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Is Small Ship Cruising a Good Alternative This Season?

The cruise industry has been shaken by the impact of COVID-19. Still, cruise lines are going ahead with plans to resume cruises as soon as they can, with a few changes in mind.

If you’re a fan of cruising, then you likely are ready to get back to it as soon as you can. If so, you may be considering cruising on a smaller ship than you’re used to in order to reduce your exposure to potential illness, including COVID-19.

Here’s what you need to know about the passenger size of various vessels, the limits cruise lines currently have in place to help reduce the spread of illness, and what you can do on a cruise to help you stay healthy and safe when you cruise again.

Passenger Size Aboard Different Ships

If you’ve ever taken a cruise, then you know that some cruise

Could Fewer Sailings During a Hurricane Mean Safer Harbor?

Cruises are supposed to be fun, relaxed, safe vacations for people of all ages. Cruise ships, in particular, are designed for maximum safety, keeping their passengers safe on the open seas. That doesn’t matter if the crew of the ship is negligent during bad weather, though.

Cruises are vulnerable to hurricanes, especially during heavy hurricane seasons. If a ship can’t find a safe port, then everyone on board is at risk when a storm appears.

In fact, one of the most dangerous aspects of hurricane season is the sheer number of cruise ships that have to seek shelter from the storm. This year is seeing fewer cruises because of the global pandemic, so there are fewer ships competing for safe harbor.

Of course, that may not mean much during what looks to be the most active hurricane season on record.

Cruise Lines Avoid Cancellations

Carnival Cruise Line Set to Sell — Is That Where Your Refund Is?

The coronavirus pandemic’s blow was felt across many different industries, but the impact was particularly crippling to the cruise industry.

Even after surviving norovirus, Sars, and other disease outbreaks, the industry seems unprepared to deal with the magnitude of COVID-19 and its effects.

Many cruise ships are docked with no certainty when operations will resume. Carnival, the biggest cruise line in the world, is losing $1 billion a month to maintain its docked fleet.

In addition to coronavirus risks and gaining public trust, the cruise industry faces another challenge: Issuing refunds to an unprecedented number of customers impacted by canceled voyages.

Millions of Dollars per Month Owed in Cruise Refunds

Cruise cancellations have left millions of would-have-been passengers with two options: They can get a Future Cruise Credit (and perhaps some OnBoard Credits) or a refund.

Although customers report having received their Cruise Credit

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 into September or October. According to representatives from these companies, whether the cruises will be able to resume this year will depend on the

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 promising yourself that you’ll never book another cruise again. While you can pass it onto other passengers, food is more likely to be the

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 a “the more the merrier” type of philosophy – and they’re built for it. Some cruise ships are large enough to house 9,000 crew

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 Carnival announced August cruise dates, their bookings increased by 600%. That is a lot of people heading out to open waters in a