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Princess Cruises Largely Cleared by Australian Authorities Over Ruby Princess COVID-19 Outbreak
(2:55 p.m. EDT) -- Princess Cruises has been largely exonerated by the New South Wales (NSW) government in Australia in a report into the handling of the Ruby Princess disembarkation in Sydney on March 19. The report, issued on August 14 by Commissioner Brett Walker, found a litany of "serious mistakes" were made by NSW Health including the failure to follow the agency's own guidelines set forth on coronavirus transmission. It also found a failure to notify the ship of changing testing criteria for COVID-19; failure to ensure test swabs were collected and processed in a timely manner; nu
No COVID-19 Spread on First UnCruise Adventures Alaska Sailing, Testing Accuracy Questioned
(Updated 1:19 p.m. EDT)  -- None of the UnCruise Adventures' passengers or crew who were quarantined in Alaska after a positive COVID-19 test from a guest scrapped the cruise -- and the rest of the small ship line's season -- has tested positive for the virus, the line has reported. The containment of the virus through the line's rapid response shows that COVID-19 policies can be put in place to protect cruise passengers, UnCruise Adventures said in a statement.   "Strict planning paid off," UnCruise Adventures Owner and CEO Dan Blanchard said. "We were able to act quickly
"Sailaway With Jane McDonald" Cruise Cancelled for 2021
(3:15 p.m. BST) -- The postponed "Sailaway With Jane McDonald" cruise originally scheduled for this September and then postponed till next year has now been cancelled outright. The cruise was due to take place on September 20 for a week, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, was postponed to September 12, 2021. The Throwback Cruise, rescheduled for September 23-26, has also been cancelled. Floating Festivals states Royal Caribbean -- from which the ship, Anthem of the Seas, was chartered -- presented it with a "new contract had terms that were not accepta
Rapid COVID-19 Testing Likely to Be Part of Resumption of Cruising
(6:05 p.m. EDT) -- Rapid COVID-19 testing is emerging as a likely strategy, as lines look to tweak health and safety protocols in order to resume sailings. Speaking to investors on its second-quarter earnings call, Royal Caribbean president and CEO Michael Bayley stated that rapid testing for COVID-19 is something the line is seriously considering for its brands, which include Azamara, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, and ultra-luxury line Silversea. "Particularly as it relates to the Caribbean…testing is very much at the front of how people are thinking of protocols for return
Costa Cruises to Restart Cruising From September
(6:30 a.m. EDT) -- Costa Cruises will restart cruising on September 6 following negotiations with the Italian and Greek governments. The Carnival Corp.-owned line will start with one ship Costa Deliziosa on September 6, offering week-long cruises from Trieste to the Greek islands. On September 19, Costa Diadema will set sail, operating seven-day itineraries from Genoa to Malta and including stops in Italy. The sailings will be just for Italian nationals, the line confirmed. However, Costa is also extending the pause of its cruise season until September 30, 2020, except for the above-m

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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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