Last updated on April 7th, 2021 at 07:25 pm
**RECENT CRUISE UPDATES**
Cruise Industry on Pins and Needles Waiting to Return to Normal
The pandemic that has taken over the globe made cruise ships that once were alive with passengers enjoying time away from their busy lives stand as stark reminders of a world no longer what it was a year ago. These boats sit silent and swaying in docks worldwide, waiting to return to some semblance of business as normal before 2020. For reference numbers alone, the cruise industry is estimated to service over 28 million passengers a year, with revenue north of $46 billion and employing a workforce of more than three hundred thousand. When cruising came to a standstill, the impact brought huge layoffs and pushed some to wonder if this industry can recover.
When can you expect to start booking your next dream vacation? Remains a bit of an unknown dependent on several factors? CDC is currently making the cruise limiting order remain in place until November, dashing many cruise enthusiasts’ dreams of a vacation this year. The first phase of this here in the United States is keeping things locked down for ships leaving the US. This crippling effect of workers and the economic impacts of these decisions lead Florida Governor to threaten a lawsuit if CDC does not reverse the decision on not opening back the cruise industry in the United States. This is coming after a roundtable discussion with the Florida Governor’s roundtable with cruise industry big hitters. As for other ports not in North America, there is a bit of mixed news on where things stand. We have tried to break down all the latest updates by cruise line here:
Royal Caribbean – Current suspension of the fleet remains in effect until May 31, 2021, with the currently posted resumption of operations slated for June with a few ships/sailing destinations listed on the site that are not expected to go back at that time for a variety of reasons. This extended suspension also impacts Canadian ports, which have issued orders not allowing cruising until February 2022 at this pace. They have a great page in which they are keeping all options updated HERE for your quick reference. Additionally, they are one of the first to put out vaccine requirements for summer sailings, as other lines follow suit or are still in talks about what these might be for their ships.
One positive note is that Royal Caribbean has decided to homeport the Vision of the Seas in Bermuda from June through August for summer sailings.
Celebrity – As Celebrity is owned by Royal Caribbean, it does appear that their current plans for resuming service align with that outline above. The latest information is available HERE for all their sailings.
Similar to sister company RCL, Celebrity will be homeporting a ship, the Celebrity Millenium, out of St. Maarten for summer 2021!
MSC Cruises- This cruise line did announce some British only cruises in March and has published a resumption schedule confirmation for this summer. Two Mediterranean ships MSC Grandiosa and MSC Seaside, have cruises now confirmed beginning May 1, 20201. To continue to see if your cruising route will be operational and when they are updating information HERE.
Carnival Cruises – Carnival Cruises, considered America’s Cruise Line, announced in March 2021 that they have no plans to leave US ports to resume operations around the CDC guidelines. They have not provided vaccine recommendations for passengers yet, as some cruise lines are already requiring and are hoping that with a further push, they will resume operations this summer despite a CDC November 2021 shut down current strategy. At this time, they are not canceling bookings for June and later and remain in a wait and see a pattern for when passengers will be back on their ships.
Holland America – In March 2021, it was announced that Holland America would be continuing to hold off resuming operations roundtrip from Seattle and all Europe departures through June 2021. Up-to-date announcements along with their enhanced protocols for when cruising resumes on their ships are all found HERE.
Princess Cruises – Princess cruises sold a ship Pacific Princess that passengers on that one will have differing information available to get credit or rebooking that specific itinerary. Their other ships have various dates right now depending on country of origin and return to when they have been pushed out to, and none seem to have solid dates yet like most cruise lines for resumes. If Princess is your cruise line of choice, keep an eye trained on this page for updates.
Costa Cruises – this cruise line has released what appears to be a firm list of dates by boats for when cruises will resume for European guests, starting as early as May 28, 2021. Unfortunately, their North American guests are currently in limbo as with most cruise lines pending changes and announcements by the CDC authorities in the United States.
Disney Cruises – Disney, like many others, has announced their summer 2022 lineup that includes changes in ship ports and even a new ship, Disney Wish, now under construction. It has not, as of this writing, being able to provide specific new dates of sailing, but their website does indicate that all North American sailings are canceled through May 2021, and those leaving Barcelona, Civitavecchia, and Dover now canceled through August 10. Additionally, they have Canada Destinations currently being looked at for alternatives because of that government’s continued restrictions on sailings into and out of their ports through February 2022.
