A cruise with no port calls? In the new era of COVID, one line is about to try it

The Points Guy: Would you take a 14-day cruise that didn’t include a single port call? That’s the temporary solution that one Europe-based cruise company has dreamed up to solve the problem of how to offer trips in an era of coronavirus-related port restrictions. Norwegian expedition cruise company Hurtigruten this week is beginning 14-day sailings from Hamburg, Germany, to the Norwegian coast that — for now — won’t include a single port stop.

Florida casino ship offers preview of cruise gambling

Cruise Radio: While cruise ships are not yet sailing, I recently had the chance to do some gambling on the high seas thanks to a trip aboard the Florida-based casino ship Victory 1. While much smaller than a ship like Carnival Vista or Norwegian Breakaway, the experience offered insight into how mainstream lines might deal with some of their casino-centric returns when they’re finally able to sail again.

The Castell Project Inc. releases ‘Black Representation in Hospitality Industry Leadership 2020’ report

PRESS RELEASE: Officials of Castell Project Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the careers of women professionals in the hospitality industry, today released the “Black Representation in Hospitality Leadership 2020” report. The statistical document reflects the industry prior to the ongoing pandemic. Castell Project plans to release an updated report in January to show the impact on Black representation as the industry rehires.

SeaDream Yacht Club resumes sailing

Travel Daily News: SeaDream’s first Norwegian voyage set sail from Oslo on Saturday, June 20th. This marks the start of the first luxury line in the world to resume operations since March 2020.  SeaDream’s Norwegian voyages have sparked an overwhelming excitement. The company had initially plan to sail in Norway with only one ship, SeaDream I, for 9 voyages. After the first voyages started quickly selling out, SeaDream made the decision to add SeaDream II to double capacity and meet the overwhelming demand.