Welcome to Cruise Radio’s news bulletin for the week of the 14th. March 2021, where we will bring you the latest cruise news, our weekly podcast and the latest YouTube videos.

1. Royal Caribbean has announced that it will begin sailing from Nassau in June. Adventure of the Seas will offer seven overnight cruises, some of which include an overnight stay on a private island in the Perfect Day line on Coco Cay. In addition, all crew members and adult guests 18 years of age and older must be vaccinated against COVID-19, while children must provide proof of a negative PCR test.

Adventure of the Seas (Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

2. Celebrity Cruises has made a similar announcement, as has Royal Caribbean, which will launch cruises on the 5th. June from the port of St. John’s St. Maarten. The Celebrity Millennium will sail two itineraries, one to Aruba, Barbados and Curacao and the other to St Lucia, Barbados and Tortola. As with Royal, all crew members and adult guests 18 years of age and older must be vaccinated against COVIDA-19 and children must show proof of a negative PCR test.

3. Federal Marine Commissioner Louis E. Sola is pushing for mandatory vaccinations for passengers and crew as the cruise industry tries to resume operations. He proposed a return plan with an emphasis on vaccinations, hygiene and coordination between terminals, ships and ports.

Sea Navigator

4. The Navigator of the Seas is heading to the West Coast, making it the first Royal Caribbean ship to dock there in a decade. Starting in June 2022, the ship will sail around the world from Los Angeles, offering three- to seven-night cruises until at least spring 2023.

5. Luxury cruise line Azamara has officially renamed its new ship, formerly called Pacific Princess Cruises. Azamara Forward is designed to inspire resilience, positivity and possibilities for the future.

(Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises)

Special item: Why Carnival Cruise Line is more grateful than ever to its former customers

According to Carnival Corporation’s recently released annual report, the cruise line expects to rely less on new customers. On the contrary, following the sale of several vessels last year to improve liquidity, total fleet capacity was reduced by 13%. In turn, the hope is that the established base of returning cruisers will be more evenly distributed among a smaller fleet. More information here.

This week’s podcast: Weekly Cruise News

In this episode, we talk to Sherry Laskin about an eventful week of cruising.

Video function: Nassau, Bahamas Cruise tips

Are you one of the many cruisers eager to get back to sea and try out Royal Caribbean’s new Navigator itineraries from Nassau, Bahamas? Watch the video below and discover our top five tips for visiting the popular port city.

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