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UnCruise Ship Returning to Port After Passenger Tests Positive for COVID
(11: 45 p.m. EDT) -- The first U.S. cruise to set sail since the COVID-19 pandemic began will cut short its voyage return to the port of Juneau, Alaska, after a passenger received notification they had tested positive for the virus. UnCruise Adventures' Wilderness Adventurer, which left Juneau on Saturday for a weeklong cruise with 37 passengers and 30 crewmembers onboard, will arrive to the port Wednesday morning, and all passengers will be transferred to a local hotel, where they will be placed into quarantine until doctors determine it is safe for them to leave. Crew will
New Zealand Puts the Breaks on Trans-Tasman Travel Bubble Plans
(5 p.m. EDT) -- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has poured cold water over the idea of a Trans-Tasman travel "bubble" between New Zealand and Australia, according to reports in the Sydney Morning Herald. While New Zealand has managed to go over three months without a case of COVID-19 with no known source, the Australian city of Melbourne saw 760 active cases of COVID-19 with no known source on Sunday, according to the Herald. Thos
Return of MSC Cruises: A Q and A with MSC's CEO
(12:05 p.m. EDT) -- MSC Cruises announced some of the industry's most ground-breaking health and safety protocols this week, as the international cruise line eyes a return to sailings in the Mediterranean this fall. Cruise Critic conducted a question-and-answer session with Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises. Here's what he had to say: ### Cruise Critic: Where will you restart your operations? **Gianni Onorato:** We are ready with a passion to get back to the sea, and we've put together a really strong new health and safety protocol for our guests and our crew. We have had great feedb
Contact Tracing, Masks, Swab Tests in Terminal Part of MSC's Return to Cruise Plan
(2:15 p.m. EDT) -- In anticipation of a limited restart of cruising later this month in the Mediterranean, MSC Cruises gave more details of their health and safety protocols Tuesday, which are shaping up to be among the most sweeping and innovative that the cruise industry has seen so far.  Speaking on a conference call with media, MSC CEO Gianni Onorato detailed the new health and safety initiatives that are expected to roll out later this month aboard MSC Grandiosa and MSC Magnifica. Sailings aboard the two vessels, which would initially be limited to residents of Schengen (European Un

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Compare: 14 Most Popular Cruise Ships
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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