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  1. Get your July 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
  2. (10 a.m. EDT) -- Despite COVID-19's ongoing impact on the travel industry, 76 percent of Cruise Critic readers said they'll book a cruise in the future, with more than a third saying they're already looking for that next cruise vacation. Most of the readers surveyed by Cruise Critic are avid cruisers -- many who have taken 10 or more cruises. Of ... View the full article
  3. (2 p.m. EDT) -- With citizens of the United States now temporarily restricted from traveling to the European Union because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the European river cruise industry could be among the most heavily affected. Numerous river cruise lines, including AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, and ... View the full article
  4. (1:08 p.m. EDT) -- As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause cancellations for 2020, select sailings in 2021 are already being cut or moved to 2022. Celestyal Cruises became the first cruise line to cancel all sailings for the rest of this year and into 2021. The Greece-based line, which operates primarily in the Greek isles, put the decision ... View the full article
  5. (12:05 p.m. EDT) – Royal Caribbean has revised the timeline for the debut of its newest vessel, pushing back Odyssey of the Seas from its planned November entry into service until April 2021. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as cruise suspensions and supply chain issues at the Meyer Werft shipyards in Papenburg, Germany where ... View the full article
  6. We're very pleased to offer you this opportunity to learn about your possible cruise of a lifetime....a Polar Expeditions sailing with Quark Expeditions! The team will be here July 13th to answer all your questions -- but you can ask your questions right away! In the meantime: Learn more about Quark Expeditions from Cruise Critic Read Quark Expeditions Member Reviews Don't miss the gorgeous photography on the Quark Expeditions website! Laura
  7. (10.15 a.m. EDT) -- Norwegian cruise line Hurtigruten became the first ocean-going line in the world to restart cruising after a three-month suspension of operations. The line began with one ship, the 628-passenger MS Finnmarken, which set sail from Bergen on June 16 with around 200 passengers from Norway and a handful from Denmark, to operate the ... View the full article
  8. (1:40 p.m. EDT) – The European Union (EU) is in the process of drawing up a comprehensive list of countries that will be allowed to once again travel to its 26 member countries -- and citizens of the United States are, for now, off the list. Starting July 1, citizens of Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, and nine other nations ... View the full article
  9. (1:50 p.m. EDT) -- Faced with declining revenues and a lack of passengers during the global COVID-10 pandmeic, some cruise lines are taking an unpopular but necessary step: Selling off older vessels for scrap. Most modern cruise ships have service lives of 40 years or more. While it is not uncommon to see cruise ships built in the 1970's and ... View the full article
  10. (10:30 a.m. EDT) -- MSC Cruises held a coin ceremony today to mark the first stage in the build of its next ship class -- World Class. The coin ceremony -- in which a godmother places a coin under the first keel block of the ship -- for World Class Europa took place at the Chantiers D'Atlantique shipyard in France. The 5,400-passenger Europa will ... View the full article
  11. (9 a.m. EDT) -- Genting Cruise Lines has announced the restart of cruise operations for Dream Cruises with Explorer Dream operating itineraries beginning from 26 July 2020. The 1,867-passenger ship will operate two and three-night "Taiwan Island-Hopping" itineraires, departing from Keelung and calling at Penghu, Matzu and Kinmen islands. ... View the full article
  12. (5:30 a.m. EDT) -- Small ship overnight cruising, in the form of windjammer sailboats, will be permitted in Maine after July 1, as long as tourists follow the state's strict COVID-19 testing guidelines. The Maine Windjammer Association, which serves as a marketing clearinghouse for eight independently-run windjammer sailboat cruises, has released ... View the full article
  13. (2 p.m. EDT) – Princess Cruises has revealed it will deploy Majestic Princess on cruises to the Mexican Riviera and Pacific Coast from Los Angeles during the winter 2021-2022 cruise season. The new voyages, which go on sale on July 8, 2020, will bring the total number of Princess ships sailing from the West Coast to five for the 2021-2022 ... View the full article
  14. (10:15 a.m. EDT) -- Everything seemed to be a go. As one of the small ship cruise lines exempt from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "no sail" order, American Cruise Lines had planned to be the first U.S. company to return to operations, with a weeklong journey through the Pacific Northwest onboard American Song ... View the full article
  15. (9:51 a.m. EDT) -- A brand new small-ship cruise line -- Kontiki Expeditions -- is launching this December offering cruises along the coast of Ecuador. The nine-cabin ship, called Kontiki, will set sail on December 13 offering two eight-day itineraries from Mompiche in the north of the country to Mompala in the south and vice versa. The programs ... View the full article
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