Virgin Voyages – Their boat Scarlet Lady was set to begin sailing this year, but it has announced further cancellations now up through June 30, 2021.
Viking Ocean– This cruise line prides itself on much smaller guest counts of 930 on ocean ships. In December launched its health and safety protocols for resuming services for the safety of guests and crew. They have all operations suspended through May 31, 2021, with only the UK currently approved for domestic sailings and UK guests beginning that month. All other destinations will be updated as new information becomes available HERE.
Crystal – While they work during downtime like other cruise lines to develop new procedures and policies to welcome guests back, they did announce all operations suspended now through August 1, 2021. On a positive note for the company, they have several of their world tours over 100 days, with some of the world’s best destinations online and selling fast for 2022 and 2023.
Oceania Cruises – This cruise line announced in February that its 180-night world cruise in 2023 sold out in a single day, showing the desperation of cruising passengers to get back on the water. Unfortunately, they have had to our a sour note, announce the continued suspension of all their cruises through June 30, 20201.
Azamara – This cruise line has announced a new ship, the Azamara Onward, their fourth, ready to set sail when the pandemic restrictions are lifted. They have now updated the public suspensions of operations that now extend for all cruises through June 30, 2021.
Norwegian – Now, much information is available from Norwegian, except a notation on the updated website on March 16, 2021, that they were suspending all cruises through June 2021. As with so many others continuing to update as new information becomes available will be done on their website also we are certain.
Silver Seas – Has started to announce hard resuming dates by ship for their fleet, with Silver Explorer’s earliest time on May 28, 2021. Keeping an eye on their website to ensure these days remain steady.
Vaccines – Vaccine Passport Discussion
While the world waited for a vaccine to help slow the recent pandemic strains of Covid-19, reopening travel and other venues to visitors has begun discussions on travel and cruising requirements in this new post-pandemic world. Should certain health-related tests be required before boarding cruise ships? Can cruise lines enforce vaccinations before participating in a cruise? Regulations, health-related checks, and future needs for such things have started discussions worldwide about a vaccine passport program being needed. What is a vaccine passport? Much like the International Certificate of Vaccination required in some parts of the world previously, these passports would be digital proof of your vaccines and health risk level for travel and other purposes.
Of course, the sheer magnitude of this undertaking to marry multi-country requirements, legalities, and administration will take a while to bring fully into reality. It should be noted that while not all cruise organizations have come out saying they will require vaccinations on their ships, some have. The others are making the recommendation for vaccinations, and still, others have not formally put out a policy. However, it should be noted that most in the industry and government are leaning toward such a mandate. Suppose there is no legal, religious, or health reason stopping you from getting in line for your vaccine. In that case, it goes without saying if you intend to cruise in the future, having such vaccines complete and proof in hand will probably make things much smoother for you in the end, no matter what the final regulations on this end up being.
Departure and Destination Restrictions
There are additional restrictions regarding cruise ship departure and destination restrictions for US to US ports of call and cruising into Canada, further complicating the reopening of many routes. The Passenger Vessel Services Act of 1880 and specifically the Jones Act section of the code that requires any goods (namely passengers in the case of cruising) transported between US ports to be on ships flagged the US, constructed in the United States, owned by us citizens and lastly crewed by citizens is a definite limitation. As anyone who has been on a cruise ship knows, these requirements are not met on cruise ships, which means a cruise ship that doesn’t meet all those requirements can’t move from one US-based port to another without a stop at a non-US base. Opening routes is even more difficult as countries have differing Covid measures and sanctions for cruising in place. All ports on routes must be open and meet the ship registration, crew’s basic requirements, and passengers restrictions for the port they intend to leave or visit. In the case of this pandemic involving all the world, this has added a layer of complexity to where routes will be able to resume.
Another major obstacle to many cruise lines is Canada’s extension prohibiting cruise ships in their waters or ports. That order recently extended the ban until at least February 2022, which does impact some Alaska ports due to how the ships must travel. Though some Alaska ports’ expectations are being worked on to get around this restriction, this Canadian stance may see ships’ relocations out of their waters for the foreseeable future as cruise lines get proactive on varying normal routes to get their ships up and moving again.
