U.S: Major Cruise Lines Finally Back at Sea

U.S: Major Cruise Lines Finally Back at Sea 

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U.S: Major Cruise Lines Finally Back at Sea

U.S: Major Cruise Lines Finally Back at Sea 

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Carnival, Crystal, Royal Caribbean and Seabourn are back on the oceans after watching their respective ships pull away from the docks. 

Carnival
Carnival Cruise Line is once again launching ships with paying passengers from U.S. ports. “The excitement our guests have for Carnival cruising knows no bounds and it’s great to be able to have them enjoy our unique vacation experience,” Carnival's president Christine Duffy said.

Carnival Vista is on a week-long cruise, marking Carnival Cruise Line’s first U.S. cruise since the pandemic halted its operations. While Carnival Horizon began sailing from Port Miami on 4 July, the dream-class Carnival Breeze begins to sail from Galveston on 15 July. Passengers aboard must show proof of vaccination or be pre-approved for an exemption by Carnival. 

Crystal
The Miami-based cruise line celebrated its restart with a series of 16 seven-night, round-trip cruises from Nassau, Bahamas on 3 July. “The launch of these cruises will also drive economic growth to the Bahamas, which, like other destinations around the world, has been negatively affected by the global pandemic,” Crystal’s interim president said.

The itineraries include stops at Harbour Island, Great Exuma, San Salvador Island, and Long Island near the Tropic of Cancer. All travellers must be fully vaccinated at least two weeks before boarding. 

Royal Caribbean
On Friday 2 July, Royal Caribbean International's Freedom of the Seas set off from Miami. Sailing with 93 per cent of the onboard community fully vaccinated, Freedom of the Seas started the first cruise to Perfect Day at CocoCay and Nassau, Bahamas. 

Royal Caribbean also announced it is planning for nine more ships to return through August, including the brand-new Odyssey of the Seas in Florida. In the coming weeks, specific updates of its full fleet around the world will be introduced.  

The company recommended that travellers 16 years of age and older be fully vaccinated. Travellers who fail to show proof of vaccination are required to undergo testing and follow additional health protocols. 

Seabourn
The ultra-luxury cruise line resumed operations on 3 July and made a comeback in Greece. The cruise line welcomed guests back onboard Seabourn Ovation, which departed on a seven-day voyage from Piraeus (Athens), Greece. 

Working closely with the government of Greece, Seabourn is developing plans to restart operations in the Mediterranean with a series of seven-day voyages until October. All passengers are required to be fully vaccinated for Seabourn voyages departing from Greece.