A Celebrity Cruise Sets Sail, the First Post-Pandemic

A reporter took the first cruise from a North American port since the pandemic began. Here’s what she learned about how Covid has changed cruising.

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To Test Covid Protocols, Cruise Lines Turn to Volunteer Guinea Pigs

Hundreds of thousands of cruise lovers have signed up to take part in sailings designed to test new health and safety measures.

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Cruise Line Threatens to Skip Florida Ports Over Proof-of-Vaccination Ban

Norwegian Cruise Line plans to require Covid-19 vaccine documentation from its crew members and customers, but Florida recently enacted a law that bars businesses from doing so.

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Ron DeSantis Does Disease

Face it, Florida runs the universe.

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Battle of the Seas: Cruise Lines vs. the C.D.C.

Cruise companies and their allies are fighting against rules that have kept U.S. ships from sailing. But experts say controlling the coronavirus onboard is a complex puzzle.

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Florida sues USA, CDC to get people back on cruise ships

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to the media about the cruise industry during a press conference at PortMiami on April 8, 2021 in Miami, Florida.

Enlarge / Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to the media about the cruise industry during a press conference at PortMiami on April 8, 2021 in Miami, Florida. (credit: Getty | Joe Raedle)

The state of Florida has filed a lawsuit against the United States of America and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, claiming that the health agency’s guidance for the cruise industry is “arbitrary and capricious” and that it should be immediately dubbed “unlawful.”

“Today, Florida is fighting back,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said in a news conference at Miami’s seaport Thursday, in which he announced the lawsuit. “We don’t believe the federal government has the right to mothball a major industry for over a year based on very little evidence and very little data. And I think we have a good chance for success.”

The lawsuit comes just days after the CDC released updates to its Conditional Sailing Order (CSO), which the cruise industry called “unduly burdensome” and “largely unworkable.”

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Fully Vaccinated Americans Can Travel With Low Risk, C.D.C. Says

They should still wear masks but no quarantines are necessary, the agency said in new guidance that cited growing data about the effectiveness of the shots.

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‘We Will Literally Go Anywhere’

Rental cottages snapped up. Hotels booked solid on weekends. Travel-starved Americans are scrambling to book vacations for late summer and the industry is reacting. Christmas in July, anyone?

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Why U.S. Cruises Are Still in Port in 2021

Six months ago, the C.D.C. lifted its “no sail” order for American cruise companies, but they haven’t started sailing — and likely won’t soon. An explainer.

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Travel Workers Despair a Year Lost to Covid-19

Six travel workers, from a cruise ship crewmember in Manila to a tour bus driver in East Jerusalem, share how the prolonged shutdown has upended their lives.

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How Bad Was the Coronavirus Pandemic on Tourism in 2020? Look at the Numbers.

The dramatic effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the travel industry and beyond are made clear in six charts.

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For Planet Earth, No Tourism is a Curse and a Blessing

From the rise in poaching to the waning of noise pollution, travel’s shutdown is having profound effects. Which will remain, and which will vanish?

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The Coronavirus Pandemic: A Timeline

The outbreak of the virus has sickened more than 80 million people. At least 1.7 million people have died. Here’s how the year unfolded.

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What’s It Like to Cruise in the Covid Era? To Find Out, I Went Aboard

A “cruise to nowhere” offered one correspondent a chance to understand an interesting trend, and to interview people in person.

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The Endless Debate: Cancel or Rebook?

Would-be travelers this year have spent hours on hold, learning the ins and outs of refund policies.

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In Singapore, a Cruise to Nowhere on the World Dream

Singapore allows cruises to nowhere, helping a struggling industry. That means socially distanced buffet lines, electronic monitoring and hand sanitizer at the slot machines.

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The Newest Hotel Amenity? Virus-Scrubbed Air

Hotels, and even some cruise ships, are installing state-of-the-art filtration systems that claim to tackle the coronavirus where it is believed to be the most dangerous: in the air.

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Navy Research Confirms Need for Strict Coronavirus Testing Protocols

Two new studies clarify how Covid-19 spreads among young adults and expose the limits of quarantine measures.