Cruise Changes Here for the Foreseeable Future
Even once passengers can start embarking on cruising getaways, there are general protocols that will now change the foreseeable future experience. Each cruise line enacts its own cleaning, air filtration, sick measures, muster process, and disembarking of sick passenger policies. Though in general, some overarching rules will adhere to no matter what cruise line you select. Social distancing rules on a boat may be different than on land but expect there to be regulations that must be followed. These may include masks in certain highly populated areas of the boat, and there may be firmer enforcement in place limiting what you can do on the ship if not wearing one. Dining options will more than likely be the biggest change, as pre-arranged times for all dining are expected to be required. Plated options, individually wrapped items, and the demise of self-service buffets are all changes you can expect when back on your next cruise. Most cruise lines are expected to have crew-served options where self-serve buffets once exited, but this change is still to be seen to meet health requirements for starting ship operations.
Also, the muster where all passengers are asked to report to the decks for safety protocol reviews will, of course, have to be discontinued. Safety briefings via phone, tablets, your in-cabin television, and other options are expected to be the new normal. Hand sanitizing, new room deep clean policies, and air filtration changes are expected to be in place on all ships before cleared for their first post-pandemic cruise. Finally, health screening options, embarking, and disembarking in mass will not be allowed. Timed departure reservations and other precautions will be in place. As with all things, it will be amazing to get back to cruising but expect delays and to take extra time in various aspects of your vacation. Patience is going to be needed as all passengers, crews, and the industry in total evaluate and enforce many new regulations for all safety.
As with everything, pandemic-related cruising information remains fluid from moment to moment, as stakeholders in the industry and government continue to make the best decisions for passengers, workers, and the economy alike. For those with cabin fever from being quarantined, longing for the open seas, you may find that your favorite ports of call will be restricted longer than you would like. As decisions on opening ports could force some cruise lines to relocate ships, change routes or find alternative means of getting back to business. The financial impact has been immense to this industry, but all are hopeful to see ships once again alive with music, frivolity, and passengers exploring this great big world of ours again soon.
Remember that vaccine conversations for many of these cruise lines are heating up. Industry insiders do believe that also will be a point of distinctions with some line requiring and others making it voluntary. As a passenger and someone who might not yet be vaccinated, this will need to be a consideration that you follow when getting ready to book your next vacation. No matter what, the cruise industry, like so many other aspects of our world, is sure to look vastly different post-pandemic than it did before. Due to close quarters on the boats, plans for outbreaks, cleaning protocols, and other even disembarking guidelines for those that might become sick are critical points of conversation. As we all sit and wait, check back here often for updates as we can bring them to you.
Last updated on September 25th, 2021 at 09:43 pm
Updated September 2021:
Now that cruising from the USA is back after a long hiatus, we’ve decided that 18 cruise vlogs just isn’t enough. We’ve added a few bonus channels to our list that we’ve found over the past year.
Jordan Bauth – Performer on Royal Caribbean
Don’s Family Vacations – Lots of great, up-to-date cruise-related content.
Chris Wong Vlogs – Cruise ship employee on Royal Caribbean
Cruise with Ben & David – Over 40 cruises under their belt!
LIfe Well Cruised – Their videos are coming close to 1 Million Views on YouTube.
Eat Sleep Cruise – The YouTube channel to go along with their popular blog.
Harr Travel – In-Depth ship tour videos.
As cruise lovers, we prefer to be on board in the middle of the sea than being on land, even virtually. But during those times we have to be away from the blue, we have modern-day storytellers that would bring us back right in the midst of the salty air–vloggers. Armed with cameras, microphones, tripods, and laptops, they tell stories that we love to immerse ourselves in.
To help keep your bucket full, here’s a list of the best cruise vlogs that are truly binge-worthy.
Sheri and her family started CruiseTipsTv in 2013. They are making astonishing progress, moving forward to 2020, having over 480 videos, more than 80,000 youtube subscribers, a Cruising academy, and almost 15 million viewers, their vlogs are treasure troves for both new and seasoned cruisers.
Sheri also recently ventured into podcasting, the CruiseTipsTV Unplugged, where they feature weekly segments on cruise tips and cruise stories.
Sean and Stef
Updated 2021: Sadly Sean passed away after battling cancer in April 2021. A married couple who are based in Orlando, whose goal is to travel the world one cruise at a time, is hosting Cruiseflix. Sean and Stef Mullen, are professional filmmakers who have won 3 Emmy awards, are producing informative but fun cruise vlogs that are topnotch.
