Cruise News Round-up: New Celebrity Ship, Coronavirus and More

If you’ve been looking for a place to catch up on all the important cruise news this week, even the stories that are relatively small, you’ve come to the right place. There were some big moves in the industry this week, whether that’s on-board a ship or off. Let’s take a look and see what’s the latest with Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and more!

Celebrity names new ship

Celebrity currently has a fleet of fourteen active ships, with two slated for arrival in the future. Their most recently announced ship, which is primed for service in fall of next year, has been given a name: Celebrity Beyond. Beyond will be their third Edge class ship, after 2018’s Edge and Apex, which we are expecting in spring of this year. Their Edge class is their biggest and most revolutionary, and we don’t imagine Beyond will break the trend. There’s not a ton of info out there yet, but the CEO and president of Celebrity claims that Beyond is “charting new territory once again.” We’re excited to see what they bring to the table!

Costa Smeralda is safe from coronavirus

If you’ve had your ear to the news lately, you’ve likely heard of the (potentially deadly) coronavirus that is slowly creeping into America. Cruises are kind of a creepy place to be in times like this, for a couple reasons. They’re traveling around the world, potentially picking up diseases, and once you’re at sea, there’s not much you can do to actually get away from any infected passengers. There was a recent scare aboard Costa Smeralda where a 54-year-old woman was complaining of fever and flu-like symptoms. The ship quickly went into quarantine, with a rep saying that “the required precautionary procedures were immediately taken.” Thankfully, it appears everything is a-okay, as the unlucky traveler was diagnosed with the common flu. It’s good to hear the ship was ready to handle something worse, though!

Royal Caribbean takes steps to avoid the virus….

More coronavirus trouble. In a move that will hopefully ensure the safety of passengers, anyone who has been to China or Hong Kong in the last 15 days will be unable to board a Royal Caribbean ship, at least for the time being. Additionally, anyone who has been in contact with someone who has been to those places will need to undergo a secondary screening to check out their health; same goes for those exhibiting symptoms of the virus, as well as anyone with a passport to China or Hong Kong. Strict, sure, but it’s probably better that way, right?

Well, there you go, a quick look at what’s been going on across the cruise world as of late. The main takeaway? Coronavirus is scary, so make sure to try and stay healthy, folks!

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