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  1. (4 p.m. EDT) – Norwegian Cruise Line has taken the wraps off its new health and safety protocols, as part of the line's new Peace of Mind program. The six-point program will cover every aspect of the cruise experience from check-in to embarkation and onboard procedures and services. While passengers won't be expected to wear masks, they will be ... View the full article
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  4. (11:25 a.m. EDT) -- Transport Canada has banned all cruise ships over 100 passengers from operating within its waters until October 31, effectively ending the 2020 cruise season on both coasts. The move was announced by Minister of Transport Marc Garneau and follows Canada's earlier decision to ban cruise ships from operating in Canadian waters ... View the full article
  5. Get your June 2020 Desktop Cruise Themed Calendar Wallpaper! Here's how to put this photo on your computer, tablet or cell phone: 1. Click on the following links to get the size that you want. Each link will open a new window (or tab) displaying the wallpaper, in the appropriate format for your screen size. 2. For the desktop versions, right-click ... View the full article
  6. (10:10 a.m. EDT) -- A widely circulated economic report that made it seem like Hawaii would not be open for cruise passengers until late 2021 was based on "assumptions" -- and not any action taken by the state. "I am sorry for the confusion," said Dr. Eugene Tian, an economic research administrator with the Hawaii State ... View the full article
  7. (1:10 p.m EDT) – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to progress around the world, cruise lines are rolling out detailed health and safety protocols that will allow them to safely resume service. For experienced cruisers, these measures represent a significant departure from the way cruising used to be, with some lines electing to require masks, ... View the full article
  8. (3:10 p.m. EDT) -- As cruise lines release their tentative plans for returning to the sea or river, one facet of post-COVID-19 cruising is emerging: Passengers might have to wear masks when they sail, at least some of the time. Masks, whether homemade or medical grade, have become a staple of life in communities that have been affected by ... View the full article
  9. (12:45 p.m. EDT) -- Scientific and medical discoveries and advances will dictate any changes and protocols that Carnival Corporation and its nine cruise lines implement before they return, CEO and President Arnold Donald said. In an exclusive interview with Cruise Critic, Donald said it's too soon to tell what exact changes cruisers will see on ... View the full article
  10. (4:07 p.m. EDT) – Vantage Deluxe World Travel has announced it is still planning to add a second oceangoing ship to its fleet in 2022. The 162-passenger vessel, named Ocean Odyssey, will be the sister-ship to the company's first-ever oceangoing newbuild, Ocean Explorer, which is scheduled to debut in 2021. The new vessel will allow Vantage to ... View the full article
  11. (11:56 a.m. EDT) – Australia has extended its ban on cruise ships entering its territorial waters for three additional months. The ban -- which was originally due to end on June 17 -- has now been extended until September 17. The Australian Border Force made the announcement late last week. The ban covers any cruise ship capable of carrying over ... View the full article
  12. (2:10 p.m. EDT) -- A week after commenting that the line's popular Windjammer Cafe would be retooled, Royal Caribbean has clarified statements that it is looking to do away with the shipboard buffet entirely. The comments were made by executives during a weekly virtual Coffee Chat held for travel advisors with Vicki Freed, Royal Caribbean's senior ... View the full article
  13. (12:20 p.m. EDT) – The U.S.-flagged river cruise line, American Queen Steamboat Company, also plans to resume to sailing on American rivers in late June. The line has set a return date of June 29 for American Duchess, on the Mississippi River. In addition, the company, which owns Victory Cruise Lines, would like to get one of its Victory small ... View the full article
  14. (10:55 a.m. EDT) -- American Cruise Lines, a U.S.-based company with a fleet of river and coastal cruise ships, aims to be the first to return to sailing, resuming operations June 20. The line's 180-passenger ship, American Song, will begin sailing June 20 on the Columbia and Snake rivers in the Pacific Northwest. It then will follow on the ... View the full article
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