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CLIA Australasia Launches Advisory Group to Support Australian Return to Cruise
(10:30 a.m. EDT) -- CLIA Australasia has created a new Cruise Suppliers Advisory Group in response to Australia's current ban on cruises, which is scheduled to run through until at least December 17, 2020. The Advisory Group will include representatives from Australia's transport companies, food and beverage providers, local farmers and wholesalers who provide provisions, services and goods for the Australian cruise industry. The goal of the Advisory Group is to support a phased return to cruise operations in Australia. CLIA Australasia manag
Celestyal Cruises Reveals New Branding, Livery and Itineraries for New Ship
(11:45 a.m. EDT) -- Greek cruise line Celestyal Cruises has revealed a new logo and livery for the fleet as well as new itineraries for its new flagship, Celestyal Experience. The line took ownership of Costa NeoRomantica in July, renaming the 1,800 passenger ship Celestyal Experience, and boosting its fleet to three. Celestyal Experience will take over the seven- and 14-night itineraries from Celestyal Crystal, throwing the future of the smaller ship into doubt. "We're bringing her into service on March 6 on the 'Three Continents' [itinerary]," Chief
Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas Cruise Ship to be Based in Southampton in 2021
(12:00 p.m. BST) -- Anthem of the Seas will be based in the UK in 2021, Royal Caribbean has confirmed. The 4,180 passenger ship, which was last based here in 2015, was due to sail a summer season from Southampton this year, but failed to make a single ex-UK voyage due to the coronavirus pandemic. Anthem will cross the Atlantic in May and offer a series of seven-night Norwegian Fjords itineraries, as well as 14-night Mediterranean cruises. New ports of call include Denmark, France and Norway. The ship was due to replace Independence of the Seas, a pere
Coronavirus: Updated Cruise Ship Policies and Cancellations
(Updated 2:26 p.m. EDT) -- Cruise lines have temporarily suspended operations worldwide and altered future sailings in globally as the novel coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) continues to spread. In January, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, following an emergency committee meeting in Geneva. On March 11, WHO declared the outbreak a worldwide pandemic. In additon, a number of ports throughout the world and the Caribbean are barring ships from docking. The U.S. State Department has iss
'Urgent Need for Ships to Start Sailing' from Florida, Federal Maritime Commission Says
(4:30 p.m. EDT) -- A report issued by U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner Louis E. Sola says there is an urgent need for the cruise industry to resume sailing from Florida's cruise ports, citing staggering losses to revenue, local employment and the contributions cruise passengers make to other tourism sectors such as the airline and hospitality industries. In its latest Fact Finding 30 report, FMC Commissioner Sola indicates that Florida has lost $3.2 billion in economic activi

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Everyone has a favourite. Our goal with this chart is to outline the key distinctions among the 14 most popular ships for UK passengers in an easily digestible way. So how do we define "popular"? – Put simply it's how many visits each ship gets on the Cruise Critic website since the start of the year. If you want more information about a particular ship or to see photos, just click on the vessel name for a comprehensive expert review and hundreds of reader-submitted critiques.
13 Best Cruises for First Timers
For first time cruisers the sheer volume of cruise options can be bewildering. It's tough to know what size of ship would suit, the type of cruise to choose -- even where in the world to cruise from. But fear not, we've created a guide to some of the best options around for new-to-cruisers looking to find their sea legs. Whether you are after a family fly-cruise round the Med, a short-break cruise to France or even a bucket list Transatlantic voyage -- we've got it covered. {#widget:image|decorators:article_image|image:14071|title:Marella Explorer Main Atrium (Photo: Mare

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Baltic Sea
Once sailed by explorers of the Viking Age, the Baltic is home to a myriad of cultures, languages and storied pasts. The northernmost region of Europe encompasses the Scandinavian countries such as Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. Most Baltic cruises overnight in glorious St. Petersburg, Russia; stops in historic Tallinn, Estonia, and Warenmude, Germany - gateway to Berlin - are also possible. The breathtaking Norwegian fjords represent a world all in its own. *A message from Cruise Critic: During this unprecedented time throughout the world and across the cruise industry, it is importa
Caribbean
With an island for every taste, the Caribbean is the ultimate place for relaxation. You'll find white sands and turquoise water throughout the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. Some islands are lush, with rainforests and mountain trails, while others have desert climates and coral beaches. Wherever you visit, taste regional specialties such as conch fritters and get out on the water with snorkeling and sailing excursions. *A message from Cruise Critic: During this unprecedented time throughout the world and across the cruise industry, it is important to note that article information might
Alaska
The 49th State, the largest in the U.S., is perfect for cruisers, with numerous opportunities to appreciate its vast natural beauty. Sail along the Inside Passage to visit the immense ice formations of Glacier Bay and Icy Strait, as well popular ports such as Ketchikan, Skagway and Juneau, the only U.S. state capital that's not accessible by car. Or travel further north to the Kenai Peninsula and nearby Anchorage, a perfect jumping-off point for cruise tours to Denali, Fairbanks and Canada's Yukon. Maybe you'll see a bear! *A message from Cruise Critic: During this unprecedented time throu
Eastern Mediterranean
If you're a fan of art and antiquities, a cruise to the Eastern Mediterranean is right up your alley. With itineraries that include the Adriatic/Dalmation Coast, Black Sea, Greek Isles and Holy Land, the region is a treasure trove for history lovers. Ports such as Venice and Athens have their own unique flavor, while the Greek Isles, Crete and Cypress lure beachgoers. Religion in the Eastern Mediterranean is varied, do don't miss Dubrovnik's ancient churches, Istanbul's breathtaking mosques or Jerusalem's vibrant synagogues. *A message from Cruise Critic: During this unprecedented time thr
Europe
Your biggest difficulty planning a European cruise is narrowing down where you want to go. A Western Mediterranean itinerary usually includes stops in Barcelona and Monaco, as well as ports in Italy. Eastern Mediterranean cruises encompass eastern Italy, Croatia and Greece, and sometimes even Turkey and Israel. A Baltic Sea voyage brings you to Scandinavia and Russia; the Norwegian Fjords carry their own beauty. Don't forget about British Isles cruises, which allow you to visit castles in England, Scotland and London. For sun lovers, it's hard to beat the Canary Islands. *A message from Cr
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