With the mission to inspire and connect with people all around the globe and show the joy of travelling, their vlogs will definitely leave you feeling good about life, relationship, and cruising.
Creator of Facebook page “Cruising Isn’t Just For Old People,” Emma breaks the stereotyping of cruisers as old school. In her cruise vlogs, she features cabin tours, cruise booking tips, and tricks, ship reviews, and she genuinely sails the coolest ships making cruising hip for Millenials.
A solo traveller, Julia produces vlogs that present the reality of cruising, both good and bad. She started uploading videos on youtube in 2012 and shares her personal insights she has learned from various lines, which are extremely helpful for people who want to try cruising alone.
In The Loop Travel
John, the content creator of this innovative vlog, was able to integrate fitness into cruising. Their philosophy is to travel fit, travel happy, and travel often. He provided answers to health-conscious cruisers who do not want to miss out on both fun and fitness.
I Like Cruise Ships
This youtube channel launched a little over 3 years in creating video content and has been steadily gaining traction. Russell, who has worked on cruise ships for more than 20 years, is running this channel with the expertise we all need to know about cruising.
Cruising With Wheels
A channel that primarily focuses on everything about cruising and provides informative videos for accessibility on and off-board while cruising. To get the most out of your vacation, preparation is imperative when cruising with a disability, and watching vlogs of this sort is a massive help.
Cruise Radio has made it onto the list of both our favorite cruise blogs and now, one of our fav cruise vlogs. Their YouTube channel consists of over 26,000 subscribers and over 4 million total views on their videos. Since launching the website in 2009, founder Doug Parker has created exceptional content, whether that’s on the website, podcast or video. Their ship tours are well done, informative and interesting.
Jason Leppert, the genius behind Popular Cruising, produces in-depth cruise reviews and tour views. He acquired his passion for cruising from his parents when he was just 2 years old, and after 130 sailings, I don’t think there’s stopping Jason from embarking. You’ll definitely love his behind-the-scenes cruise explorations, previews on upcoming ships and shoreside excursions.
Founded by two brothers who are passionate about cruising –Ben Souza and Jonathan Mark. These siblings made sure that their viewers are not just obtaining tips, reviews, and ship information — they keep their followers posted on the latest trends and news in the cruising industry. Their youtube channel has over 40,000 subscribers and about 17,000,000 views.
Paul and Carole Love to Travel
Paul and Carole have travelled to over 40 countries, tried different kinds of accommodations, and have been to 19 cruises. Now they want to give back to the cruising world by offering their honest opinions through their festive vlogs.
Griff and Alyssa
A lovely couple who adores cruising shares their adventures and provides informative videos with fantastic cinematography. Their content is perfect for cruise veterans and new cruisers alike who are looking for reliable information about their next travel.
Jim has been running his own youtube channel since 2006 and has attained almost 300,000,000 views. People love him, he is an enjoyable person to watch with videos that offer varieties of fun – from cruising, trains, American Cocker Spaniel dogs to expensive toys.
La Lido Loca
Started uploading videos on youtube April of 2017, and they haven’t stopped since. In their lively vlogs, they generously share practical tips and realities of cruising that can help anyone in making informed decisions for their next cruise. To help out the cruising community, they created a Facebook community called La Lido Loca Community to help answer questions about cruising and provide a platform for wonderful travelling stories to be shared on.
Travel, Sleep, Repeat –that is Josh’s mantra. Though he seems laid back, he creates videos with thrilling cruise contents that transports viewers right at the very deck of each featured ship. If you are interested in the Carnival, you’ll love him more because a lot of the videos in his channel features the Carnival. His 3.8 million viewers are enough testament that he produces one of the best cruise vlogs out there.
Since July of 2013, Jay and his wife Dee have been uploading content on youtube, which now has 685 videos and almost 2.8 million views. Besides the undeniable fact that they provide cruise tips, reviews, and tours of different cruise lines, what sets them apart is their amusing parody songs and cover tunes.
An absolute must-watch vlog for families who enjoy cruising together. EECC Travels is composed of Alisa and Jason (Couple) and three sons. They make travelling as a family doable, especially for those who have children and haven’t tried cruising. You can check out their channel and be ready to be inspired to travel with the whole fam.
