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Crystal Extends Relaxed Booking Policies for All 2021 Itineraries

Crystal has extended its relaxed booking policies to all 2021 voyages, including Crystal Cruises, Crystal River Cruises, Crystal Yacht Cruises and Crystal Expedition Cruises. These policies were previously implemented for voyages through June 2021 only.


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Deluxe Cruises – Cruise giant Carnival to extend cancellations into April

The Miami-based cruise giant on Wednesday said it would extend its 10-month-long halt to cruise operations through at least March 31 for all vessels.

In addition, the 24-ship line canceled sailings on its Galveston, Texas-based Carnival Freedom through April 10 and the West Coast-based Carnival Miracle through Sept. 16.

The line also announced intermittent cancellations for three other ships — Carnival Liberty, Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Spirit — as far out as November.

Until Wednesday, Carnival only had canceled voyages fleetwide through the end of February.

The announcement comes as COVID-19 case counts continue to rise in the United States and the rollout of coronavirus vaccines in the country appears to be going slower than hoped.

The U.S. in recent days has been recording well over 200,000 new coronavirus cases per day.

Carnival and the rest of the cruise industry also are grappling with a roadmap for a return to cruising in U.S. waters issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that lays out a long period of testing and approvals before cruising can resume.

Nearly all Carnival ships operate in U.S. waters.

The CDC road map for a resumption of cruising in U.S. waters, issued in October as a “framework for conditional sailing” order, includes a testing period for new anti-COVID protocols on ships that have yet to begin and could extend well into February or March. After that, cruise operators can apply for what the CDC is calling a Conditional Sailing Certificate in a process that could take an additional 60 days.

Assuming the CDC sticks to the guidelines that it has laid out in the order, it could be April or May, at the earliest, before cruising resumes out of U.S. ports.

“We are sorry to disappoint our guests, as we can see from our booking activity that there is clearly a pent-up demand for cruising on Carnival,” Carnival president Christine Duffy said Wednesday in a statement accompanying the line’s announcement. “We appreciate their patience and support as we continue to work on our plans to resume operations in 2021 with a gradual, phased-in approach.”

In addition to the extended cancellations announced Wednesday, Carnival had previously announced long-term cancellations for sailings on three vessels that require maintenance in a dry dock — Carnival Paradise, Carnival Valor and Carnival Magic. Voyages on the three ships have been canceled through May 31, Sept. 11 and Sept. 24, respectively.

All cruise lines around the world halted departures in March of last year as the coronavirus outbreak grew and many have yet to restart operations. Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises and Holland America are among the major lines that haven’t operated a single departure since March.

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Deluxe Cruises – Maritime Tourism Market Analysis And Forecast To 2027 By Top Companies – Royal Caribbean, Silversea Cruises (Royal), Dream Yacht Charter, Carnival Corporation, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise, Genting Hong Kong

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Disney Cruise
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Princess Cruises Extends Pause of Guest Cruise Vacations Through May 14, 2021

SANTA CLARITA, Calif.Jan. 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — As Princess Cruises continues to prepare and develop its plans to meet the “Framework for Conditional Sailing Order” issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in addition to the uncertainty around travel restrictions, the company is extending its pause of guest cruise vacations on ships sailing through May 14, 2021. This includes sailings in the Caribbean, the California Coast, along with early season Alaska and Europe cruises.

“We appreciate the patience from our loyal guests and travel advisors as we work to meet the health and safety requirements for our return to service,” said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises. “We continue to prepare our ships for our return to service and we are eager to see our guests back on board to create summertime memories.”

Guests currently booked on these cancelled voyages will have the option to receive a refundable Future Cruise Credit (FCC) equivalent to 100% of the cruise fare paid plus an additional non-refundable bonus FCC equal to 25% of the cruise fare paid.

To receive the above FCCs, no action is required by the guest or their travel advisor. The FCCs can be used on any cruises booked by May 1, 2022 and sailing by December 31, 2022. Alternatively, guests can request a full refund for all monies paid on their booking through this online form. Requests must be received by February 15, 2021 or guests will be registered for the Future Cruise Credit option.

