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Cruise Lines Eager to Sell Tickets Again—But They Won’t Refund

After all that people went through in 2020, 2021 is shaping up to be a very kind type of year. One of the ways it’s going to be different? Travel. That’s right – travel is back!

Not only do more and more people want to travel – and, more importantly, are willing to travel. Travel companies like cruise lines are also enticing travelers with great deals and discounts.

Of course, this doesn’t always work out – especially with the cruise restrictions in place.

Even the best-laid plans can get canceled. Princess Cruises, for example, canceled several sailings through August of 2021 and others through the end of the year.

To help protect you from losses related to cancellations, you need

If a Fun Excursion Goes Sour, Your Cruise Line Can Be Held Responsible

Part of the fun of cruise vacations is the opportunity to explore ports around the world. Cruise lines promote these options at different ports of call to help their passengers make the most of their experiences onshore. From horseback riding to snorkeling to walking tours, these shore excursions can be memorable and exciting.

It’s important to remember, however, that activities offered in onshore excursions carry risk. Injuries do happen on shore, with many factors that contribute to accidents. These factors can include negligence on behalf of the cruise line or the shore excursion company.

When an injury on a shore excursion happens, what do you do? Can you sue the cruise line for your injuries?

Here’s what you need to

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

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.

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

Cruise Lines: The Surprise Heroes of the Aftermath of Dorian

Hurricane Dorian was the latest Category 5 storm to hit the East Coast. While Floridians braced themselves for a big hit, the real victims of the storm were the people of the Bahamas.

Fifty Bahamians died in the storm, with over 1,000 people missing and 15,000 in need of medical care. Another 70,000 citizens were rendered homeless.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the President made a statement on Twitter saying that the hurricane victims could be “very bad people,” and refused to grant them Temporary Protected Status.

Fortunately, another group has come in to provide aid to the devastated island…and it may not be who you expect.

Who is it? Cruise lines.

Carnival, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Among Those Offering Aid to

Mechanical Issue Derails Norwegian Cruise Ship, Strands Passengers

The Norwegian Pearl, a cruise ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet, recently experienced a mechanical problem in the midst of a 13-night cruise.

Although the issue did not stop the cruise, it forced the ship to travel at a slower speed and cancel several ports of call. Passengers, stranded aboard the vessel, have taken to social media to express their outrage.

Moreover, the cruise line cancelled an upcoming voyage on the Norwegian Pearl three days before the date of sailing in order to perform “necessary repairs.”

This incident has affected thousands of passengers, ruining a very costly vacation that they’d likely had on the books for months ahead of time.

Passenger’s Reaction Seemingly Leads to Better Norwegian Response