Cruise news update: October 2, 2021


We’ve got you covered with another cruise news update covering the major cruise lines. It has been very busy as more ships resume operations in the United States and a huge demand for a Carnival cruise in Greenland.

Cruise news update

It’s gone with another cruise news update and of course, it’s just another busy week in the cruise industry. We have updates on Disney Cruise Line resuming departures from San Diego, winter protocols from MSC Cruises, second Carnival cruise ship starts from Long Beach, limited testing at Royal Caribbean terminals, plan Halloween Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Line picking up from New York City, and those on top of Carnival listened to another Greenland cruise.

Disney Wonder reboots from San Diego

Guests once again enjoy the magic that happens aboard Disney Cruise Line Disney wonder. The ship sails on a 4-day round trip Halloween on the high seas cruise from San Diego, stopover in Cabo San Lucas with two days at sea.

The ship left on Friday October 1 to restart operations. Disney wonder became the last ship in the fleet to take over and the first in the fleet on the west coast.

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The ship will sail this route in the near future, alternating between three and four day cruises to Baja Mexico. The three-night trips will stop at the popular Ensenada port and spend a day at sea. The four-night cruises include two days at sea and a stopover in Cabo San Lucas.

For the Baja Mexico cruise on board Wonder, all passengers aged 12 and over must be fully immunized and pass a boarding test. On November 5, 1,754 passengers Disney wonder will sail on a 14-night cruise through the Panama Canal; for this cruise, all passengers, regardless of their age, must be fully vaccinated to be able to board.

Long Beach Carnival Miracle Sails

Carnival miracle To become the second in the fleet to resume sailing from Long Beach, California, and this comes after the ship has already sailed from Seattle, Washington to Alaska since late July 2021.

On September 27, guests were welcomed aboard with a party and dancing atmosphere from the crew in the atrium. The event was hosted by renowned cruise director Jen Baxter and attended by the ship’s captain.

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Carnival miracle kicked off its offerings from Long Beach with a four-day itinerary on the Mexican Riviera. The ship called at Avalon on Catalina Island and at Ensenada in Mexico. The vessel then returned to its home port on Friday October 1, 2021. The Spirit class vessel will offer three and four day cruises for the remainder of the year.

Carnival miracle joined Panorama of the Carnival, which became the first to resume from the port of Long Beach on August 21, 2021. The Vista-class ship offers one-week cruises to the Mexican Riviera.

MSC Cruises Protocols for Winter

MSC Cruises aims to maintain health and safety measures during the winter season to make sure everyone stays safe on board. The protocols were first introduced in August 2020, as MSC Cruises was one of the first cruise lines to resume operations during the pandemic.

For example, for Caribbean cruises departing from Miami and Port Canaveral, all passengers 12 years of age and older must be fully immunized. For residents of the United States, they will need to provide proof of a negative antigen or PCR test performed within 48 hours of cruise departure, while non-residents of the United States will need a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of cruise departure.

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All passengers between the ages of two and 11 will be required to provide proof of a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of the departure of their cruise.

We have all the protocols for the different regions in which MSC Cruises operates on the website, including the Southern Caribbean, Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Middle East. Winter season protocols for South America and South Africa will be published soon.

Carnival adds second trip to Greenland

With such demand for the Carnival trip to Greenland departing in September 2023, the cruise company was able to add an additional sail. The trip that leaves on September 2 from the port of Baltimore sold out in just 24 hours.

Carnival Cruise Line has now decided to add a second trip to Greenland which departs even earlier on August 13, 2023. Carnival legend will depart on Sunday August 13, starting with five consecutive days at sea and arriving at Nanortalik in Greenland on August 19. The next day, August 20, the Carnival ship will visit Qaqortoq, followed by another day at sea.

Carnival Legend Cruise
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On August 22, the ship will call at St. Anthony, Newfoundland. There will also be a stopover in Corner Brook, Newfoundland on August 23 and Sydney, Nova Scotia on August 24, 2023. There will be two final days at sea before Carnival legend returns to Baltimore, Maryland, August 27.

Carnival legend becomes the fleet’s preferred vessel for Greenland cruises. The Spirit-class ship made its first visit to the country in 2013 from Dover in the UK. The ship is currently preparing to start sailing and replace the sister ship Carnival pride in Baltimore on November 14, 2021.

Royal Caribbean terminal test

Customers who go out of their way to ensure they can be tested in the right time frame before a cruise will be happy to know that Royal Caribbean has developed a safeguard with the option “Boarding day test”. The cruise line now offers pre-cruise tests at the terminal, but they’re limited and really should only be used if all else fails.

In the email that was sent, the cruise line begins by saying: “Pros: One last option if you just can’t find a pre-cruise test or if you can’t get the results on time. “ this means that guests should only use the terminal testing option if all other testing arrangements do not work, such as home test kits and at a specific test site.

Symphony of the Seas in PortMiami
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Royal Caribbean goes on to say in the email, “Cons: For vaccinated customers only. Limited availability by appointment only. Wait up to an hour for results outside the terminal. Positive result unknown until the day of embarkation.

It is good to know that the cruise line has an option there if needed, and the cruise line is advised to “research other options first”. You can then make an appointment 24 hours in advance 30 minutes before the check-in time. Testing at the terminal will cost at least $ 99 per person, along with a wait of up to an hour outside the terminal for the result.

Halloween Carnival Veils

For October, Carnival Cruise Ships Will Offer Halloween on board with a wide range of “Frightfully Fun” offers. Guests can enjoy already popular costume, trick or treat contests, and activities that will become versions of Halloween. Here is the list of activities that will take place:

  • Patch Halloween Bridge Party
  • Costume contest
  • Dive Movie Specials at Carnival Seaside Theater
  • Patch’s Halloween Pumpkin Hunt
  • Frighteningly Fun Themed Trivia
  • Patch’s Spook-Tacular Bingo
  • Frighteningly fun dance class
  • Guess this list of scary songs
  • Pumpkin Carving Competition
  • Halloween photo shoot
  • Kids ‘activities include: candy or family spell, kids’ costume contest, and teen Halloween party
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13 Carnival cruise ships will deliver the experience, including additional ships that will resume operations in October, including Carnival Liberty from Miami and Exaltation of Carnival out of Port Canaveral. Mardi Gras, Carnival’s new flagship, will also have Halloween specials for the first time starting October 2.

NCL takes over New York City

Norwegian escape became the first of the fleet resume departures from New York. Oasis of the seas has been running Bahamian cruises from Bayonne, New Jersey since early September, so area cruise passengers now have an even wider choice of epic cruise ships.

Norwegian escape to New York
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The 3,963-passenger Breakaway-class vessel resumed operations on September 26 and once again welcomed guests on board for the first time in over a year. Norwegian escape will sail on six one-week Bermuda cruises with overnight stays at the Royal Navy DockYard. The ship will then embark on its 14-day repositioning voyage followed by departures from New Orleans on November 7.

Also Read: Which Norwegian Cruise Line Ships Have Restarted?

Norwegian escape is the sixth of the company’s 17-vessel fleet to redeploy since July 25, 2021, when Norwegian Jade was the first to sail on seven-day itineraries to the Greek Islands after a 500-day suspension. Norwegian Encore became the first ship in the NCL fleet to resume cruising from the United States on August 7, 2021.

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