In this week’s cruise news update, we’ve got all the major coverage from the past week with new ship delays, cancellations, protocol changes and everything you need to know about the new cruise area. Carnival’s next new ship.
Cruise News Update
It’s been a busy week of cruise news, but never fear, because Cruise Hive has you covered on headlines that could affect you.
We have the latest developments on the Carnival cruise ship which recently had a fire on board, numerous cancellations from Norwegian Cruise Line, a delay for the third Virgin Voyages cruise ship, the new area revealed for the second Excel class ship of Carnival and Princess Cruises making some changes for an Alaskan vacation.
Virgin Voyages’ new ship is delayed
This is not good for cruise passengers who have booked on the third Virgin Voyages cruise ship this year and in early 2023. As the cruise line wants to ensure that it can provide a great cruise experience, this is delay the launch of its third ship resilient lady. The ship was scheduled to debut from Athens, Greece on August 14, 2022, with the first sailing being seven nights.
Well, that debut has now been put on hold as the Virgin cruise ship is delayed until spring 2023. Virgin Voyages made the decision due to challenges facing the industry including supply chain hurdles and a level of regional uncertainty for international travelers in Eastern countries. Europe.
Another reason for the launch delay is the crew shortage, which has already impacted other cruise lines. As for vessel staffing, it is based on government regulations and restrictive COVID entry requirements in the United States.
It will also allow Virgin Voyages to remain focused on its two current ships in the fleet, Scarlet Lady in the Caribbean and Valiant Lady in the Mediterranean.
With resilient lady now postponed to 2023, this means cancellations for guests in 2022 and early 2023. The cruise line is contacting everyone affected about their compensation options.
Virgin Voyages offers a 200% Future Travel Credit (FVC) or a full refund of the amount paid plus 25% FVC. If customers choose the 200% GCF and use it to rebook in 2022, they will have the option of another free trip.
New Area Revealed for Carnival Celebration
Carnival Cruise Line has detailed Theme area The Gateway which will be presented on board the new Carnival Celebration cruise ship. The area is where the French Quater would be located, as on the sister ship Mardi Gras.
The new Latitudes Bar will be included in The Gateway, inspired by old airport departure lounge bars. The bar will have a large split shutter panel above that will be 16 feet wide and the first ever at sea.
Emeril’s Bistro will be slightly different from that found on its sister ship. It will be called Emeril’s Bistro 1397, inspired by Carnival Celebration Hull number from the Meyer Turku yard in Finland.
The area will also feature 12 high-definition virtual windows, each nearly 10 feet high and five feet wide, and an LED ceiling nearly 100 feet long. These visual displays will provide a transformational environment with different views throughout the day and night.
During the event where the walkway area was revealed, Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy also confirmed that the Bolt roller coaster will be identical to the sister ship. Mardi Gras.
The second Excel-class cruise ship will debut in November at the cruise line’s newly renovated Terminal F in PortMiami, Florida. However, there will be a first transatlantic trip departing from Southampton, UK on November 6. It will be a 14-night sailing that will end in Miami on November 20.
The vessel is currently in the final stages of construction and when completed will weigh 182,800 gross tons, making it the largest vessel in the fleet. There will also be capacity for 5,374 passengers in double occupancy and 1,735 international crew.
Carnival Freedom resumes service
After being taken out of service for urgent repairs, the Freedom Carnival the cruise ship brings back the fun to thousands of guests from June 11.
A fire broke out aboard the Conquest-class vessel on May 26 while docked in Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands. The fire primarily occurred in the ship’s iconic red, white and blue funnel and was eventually extinguished with no injuries reported to crew or guests.
The good news is that repair work on the Freedom Carnival is now complete at the Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport, Bahamas. The iconic funnel is no longer the same as before and the two fins protruding from the side have both been removed.
The ship now has a more traditional funnel look. Work began while the ship was still in Grand Turk after a technical team assessed the damage. It is likely that once the ship has undergone a more scheduled official drydock, the funnel will return completely to what it was before the fire.
Freedom Carnival will now return to guest operations from Port Canaveral on June 11 as scheduled. The ship will leave around 3:30 p.m. for a five-day cruise to Nassau, Princess Cays and Grand Turk.
Norwegian Breakaway Itinerary Changes
The The Norwegian breakaway July 17, 2022 departure from Miami has been changedand it comes as the cruise line has also changed two other departures on July 31 and August 7. Guests were informed of a significant change with the removal of two ports and some replacements.
The new itinerary from PortMiami will now begin with a stopover at NCL’s private Bahamas island, Great Stirrup Cay, on July 18. The next day, July 19, will now be a full day at sea.
On July 20, Norwegian Cruise Line adds a stopover in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and then the next day, July 21, a visit to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. The trip will end with the last two days at sea.
Norwegian Cruise Line did not provide a reason for the itinerary change, but said it was due to unforeseen circumstances.
Norwegian Escape Cancellations
With Norwegian getaway recently decommissioned after being damaged after running aground in March 2022 in the Dominican Republic, it is surprising that the vessel is once again withdrawn from service. Norwegian getaway will undergo a drydock beginning in early September, resulting in cruise cancellations.
Trips from September 8, 2022 to October 2, 2022 inclusive have been cancelled. The cruises concerned are departures from Civitavecchia, Italy, with round trips to Greece. The ship is the first of its class to sail in Europe since 2015.
With the dry dock likely taking place in Europe, it would make sense to plan this while the Norwegian getaway is already here for the summer season. Norwegian Getaway is expected to reposition to Port Canaveral, Florida in November 2022.
The cruise line did not detail the reason for the dry dock later this year, but said it was “necessary”. The vessel last underwent a scheduled drydock in October 2020 in Brest, France.
Princess Cruises changes in Alaska
Princess Cruises, owned by Carnival, has made the decision to implement a stricter face mask policy due to the increase in cases in the state of Alaska. So cruise ships sailing on Alaskan northbound and southbound trips between Whittier and Vancouver now require guests to wear a face mask at all inland locations.
And while we’re talking about Alaska and Princess Cruises, the cruise line has now introduced a new requirement for those taking a cruise tour. Customers must now produce a negative test result before the start of their pre-cruise land tour.
The test must be carried out two days before the visit if customers opt for an antigen test and three days before the visit if customers opt for a PCR test. Customers will still be required to take a pre-cruise test before the start of their cruise segment.
Princess Cruises is also closing its Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge due to staffing issues. The lodge will be closed from June 17, 2022.
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