Some River Cruise Updates and Podcast on Ocean Cruises … from Travel Weekly

Some good-news excerpts courtesy Travel Weekly About River Cruises, Plus Podcast on Ocean Cruises

Stirring moments on AmaLucia sailing … There were only 28 passengers aboard the AmaLucia as the ship departed Amsterdam. But the small crowd brought big energy.

River cruise lines continue to operate in Hungary … Even though the country has banned most air travel from the U.S., an exception has been carved out for river cruisers whose sailing departs from Budapest.

European river lines adapt to Netherlands’ travel restrictions …Despite the rapid changes, river lines were working around the new protocols rather than canceling calls in Amsterdam.

American Melody enters service on the Mississippi … The fourth riverboat in American Cruise Line’s Modern series, the Melody embarked on its maiden cruise from Natchez, Miss., on Sept. 3.

AmaSiena christened in Germany … The ceremony, delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic, took place in Lahnstein with World Travel Holdings executive Debbie Fiorino serving as godmother.

Oceania and Crystal River Cruises return to service … The Crystal Ravel and Debussy have returned to sail the Danube and Rhine rivers. The Marina became the first Oceania ship to sail in 524 days.

Cover photo: cruise ship Tortola, BVI, Dennis Cox ©Dennis Cox/WorldViews


Folo episode: A check-in on the cruise experience … With vaccine mandates, testing and, sometimes, mask requirements, what is today’s cruise experience really like? (podcast about big-ship cruising in the USA with Vicki Freed, the senior vice president of sales, marketing and trade support and services for Royal Caribbean International; Penny Rushing, the owner of Four Points Travel, an Avoya agency; and Gene Sloan, the cruise editor at The Points Guy. These experts talked with news editor Johanna Jainchill and host Rebecca Tobin about today’s cruising and what cruise lines and travel advisors have learned over the past couple of months. This episode was recorded on Thursday, Sept. 2, and has been edited for length and clarity.

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