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Announces Largest Suite Upgrade Promotion in its History

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has launched Upgrade Your Horizon where guests can enjoy a 2-Category Suite Upgrade, up to a Penthouse Suite, on all published cruises when booked between January 4 and February 28, 2021.

Travellers can take the unrivalled Regent experience to new heights by relaxing and unwinding in their embarkation city with a FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Hotel Stay when they upgrade to a Concierge Suite. Or, they can upgrade to a luxuriously-appointed Penthouse Suite and enjoy additional perks and amenities including a personal butler.

European guests sailing in Deluxe Window Suites through Master Suites can also enjoy the benefits of a Reduced 10% Deposit, except on Grand Voyages and World Cruises.

“Following an unprecedented year, we didn’t want to limit travel options for our guests, which is why we decided to make Upgrade Your Horizon our most generous suite upgrade by opening it up to all available ships, voyages and destinations,” said Jason Montague, president and chief executive officer, Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “Regent is renowned for delivering an unrivalled experience with every luxury included, which our guests can now enjoy with heightened in-suite service-levels thanks to a FREE 2-Category Suite Upgrade in the destination of their choice.”

Additionally, Regent Reassurance, which allows travellers to cancel for any reason up to 15 days prior to departure date and receive a 100% Future Cruise Credit, has been extended for all bookings made by January 31, 2021, for all voyages departing through October 31, 2021.

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All ports feature free unlimited shore excursions, which complement Regent’s ever-expanding menu of complimentary luxuries including gourmet cuisine in a range of speciality restaurants and al fresco dining venues, fine wines and spirits, in-suite liquor and mini bar replenished daily, entertainment, unlimited internet access, free valet laundry and gratuities.

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Crystal Reports Crystal Endeavor Is On Schedule For 2021 Delivery

Crystal reports that the 200-passenger Crystal Endeavor, the first PC6-designated vessel for Crystal Expedition Cruises, remains on track to debut in summer 2021.

Originally sated to launch in August 2020, the ship’s construction was previously delayed after the global health crisis forced a shutdown of the German shipyard, MV WERFTEN, where the vessel is currently under construction. Crystal, however, emphasized this week that the German shipyard fully reopened this year and said it was pleased with the resumption of work on the vessel. The shipyard is owned by Crystal’s parent company, Genting Hong Kong (GHK).

GHK recently completed a €193 million loan agreement with the German government for the completion of Crystal Endeavor and to support the operations of the shipyard through March 2021.

In December 2020, GHK announced the termination of the sale and leaseback deal of Crystal Endeavor with the aim to simplify the structure for typical export credit agency (ECA) covering post-delivery financing for the ship. “This does not have any impact on the ship’s planned operations,” the line said in a press release this week.

Encouraged by Progress

“While we are certainly disappointed that Crystal Endeavor’s delivery has been delayed, we are encouraged by the progress and dedication of the professionals at MV WERFTEN and are looking forward to introducing this remarkable ship,” said Jack Anderson, Crystal’s interim president and CEO.

Anderson added that “Crystal Endeavor will offer new ways for luxury travelers to explore the world, while also delivering “generous public spaces and elegant suites, immersive and enriching destination experiences, world-class cuisine and, of course, warm and attentive service.”

While the line noted that the ship’s delivery is on schedule, it also said that it “is currently reviewing the ship’s published summer itineraries.” Previously, it had cancelled all Crystal Endeavor voyages through May 1, 2021. Upcoming itineraries include the Norwegian fjords, Scottish isles, France, Spain, Portugal, Atlantic isles, western Africa, Brazil, Argentina and Antarctica.

The 20,000-ton expedition ship will offer luxury travelers a selection of all-suite, all-verandah, butler-serviced guestrooms; Michelin-inspired dining options with six dining venues, including Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s Umi Uma & Sushi Bar; the full-service Crystal Life Salon & Spa and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Expedition-specific amenities and spaces will include enrichment areas, designated mud rooms, a helicopter lounge and a seven-person submersible, which will take guests to a depth of up to 980 feet on certain itineraries.

