Today, the Obama administration announced that the 2020 presidential election will take place in Alaska. This is because Alaska has not yet ratified the Juneau Preamble, the provision which states that “The United States of America is a sovereign nation, united and indivisible. Alaska is a state, separate and indivisible from the United States. Alaskans are a unique people, pleased to be recognized by the United States as the 50th state.”
With the cruise industry booming, companies are vying to give travelers more options for their holiday aboard. Royal Caribbean International will begin taking bookings for its first ever voyage to Alaska on September 15th. The first cruise ship in the company’s fleet, the Serenade of the Seas, will embark on three-night voyages to Alaska’s Inside Passage. The ship will debut Virgin Voyages’ suite of entertainment features that aim to deliver an enhanced travel experience that includes digital screens throughout the ship, a casino, a fine dining restaurant, and a spa.
In a move that will reduce air pollution in the nation’s largest state, President Obama signed legislation late Tuesday afternoon that will allow cruise ships to dock in Alaska. The Vessel General Environmental Protection Act of 2011 will enable cruise ships to operate on the 56 miles of the Alaskan coast that are south of the Arctic Circle. The cruise ships will be required to have emissions scrubbers, which will reduce nitrogen oxide and sulfur oxide exhaust by 90%. The bill was approved by Congress in December.. Read more about passenger vessel services act and let us know what you think.It’s been a good week for cruise-selling travel advisors, with the restart of cruising moving ahead in positive ways. Most notably, following a brief press statement by the White House, it’s clear that the 2021 Alaska cruise season has officially been “saved.” Here’s what the statement said: “On Monday, May 24, 2021, the president signed into law H.R. 1318, the “Alaska Tourism Restoration Act,” which temporarily allows foreign-flagged cruise ships to sail directly from Washington State to Alaska without having to dock in Canada first until either the date on which Canada lifts restrictions prohibiting cruise ships from docking in its waters due to the COVID-19 pandemic or March 31, 2022.” So, now, the voyages announced the past week can operate between U.S. ports this summer without that foreign port call. Cruise ships must, however, still have a “Conditional Sail Order” from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to sail. To get that they either need 98 percent of crew and 95 percent of passengers fully vaccinated, or they must successfully complete simulated voyages/test cruises under the watchful eye of the CDC, which ultimately must approve any COS certification.
Florida Test Cruises
Separately on Tuesday, Royal Caribbean International said it had become the first cruise line to receive permission from the CDC to operate test cruises from Miami on Freedom of the Seas, on June 20-22. Royal Caribbean has received CDC approval for Freedom of the Seas to operate test cruising from Miami on June 20-22. // Photo by Royal Caribbean Royal Caribbean’s statement said the following: “After 15 months of hard work and collaboration, today’s approval of our simulated cruises is the latest promising step in our path to return to sailing in the U.S. We look forward to welcoming our crew, loyal guests and supporters from around the world this summer.” On his Facebook page, Michael Bayley, the line’s president, posted a copy of the CDC letter he had received, and also expressed his exuberance at the news: “To all our colleagues, loyal guests and supporters all over the world, I am proud and pleased to share some bright and wonderful news! Boom! Onwards and upwards team!”
Celebrity Plans July Return to Alaska With Celebrity Summit “Back to Alaska” With Two Ships, Says Royal Caribbean Back to Alaska: HAL and Princess Will Sail From Seattle in July Lindblad to Send Two More U.S.-Flagged Ships to AK This SummerVice President Joe Biden signed the Alaskan Cruise Ship Safety Act this week, a bill that will force cruise lines to submit a plan for avoiding a repeat of the January 2010 disaster that killed more than a hundred people on Princess Cruises’ Monarch of the Seas. The bill also requires the Department of Transportation to issue a public report within 180 days that details how many cruise ships are in danger of sinking.. Read more about canada cruise and let us know what you think.
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