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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

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

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.

Cruises Are Ready to Set Sail Again… Or Are They?

After a long, lonely spring season on the water, one cruise line is getting ready to set sail on the high seas. Genting Cruise Lines, an Asia-based cruise company, announced that it plans to become the very first cruise line to resume service after COVID-19.

On July 26, the Explorer Dream was set to depart from Keelung in northeastern Taiwan before cruising to the Penghu, Matzu, and Kinmen islands.

The rest of the industry is still not so sure that it’s time to start cruising again. Celestyal Cruises, a cruise line based in Greece, has canceled all of its voyages for 2020.

In addition, major lines like Royal Caribean, Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, and Holland America have canceled sailings

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

Don’t Let Cabin Fever (and Low Cruise Rates) Cloud Your Judgement

Countries around the world have begun to open back up after closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the United States is following suit.

For thousands of Americans, two months of quarantine was two months too many, and they are booking summer vacations to celebrate newfound freedom.

But you’ll never guess where people are heading. Despite the role of cruise ships in the spread of coronavirus, a great many vacationers are headed straight back to their nearest cruise port!

Carnival Cruise Bookings Soar as the U.S. Continues to Reopen

At the beginning of the pandemic, cruise ships carried the virus from country to country. That doesn’t seem to be scaring cruisers away these days, though.

In the three days after