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Aug. 18 updates: NCL extends vaccine mandate, Carnival to restart California cruising, Riga's resumption

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Norwegian Gem is pictured off NCL's new Terminal B at PortMiami
Here's a quick read of some of today’s coronavirus-related cruise news.

Norwegian Cruise Line extended its 100% COVID-19 vaccination requirement for all sailings through Dec. 31. 

'This decision was based under the guidance of globally recognized public health experts and to prioritize the health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities we visit. Guests who are not old enough to be vaccinated will not be allowed on these sailings. However, we eagerly await an expansion of the age criteria for vaccinations by the US Food and Drug Administration so we can once again welcome these guests back on board,' an NCL spokesperson said.

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The Carnival Panorama crew — #BacktoFun

First cruise from California will be on Carnival ship

Carnival Panorama will become the first cruise ship to sail from California in 17 months when it departs from Long Beach on Saturday.

The weeklong voyage will visit Mazatlán, Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta.

Carnival Cruise Line will host a #BackToFun celebration at its Long Beach Cruise Terminal where Carnival President Christine Duffy, Carnival Panorama Capt. Luca Lazzarino and local officials will cut a ribbon, welcoming passengers to embark.

Carnival Panorama debuted in late 2019 and is the newest cruise ship on the West Coast.

Riga cruise resumption

Today Phoenix Reisen’s Artania visited Gdansk as part of a nine-day round-trip sailing from Kiel. The 44,656gt vessel is then heading for a stop at Bornholm tomorrow before returning to Kiel on Friday.

Carrying 560 fully vaccinated passengers from eight countries, Artania was the first cruise ship to call at Latvia’s Port of Riga in 1.5 years when she berthed on August 8 during her previous 12-day Baltic cruise.

Yesterday Phoenix Resisen’s Amera became the second ship to visit Riga this season.  Carrying 556 passengers, mainly from Germany but also nationals of Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Belgium, Italy and Luxembourg it was also the ship’s maiden call to the Latvian port.

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On Aug. 18, Artania was the first cruise ship to call at Latvia’s Port of Riga in 1.5 years

All ships visiting Riga must comply with the guidelines drawn up by Freeport of Riga Authority in cooperation with the Latvian State Border Guard and national health agencies, and in compliance with the EU’s COVID-19 Guidance for Cruise Ship Operations.

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