Winter Cruises Worst for Viruses, Research Shows

 In winter months, passengers onboard cruise ships run a far higher risk of contracting a virus than summer travelers. 

The Diamond Princess is currently being quarantined in Japan because of the coronavirus, scientists analyzed almost 120 serious virus outbreaks aboard cruise ships over the past decade. All of them are recorded by the US Centers for Disease Control. Any ship that stops at the US and which has an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness aboard must report it to the Centers for Disease Control.

Continue reading

Carnival, Royal Caribbean Cruises Increase Passenger Screening After Coronavirus Outbreak

Several cruise lines have implemented new travel restrictions this week and boosted their passenger screening procedures.

Cruise operators issued travel advisories to ensure that their guests are not affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Cruise lines are not letting people sail if they have traveled in China amid the outbreak of the new coronavirus that started there.

The coronavirus appeared in Wuhan, China, in December last year. Due to the virus, almost 20 people died and 600 were infected.

Continue reading

Royal Caribbean Announces New Private Island in Vanuatu

Royal Caribbean International announced its newest private island that will be called “Perfect Day at Lelepa”.

On Monday, the cruise line announced its latest plan to build a sustainable private island in Vanuatu, the South Pacific.

Perfect Day at Lelepa will be Royal Caribbean’s second island in the Perfect Day private island collection, following up the highly-successful Perfect Day at CocoCay in the Bahamas.

The cruise line also explained the island will be the first carbon-neutral private cruise destination in the world as it will be built with sustainability complete with features designed to safeguard the island’s ecosystems.

Continue reading

Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Returns to Port Due to Engine Issue

Royal Caribbean cruise ship Grandeur of the Seas canceled its cruise due to an engine issue, shortly after the vessel left its home port in Baltimore, Maryland on Saturday. As a result, the ship had to return to the port and cancel the trip, which included a call to Bermuda. Grandeur of the Seas is over 73,800 gross tons and has a guest capacity of 1,900 at double occupancy.

Continue reading

Tropical Storm Dorian Forces Cruise Lines to Modify Itineraries

Major cruise line operators have changed the itineraries of some cruises to avoid Hurricane Dorian.

Cruise ships sailing from Port Canaveral have changed their itineraries to avoid the tropical storm.

Dorian has forced cruise lines to shift their ships out of the storm path, while at the same time shutting down operations at private islands. In addition to voyages changed into longer trips, Royal Caribbean also closed down CocoCay, the theme-park like island in the Bahamas with a water slide that rises 148.5 feet above the mostly flat island. CocoCay won’t be taking any cruise ships though Tuesday, September 3.

Continue reading