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Returning To The Seas: Were Our Survey Results Too Optimistic?

Two weeks ago we conducted a survey asking you all when you felt like you would be comfortable cruising again. The results varied, but most of you said sometime before spring of 2021. We shared those results last week, and one of the comments from the results post stuck out to me: “Survey is far too optimistic. The problems are much greater than many realise.” Well, were they? Let’s look at what some of you all, and a panel from last week’s webinar, had to say about the return to cruising.

OUR SURVEY RESULTS: Returning To Cruising

We surveyed 20,000 readers on our sites, Avid Cruiser and River Cruise Advisor. Of the more than 1,400 responses as of today, more than half could see themselves on a cruise before the end of next spring.

When Will We Return To Cruising?

If the cruise companies resumed operations in July, would you feel confident about going on a cruise? Because we value your thoughts, we are running a survey to see how you are feeling about cruising in the short term and beyond.

Looking Toward The Future Of Cruising

Special guests joined us from AmaWaterways, Avalon, Riviera, Silversea and Teeming River Cruises to discuss the future of cruising. Here’s the replay from April 7, 2020.

The Moment I Love Best About Cruising, What’s Yours?

Those of us who have cruised before can probably think back to the moments we loved best about cruising. For me, it was the moment the ship sailed away from dock. Didn’t matter whether it was a big ship, mid-sized ship, expedition vessel, river cruiser or barge, the moment when the propellers began to turn, that’s when cruising had me in its steely grip. What about you? Where do you look forward to cruising from once we’re released from the global pandemic, and what’s your favorite moment on a ship?

Over the Top: Bold, Brash and Beautiful – Seven Seas Splendor

It’s been a tough month for everyone, given COVID-19 concerns and precautions. The situation has caused major cruise companies to voluntarily suspend operations across the globe, at least for a month or so, varying by line. In many ways, the situation is akin to unexpectedly running into this fierce dragon above (an art piece and favorite “selfie” spot on Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ new Seven Seas Splendor). 

But whenever major cruise lines re-start service and whenever readers are ready to sail in the future, it’s great to know that luxurious new ships are out there. Hence, here’s part two of our look at that 750-passenger ship. 

Two weeks ago, we ran a story about Seven Seas Splendor’s new 4,443-square-foot Regent Suite. In this second piece, we provide visuals of other spaces. 

Final Postcard From A Cruise Around The World: Townsville, Australia

After our two-day visit to Sydney on March 7-8 (which it turns out coincided with that of Tom Hanks and his wife), our 2020 Grand World Voyage took us to Townsville, North Queensland, a frequent call –and one of our favorites in Australia—during Holland America’s Amsterdam’s world cruises.

*At the time of publishing, all guests have been notified that HAL’s world cruise will conclude and guests will disembark in Fremantle, Australia. No further updates have been given.

Postcards From Around The World: Sydney, Australia

“Every cruise ship in the world is coming to Australia,” a local tour operator told us in Sydney, adding that due to the coronavirus, Australia is getting calls from cruise ships diverted from Asia.

*At the time of publishing, all guests have been notified that HAL’s world cruise will conclude and guests will disembark in Fremantle, Australia. No further updates have been given.

What Are We Doing During The COVID-19 Outbreak?

A lot has happened in the past week. COVID-19 has become more widespread throughout the world, especially in the United States. A bit closer to home, someone on my sailing aboard MSC Meraviglia tested positive for the virus – and I began to show symptoms. Let me start off, first, by saying that I am okay. I have had a dry cough and fever, along with a few other symptoms related to the virus, but my breathing is fine. I am 24 years old. I have very little to worry about in terms of the impact of this virus on

Postcards From Around The World: Auckland, New Zealand

Georgina Cruz chronicles her time in Auckland, New Zealand on HAL’S world cruise aboard Amsterdam.

*At the time of publishing, all guests have been notified that HAL’s world cruise will conclude and guests will disembark in Fremantle, Australia. No further updates have been given.