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Cruise Ship Restart News: Week of August 16, 2021

The test cruises and ship debuts are slowing down as the summer winds down, but cruise fans still have cause for return-to-cruise celebrations across the country this week. Carnival and Royal Caribbean are the headline-makers with launches and simulated voyages.

Get all the details about ship launches and simulated voyages with Cruise.blog’s master list of test cruises and 2021 debut sailings.

Cruise Ship Restart News: Week of August 9, 2021

It’s a good week for cruise fans with lots of ships returning to cruising out of Florida, Texas, and Washington. We’ve got the news on restarts and test cruises, as well as all the latest policy and itinerary updates.

Get all the details about ship launches and simulated voyages with Cruise.blog’s master list of test cruises and 2021 debut sailings.

More cruise lines are now requiring a Covid-19 test to sail

If you want to hop on a cruise ship soon, add a negative Covid-19 test to your pre-cruise list of things to do.

Princess Cruises and Holland America Line became the latest cruise lines to require its passengers to get a negative Covid-19 test, in addition to new mask requirements.

Texas joins Florida lawsuit against the CDC’s Conditional Sail Order for cruises

It’s now two against one in the fight to free the cruise industry from the CDC’s control. 

Cruise Ship Restart News: Week of August 2, 2021

This Hot Cruise Summer has hit its midpoint, and more and more cruise ships are returning to service. Read on for this week’s cruise ship restart and test cruise news. Is your favorite ship finally sailing the ocean blue?

Get all the details about ship launches and simulated voyages with Cruise.blog’s master list of test cruises and 2021 debut sailings.

Cruise Ship Restart News: Week of July 26, 2021

Cruises are setting sail from multiple U.S. homeports, and we want you to stay up to date on all the latest cruise happenings. Here, we take a look at which ships are running simulated voyages or returning to cruise the week of July 26, 2021.

Find out when your favorite ship is setting sail with Cruise.blog’s master list of test cruises and 2021 debut sailings.

Cruise Ship Restart News: Week of July 19, 2021

Struggling to keep track of which cruise ships are returning to service and when? We are, too.  To help keep you updated on test cruises, ship relaunches from U.S. homeports, and other news related to the return to cruising, we’ll be providing weekly updates of key dates and information cruise fans need to know.

Find out when your favorite ship is setting sail with Cruise.blog’s master list of test cruises and 2021 debut sailings.

Got two different Covid vaccines? Cruise lines might not let you sail

Cruise lines are getting more specific about which types of vaccines qualify guests to sail as vaccinated passengers. Several lines have added wording to their fine print saying that mixed-type vaccines do not qualify, which could prevent booked cruisers from sailing on ships designated for vaccinated travelers only.

Dig through the health and safety protocols sections of Carnival, Holland America, Norwegian and Princess Cruises’ websites, and you’ll find language to this effect:

For first time in two years, a large cruise ship has sailed to Alaska

The cruise industry and representatives of Alaska gave a warm welcome to the first large cruise ship to visit an Alaskan port since 2019.

Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas stopped in Ketchikan on Friday, where U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, Alaska Lieutenant Governor Kevin Meyer, and City of Ketchikan Mayor Bob Sivertsen championed her arrival.

Ever since the global health crisis shutdown cruises, Alaska has been without one of its primary sources of economic revenue.

First test cruise sails as CDC control over cruises sits in limbo

Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas returns to Florida today after its first test cruise – part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) requirements to return to cruising from the U.S. – just days after Florida was granted an injunction against the Conditional Sail Order (CSO) that mandated the simulated voyage in the first place.

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