Anne next in line

Cunard Line has announced its new ship joining the fleet in 2024 will be named Queen Anne.

Anne will mark the first time since 1999 Cunard will have four ships at sea, when she joins Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth.

The new vessel will feature reimagined Cunard signature spaces, an updated livery, and new guest experiences within dining, culture, and entertainment.

CDC’s new framework

The expiry of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s Conditional Sailing Order, and its replacement by a new voluntary framework, saw strict regulations controlling the resumption of American cruising lifted last month.

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has hailed the move, saying it “recognises the cruise industry’s unwavering commitment to providing some of the highest levels of COVID-19 mitigation found in any industry”.

CLIA told travelBulletin the industry is the only segment within the travel and tourism industry which requires exceedingly high levels of vaccination of both passengers and crew prior to embarkation.

Dudley says goodbye

Brett Dudley, who founded Ecruising in 2000, has resigned from his role as consultant to the company.

Dudley sold the company, and his other travel business Latitude 33, to Sky Bound Capital in February 2020, but last month said it was “only fair” he resign.

He said the decision was made “given the current and continuing uncertainty of the industry”.