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Nude Cruising Proving to Be Quite Popular



Let’s just say that the whole concept of a nude cruise isn’t exactly new.

The idea – and the execution – has been around for years thanks to Bare Necessities, a company specializing in clothing-optional events.

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So don’t be surprised when the Carnival Legend sets sail on Feb. 23, as a ship dubbed the Big Nude Boat. It’s only … natural.

In fact, it’s been so popular that this one is sold out, and next year’s trip aboard the Legend, setting sail from Tampa on Feb. 14, 2021, will be the 75th nude cruise put together by Bare Necessities.

Just don’t let your mind wander that this is some sort of Roman bacchanalia.

“We have a list of decorum and attire requirements for our cruises that are sent out with the cruise reservation,” Bare Necessities spokesperson Rosie Ochoa told “They are also listed on our website and are repeated again once on board. This is like our Ten Commandments of cruising. The central focus is R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Respecting confidentiality, personal space, the ship, the ship’s staff, the clothing requirements — yes, we have to be clothed sometimes — and respecting yourself.”

Oh, and those rules? They are very much enforced.

“We run a tight ship on these requirements and we have a zero-tolerance policy,” Ochoa said. “I like to believe this is what makes us so successful. Feeling safe and being safe are things you can count on when you cruise with us.”

Next year’s cruise is for two weeks and will visit such ports of call as Mahogany Bay, Colon, Cartagena, Bonaire, Curacao, San Juan, and Nassau.

The 2021 cruise is already on sale.

“We have proven through diligence and hard work that we are a legit company,” Ochoa said. “And it’s because of our positive partnership that Carnival’s staff always know what to expect and are ready and willing to go above and beyond to make our charter great.”

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Passengers Being Evacuated as Zaandam, Rotterdam Finally Dock



For the first time in almost a month, passengers aboard an illness-stricken Holland America ship put their feet on dry land this morning.

The Zaandam, with four dead aboard, nine confirmed coronavirus cases and 200 more that are sick, finally docked in Fort Lauderdale overnight after an arduous, frustrating journey in which the boat was turned away from a half-dozen ports on its South American itinerary.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis finally relented and allowed the Zaandam – as well as its sister ship, the Rotterdam, which took on some of the Zaandam’s healthy passengers – to dock at Port Everglades late Thursday night.

According to the Associated Press, 14 critically ill people were removed from the Zaandam first and taken to Florida hospitals, followed by Florida residents and other passengers. Buses were taking people healthy enough to travel directly to the airport and directly to chartered flights, avoiding the terminal.

“This is a humanitarian situation, and the County Commission’s top priority is protecting our 1.9 million residents while providing a contained disembarkation option for people on board who need to get safely home,” Broward County Mayor Dale Holness said in a statement late Thursday.

Holland America initially said 45 people who were mildly ill would stay onboard the Zaandam until they recovered, but the docking plan released later Thursday indicated that 26 passengers and 50 crew members were ill. Two of the four dead had COVID-19.

Carnival Corp., which owns the Holland America Line, said the Coral Princess – its last ship carrying passengers to a U.S. port since the pandemic was declared – will arrive on Saturday with more than 1,000 passengers who have been isolating in their cabins, including 12 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

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