It’s been another busy week in the cruise industry, so we’re here to make sure you have all the latest cruise updates. For the first time in more than two years, entire fleets are heading back to sea, there are also cancellations and ship changes.
Cruise News Update
We have a middle finger new cruises update for you on all major cruise lines including cancellation of scheduled sailing for norwegian primatwo new developments related to the world’s largest cruise ship, an update from the CDC, deployment changes from Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Line becoming the first major cruise line to recommission the entire fleet, and while we are on this topic, all Norwegian Cruise Line ships will be back with passengers starting today!
Changes to Royal Caribbean ships
We already knew sea traveler wasn’t going to offer crossings to Northern Europe, but now Royal Caribbean has confirmed that the the ship will be based in Fort Lauderdale in Florida instead starting May 6, 2023.
Voyager of the Seas was originally scheduled to offer cruises from Copenhagen, Denmark and Stockholm, Sweden from May 21, 2023. The cruise line sent communication updates regarding the change in deployment over the past week.
Instead, Serenade of the Seas will take Traveler‘s place with similar routes, departing from Copenhagen for trips to Northern Europe and Scandinavia.
Serenade of the Seas was previously due to depart from Barcelona from May 2023, but instead takes over sea traveler‘ Northern European and Scandinavian routes. The ship’s deployment and itineraries in fall 2023 have yet to be announced.
Customers originally booked on sea traveler will automatically be moved to the identical replacement boat on board Serenade of the Seas. Similar cabin categories will be protected, as will passengers’ original cruise fares.
CDC updates guidelines for cruise ships
The CDC has further updated its voluntary program for cruise ships, which all major cruise lines operating in the United States follow. In the change made on May 5, 2022, the CDC now says: “Changed cruise ship vaccination status thresholds from 95% of passengers to 90% of passengers.“
Lowering the threshold to 90% allows cruise lines operating on “highly vaccinated” voyages to allow more unvaccinated passengers to sail. Currently, all cruise lines opting into the CDC program are under “highly vaccinated” cruises, including Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line.
Previously, the threshold was 95% for unvaccinated clients. The threshold remains the same at 95% for crew members.
In addition to lowering the threshold for vaccinated passengers, the CDC also changed its guidance on isolation aboard cruise ships. Onboard isolation rooms are no longer required to have negative pressure, but locations must still be predefined. Passengers are exempted from isolating themselves in the cabin within 36 hours of disembarkation.
Update on Wonder of the Seas
It’s been a busy week of news for the world’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas. The ship has completed its eastbound transatlantic crossing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and is departure of 7 night cruises in the Western Mediterranean.
From May 8 to October 30, wonder of the seas will bring enthusiastic guests to popular destinations in Italy, France and Spain. Shipments can come from Barcelona, Spain or Italy.
wonder of the seas will leave Barcelona for the last time on October 30 to begin a 14-night transatlantic crossing to reposition itself to its new permanent home port, Port Canaveral in Florida.
And more mega-ship news, Royal Caribbean has launched the search on the social media platform TikTok for the godmother. By using the #SearchForWonderMom a hashtag contest is underway to search for the Wonder Mom until Monday, May 16, 2022. The cruise line will then announce the winner who will become the ship’s godmother this summer.
The baptism ceremony will take place in December. The event will take place when the ship is in its new homeport of Port Canaveral, Florida. The godmother and her family will also be on the exclusive cruise from Port Canaveral to Royal Caribbean’s private island of Perfect Day at CococoCay in the Bahamas.
It will go even better for the Wonder Mom as the family will enjoy a seven-night Caribbean sail on wonder of the seas and stay in the ultimate family suite, first-class flights, and three nights in a five-star hotel before the cruise begins. There will also be $1,000 spending money.
All Carnival cruise ships are back in service
Like Carnival Splendor welcomed its first guests for the first time in over two years on May 2, the Carnival Cruise Line’s entire fleet is now back in service for the first time since the industry shutdown began in March 2020.
the Carnival Splendor became the latest ship in the fleet to return to service when it departed Smith Cove Cruise Terminal 91 in Seattle, Washington on May 2.
This initial cruise is an 8-day round trip sailing that will visit major Alaskan ports of call – Skagway, Juneau, Icy Strait Point and Ketchikan – as well as Victoria, British Columbia.
Carnival Splendor will continue to offer Alaska sailings from Seattle through the end of August, although only this first sailing will be an 8-night itinerary. The ship’s other itineraries will be 7-night sailings.
With Carnival Splendor, Carnival’s entire fleet is finally back in service. And it’s the first major cruise line to do so. Carnival Vista was the first-ever Carnival cruise ship to restart passenger operations when it set sail July 3, 2021 from Galveston, Texas.
Over the past 10 months, Carnival Cruise Line has operated a gradual, gradual restart, returning ships to service one by one as various ports of call reopen for travellers.
All Norwegian Cruise Line ships returning to service
For the first time in more than two years, the whole Norwegian Cruise Line fleet resumes service! NCL now becomes the second major cruise line to have all cruise ships back with guests.
The last ship in the NCL fleet sets sail today, May 7, from Tahiti in French Polynesia. The 75,904 gross ton Norwegian Spirit is sailing on a 12-night cruise visiting some of the most beautiful islands in the Pacific. She becomes the last ship in the fleet to resume operations after more than two years of waiting.
Norwegian spirit will sail the same route three times before repositioning in Vancouver, Canada, to begin her season in Alaska.
norwegian jade became the first ship in the fleet to resume guest service on July 25, 2021, departing Athens, Greece. Since then, more ships have gradually returned to service and this despite some setbacks to the Omicron variant towards the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022.
Norwegian Prima cruise canceled due to charter
Norwegian Cruise Line informed passengers and travel partners booked last week that the January 22, 2023 departure of norwegian prima of Port Canaveral has been canceleddue to a full charter of the vessel sailing on that date.
Sailing affected is the 7-night sail on what will soon be Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, norwegian prima.
The cruise was to be a Western Caribbean and Bahamas voyage, scheduled to visit Cozumel, Costa Maya and Grand Cayman, as well as the cruise line’s private island in the Bahamas, Great Stirrup Cay. Two days at sea were also part of the itinerary.
At the moment, norwegian prima will still sail the planned route, but the voyage is no longer available for public booking as it has been booked for a private full vessel charter.
Guests already booked will automatically receive a full refund of all monies paid, including cruise fare, gratuities or prepaid packages, taxes and fees.
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