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Planning a cruise can be daunting, and if you're not careful, you can pick a line that's not well suited to your needs.

Whether you're a seasoned sea dog or new to the world of cruising, we'll help you compare Norwegian vs. Royal Caribbean in the most important areas -- dining, cabins, onboard activities and price -- to help you make a better decision about which of these two top cruise lines is right for you.

NCL and Royal Caribbean team up for joint health panel task force

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announced on Monday a collaboration to create a panel to create COVID-19 protocols.

The "Healthy Sail Panel" has a mission of developing recommendations for cruise lines to advance their public health response to COVID-19, improve safety and prepare to safely resume operations.

The co-chairs of the panel are Gov. Mike Leavitt and Dr. Scott Gottlieb. 

Leavitt is former secretary of the US Department Health and Human Services and Gottlieb is former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration.

Norwegian cancels 2020 Alaska cruise season

Norwegian Cruise Line announced on Tuesday it was cancelling all of its 2020 Alaska cruises.

In an email to travel agents, Norwegian cited both the impact of COVID-19, as well as port restrictions as why it was forced to cancel all of its Alaska cruises.

While we remained hopeful that we would resume our Seattle-based Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Joy Alaska sailings in September 2020, today's suspension includes the following cruises.

Cancelled sailings include:

Norwegian Joy

Wall Street analyst thinks cruise recovery is many years away

Wall Street analyst Chris Woronka of Deutsche Bank wrote a note that predicts in the long run cruise lines will recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, but it will take many years to accomplish.

While he does not see the cruise line stocks of Carnival, Norwegian or Royal Caribbean being low enough to buy right now, in the long term Woronka sees these stocks recovering after getting torpedoed by the COVID-19 panic.

Norwegian cancels August and September cruises due to Coronavirus

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announced today it has cancelled all of its sailings through August 30th, 2020 and select cruises in September and October.

The announcement effects Norwegian, Oceania and Regent cruise lines.

Today's announcement includes:

NCL releases new anti-coronavirus health program for guests

Norwegian Cruise Line published its six-point Peace of Mind health program that aims to take every precaution to keep guests safe from COVID-19.

The cruise line says these rules "just the start of a wave of new technologies and enhancements" that will be rolling out.

The full list of health protocols are available to view, and fall under six major categories:

Norwegian Cruise Line cancels all cruises through end of July 2020

Norwegian Cruise Line announced on Wednesday it has extended its global cruise suspension and cancelled all of its sailings through July 31, 2020.

Guests who had an active reservation on one of the suspended cruises have automatically received a 125% or 150% refund of their cruise fare in the form of a Future Cruise Credit which can be applied towards any Norwegian Cruise Line voyage through December 31, 2022.

Norwegian Cruise Line extends ability to cancel cruises up to 48 hours before a cruise through November 2020

Norwegian Cruise Line has extended its Peace of Mind policy, that allows guests to cancel a cruise in exchange for a future cruise credit.

The Peace of Mind policy is extended through at least November 30, 2020.

If a guests chooses to take advantage of this policy, they can receive either a full refund or a future cruise credit (FCC) to be used on any new sailing through December 31, 2020. 

NCL also announced a new 20% discount on all sailings from October 2020 through December 2022 when a guest uses their FCC. This discount is good through May 31, 2020.

Norwegian Cruise Line will resume sailings with five ships when sailings start back up

When Norwegian Cruise Line resumes sailings, it will probably begin with five ships at a time, and take around five to six months before fleet is operational.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. provided its plan as part of its first quarter 2020 earnings report to shareholders.

NCLH CEO Frank Del Rio explained the phased approach to resume cruises, beginning with up to six months to resume fleetwide operations across all 28 of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings' ships.

NCLH operates Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Norwegian Cruise line opens new bookings into 2023

Norwegian Cruise Line opened bookings for new sailings that extend into 2023.

Norwegian announced guests can begin booking cruises in 2021 through 2023, with voyages to over 20 new destinations across all seven continents.

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