Cruise Critic's Managing Editor Chris Gray Faust is bringing us into the new year with a new weekly video series. She discusses the details of some exciting new cruise ships on the horizon, and addresses everyone's biggest question: When are we going to get onboard?
"Hello cruisers! Welcome to the first cruise news video update of 2021. I'm Chris Gray Faust, Cruise Critic's Managing Editor, bringing you into the new year with this new weekly series.
Onboard Crystal Cruises' Crystal Endeavor in the Caribbean
Cruising Saudi Arabia aboard Scenic Eclipse
Our Favorite Things Aboard Viking Venus
Regent Seven Seas Splendor Returns to the Seas
Silversea's New S.A.L.T. Program
Wonder of the Seas Construction Update: Sea Trials
NCL's Restart: What It's Like On The First Norwegian Cruise Ship Back in 16 Months
Cruise Critic and JJ Cruise : Our Experience Onboard Celebrity Edge (June 2021)
Here's What It's Like Onboard the First Large Cruise Ship to Alaska in 21 Months
LIVE Q&A: Cruise Critic and Emma Cruises Chat About All Things Cruise
Our Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Experience: March 2020 vs. July 2021
Cruise Executives Wish Cruise Critic a Happy 25th Anniversary
Freedom of the Seas: What's It Like Onboard a Test Cruise? (Cruise Critic & Royal Caribbean Blog
Q&A with Celebrity Cruises' Captain Kate McCue (2021)
Back on Celebrity Silhouette: Here's What It's Like On One Of Our Favorite Ships 15 Months Later
Freedom Of The Seas Resumes Sailing With New Rules
Cruise Critic | EatSleepCruise: What's It Like Onboard Celebrity Edge?
‘Top Chef’ Winner Kristen Kish Joins Holland America Line’s Award-winning Culinary Council
Celebrity Apex -- Video Tour of The Magic Carpet
Q&A: Cruisers and Crew Chat About The Joy of Cruising's Return
Celebrity Apex -- Eden
Celebrity Apex -- The Retreat
Celebrity Apex -- Video Tour of the Infinite Veranda Cabin
Q&A with Celebrity Apex's Cruise Director
Celebrity Apex -- Pools & Resort Deck
Celebrity Apex -- Embarkation Process (2021)
Live From Adventure of the Seas: What's the Same, What's Different and What's Better?
Here's What We Packed For Our Royal Caribbean Cruise (June 2021)
Celebrity to Restart from U.S. Homeport, PLUS Royal Caribbean Given Green Light for Test Cruises!
LIVE From MSC Virtuosa! Embarkation, the Buffet, COVID Protocols and MORE!
CRUISE NEWS Countdown! This Week's Top 5 Stories
NEWS: CDC Loosens Mask Restrictions; Norwegian Reveals NEW Ship Class
NEWS: What Does the Latest CDC Guidance Mean? We Explain, Cruisers & Cruise Lines React
Alaska 2021: Inside Passage Businesses Talk About A Devastating Season Without Cruise Tourists
CRUISE NEWS: Two Brand-New Cruise Ships From Disney And Celebrity Revealed, See Photos!
BREAKING NEWS: CDC Says Cruises From the U.S. Could Start by "Mid-July"
CRUISE NEWS: Two States Sue CDC Over Cruise Restart, New MSC Virtuosa Photos & More
CRUISE NEWS: The CDC Battle Over Cruise Continues!
NEWS: Norwegian Makes HUGE Waves with Restart Plans (Bonus! Live From an Alaska Cruise)
Where Can You Cruise To -- And From -- In Summer 2021?
Odyssey of the Seas -- From Steel Cutting to Delivery 2021
CRUISE NEWS: The CDC's Silence And Where Vaccinated Passengers Can Sail in 2021 -- VIDEO
BONUS NEWS! Royal Caribbean, Celebrity to Resume Cruising in June
BREAKING: A Big Cruise Line Says Guests Need the Jab, Another Announces U.K. Return
NEWS: This Cruise Line is Returning to Cruise SOON!
Odyssey of the Seas' Debut in Israel, and Where Royal Caribbean Might Restart Next
Video Of Odyssey Of The Seas Conveyance March 2021
Cruise Restart, Rising Cruise Prices & The Vaccine's Impact On Bookings (Video)
Exciting Disney Cruise News, More Vaccine Mandates & MSC Seashore Sneak Peek (VIDEO)
Why Lines Aren't Canceling Alaska Cruises, Robot News and More
The biggest news that happened over the holidays is that Carnival Cruise Line took delivery of their newest ship Mardi Gras.
Guys this is going to be one of the coolest ships of 2021 and i'm going to tell you why.
First, the ship has a roller coaster on board -- I mean, nobody's done that before. I think that's gonna be super cool as you're like, going around over the top deck and looking down below. It's just gonna have great views, you know, while you're screaming your head off. It should be a lot of fun. I would avoid the cocktails before going on though first.
Mardi Gras will also have a ton of new restaurants on board, including Emeril Lagasse's first restaurant at sea, and also a restaurant that specializes solely in chicken sandwiches -- and these chicken sandwiches kind of have the stamp of approval from Shaq, who is Carnival's Fun Ambassador. I think they're going to be good.
Check out our story on Cruise Crtitic for photos of the new spaces on the new ship.
In the luxury segment, Viking took a big step forward recently by taking delivery of their first expedition ship, Viking Octantis. Now expedition cruising, where you get to visit places like the Arctic and the Antarctic -- places really far away and remote -- is kind of on a boom right now. And Viking is going to be a trendsetter with their ships; they always have been, so we're really excited to see what they come up with here.
Now the big question we all want to know, of course, it's on everyone's mind is: When are we going to get onboard? Is it going to be soon, later in the year?
Unfortunately we don't know the answer to that question yet. Most of the lines right now have pushed their start dates back until the end of March 2021.
Our personal hunch is kind of that you're not going to see widespread cruising in the United States until everyone gets vaccinated. But stay tuned! We're updating our stories every day.
You can keep up to date with what's going on in cruising by clicking the news button on CruiseCritic.com, or you can also click the link in the YouTube description below.
Until next week, everyone: Happy sailing and welcome to 2021!"