October 05, 2022

Weekly Cruise News

Holland America Line's Special 150th Anniversary Crossing is a Celebration of the Brand's Journey

As Holland America Line prepares for its 150th Anniversary in 2023, the cruise line is kicking off a year of celebrations with a special transatlantic crossing in October. Primed to recreate a bygone era of ocean travel through Holland America Line's history, guests on board the voyage are in for a journey from past to present with special events, activities and commemorative keepsakes.

Departing Oct. 15, 2022, from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, to New York City aboard Rotterdam, the voyage retraces Holland America Line's first cruise back in 1872 aboard Rotterdam I. Guests will see the brand's history come alive through onboard enrichment programming, memorable culinary experiences and exclusive entertainment.

Four Seasons Yachts to Launch in 2025

Four Seasons launches a new business extension – Four Seasons Yachts. The first Four Seasons Yacht will be marked by craftsmanship, personalized service and a dedication to excellence, appealing to guests looking to reimagine their love of travel by experiencing the splendor of modern sea voyaging.

With its inaugural journey anticipated for late 2025, the first Four Seasons vessel will be 679 feet long and 88.6 feet wide with 14 decks. At a cost to build of USD 4.2 million per suite, no expense is being spared in terms of the remarkable custom design. The first Four Seasons Yacht will offer nearly 50 percent more living space per guest than currently available, offering privacy, flexibility and spaciousness in an all-suite nautical residential setting.

The vessel’s 95 spacious accommodations will feature an extensive network of joining suite combinations creating adaptable, villa-like residences. Each suite will offer floor-to-ceiling windows providing unobstructed natural light and access to expansive terrace decks. The combination of generous indoor and outdoor private guest space and ceiling heights of more than 7.9 feet will achieve a new level of guest comfort. Suite accommodations will start at an average of 581 square feet of indoor/outdoor living space, designed seamlessly to be part of each room.

Viking Is Named #1 River and #1 Ocean Cruise Line

For the second year in a row, Viking has been voted both the Best River Line and the Best Ocean Line by Condé Nast Traveler in the publication's 2022 Readers' Choice Awards. Viking was also named #1 for both rivers and oceans by Travel + Leisure, making it the only cruise line to reach the top of its categories in both publications in the same year.

As the company celebrates its 25th anniversary, Viking Expeditions launched in January with its purpose-built for expeditions Viking Octantis®, and her new sister ship, the Viking Polaris®, debuted last week. Both ships will spend the Austral summer in Antarctica, before traveling north to the Great Lakes for a series of voyages during spring and summer.

Norwegian Cruise Line Eliminates Covid-19 Requirements Beginning October 4, 2022

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) announced that it has updated its global health and safety protocols by removing all COVID-19 testing, masking and vaccination requirements effective Oct. 4, 2022.

Given the significant, positive progress in the public health environment, the Cruise Line updated its health and safety guidelines, which are now more aligned with other global travel organizations.

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