River cruise lines forging ahead with Christmas market voyages

Christmas celebrations may end up being rather different this year, with the potential of tough restrictions on how many can gather, and where we can travel, but river cruise fans can still get into the festive spirit amid Covid-19.

For while the situation with ocean cruising remains largely uncertain – the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention opted to extend its ‘no sail’ order through October 31 while Canada, the Cayman Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Spain and the Seychelles all have cruise bans in place until the end of the year – river cruise lines have been quietly making their comeback.

German river cruise company, A-Rosa, successfully resumed cruises on the Douro, the Danube, the Rhine and the Rhone over the summer, as did Amadeus and Strasbourg-based CroisiEurope. And all three outfits are offering Christmas markets cruises to British passengers – even with quarantine requirements on the arrival

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Reservations Open For Carnival Celebration Debuting In 2022, As Part Of Carnival Cruise Line’s 50th Birthday

MIAMI, Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Reservations are now open for Carnival Celebration, Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship set to debut in November 2022 as part of the company’s 50th birthday.

A sister to the line’s first XL-class ship, Mardi Gras, Carnival Celebration will debut with an inaugural 14-day Carnival Journeys cruise Nov. 6, 2022, followed by the launch of year-round service from PortMiami Nov. 21, 2022.  The addition of Carnival Celebration to Miami will maintain PortMiami’s position as the top embarkation port for Carnival Cruise Line.

Carnival Celebration will include many of the features that have made Mardi Gras one of the most anticipated ships in cruising, including BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea, along with other unique design features created specifically for this vessel. 

Carnival’s 50th Birthday celebration kicks off in March 2022 – the company’s birthday month – with a

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Top Five Best River Cruise Lines For Cabins

Whether you want a balcony to take in the view while drifting down the Danube or you’d be content with just a porthole overlooking the Mekong, your river cruise cabin will be your home away from home during your trip.

Excursions and on-board entertainment may take priority each day but you’ll need a comfortable place to relax in private each night. It’s vital to choose a river cruise line that offers top-quality cabins or suites. All cabins on even the largest river cruise ships will have an external window – great for tight budgets and deep pockets alike.

To make sure you rest easy on your next river cruise, we’ve rounded up a selection of the best river cruise lines for cabins, as voted in our river cruise survey. The companies that passengers picked cover most budgets so you should find something to suit you. See how to find the

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More Major Cruise Lines Cancel Sailings Through November

Despite getting the green light from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — albeit under murky circumstances — several major cruise lines have decided against making the grand return to sailing this November.

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Late Tuesday, three major cruise lines — Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, and MSC Cruises — canceled all or most of their sailings worldwide through the end of November. This news comes shortly after Norwegian Cruise Line extended its cancellations through the end of November, also impacting itineraries aboard Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

These cruise lines join the ranks of other brands such as Princess Cruises and Carnival Cruise Line, which have canceled most of their November sailings and even some itineraries originally slated for December.

A few cruise operators such as MSC Cruises have resumed limited sailings in Europe, but Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Norwegian,

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The CDC Is Playing a Game of Chicken With Cruise Lines

Royal Caribbean (NYSE:RCL) isn’t going to rock the boat. All eyes were on the country’s second largest cruise line with Carnival (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:CUK) and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NASDAQ:NCLH) canceling upcoming voyages earlier this month. Would Royal Caribbean stick to its November sailings, cutting it close with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) No Sail Order that was recently extended until Halloween?

If Royal Caribbean did nix voyages, would it follow Norwegian Cruise Line into just calling everything off until December? Would it be better served by walking in the footsteps of Carnival with its clever hiking trail of pushing out all but a few sailings that it will test out next month? Carnival has six ships expected to sail come November on limited itineraries out of ports in Miami and Port Canaveral in Florida.

In the end, Royal Caribbean decided to play it safe. It followed Norwegian

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American Cruise Lines Execs Talk New Ships, Booking Trends and More

“This has been quite a year for the cruise industry, and we are all ready for the promise of next year,” Charles B. Robertson, president and CEO of American Cruise Lines, told reporters attending the line’s press conference at Seatrade Cruise Virtual this week.

While the U.S.-flagged line is still hopeful that it could possibly cruise the lower portion of the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Memphis in 2020, that’s not yet known. If the sailing schedule would need to be pushed into 2021, the line would begin American river sailings in February with voyages continuing through December 2021.

2021 Booking Trends

Also participating in the briefing was Susan Shultz-Gelino, vice president of trade relations, American Cruise Lines, who said she’s learned from her chats with travel advisors that “2021 is going to be absolutely huge. People are ready to travel. They want to get

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Top four best river cruise lines for port excursions

Whether you’re cruising the Danube, the Rhone or the Mekong rivers, port excursions can make or break your trip. We’ve rounded up a selection of the best river cruise lines for port excursions, based on our river cruises survey.

Taking a full or half day at a time, it’s vital you choose an itinerary full of stop-offs that suit you. Port excursions may only be a whistle-stop tour of a city or only take in a historic building, so if there’s a particular place you have your heart set on visiting that’s not included you may be better off going it alone.

The table below contains the highest-scoring brands, rated by cruise fans for offering all-inclusive ease or a variety of options at each port.

The lines cover most budget levels, so you should find something to suit you. Do you want to know how to choose the best river

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Best And Worst River Cruise Lines

Want to know which river cruise line to set sail with? Read on to discover what customers really think of popular cruise brands.

The river cruise brands we recommend feel spacious on-board, with top restaurants, comfortable cabins and varied on-board facilities, despite their diminutive size. They have no hidden costs and live up to their brochure billing.

With the average price of a European cruise coming in just shy of £280 per night, river cruising might not look like a budget holiday at first glance. But factor in food, drinks and daily excursions, which are all typically included as standard, and the figures start to sound more reasonable.

Offering a smaller, more intimate proposition than ocean cruising, it’s important to know which river ships have cramped decks and which give you space to enjoy the view. And whether affordability or decadent design matter more to you, it’s vital that

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3 more major cruise lines cancel sailings until at least December

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You’ll now have to wait until at least December to take a cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises or Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

The parent company of the three brands, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, on Monday said it would extend its halt to cruise operations through at least Nov. 30.

Until today, the company only had canceled sailings through the end of October.

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The Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announcement comes just four days after one of the line’s biggest rivals, cruise giant Carnival, canceled most departures through January. Carnival still hopes to operate some sailings in November and December out of just two

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