Trev and Chels
Viewers absolutely love this young couple on their travels, with the traction of over 56 million views, there’s a reason why cruisers are captivated by them. They create videos with superb editing and perfect voice-overs that feature their cruise experiences vividly, and it is keeping people hooked.
Equipped with the current news, cruise ship tours, and topics from around the world of cruising in a fun and unique format. Hosted by Chris Cardona, with 19 years of working in the cruise industry, his channel is a gem for anyone who’s planning to go on a cruise.
Before you start your vlog-watching spree…
Going on a cruise can be intimidating with all the preparation, booking, parking, finding the right ports, and so on and on, but these vloggers manage to contribute to the cruising industry by featuring and creating content that will genuinely make the process a bit uncomplicated. But hey! It’s all worth it, so I hope you’ll enjoy watching 19 of the best cruise vlogs.
And, don’t forget to check out our Top Cruise Blogs post too!
Last updated on August 27th, 2020 at 02:31 am
As the end of 2016 is within sight and the dawn of 2017 almost upon us, let’s take a look back at what made headlines this year in the cruise world.
Cruises to Cuba
This was a big one. After political relations with Cuba were restored by President Obama, this paved the way for US-based cruise companies to start looking at Cuba as the next major cruise destination. The changes didn’t come without hurdles and quirks, but the first ship arrived in Havana, Cuba on May 2, 2016. Since that time, many other cruise lines have begun to plan itineraries to Cuba.
Carnival, Royal Caribbean, MSC, Viking Ocean Cruises and a host of other companies introduced new ships in 2016. Bigger, bolder, more entertainment, more food, more technology – with each year that passes cruise lines are looking for new and innovative ways to cater to existing cruisers, while appealing to first-time cruisers. Here are just a few of the new ships that entered service in 2016.
New/Updated Cruise Terminals
The following ports made significant investments into new or upgraded cruise terminals in order to handle increased passenger flow. With newer, bigger ships coming into service each year this has caused an increase in demand for larger terminal facilities.
Last updated on January 5th, 2018 at 03:40 pm
This weekend – six long months and $35 million dollars later – Port Canaveral will finally reopen its new and improved Cruise Terminal 10.
The renovation project included expanding the size of the two-story terminal from 97,048 square feet to 125,824 square feet. By doing this, the terminal is now able to handle much larger ships. While it could previously only handle ships carrying up to 3,600 passengers, it can now handle ships with a carrying capacity of up to 5,500 passengers.
Here is a breakdown of some of the major renovations included in the overall $35 million project:
- $25.69 million was spent on the actual terminal updates. One of these updates was expanding the lower area of the ship where baggage processing occurs. This area increased from 42,799 square feet to 64,396 square feet. Another update occurred in the upstairs area where passengers check in. This space increased from 54,249 square feet to 61,428 square feet.
- $4.48 million was spent on mobile passenger boarding bridges. The new mobile bridge systems will provide increased flexibility compared to the previous systems which were considered to be much more fixed. These new systems will come in handy when being used for ships with various heights and door locations.
- $1.79 million was spent on strengthening the pier. By updating the pier to carbon fiber reinforced polymer technology, the life and structural capacity of the pier was extended substantially.
These Cruise Terminal 10 renovations were just some of the several upgrades that Port Canaveral saw this year: It also underwent a $48.38 million renovation at Cruise Terminal 5 and its parking garage, passenger boarding bridges, and pier; and a $2.3 million project at Cruise Terminal 8.
While these upgrades require a ton of time, money, and effort, they help to delay the need for Port Canaveral to build an entirely new terminal which would require a lot more time and effort and could cost upwards of $100 million.
This Saturday will be the exciting debut of the renovated Cruise Terminal 10.
On Port Canaveral’s north side, the terminal will be used by Norwegian Cruise Line. Included here will be the Norwegian Epic, which will sail from Port Canaveral for the next two fall and winter seasons, as well as the Norwegian Breakaway, which makes port-of-call stops here.
According to John Murray, Port Canaveral’s Chief Executive Officer, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas – the third-largest cruise ship in the world – is also scheduled to sail from Port Canaveral with about 6,400 passengers on board.
“We’ve got a big ship with a lot of folks that are interested in sailing here,” Murray told the port commissioners.
Just within the first two weeks of November, Port Canaveral saw 35 cruise ships making inbound and outbound turns within the port.
