Caribbean readies for a wave of reopenings
2022-04-05

Caribbean islands have reopened to international tourism. But many islands have adopted different restrictions and requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers; some have begun easing travel restrictions. Here are the latest developments for travel from the U.S. to each Caribbean country. To make this information easier to understand, we are segmenting each entry into entry-requirement […]

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Carnival Cruise Line is increasing gratuities
2022-04-05

Carnival Cruise Line is raising gratuities beginning May 1, according to the company’s website. Gratuities for suite staterooms will increase from $15.99 to $16.50 per person, per day. For guests in standard staterooms, the new gratuity will rise from $13.99 to $14.50 per person, per day. Guests who do not pre-pay their gratuities will see […]

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Top travel destinations without Covid restrictions
2022-03-28

As vaccination rates increase by the day and people all around the world start accepting that the Covid-19 virus could be part and parcel of their daily lives, more destinations are lifting travel entry requirements entirely for travelers. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says that Covid-19 has entered the endemic stage for many countries […]

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As Covid restrictions expire, it’s time to book the Aloha State
2022-03-21

The first two months of 2022 delivered a series of positive developments for Hawaii’s tourism industry, and if the current trends hold, it will mean more options for travelers and fewer headaches for travel advisors heading into spring break and summer. Covid-19 protocols are sunsetting, cruise ships are plowing through Hawaii’s waters again for the […]

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On a shipyard tour, the Norwegian Prima shows its artistic side
2022-03-15

VENICE, Italy — I stepped over creaky plywood boards and bundles of electrical cords as I made my way through the Norwegian Prima. The buzzing of construction equipment — there were 2,300 people working on the ship — was incessant. But the ship, the first in Norwegian Cruise Line’s new Prima class, is far enough […]

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Holland America Line makes special effort to highlight Alaska culture
2022-03-15

In recognition of its 75th anniversary of sailing in Alaska, Holland America Line is introducing a new line of programming to deepen guests’ understanding of cultural, culinary and shoreside experiences. The “Alaska Up Close” program will feature local experts leading workshops and lectures, multimedia talks revealing the stories of real Alaskans, tours highlighting the importance […]

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Ukraine war having little impact on most Europe bookings, Travel Leaders Network says
2022-03-08

As of the end of last week, the war in Ukraine was largely just affecting bookings to Eastern Europe, not the rest of Europe, according to Roger Block, president of Travel Leaders Network. Speaking Monday on a webinar with VisitBritain’s Gavin Landry, Block said the network conducted an informal poll a few days prior. There […]

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‘We stand for peace.’ Carnival Corp. will drop Russia from itineraries
2022-02-28

Carnival Corp. became the first cruise company to come out against Russia, declaring “We stand for peace.” The comment, made on Twitter Saturday, came with an announcement that Carnival Corp.’s brands will modify their itineraries this week “in light of recent attacks by Russia in Ukraine.” While other lines — including Norwegian Cruise Line, Atlas […]

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Advice For Planning Your Next Cruise
2022-02-21

If you, like me, have decided to book your dream cruise vacation to sail in the wide-open sea, that’s terrific! Cruising comes packed with once-in-a-lifetime adventures and new experiences to enjoy with your friends and family. It’s natural to feel eager about your new vacation and excited to get out there to explore that big, […]

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Major lines opt in to CDC’s voluntary Covid program for cruising
2022-02-21

One hundred and ten cruise ships from 18 cruise lines, including the three largest U.S. brands, officially enrolled in the CDC’s voluntary Covid-19 Program for Cruise Ships operating in U.S. waters, the agency reported late on Jan. 18. Carnival Corp., Royal Caribbean Group both opted in, while Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings reconfirmed its Jan. 14 […]

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