Cruise lines are making news as they resume operations from ports around the world.
Raise A Glass! Celebrity Cruises Honored With 12 Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards
The cruise line continues tradition of excellence as the most awarded wine collection at sea, with 89 awards in nine years
The awards for Celebrity Cruises' onboard wine program continue to flow as the cruise line adds 12 additional Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards to its nearly decade-long list of accolades. Wine Spectator annually recognizes restaurant wine lists which feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style.
For nine consecutive years, Celebrity Cruises has set the standard for onboard wine programs, holding more awards from the world's leading authority on wine than any other cruise line. In addition to receiving 10 "Awards of Excellence" for the second consecutive year, Celebrity received two coveted "Best of Awards of Excellence" for its unique wine lists on the brand's newest ships – Celebrity Apex
and Celebrity Edge
– making it the only cruise line among a small, elite group of establishments in the world that have received awards for the past nine consecutive years.
Royal Caribbean Answers the Call of the Wild and Becomes First to Return to Alaska
Serenade of the Seas opens first Alaska cruise season since 2019, ahead of second ship, Ovation of the Seas, joining in August
The great Alaska adventure is now underway – Royal Caribbean is back and bolder than ever as the first cruise line to sail to the Last Frontier since September 2019. On Sunday, Serenade of the Seas
kicked off the highly anticipated comeback of the summer season when it departed on the first of a series of 7-night cruises from Seattle. The sailing marks a celebratory moment for the cruise industry, local workforce, regional suppliers and Alaska's beloved communities that were significantly impacted by the absence of all cruise tourism, which normally represents more than 60% of the state's visitors and generates upwards of $3 billion for its economy each year. Ninety-seven percent of the entire onboard community on Serenade
is fully vaccinated.
The ship will be joined by Ovation of the Seas
in Seattle starting Aug. 13, rounding out Royal Caribbean's great Alaska comeback in 2021.
is the cruise industry's first ship to return to Alaska and the second in Royal Caribbean's world-class fleet to welcome back guests in the U.S. after Freedom of the Seas
set sail from Miami for a celebratory Fourth of July weekend. Thirteen Royal Caribbean ships will be sailing around the world by the end of August.
Carnival Corporation to Operate up to 75% of Fleet Capacity by End of 2021
The cruise company continues building momentum for restarting cruise vacations with announced sailings to date on 54 ships through end of 2021 across eight of its cruise line brands – Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard and P&O Cruises (UK).
Carnival expects to resume guest cruise operations with 65% of its total fleet capacity by the end of 2021 across eight of its cruise line brands. Additionally, Carnival Cruise Line has announced plans that envision the brand's entire fleet returning to service by the end of 2021, which would further increase Carnival Corporation's total operating capacity to nearly 75% by the end of the year.
Eight of the company's nine brands – AIDA Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises (UK) and Seabourn – have announced plans to resume guest operations on 54 ships to date through the end of 2021, with nearly half of the capacity represented by ships homeported in the U.S. In addition to those ships previously announced by the company's brands, Carnival Cruise Line's intent to return to full fleet service in 2021 would add another nine vessels, totaling 63 ships to date that are expected to resume guest operations this year. Further brand restart announcements are expected in coming weeks, including resumption plans for more ships and itineraries for 2021.
North America Brands:
- Carnival Cruise Line resumed guest cruise operations with three ships to date sailing out of two U.S. ports, Galveston and Miami, and has announced its intent to have 15 ships in operation by the end of October and to have its entire fleet sailing by the end of the year.
- Princess Cruises will resume guest cruise operations this weekend with its first ship sailing from Seattle to Alaska, and will expand with a series of cruises around UK coastal waters in late July, as well as cruises out of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Fort Lauderdale to the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Mexico, Hawaii and California coast in the fall, with eight total ships expected to be in operation by the end of the year.
- Holland America Line will resume guest cruise operations this weekend with its first ship sailing from Seattle to Alaska, followed by sailings from Greece in August, and from Italy and Spain in September, as well as sailings to Mexico, Hawaii, the California coast and the Caribbean this fall for a total of six ships expected to be in operation by the end of the year.
- Seabourn resumed guest cruise operations with two ships to date sailing from Greece and Barbados, and plans to begin the Antarctica season in November with a third ship.
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