Puerto Vallarta Welcomes New Flights, Hotel Expansions,

After a year of pent-up wanderlust and limited opportunities to travel, Americans can now enjoy multiple new flight routes, expanded accommodation options, and a brand-new cruise itinerary to Puerto Vallarta, a perennially popular destination on Mexico’s Pacific coast.  “We are delighted to see an uptick in visitors from the United States with our hospitality providers … Read more

WTTC, Carnival Corp. and Hilton Team Up for Second COVID-19

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), Carnival Corporation and Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. on Wednesday announced the “2021 Global Scientific Summit on COVID-19.” Open to the public, this free live virtual forum is slated from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, April 15, 2021. The scientific summit will bring together top global scientists and health experts to … Read more

Florida Threatens to Sue CDC to Restart Cruising From U.S.

The State of Florida could sue the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) if it does not allow for cruising from the state to restart by summer, West Palm Beach‘s WPTV has reported. Last week, the CDC reiterated that its “Framework for Conditional Sailing” Order would stay in place through November 1, 2021—one year … Read more

Holland America and Princess Cruises Outline 2021 “Alaska

With the 2021 Alaska cruise season in jeopardy, given U.S. law and a Canadian cruise ship ban, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises (both Carnival Corporation brands) are focusing on making sure consumers know that their 2021 “Alaska land” experiences will operate. Those include escorted, explorer and rail tours, as well as hotels and sightseeing. In a … Read more

Royal Caribbean Study: Transmission of Aerosol Particles

Scientists have found transmission of aerosol particles through a modern cruise ship’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system (HVAC) system is exceptionally low and undetectable both in the air and on surfaces. That’s the top finding from a July 2020 study conducted onboard Royal Caribbean International‘s Oasis of the Seas by the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and the National … Read more

Royal Caribbean Group’s $40 Million Loan Program Opens for

Royal Caribbean Group’s (RCL) “Pay it Forward” $40 million program for travel advisors is now open for applications. Just before the holidays, RCL announced the program, which would make up to $250,000 available per agency in three-year, interest-free business loans, based on their circumstances. Now, the company has shared more light on what advisors can … Read more

Island Vibes: New Itineraries and Ports of Call

While luxury cruise lines have not yet restarted cruising from U.S. ports, many will be back in Caribbean waters by winter 2021-2022 and in 2023. Here’s a sampling of new itineraries, new ports of call and new home ports.     Small-ship Windstar Cruises recently announced that its updated-and-stretched 312-passenger Star Breeze will not operate … Read more

In-Depth Voyages for Late 2021 Through 2023

As the cruise industry sails into 2021, luxury cruise lines are adapting schedules and adding enticing new itineraries, many for late 2021, 2022 or 2023. Luxury Travel Advisor has singled out these upcoming itineraries that offer superb, in-depth immersion. Travelers can either “dive deeply” into exploring a targeted region of the globe or indulge their … Read more

Oceania’s 2023 World Cruise Sells Out in a Day; Line Shares

Future lengthy cruises and world cruises—some up to a half-year in length—are selling out quickly during this pandemic era. Cruise lines report soaring, pent-up consumer demand for longer voyages. Case in point? On January 26, Oceania Cruises opened bookings for its 2023 “Around the World in 180 Days” world cruise to the general public. By January 27, … Read more

The Moorings Announces St. Thomas as Newest Charter

Yacht charter company The Moorings announced it has established charter operations in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands for the 2021 charter season. A variety of charter options will be available, with all-inclusive Crewed yacht charters available beginning in February 2021 and Bareboat Sailing and Power yacht charters available from March 2021. This new base joins The Moorings’ growing … Read more