“That, I think, is a record for the port,” Murray exclaimed. “We’ve had a very, very exciting three to four weeks here in the port.”
Last updated on January 5th, 2018 at 03:40 pm
It’s a busy weekend for Port Canaveral, as it welcomes two new cruise ships to its lineup: the Norwegian Epic and the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas.
The addition of these new cruise ships will be celebrated with consecutive community gatherings in Jetty Park on Saturday and Sunday. Both celebrations will be held from 3:00pm to 6:00pm, and free admission to the park will begin at 2:00pm both days. There will be plenty of entertainment and giveaways, and in return, the public is asked to bring at least one non-perishable food item as a donation to the Sharing Center of Central Brevard.
In addition to these celebrations, there will also be an invite-only traditional maritime ceremony aboard each ship.
“I think it’s a very exciting time for Port Canaveral, and shows our commitment to the cruise business,” expressed Port Canaveral Chief Executive Officer, John Murray.”
The Norwegian Epic has a passenger capacity of 4,100, and it will be based at Port Canaveral for the next two fall/winter sailing seasons. This ship is actually replacing the much smaller and older Norwegian Spirit at Port Canaveral. The Spirit was at Port Canaveral in 2015 and only carried 2,018 passengers.
The Epic will be at Port Canaveral’s newest terminal, Cruise Terminal 1, on Saturday – arriving at 5:15am and departing at 4:30pm – and will then move to the newly renovated Cruise Terminal 10 following this weekend.
Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line President and Chief Executive Officer, referred to the Norwegian Epic as one of Norwegian Cruise Line’s “largest and most awarded ships.” He stated that the Epic “revolutionized the cruise industry when she debuted in 2010,” and with its recent large-scale renovations, it will offer “a variety of itineraries varying in length and ports of call.”
“We think this will be a recipe for success, and we look forward to having her in Port Canaveral in 2017 and 2018.” said Stuart.
The Oasis of the Seas actually made its debut at Port Canaveral last Saturday. This weekend, the ship will be arriving at Port Canaveral on Sunday at 6:00am and will be departing at 4:30pm (Cruise Terminal 1). Royal Caribbean has committed this colossal 6,360-passenger ship to Port Canaveral year-round for at least the next two years.
Both the Norwegian Epic and the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas are two of the world’s 10 largest cruise ships, and Port Canaveral is lucky enough to experience them both for the next few years.
Last updated on February 25th, 2020 at 12:26 pm
In July of 2015 Carnival Cruise Lines announced plans to offer trips from Miami, FL to Cuba. However, this announcement came on the toes of contingency—Cuba had to first approve the company’s bid for this inaugural voyage. While barriers over decades-long embargoes between the US and Cuba have seemingly been washing away since 2014, the approval would still not be an easy task.
UPDATE – April 30, 2016 – First cruise to Cuba in over 50 years is getting ready to sail! Read the full article here.
Cuba has had concerns over open travel between the two countries for quite some time, as Miami is a haven for illegal emigration from Cuba to the United States. The high population of Cubans in Miami has even led to slower sales of tickets than expected from the immediate area, however, sales across the whole of the United States will likely overcome this.
In addition to Cuban-citizen travel, Cuba had to evaluate its ports and the ability for cruise ships such as Carnival’s Fathom Cruise lines to safely dock. Lastly, the Cuban infrastructure is of concern regarding the needed accommodations for the high volume of expected US travelers who have been eager to experience Cuba for the first time. While the embargo still exists, cruise ships and passengers will fall under an exception to the embargo for “people to people” travel.
On March 21, 2016, the much anticipated meeting between US President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro culminated in the historic announcement that Cuban authorities representing Havanatur Celimar, and other agencies, approved Carnival’s bid for travel from Miami to Cuba. Carnival, in anticipation of the announcement already had tickets on sale for the trip. The voyage will be operated by Carnival’s Fathom brand and take place on its Adonia vessel. This is the first time during the six-decade embargo that a cruise ship has operated from Miami to the island nation of Cuba. The approval for travel also shows the growing interest by Americans to explore the neighboring island, and for the two countries to once again open borders to each other.
