The CDC held to its Level 4 warning to avoid cruise travel, confounding the industry, and introduced a new COVID-19 program with a 'vaccination standard of excellence' tier for lines that commit to 95% of travelers having received a booster.
Emerald Cruises has taken delivery of Emerald Azzurra, the first of its two superyachts.
Starting March 1, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises will no longer require COVID-19 testing at the pier prior to embarkation and masks onboard become optional.
Oceania Cruises appointed Chef Alexis Quaretti as director of culinary programs and development.
Royal Caribbean International canceled the remainder of its cruise-to-nowhere season from Hong Kong on Spectrum of the Seas.