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Cruise Ships Can Get Ready to Set Sail Again, C.D.C. Says

The C.D.C. has issued a conditional order toward certifying companies that can prove they can protect passengers and crews from the coronavirus. Actual travel by sea is still a distant wish.

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Where Cruise Ships Are Sent to Die

At a shipyard in Turkey, the boats, including some from Carnival’s Fantasy fleet, are being turned into scrap, even as the industry hopes to find a way to start sailing.

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White House Blocked C.D.C. Order to Keep Cruise Ships Docked

The C.D.C. director wanted a “no sail” order extended until February, a policy that would have upset the tourism industry in the crucial swing state of Florida.

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Cruise Ships Can’t Sail. But the Behemoth Vessels Are Still a Draw.

Empty cruise liners idling in the English Channel have become a tourist destination of their own, drawing cruise fans temporarily stuck on land.

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Keke Palmer Keeps a Check

The movie star, talk-show host, singer and self-described “drama nerd person” is hosting the MTV V.M.A.s. She’s the only person for the job.

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Aboard the Diamond Princess, a Case Study in Aerosol Transmission

A computer model of the cruise-ship outbreak found that the virus spread most readily in microscopic droplets light enough to linger in the air.

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Yes, the Coronavirus Is in the Air

Transmission through aerosols matters — and probably a lot more than we’ve been able to prove yet.

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Help! My Ship Is Supposedly Still Sailing, and I Don’t Want to Be On Board

The future of the cruise industry remains very unclear, so it’s not totally unreasonable to be anxious about what next spring will look like.

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The Post-Coronavirus Cruise? Not Ready to Sail

Data shows that there were far more cases of Covid-19 on cruise ships than have been reported, but the companies and the C.D.C. have yet to establish how the boats can come back.

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Garrison Keillor’s Cruise Was Cancelled in March. Loyal Fans Still Waiting for Refunds.

Garrison Keillor’s cruise was to set sail in March. Loyal fans out thousands of dollars are still scrambling to determine if they will get their money back — and if so, how much.

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Lots to Lose on a Cruise

What happens when voyages go viral.

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Carnival Plans to Sail Again in August, Maybe

The company’s flagship line said eight of its ships could begin cruising on Aug. 1, though it later said “there is no assurance” it would start sailing again on that date.

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Fly Him to the Moon. Or at Least, Fly Him Home.

A shipboard entertainer is among those who have been quarantined for weeks on a cruise ship near Barbados. Stuck in his deluxe cabin, he has an audience of one.

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Death in California Came Weeks Before First Known U.S. Coronavirus Death

The earliest U.S. deaths publicly attributed to the virus had been on Feb. 26, when two people died in the Seattle area. Now Santa Clara County says someone who died Feb. 6 had the virus.

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Help! The Coronavirus Struck and I Want a Refund

In this week’s column, Sarah Firshein investigates the ever-changing refund policies offered by travel companies.

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Americans Aboard Costa Luminosa Land in Atlanta

Nearly 400 Americans and Canadians were evacuated from the Costa Luminosa, an Italian cruise liner, after several passengers tested positive for the coronavirus. They flew home anyway.

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How a Cruise Ship Kept Sailing After Passengers Fell Ill with Coronavirus

Even as Covid-19 sickened passengers, the Costa Luminosa was slow to act to prevent infections, despite two previous serious outbreaks on its parent company’s ships.

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Travel and the Coronavirus: Answers to Your Top Questions

Contemplating travel right now is confusing. Here is advice from experts on how to navigate the changing landscape.

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U.S. Health Experts Say Stricter Measures Are Required to Limit Coronavirus’s Spread

With more than 500 cases in almost three dozen states, officials worry that containment efforts aren’t enough.

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Grand Princess Cruise Ship Awaits Coronavirus Results as California Braces

More than 3,500 people are aboard the ship, which will dock at a noncommercial port this weekend. “We will be testing everyone,” Vice President Mike Pence said.

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Countries Intensify Efforts to Halt Outbreaks

A cruise ship is held off the California coast as the state declares an emergency. A sense of crisis builds as new cases are detected around the globe.

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