In April of 2016, the Adonia will be assigned to Carnival’s Fathom brand which focuses on unique vacations for travelers who want to work alongside local communities in a more volunteer-style approach to vacationing. The intent of the Adonia is to provide a positive experience to travelers wanting to contribute to a positive social-impact on the communities they visit. Once assigned, the Adonia will be the smallest of Fathom’s seven ships holding just over 700 passengers. The small ship size was designed to impart camaraderie among passengers, and is ideal for the Fathom brand of building positive social community. Adonia is a luxurious ship, boasting wood-style paneling, grand staircase, and the elegance expected among top-tier cruise lines.
While travel agents have been concerned about selling tickets as still awaiting Cuba’s approval, the announcement will certainly bring forward a boon of excitement among travelers and ticket sales. It is also expected that Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings will be given approval for travel from the US to Cuba within a matter of days. However, neither cruise line will offer travel prior to Carnival’s Adonia voyage in May.
The Adonia will provide seven-night bi-weekly trips from Miami to Cuba with berthing approval in Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba. Fairs aboard the Adonia will begin at $1800 per person. Cuban Visas, taxes, additional fees and port expenses will be the responsibility of the traveler.
Last updated on September 10th, 2021 at 03:42 pm
Now that we’re getting settled into 2016, it’s time to take a look back at 2015 and see what posts generated the most interest on Cruise Port Advisor during the year.
A little background on this story if you don’t follow the news. After about 50 years of Cuba closing it’s doors to the United States, it was announced that diplomatic relations had been restored. Within days, speculation started to swirl that Americans would soon be able to visit this island nation just 100 miles from Key West Florida.
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Last updated on September 10th, 2021 at 03:40 pm
The first cruise to Cuba from Miami arrived in Cuba in May 2016 – Read more here.
Cruise Port Advisor has put together this helpful Travel Guide to Havana Cuba to help in planning your trip to this wonderful island nation.
**Recent updates – Cruises to Cuba**
UPDATE – June 5, 2019 – The USA now restricts cruises to Cuba. Read More
UPDATE – July 29, 2016 – Royal Caribbean cruises to Cuba on hold – Read More
UPDATE – April 30, 2016 – First cruise to Cuba in over 50 years is getting ready to sail! Read the full article here.
UPDATE – April 22, 2016 – Cuban-American passengers cleared for travel via cruise ships. Read the full article here
UPDATE – April 18, 2016 – Carnival may delay sailings to Cuba because of recent Cuban rules that will try to stop Cuban-American passengers from taking cruises on the new Fathom line.
UPDATE – March 2016 – Cuba Officials Have Approved Carnival’s Bid!
Carnival Cruise lines has announced plans to offer cruises to Cuba from Miami starting in 2016! Earlier this week it was announced that MSC cruises was also offering cruises to Cuba. Carnival will be offering cruises departing Miami on a 7 day “people to people” cruise which emphasizes social impact through a newly established Carnival brand called “fathom.”
The Fathom concept was announced in June, and offers cruises that allow vacationers to experience a cruise while at the same time, making an impact in underdeveloped countries through service projects that are arranged by fathom.
Carnival has already received approvals from the United States government for these unique vacations and are currently waiting on Cuban authorities to approve the plans.
Fathom cruises are offered through a single ship in the Carnival fleet; The Adonia, which is a 710 passenger ship that’s been sailing with Carnival brand P&O cruises and with Princess cruise lines since the parent company acquired it in 2006.
Traveling on a social impact vacation like fathom plans to offer doesn’t come cheap. 7 night cruises will start at just under $3000USD per person.
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Last updated on February 25th, 2020 at 01:07 pm
UPDATE: Read our full post on Cruise Line Policies regarding bringing bottled water, soda and wine onboard.
Carnival announced today that effective July 9, 2015, passengers will no longer be allowed to carry on their own plastic-bottled beverages.
Why? Too many passengers are trying to smuggle alcohol on board, disguising it as bottled water or soda.
According to USA Today, bottled water will still be available at a discounted price – a 12 pack for 2.99 if purchased before sailing and $4.99 onboard.
Beverages in unopened cans or cartons, such as juice boxes, will still be permitted (maximum 12), but must be carried on and not as part of checked luggage.
Passengers may still carry on a single bottle of wine or champagne.
