Valentine’s Day special: We share our love story.
This week we have Valentine’s Day special episode for you. What is better than a love story for Valentine’s Day? We’ve talked briefly about our love story and how we met in previous episodes, but in this special Valentine’s Day episode we go all the way back to when we first met. It’s a romantic story many of our listeners have asked for. We also spend a few minutes covering the week’s cruise news, and then tell our own love story of how we met. If you’re just interested in cruise news for the week, you’ll find we cover the topics quickly in the first minutes. Alternatively, you can read summaries of the stories below.
In cruise news we had good and bad news from MSC Cruises. First the bad news, MSC Cruises announced today a further extension of the temporary pause of its US-based sailings through to and including April 30, 2021. The decision will affect the schedules of three ships based in Florida: MSC Divina scheduled to sail from Port Canaveral, and MSC Meraviglia and MSC Armonia scheduled to sail from PortMiami.
Now the good news (at least for Greece), MSC Cruises announced that the Company is working closely with the Greek Ministry of Tourism, and other relevant authorities, on reopening local tourism services to resume serving cruise passengers visiting Greece, starting with the upcoming Easter holiday period.
In Princess Cruises news, Princess announced a surprise decision.
For the first time ever, sports fans will have the opportunity to wager on sports from the comfort of their cruise ship. Princess Cruises today unveiled Ocean® Sportsbook, a new, real-time sports wagering option onboard its MedallionClass ships, giving guests the opportunity to bet on major sports competitions like professional* and college football, basketball, baseball and hockey as well as a wide variety of other exciting domestic and international events.
When the ship is in international waters, or wherever permitted by law, guests can use the MedallionClass app to wager on a host of major sports competitions, as well as place prop bets during live events taking place during their cruise. Guests also will have the opportunity to place bets on future competitions that occur well after their voyage.
The big news this week came with the Government of Canada announcement. In a shocking move Canada announced a year long ban of cruise ships. This move could potentially wipe out the 2021 Alaska cruise season, and pile on to an already devastated cruise industry. Great Lakes and Canadian Arctic expedition cruises are also impacted. As grim as this sounds, there is a small ray of hope. The minster of transport has said should the COVID-19 pandemic sufficiently improve to allow the resumption of these activities, there is the possibly of rescinding the interim orders.
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