CDC rules struck down

THE Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) cruise rules have been struck down by United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida Steven Merryday.

The national public health institute will not be able to enforce its Conditional Sailing Order from 18 July, which includes a mandate of a 95% vaccination rate of crew members and passengers.

The CDC can propose “a narrower injunction” by 2 July, the ruling stated, in order “to further safeguard the public’s health while this action pends”.

MSC Explora brand

A New luxury cruise brand, Explora Journeys, has been unveiled by MSC Group, with guests to travel to lesser-sailed harbours to enjoy a “more authentic experience” and a “slower pace of travel”.

Explora will offer guests exclusive access to the destinations it visits, through non-conventional arrival & departure times and overnight stays, with trips starting at seven nights.

Hurti adds Galapagos

Hurtigruten Expeditions is continuing its expansion, introducing exclusive Galapagos Islands expedition cruises from January 2022, in partnership with Ecuador-based Metropolitan Touring.

The cruise line will expand the breadth of its Expeditions destinations to include 10-day adventures in the archipelago, on board the fully upgraded 90-guest Santa Cruz II.