Last updated on January 5th, 2018 at 03:40 pm
Take a stroll on the Downtown LA Art Walk, a popular Los Angeles attraction that takes place every 2nd Thursday of the month, and learn what the LA art world is all about. The event goes from 12pm-10pm (Specific times vary by gallery), and features various exhibitions in local galleries, along with surrounding activities taking place at neighboring venues. The exciting part of this event is the diverse groups of people who walk the streets from sun up to sun down, mingling and admiring the local talent together.
This month’s Art Walk will take place on Thursday, November 13th. Some of the must see Art Shows include “Streetscapes: Downtown Los Angeles,” showing at the Blackstone Gallery, and the photographic exhibit “Pool,” showing at the Carol Cirillo Stanley Studio Gallery. You may also want to check out the live painting that will take place in front of the Downtown Art Mart by Haider Ali, a talented Pakistani truck artist.
Art Walk LA also features an intimate art lounge, where other exciting events will be held, including an art show from the featured artist. This month’s featured artist is Alex Schaefer. Also, in honor of Latino Heritage month, there will be activities and giveaways held in the lounge celebrating Latino contributions in our society.
So, if you happen to find yourself in LA on the November 13th, make it a point to take a trip to downtown LA, because needless to say, it will be a sight to see. Walk, eat, socialize, and admire! Maybe even buy? If you are into a relaxing yet eventful social environment, then this is the event for you!
Detailed location/time information can be found at www.downtownartwalk.org.
Last updated on September 10th, 2021 at 03:24 pm
This fall, Royal Caribbean launches what will be the world’s third largest cruise ship, the Quantum of the Seas. This will be Royal Caribbean’s twenty-second ship, and the first of their “Quantum class.” The cruise industry, as well as regular cruise passengers, have waited anxiously for this ship as it introduces some of the most advanced technology at sea. Following are some of the unique features you’ll find if you’re lucky enough to cruise on this exciting new ship:
10 Minute Check-In??
Let’s start with their SMART Check-in; we all hate waiting with thousands of other people in the cruise terminal. Admit it, when you book a cruise, you want it to be all about you. Well, SMART Check-In helps with that as you can do most of your pre-boarding paperwork online. Check-in online, board the ship, tap your barcode and swipe your passport, and you’re golden! Ten-minutes from sidewalk to ship! “Well,” you say, “I’m on the ship, but my luggage is hopelessly lost.” Good thing they also offer the Royal iQ app where you can track your luggage as it moves from the sidewalk, to the ship, to your stateroom. Yup, I’ll be waiting in the bar to be notified when my luggage arrives.
What to do, what to do?
Now that you’re onboard, what’s there to do? Really? I can see that you’re going to be difficult, so here goes; we’ll start with indoor skydiving. Yes, you heard me, indoor skydiving! Royal Caribbean has partnered with RipCord by iFly® to create this adrenaline filled, flying-but-not-flying experience. Feel like clowning around?
At SeaPlex SM you can go to Circus School, go roller skating or hop in a bumper car and purposely drive into other things (don’t worry, the captain didn’t train here). Still need a bit more excitement? Step into North Star SM. After boarding this jewel-shaped capsule, you’ll be elevated to 300 feet above sea-level for spectacular 360-degree views of the ship, the ocean, and even incredible views of the ports you’ll call on.
The Bartender is Bionic
I don’t know about you, but after all this excitement I’m going to need a drink! I think I’ll wander up to the Bionic Bar. Order a drink here and be entertained by simply watching it being made. No, you haven’t had too much to drink (well, I don’t think so anyway), those are robotic arms preparing your drink. I’m not sure how good of a listener it is but, hopefully, you won’t have any troubles to share with this bartender.
Robots aren’t just employed for their bartending skills here, they’re also entertainers. Head over to Two70 for a drink where, during the day, you’ll find incredible views of the vast ocean and colorful ports, and, at night, well, you have to see it to believe it. Featuring the awe‑inspiring Vistarama, and dancing Roboscreens® which are as much a part of the show as the performers, this venue offers the most complex and technologically advanced video projection entertainment system at sea.
Finally, with eighteen restaurants, no set dining times, and no required formal nights, you’ll have flexibility in dining throughout your cruise. From casual dining to fancy-shmancy, you’ll enjoy lots of choices.
The ship was built in Papenburg, Germany and will make its trans-Atlantic voyage on November 2. Following that, it will be christened in Bayonne, New Jersey by godmother Kristin Chenoweth . Head to Royal Caribbean to find out more or to book your cruise.