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Will It Be the Vaccine That Reopens the Cruise Industry Fully?

Everyone across the world has been dealing with the dangers of COVID-19 for a year, which makes the recent news of an effective vaccine very welcome.

The vaccine won’t be available to everyone right away, however, so many people have months before their travel plans can be followed through with. Still, the news of the vaccine has many people who love cruising excited and the cruise line industry feeling optimistic.

Here’s what you need to know about the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, how COVID is currently being handled on cruises, and what the vaccine could mean for your travel plans.

The COVID Vaccine Roll Out

In many states, vaccines will be rolled out in three phases. First, those on

Advantages of Booking a Smaller Cruise in a Post-COVID World

As we seemingly inch closer to a viable vaccine against COVID-19, confidence in cruising increases. What you may not know is that some hardy cruisers have already been sailing over the last couple of months.

That’s right! The Center for Disease Control (CDC) mandated test cruises this fall for which cruisers volunteered to sail while cruise lines practiced new safety procedures and protocols.

The trends we see emerging in a post-COVID world include smaller cruises, small ports, and expanded safety measures. Find out more below!

More Smaller Ships Are Setting Sail

The primary message among leading medical professionals on stifling the spread of the ongoing pandemic? You guessed it — smaller groups. That applies to cruises, too.

The industry is

Choosing to Cruise Doesn’t Forfeit Your Rights to Health and Safety

Cruise lovers everywhere are rejoicing over the lifting of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) no sail order. Essentially, cruise lines are again free to resume cruising.

While this is undoubtedly good news for the industry and the workers it supports, some cruisers remain worried.

After all, the CDC isn’t declaring that COVID-19 is no longer a danger to those who go on cruises, it’s merely saying that the proper health and safety regulations paired with trial sailings makes cruises possible…in modified format.

If you’re concerned about going on a cruise due to the risk it places on your health and safety, then you’re not alone. Rest assured that choosing to cruise in a post-COVID world doesn’t mean

CDC Issues Another Extension on Its No Sail Order

The cruise industry has been at a standstill for the last six months due to COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently extended its no sail order, with many cruise lines voluntarily postponing their operations through October.

It looks as if the cruise industry must buckle down to try to weather further closures as coronavirus sweeps across the country. What is a no sail order and what does it mean for fall cruising this year? Read on to find out.

What is a No Sail Order?

A no sail order is an order issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

They issue no sail orders

Cruise Lines Inch Back Sail Suspensions — So Who’s Cruising?

If you are planning to take a cruise in fall 2020, then you may be out of luck. Many cruise lines are pushing back their sailings into next year, 2021. Still, a few are keeping hope alive for fall cruising in 2020 and haven’t yet removed them from their schedules.

If you want to book a cruise for this year, then it’s important to fully review the cruise line’s cancellation policies and think about securing cruise ship insurance for your potential voyage. Read on to find out how to lower your risk as you plan your next cruise.

Is Anyone Sailing?

Many cruise lines, large and small, have taken all sailing off their schedule for the remainder of the year.

COVID-19 Isn’t the Only Virus you Could Catch on a Cruise Ship

Need to take a vacation from the news? You’re not alone. Constant talk of COVID-19 is upsetting and exhausting.

You know how important it is to wear a mask, wash your hands, and stay socially distant from others, and you’re ready to utilize that knowledge…. aboard your next cruise ship vacation!

However, if you’re planning to head out on the open seas once cruises start up again, COVID-19 should not be your only viral worry. Though it has been largely forgotten in the wake of coronavirus fears, there is still a huge risk of catching norovirus onboard.

How serious is it?

Norovirus From Smoothie Infected Hundreds of Passengers

Norovirus is not pleasant. It involves 24 hours of vomiting, diarrhea, and

Changes Cruise Lines Need to Make to Bring People Back

Over the last few months, you’ve likely heard numerous stories about ruined vacations due to COVID-19. One of the hardest-hit industries is the cruise industry. Even Disney Cruise Line has pushed its canceled sailings into October.

As cruise lines look to get things back on track and resume sailings later this year, the question on everyone’s mind isn’t really when sailings are going to happen, but how. In other words, if cruise lines want bookings to return to normal, they need to take measures to help the public feel safe when they come on board.

What are some of these changes that cruise lines are or should be considering?

The Problem with Cruise Ships and Public Health

Cruise ships have

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