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MSC Cruises
Celebrity Cruise
Royal Caribbean
The Anschutz Corporation
Cruise Critic
Viking Cruise
Princess Cruises
Carnival Cruise Line
American Cruise Lines
Norwegian Cruise Lin
Genting Hong Kong
MS Berlin
AIDA Cruises
Azamara Club Cruises
Costa Cruise Lines
Cunard Line
Disney Cruise Line
Holland America Line
Oceania Cruises
PandO Cruises
Pullmantur Cruises
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
TUI Cruises

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Expedition cruises
River cruises
Sea cruises
Theme cruises
Mini cruises
World cruises
Transit cruises
Turnaround cruises

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These Cruise Ships Were Cut in Half To Be Enlarged

In the past, several cruise lines opted to increase capacity by stretching their current ships. Known as lengthening, the process of enlarging a cruise ship usually includes cutting the ship in half and adding a new midsection, with more cabins and public areas.

Below are some of the ships that went through the operation in the past:

Enchantment of the Seas– Royal Caribbean

Enchantment of the Seas

In 2005, the 75,000-ton Enchantment of the Seas became the biggest ship ever to get lengthened. In a shipyard in Rotterdam, the 1997-built vessel received a new 22-meter long mid-body section.

Built at the same shipyard where the Enchantment was built, the new section was installed in less than two months. With the refit, the Vision-class vessel received 150 additional cabins, a new water park with an interactive water fountain, and more.

Lirica Class – MSC

Renaissance MSC

Renaissance MSC

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9 Key Things to Know Before Booking Your First Cruise After COVID

After the last year, who isn’t thinking about a vacation? And while cruises were certainly one of the hardest-hit areas in all of the travel industry, there are hints of optimism as the world looks to combat the health crisis and get back to sailing.

In fact, cruise lines have repeatedly mentioned a promising level of demand for sailing, especially given that there is no exact timeline to returning. There is no doubt that after roughly a year of without sailing, millions of passengers are looking at cruising again and thinking about booking that next trip.

If you’re in this group, you are definitely not alone. But before you book that cruise — or even re-book a cancelled trip — there are a number of important things you should know before you do.

Perhaps the most important thing to know is that at this point no one knows for certain when cruises will return. When cruises were originally suspended back in March 2020, the initial pause was for just 30 days. It’s now been close to a year.

If Your Cruise Is Cancelled, Expect to Be Reimbursed

While the bad news is that more cruise cancellations are possible, the good news is that if you book a trip and it is later cancelled, there isn’t much risk of losing your money. Throughout this entire ordeal, cruise lines have made passengers whole when they’ve had to cancel trips.

While there have been some stories here and there about lengthy refund times, most people are refunded relatively painlessly. We’ve personally had several cruises cancelled and have had no issues receiving credit and our money back.

There is no reason to think that anything will be different in the months ahead if more cruises have to be cancelled. That means you can book without much worry that you’ll lose your money.

In fact, if you choose to get a refund in the form of cruise credit, you could actually end up ahead of what you originally paid.

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When Each Cruise Line is Scheduled to Resume Cruises in 2021

It’s been almost 10 months since cruise lines have had cruise ships depart from U.S. ports for cruises to the Caribbean and Bahamas. When will cruises resume is the million dollar question for 2021.

Cruise lines are working with the CDC on a safe path towards resuming cruises.  While many were hoping to start back up in late 2020, all cruises have been canceled through the end of February 2021.

Here is an updated schedule for each cruise line and when they plan on resuming cruises from U.S. ports. It is important to note that this schedule can and will likely change due to the fluid health pandemic.

Azamara – March 21
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line – No date given
Carnival Cruise Line – March 1
Celebrity Cruises – March 1
Cunard Line – May 17
Disney Cruise Line – April 2
Holland America Line – April 1
MSC Cruises – March 4
Norwegian Cruise Line – April 2
Oceania Cruises – April 1
Princess Cruises – April 1
Regent Seven Seas Cruises – April 1
Royal Caribbean – March 1
Seabourn – April 1
Silversea Cruises – April 2
Viking Ocean and River – April 1
Virgin Voyages – May 9

When cruise lines do resume service, it will be on select cruise ships and not all at once.  They will sail at reduced capacity and from homeports in Florida.

A handful of cruise lines have resumed sailings on a couple cruise ships in the Mediterranean and out of Singapore.

Cruise lines will be able to resume sailings out of U.S. ports when they receive approval from the CDC.