire on November 1 but has now been extended to January 15, 2022. This was done out of an abundance of caution and concern regarding the spread of the deadly Delta variant of COVID-19.

What does this mean for the cruise industry? And how are COVID cases on cruise ships looking right now? Read on to find out more.

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Cruise Safety: Embarking On Your First Post-COVID Cruise

As the number of vaccinated Americans continues to rise, travel restrictions are relaxed, and cruises are ready to set sail on the ocean blue. Cruise lines have been encouraged to go to great lengths to ensure that COVID-19 outbreaks will be stamped out at first sight through cruise safety protocols.

COVID-reducing protocols include but are not limited to social distancing, limited capacity, mask policies, and COVID-19 testing. These have been implemented to curb an outbreak from the start. While cruise lines are expected to do their part, you are also expected to keep in mind your own safety and the safety of those around you.

In this post, we will go over everything you need to know to optimize your

Cruises Are Starting Again — Do You Need COVID Travel Insurance?

Cruising is starting to come back! While this is great news for people who work in the cruise industry and folks who enjoy cruising, the landscape of cruising has changed in the post-COVID world.

How have things changed?

Some cruise lines are requiring all passengers over age 12 to be fully vaccinated. With some lines, children under 12 who cannot yet be vaccinated are not allowed to cruise.

Other cruise lines have enacted policies that make unvaccinated people feel like second-class citizens. Some lines are relegating unvaccinated individuals to certain parts of the ship and letting those who are fully vaccinated go where they please.

One thing is for certain: if you plan to cruise any time soon, you may

Florida’s Governor Wins Against CDC: What That Really Means

It’s not news that the governor of Florida has been at odds with the CDC over their conditional sail order. What is new: something that recently happened regarding the state’s lawsuit against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A U.S. District Court Judge in Tampa granted a preliminary injunction against the sailing order issued by the CDC, pushing it out to July 18. After that, the conditional sailing order set forth by the CDC will remain, but some of the non-binding aspects of it will not apply.

What does this mean for the future of cruise ship sailing, and what is in the CDC conditional sailing order, anyway? Read on to find out more.

The Conditional Sailing Order

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What Do Legal Battles Over Vaccination Mean for Cruising in Florida?

Cruise ships are ready to be back – but the state of Florida wants to have a say in how that happens, specifically when it comes to COVID-19 vaccination.

According to CNN, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida has come out against what is commonly referred to as a “vaccine passport”. This has put him at odds with policies that major cruise lines want to implement in order to start cruising again – safely.

What does this potential legal battle mean for the future of cruisers? Read on to find out.

Governor DeSantis’ Position

While DeSantis acknowledges that the cruise industry is key to Florida’s tourism, he seems to be betting on the fact that cruise line operations are too large

Who’s Sailing This Summer and How Will It Work?

If you’re someone who loves cruises, this past year (and change) has likely felt torturous. For the past 15 months, cruises have essentially been cancelled — and with no clear end in sight.

The closures made complete sense. After all, at one point 17% of all COVID cases in the U.S. could be linked back to cruises.

Now, however, much of the country seems to be reopening and getting back to normal — or at least the “new normal.” Will cruises follow suit?

They already are.

Back in April, the CDC released a letter to the cruise industry saying that cruises could restart provided that 98% of the crew and 95% of the passengers were vaccinated. Then, in May, Royal