‘Not the cruise I signed up for’: 30-fold increase in Covid cases upends industry (The Guardian)

The Guardian: ‘Not the cruise I signed up for’: 30-fold increase in Covid cases upends industry. “Over the holidays, passengers found themselves floating around on ships that couldn’t dock because foreign ports were turning them away or facing long, onboard quarantines before being allowed to come home, after testing positive for Covid. Dozens of cruises have been cancelled and some ports in the Caribbean and South America are turning ships away from making daily visits.”

CNN: Norwegian Cruise Line cancels voyages on 8 ships

CNN: Norwegian Cruise Line cancels voyages on 8 ships. “Norwegian Cruise Line has announced the cancellation of voyages on eight ships, citing ‘ongoing travel restrictions.’ A Norwegian Getaway cruise set to embark on a nine-day Caribbean itinerary was canceled ‘due to COVID related circumstances’ on Wednesday, the same day it was scheduled to set sail.”

CNN: Cruises are once again facing disruption because of Covid-19

CNN: Cruises are once again facing disruption because of Covid-19. “At least four ocean cruise ships were turned away from ports of call or were prohibited from letting passengers disembark in the Americas this week because of Covid-19 cases aboard. Though other cruises have had cases since US-based ships resumed service this summer with vaccine requirements and other measures meant to minimize outbreaks, the rate of cruises forced to alter their itineraries appears to have ticked up.”

Miami Herald: Second Royal Caribbean ship has COVID-19 outbreak and is denied entry to Curacao and Aruba

Miami Herald: Second Royal Caribbean ship has COVID-19 outbreak and is denied entry to Curacao and Aruba. “In a second coronavirus outbreak in less than a week, 55 fully vaccinated crew members and passengers on Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas ship that set sail Saturday from Fort Lauderdale have contracted the pandemic disease, the cruise line confirmed late Wednesday.”

Washington Post: Carnival Cruise to require vaccination proof for all passengers 12 and over

Washington Post: Carnival Cruise to require vaccination proof for all passengers 12 and over. “Carnival Cruise Line is tightening its vaccine mandate beginning this week, announcing that vaccination will be required for all passengers except children under 12 and adults with medical conditions that prohibit inoculation. The move came Sunday, three days after the Bahamas issued an emergency order barring cruise ships from entering the country’s ports beginning Sept. 3 unless all passengers over 12 have gotten the shots. An exception is made for those with medical issues that preclude inoculation.”

France24: Venice dodges demotion on world heritage list after large cruise ships banned

France24: Venice dodges demotion on world heritage list after large cruise ships banned. “Venice avoided being named a world heritage site in danger by UNESCO on Thursday, just weeks after Italy moved to ban large cruise ships from sailing into the city centre. The city has been on UNESCO’s heritage list since 1987, but the UN body warned last month of the need for ‘more sustainable tourism management’, recommending that Venice be added to its endangered list.”

BBC: Can onboard rollercoasters save the cruise industry?

BBC: Can onboard rollercoasters save the cruise industry?. “It has the world’s first rollercoaster at sea, a micro-brewery, restaurants from celebrity chefs and sports figures, and, in a sign of the times, a massive medical facility. The Mardi Gras – Carnival’s newest and most extravagant ship – also features a water park, a suspended rope course and an atrium built into the side of the ship with moveable panels that open to ocean views.”