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Norwegian Cruise Lines plans for 8 ships to sail from New York in 2021.

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If 2021 proves to be a good year for cruising, Norwegian Cruise Line plans for a total of 8 ships to make at least one sailing from the Big Apple. The cruises range from a single repositioning cruises to multiple New England / Canada, Florida and Bahamas or Bermuda cruises.

At this point, NYCruiseInfo has not published the consolidated 2021 cruise schedule from the Port of New York (pending potential updates due to the impact of the coronavirus).

Norwegian Cruise Lines ships expected to sail from New York in 2021 include the Norwegian Joy, Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Star and the Norwegian Breakaway.

Check back in November for 2021 updates as cruise lines alter plans to re-enter service.

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Royal Caribbean's Oasis Of The Seas Planned Arrival in New York (New Jersey) Cape Liberty.

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Expected to debut in the Port of  New York and New Jersey in 2020 - the Oasis of the Seas is still scheduled to sail from Cape Liberty Bayonne, New Jersey starting on May 9, 2021. One of the largest ships in the world, her New York arrival has been anticipated for a long time but delayed due to the coronavirus. 

We are hopeful that cruising will return to its new norm  by May 2021 and that the ship will arrive in the Port of New York as planned.

Here are NYCruiseInfo we are optimistic and we have published the latest review on the Oasis of the Seas - showcasing the ship's public rooms, staterooms, amenities and attractions. Providing readers with a detailed look at this great ship and all her vital statistics.

Read All About the Oasis of the Seas - See Photos, Statistics, Public Rooms, Staterooms, Lounges and Ameinities.

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When Will Cruising Return to New York and New Jersey?

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For months now, the cruise lines have been discussing the restart of operations.  All communications have identified the return to cruising to be primarily in Florida (Miami and Port Canaveral) and the Gulf Coast ports in Texas. There has been no mention of cruising returning from the port of New York and New Jersey.


With the recent spike in coronavirus cases in Florida and the Gulf Ports. The cruise lines have turned their attention to Europe. The European Union has also put into effect a series of restrictions and guidelines cruise lines need to follow which will greatly reduce the ship's capacity and impact the onboard experience.

It does not appear that New York or New Jersey is part of the phase 1 of   the initial return to service after the pause.

My best guess would be April of 2021 with a limited return to service when the Bermuda, New England / Canada and Florida / Bahamas cruising can resume.

Come back frequently for updates.


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Former New York Cruise Ship May Be Heading to Scrappers.

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Earlier this month, Spanish cruise and tour operator -  Pullmantur declared bankruptcy and less than 3 weeks later, 2 of their 3 ships were sold for scrap. The two ships - the Monarch and Sovereign have been sold for scrap and are sitting on the beach at Aliaga Turkey.

It appears that Royal Caribbean, who was a partner in the Pullmantur operations and who retained ownership of the Pullmantur ships, was working in advance of the announcement to have the ships scrapped.

Within days of declaring bankruptcy, the ships went to Naples Italy where they were stripped of their artworks and any other furnishing not part of the deal. Within 3 weeks of the bankruptcy  announcement the ships were beached.

Pullmantur also operated a third ship, which had strong ties to the port of  New York and New Jersey. The ship is the former  Celebrity Cruises' Zenith. The Zenith (along with the Horizon and Meridian)  were the birth of today's modern Celebrity Cruises whose roots lie with the G…

Where Are The Cruise Ships Now?

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Ever wonder where ships are now during the pandemic?? NYCruiseInfo has created a list of 8 ships that would normally be sailing from New York City, Brooklyn or Cape Liberty, Bayonne, New Jersey. We reveal where those ships are now and if they are in motion, where they are going.

Ship covered include the following:
Adventure of the SeasAnthem of the SeasCarnival SunriseCarnival Victory / Radiance Celebrity SummitEmpress of the Seas Norwegian JoyNorwegian EncoreNorwegian Gem Norwegian PearlOasis of the Seas Queen Mary 2
Check out where your favorite cruise ship is now.

Come back frequently because we update the list about every 2 weeks.


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Center for Disease Control and Prevention Has Extended The NO SAIL Order Until September 30, 2020.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has extended its ban on cruising from the United States through Sept. 30, citing the spreading coronavirus pandemic.

The previous order was set to expire this month, but was largely expected to be extended. Most major cruise operators had already voluntarily paused operations through the summer.

In a letter, the CDC said it has spent over 38,000 person hours working on the cruise ship COVID-19 response since March. The agency also cited 99 outbreaks on 123 different cruise ships.

This Order is in effect until one of the following occurs:
The expiration of the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ declaration that COVID-19 constitutes a public health emergency.The CDC Director rescinds or modifies the order based on specific public health or other considerations, or  September 30, 2020.
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Bahamas Ban United States Citizens.

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The Bahamas has temporarily banned all United States Citizens from vacationing at the island nation. The ban, depending on how long it is enforced, could impact cruises from New York and New Jersey. These cruises frequently called at Nassau, Freeport and private islands in the Bahamas  on 7 day winter cruises.

Here is the details of the current ban.

