In "This Week in Cruise News," Cruise Critic's Editor-In-Chief Colleen McDaniel chats about Crystal Cruises' exciting announcement about returning to sailing, and what it might mean for the industry. (Spoiler alert: It's coming soon!) Plus, she looks at positive news coming out of the U.K. regarding cruising's return to England.
If you missed last week's news video, check it out: Cruise Critic Managing Editor Chris Gray Faust dishes on Odyssey of the Seas' debut, which Royal Caribbean says will take place in Israel. Will passengers need to be vaccinated to sail?
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This week marks a somewhat-sobering anniversary: It's been one year since the cruise industry hit the pause button and suspended sailings. And while it's not yet clear when sailing will resume from the United States, we're excited about some positive news from around the cruising world.
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Q&A with Celebrity Cruises' Captain Kate McCue (2021)
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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
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Video Of Odyssey Of The Seas Conveyance March 2021
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Drone Footage Of MSC Grandiosa Docked In Genoa For First Sailing Since The COVID-19 Pandemic
First Look At Virgin Voyages' Scarlet Lady
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Norwegian Encore - Hull Art Reveal - Artist Eduardo Arranz Bravo
Disney Cruise Line Announces Disney Wish
Virgin Voyages Unveils Beach Club And Entertainment
Royal Caribbean Odyssey Of The Seas Steel Cutting At Meyer Werft
Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection To Debut In 2020
Virgin Voyages Reveals Suite Design New Cruise Ship
Celebrity Edge Sneak Peek: Why You Should Be Excited About Celebrity Cruises' Newest Ship
Celebrity Edge Shipyard Hyperlapse Tour
Marella Cruises Cast Members Rehearse New Show Debut
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Shaquille "Shaq" O'neal Named Chief Fun Officer Of Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Cruise Line's "Choose Fun" Commercial
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Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum Of The Seas Celebrates Keel Laying
Sneak Peak At Symphony Of The Seas
Spectrum Of The Seas Steel Cutting At Meyer Werft
Anthem Of The Seas Welcomes Gigi The Giraffe
HRH Prince Phillip Visits Cunard's Fleet
Royal Rendezvous: 3 Cunard Queens Arrive In Southampton
Celebrity Silhouette's Conveyance (2011)
Hi everyone. I'm Colleen McDaniel, editor in chief of Cruise Critic, and leading our news roundup this week is Crystal Cruises, which announced it will off a series of Bahamas cruises starting in July. The luxury cruise line will base Crystal Serenity in the Bahamas, where it will sail 7-night cruises between Nassau and Bimini through at least October. Cruisers will have to show proof of vaccination to sail with Crystal.
The move is good news for cruisers worldwide, as vaccinated guests from anywhere are welcome on these trips.
Which makes us wonder: Could this be the solution to an easier restart to cruising in the Bahamas and Caribbean? Work with the CDC in the United States has been slow, stalling hope for resuming cruises from U.S. ports any time soon. But non-U.S. homeports could help jumpstart cruising. Cozumel, for example, has made it known it would welcome cruises and serve as a homeport for Western Caribbean itineraries. Perhaps we'll see similar announcements from other cruise lines ready to welcome back guests when they are able to do so safely.
Also this week, we heard exciting news out of the U.K., when Maritime Minister Robert Courts revealed the domestic cruise market in England will reopen on May 17th. The news sparked enthusiasm across social media, though cruise lines like P&O, Princess and Cunard cautioned it could be months from that May date before ships actually are sailing. So while it still might be some time before we're seeing cruises from England, having a firm date gives us reason for optimism.
We want to know: Are you ready to get back to cruising? Let us know in the comments. And if you liked this video, please hit the thumbs up, subscribe and leave a comment. Thanks for tuning in.*