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Live From Alaska: The 2021 Small Ship Cruising Season Begins

VIDEO: CDC's Mask Mandate, Cruise Vaccine News and Canada's Ban on Cruise Ships Through 2022

February 05, 2021

Cruise Critic
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(2 p.m. EST) -- In this week's edition of our video series, "This Week in Cruise News," Cruise Critic's Managing Editor Chris Gray Faust talks about the big news concerning Alaska 2021 cruises, gives an update on the first North America line to require a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine and also what the CDC mask requirement means for cruisers.

In case you missed it, you can also check out last week's video, where UK Managing Editor Adam Coulter reveals the results of a cruiser survey, talks about cruise lines that are vaccinating crew, and details some exciting news from Azamara.


Video Transcript:

Hello cruisers! I'm Chris Gray Faust, Cruise Critic's Managing Editor, with this week's cruise news roundup.

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LIVE: Cruise Critic is Onboard Celebrity Apex -- The Magic Carpet

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Q&A: Cruisers and Crew Chat About The Joy of Cruising's Return

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LIVE: Cruise Critic is Onboard Celebrity Apex -- Eden

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VIDEO: What Does the Latest CDC Guidance Mean? We Explain, Cruisers & Cruise Lines React

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CRUISE NEWS: The CDC Battle Over Cruise Continues!

NEWS: Norwegian Makes HUGE Waves with Restart Plans (Bonus! Live From an Alaska Cruise)

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CRUISE NEWS: Where Can You Cruise To -- And From -- In Summer 2021?

Odyssey of the Seas -- From Steel Cutting to Delivery 2021

Odyssey of the Seas -- From Steel Cutting to Delivery 2021

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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

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

BREAKING: A Big Cruise Line Says Guests Need the Jab, Another Announces U.K. Return

NEWS: This Cruise Line is Returning to Cruise SOON! -- Video

NEWS: This Cruise Line is Returning to Cruise SOON! -- Video

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NEWS: Odyssey of the Seas' Debut in Israel, and Where Royal Caribbean Might Restart Next -- VIDEO

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Why Lines Aren't Canceling Alaska Cruises, Robot News and More (VIDEO)

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CDC Mask Mandate, Cruise Vaccine News and Canada's Cruise Ban Through 2022 (VIDEO)

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Exciting Cruise News From Carnival Corp., Pause Extensions & More (Video)

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Royal Caribbean Odyssey Of The Seas Steel Cutting At Meyer Werft

Royal Caribbean Odyssey Of The Seas Steel Cutting At Meyer Werft

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Silversea Cruises World Cruises 2021

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Virgin Voyages Reveals Suite Design New Cruise Ship

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Celebrity Edge Shipyard Hyperlapse Tour

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Marella Cruises Cast Members Rehearse New Show Debut

Marella Cruises Cast Members Rehearse New Show Debut

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Carnival Cruise Line's "Choose Fun" Commercial

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Sneak Peak At Symphony Of The Seas

Sneak Peak At Symphony Of The Seas

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Spectrum Of The Seas Steel Cutting At Meyer Werft

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Celebrity Silhouette's Conveyance

Celebrity Silhouette's Conveyance

It has been a very busy week for the cruise industry, with lots of news. So make sure you watch until the end so you get all of it.

First, Transport Canada has issued an order banning cruise ships from Canadian waters through February 2022. Yes -- next year. What this means is that almost all cruises to Alaska for this summer -- as well as those that go to New England -- will also have to be canceled.

That's really devastating news for the tourism industry in Alaska and many small Canadian ports in Nova Scotia, and the maritime provinces.

Now, some cruise lines have said that they may run their Alaska land tours instead. Both Princess and Holland America have lodges throughout Alaska, at Denali and other wilderness areas. They also operate a scenic train that runs between many tourist towns. The lines are also asking Transport Canada to reconsider this ban. Nonetheless today's news is heartbreaking for people who planned to cruise Alaska this year, and we will keep you updated on what's going on there.

in other news, American Queen Steamboat Company and its sister company Victory Cruise Lines became the first in North America to mandate a vaccine for both passengers and crew before sailing. This makes sense, given that many people that might sail these lines are older and starting to get vaccines now. The lines also have smaller ships so it's an easier requirement to follow.

Finally, the CDC said this week that its mask mandate on transportation extends to cruise ships and cruise terminals. Cruise lines have already said that masks will likely be a factor when service resumes, but the CDC regulation makes things clearer.

We know that people have a lot of opinions on these issues so make sure to leave a comment below. You can also subscribe to our channel and read more about these stories -- and others ones from the links below, and also at CruiseCritic.com's News button.

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