"Our current situation demands decisive action if we are to avoid being overrun and being defeated by this virus," Minnis said in his address, noting that the Bahamas has confirmed 15 new cases for a total of 153 cases. 49 of the cases had been identified since the Bahamas reopened its borders on July 1.  Sea vessels carrying commercial passengers will also not be permitted to enter. However, private international flights, charters and yachts from all countries will be allowed.  National airline Bahamasair will end flights to the US immediately and a number of beaches and parks have been closed until further notice. The…

Bar Harbor Says No Thanks to 2020 Small Ship Cruise Passengers.

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Bar Harbor has said "NO THANKS" to all cruise passengers to the Maine city in 2020. This announcement came as a complete surprise to American Cruise Line which was expecting the approval of the town council.

The Cruise line's 20 page presentation covered everything from pre-cruise, post-cruise, on board and land-side precautions - all expected to be implemented to stop / restrict the spread of the coronavirus.

The small ship cruise line - American Cruise Line is exempt from many of the other restrictions in place because of their ship's low capacity - carrying 200 passengers or less with most ships carrying around 100 passengers. In addition, American Cruise Lines' ships are US registered and the crew are  United States citizens which make the cruise line exempt from the Jones Act Restrictions - which requires foreign flag ships to call at a foreign port during every cruise.


The Bar Harbor restrictions are expected to be in place for the remainder of 2020.

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Delivery of Carnival Cruises' New Carnival Mardi Gras Delayed Until Febraury 2020.

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Carnival Cruise Line has announced that the Mardi Gras will now debut in early 2021,  with cruises sailing from Port Canaveral starting February. 6, 2021.

The Carnival Mardi Gras was expected to sail a short series of cruises from New York before heading to Florida for the Fall / Winter - those cruises were cancelled earlier in the year and now the ship has been delayed further.

Itineraries out of Port Canaveral for departures from Nov. 14, 2020 to Jan. 30, 2021 have been cancelled.

"We continue to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global commerce, public health and our cruise operations. In addition to our current pause in service, there have been many other unintended consequences, including shipyard, dry dock and ship delivery delays, and related changes to our deployment plans for our fleet," said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

"While we had hoped to make up construction time on Mardi Gras over the summer, it's clear we w…

Carnival Corporation Brands to Dispose of 13 Ships and Delay of New Ships.

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Carnival Cruises announced that the company expects future capacity to be moderated by the phased re-entry of its ships, the removal of capacity from its fleet and delays in new ship deliveries. 
As previously announced, the company intends to accelerate the removal of ships in fiscal 2020 which were previously expected to be sold over the upcoming years. The company sold one ship during June 2020 and has agreements for the disposal of five ships and preliminary agreements for an additional three ships, all of which are expected to leave the fleet in the next 90 days. 

These agreements are in addition to the sale of four ships, which were announced prior to fiscal 2020. In total, the 13 ships expected to leave the fleet represent a nearly nine percent reduction in current capacity. 
The company currently expects only five of the nine ships originally scheduled for delivery in fiscal 2020 and fiscal 2021 will be delivered prior to the end of fiscal year 2021. In addition, the company expe…

AIDA Cruises to Resume Cruising in August From German Ports.

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Royal Caribbean to Continue to Offer Buffets Post Pandemic / Pause in Operations

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Royal Caribbean has announced that they will continue to offer buffets on their cruise ships post pandemic. Royal Caribbean has hinted that the future of the buffet may include 1) Having a crew member dish out portions so only one person touches the utensils; 2) food dispensed in single serve portions. Pick and Go.  3) Disposable utensils - only you use the serving spoon and then dispose. It is possible to see a combination of all of the option above on the RCCL ships.

Royal Caribbean has to depend on buffets to feed a portion of their passenger base since there are not enough onboard space in the restaurants to accommodate everyone.


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Will the Carnival Victory Ever Become the Carnival Radiance?

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It is unclear if work will ever resume on the transformation  of the Carnival Victory to the Carnival Radiance at Spain's Navantia Shipyard.

The Carnival Victory sailed transatlantic to Cadiz Spain and promptly entered the dry-dock. Demolition began on the Transatlantic voyage and work was planned to begin immediately. A Greek Ferry was chartered by the shipyard to house all of the workers during the 2 month,  $200 million dollar transformation into the Carnival Radiance.

Before the ferry could reach the shipyard in Spain, it was diverted back to Greece because the Coronavirus hit Spain very hard and the shipyard was forced to pause operations.  All work stopped. The skeletal crew remained on board the ship and were trapped onboard in Spain.

Work was to be completed by April 24, 2020 and the transformed Carnival Radiance was to sail a short series of European Cruises followed by a Transatlantic Voyage to New York. Once in New York, the ship was to sail a summer and fall series o…

Carnival Corporation To Provide A Business Update on Friday Morning.

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Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) has scheduled a conference call with analysts for Friday, July 10, 2020 at 10 a.m. (EDT); 3 p.m. (BST) to provide a business update.
A simulcast of the call will be available via the company's Web sites at www.carnivalcorp.com and www.carnivalplc.com.

View original content:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/carnival-corporation--plc-provides-business-update-and-additional-financial-information-for-the-second-quarter-301088075.html
Information expected to be shared include a business update as well as a potentially more details concerning the ships to be sold off and the brands impacted.

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Latest Cruise New Beyond The Port of New York and New Jersey.

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