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The Latest Cruise News Roundup for the week of March 1st 2021

Royal Caribbean brings Texas sized smiles to Galveston

We’ve got the latest cruise news from Royal Caribbean Group, MSC Cruises, Virgin Voyages, and more. There’s lots happening in cruise news this week, and some really big news for Royal Caribbean fans living in Texas. The cruise line will set a bold tone for the season, breaking its own Texas-sized record with one of the world’s largest ships homeporting in Galveston for the first time ever, starting in November 2022. The adventure-filled Allure of the Seas will spend the season sailing 7-night Western Caribbean itineraries from Royal Caribbean’s new state-of-the-art cruise terminal, which will begin construction in April and is set to open in fall 2022

Royal Caribbean Winter Redeployment Allure of the Seas

Royal Caribbean offers roundtrips from Haifa, Israel

Great cruise news for Royal Caribbean fans living in Israel. Israeli holiday makers will set a new course for adventure this summer when Royal Caribbean International begins sailing from Israel for the first time in May. The global cruise line will offer Israelis a combination of 3- to 7-night escapes visiting the Greek Isles and Cyprus on board its highly anticipated, brand-new ship, Odyssey of the Seas. The new sailings will go on sale on Tuesday, March 9.

The itineraries, roundtrip from Haifa, Israel, will include visits to idyllic isles and destinations in the Mediterranean, including Rhodes, Santorini, Mykonos and Athens, Greece and Limassol, Cyprus.

We’ve the results from a much anticipated study. Royal Caribbean Group, In Collaboration With The University Of Nebraska Medical Center And The National Strategic Research Institute, Independent study by University of Nebraska Medical Center and the National Strategic Research Institute on board one of the world’s largest cruise ships examines air flow, and movement of particulate matter Release Study On Cruise HVAC System. The results of the study are good news, so you’ll want to tune in to hear that.

  • Scientists found that the risk associated with transmission of airborne particles between spaces, through the HVAC system, is exceptionally low and undetectable both in the air and on surfaces
  • This study is part of broader recommendations put forth by the Healthy Sail Panel, a group of industry-leading public health experts, to ensure a healthy and safe global return to sailing

The Alaska news we’ve been waiting to hear

This summer Holland America Line and Princess Cruises offer many ways for travelers to experience Alaska through Gray Line Alaska, Princess Alaska Lodges and Holland America Line’s Westmark Hotels, giving travelers a combination of tours, lodging and sightseeing options on land.

Alaska Princess Cruises Denali Mountain
  • Escorted and Explorer tours 
    • Variations between Kenai, Anchorage, Denali and Fairbanks are available. 
    • Escorted tours include a tour director and range from six to seven nights. 
    • Explorer tours do not include a tour director, but helpful staff members are available along the way. Tours range from five to six nights.  
    • Rail travel on GoldStar service on Alaska Railroad rail cars. 
    • Most meals and some sightseeing included. 
  • Denali Rail tours  
    • Trip variations range from one to six nights with up to four nights at Denali National Park. 
    • Options include travel by rail or a combination of rail and deluxe motor coach. Rail travel is hosted in Adventure Class on Alaska Railroad rail cars with the option to upgrade to GoldStar.   
    • Tour choices include round trip from Anchorage to Denali, Anchorage to Denali to Fairbanks, or Fairbanks to Denali to Anchorage. 
    • No meals or sightseeing included. Guests may customize their experience with optional tours. 
  • Hotel only and sightseeing
    • The Westmark Fairbanks Hotel & Conference Center is currently open. Additional properties will open for guests, May 28- September 6, including Holland America Line’s McKinley Chalet Resort at Denali National Park and Preserve and the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodgeoverlooking the world-famous Kenai River. 
    • Portage Glacier Cruises will operate, May 28-September 6. Portage Glacier Cruises will run five daily departures of its one-hour cruise to see the face of Portage Glacier, including one departure at 1:30 p.m. that includes round trip transportation from Anchorage with a stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

Celebrity Eclipse Completes Shipyard Refurbishment 

Many cruise lines have taken the industry shutdown as a prime opportunity to move their vessels to shipyards for refurbishments — many that were going to take place last year or in the near future anyway.

Celebrity Cruises is one of those lines, and has announced that its Solstice-class ship, Celebrity Eclipse, has just emerged from a major refurbishment.

Previously, renovations were scheduled to begin on March 7, 2021, but the continued pause in service allowed the line to move up the project date. The changes were part of the line’s refit program called The Celebrity Revolution, a $500 million modernization project to refresh much of Celebrity’s fleet.

MSC Cruises Introduces Brand New Specialty Dining Concepts On Board MSC Virtuosa

  • New flagship will offer an incredible choice of restaurants and bars offering the very best international cuisines and flavors
  • Two new specialty dining concepts to launch on board MSC Virtuosa – HOLA! Tacos & Cantina and Indochine Restaurant

The Scarlet Lady will now sail for Virgin Voyages on July 1 as the new cruise brand has cancelled sailings through June.

“As we continue to navigate what’s going on in the world, we’ve made the decision to cancel our sailings from May 9th through June 30th, 2021 on Scarlet Lady. If your voyage has been impacted by this, please take a look at the details below so you can choose an offer that works best for you,” the company said, in a post on its website.

Virgin Voyages Proactively Postpones Inaugural Season

Guests can get a 200 percent future cruise credit or a full refund plus, a future cruise credit worth 25 percent of a guest’s existing paid voyage fare to be used on a future sailing.

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