Cruise News Update: April 16, 2022

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We have another cruise news update this weekend from the East covering all the major stories from the past week, including many cancellations from various cruise lines.

Cruise News Update

Even if it is the Easter weekend, that does not prevent all new cruises! We have many developments for you on the major cruise lines, including breaking Carnival news, which we will come back to later.

First, there are cancellations from three cruise lines, Norwegian Cruise Line is restarting Hawaii cruise, testing fee changes by Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Magic is helping with a rescue operation and the situation with the Mardi Gras.

Pride of America resumes in Hawaii

pride of america officially welcomed passengers back on board Saturday, April 9, with her first departure on a 7-night inter-island sailing, exploring multiple ports of call and featuring two days at sea. The ship offers weekly departures from Honolulu, departing every Saturdays until December 2025.

During these early sailings, as the ship resumes, the ship will have limited capacity and fewer dining options due to fewer crew members on board.

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There is no timetable available for the resumption of full service, but this will likely depend on how and when local restrictions can be further relaxed. The gross ton of 80,439 pride of america has a capacity of 2,186 people in double occupancy, with 927 crew members.

pride of americaThe return marks Norwegian Cruise Line’s fifteenth ship to return to service following the pandemic-related, industry-wide global shutdown. norwegian jade was the first of the line’s ships to restart when it left Athens, Greece in July 2021.

Sapphire Princess Sailings Canceled

Princess Cruises has announced that it has canceled 11 departures for the sapphire princess this summer in Los Angeles, California. There will be a total of 11 canceled cruises, ranging from seven- to 16-day itineraries from June 25 to September 17, 2022.

This now means the ship will have to remain on standby for even longer since guest operations were suspended more than two years ago. sapphire princess will return to service on September 24, 2022. The first voyage will be a 10-night itinerary from the Port of Los Angeles, including stops in Mexico.

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Princess Cruises is offering some options to customers who have booked on affected voyages. Passengers can rebook on any 2022 cruise and receive onboard credit. Onboard credit will be $100 per person for passengers in an interior or ocean view cabin.

For passengers booked in a stateroom with a balcony, the credit will be $200 per person, then for a suite, the credit will be $300 per person. Credit applies to first and second person only.

It will be a huge disappointment for the guests because the sapphire princess was originally scheduled to resume service on June 25, 2022. In February 2022, the cruise line announced that the ship would offer 16 cruises, ranging from four to 16 days, including a five-day getaway for the July 4 holiday.

Celebrity Solstice season canceled

Due to ongoing regional uncertainties and potential travel restrictions, Celebrity Cruises has decided to cancel the 2022-23 deployment in Asia for Solstice of celebritiesincluding all crossings from September 16, 2022 to April 21, 2023.

During the period in question, Solstice of celebrities was to sail to various destinations across Asia, including Japan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore and the Philippines. A total of 18 cruises have been canceled, ranging from 10 to 16 nights.

This is in line with recent cancellations from other cruise lines, including the move by Royal Caribbean International sea ​​traveler from the Asia-Pacific region to North America and Europe, areas that have been quicker to resume cruise operations with fewer restrictions.

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Customers whose cruises are now canceled have two options. Celebrity Cruises is offering a ‘Lift and Shift’ alternative to rebook a similar Asia cruise onboard Solstice of celebrities or millennial celebrity for the 2023-2024 season.

Instead of sailing in Asia, Solstice of celebrities will instead be repositioned on the Mexican Riviera. In doing so, the Solstice-class cruise ship will replace the slightly smaller Millennium-class ship millennial celebritysupporting this ship’s 7- and 8-night itineraries through December 11, 2022.

With this replacement, millennial celebrity will reposition itself in the Caribbean for the popular winter season in that region, offering more cruise options for guests looking for a warm weather getaway.

Mariner of the Seas cruises canceled

Royal Caribbean communicated to guests that many crossings for sailor of the seas from May 2023 to October 2023 have been cancelled.

This is due to itinerary adjustments which have moved the dates the ship will set sail, although the ship will still be offering cruises during this time.

During the six-month period from May to October 2023, sailor of the seas was to offer a range of 5 and 8 night crossings from Port Canaveral.

Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas cruise ship
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These southern and eastern Caribbean itineraries included popular ports from across the region, such as Cozumel, Puerto Plata, St. Thomas, Aruba, Curacao, and more. Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay, was also featured in many affected itineraries.

Now, while the Voyager-class ship will still sail from Port Canaveral during this time, itineraries have been moved to new departure dates.

Passengers on now canceled cruises have several options to choose from. The first choice is to move their booking to another sailing within the week, before or after the initial departure date. Customers choosing this rebooking option must do so by April 27, 2022.

Another choice is to rebook on any future Royal Caribbean cruise, on any ship and any itinerary, with no change fees. Customers will however be responsible for any difference in fare. Finally, customers can also opt for a full refund of their paid cruise fare.

Carnival Cruise Line changes testing fees

On April 12, Carnival Cruise Line has made a minor change to its protocols, affecting only a small number of guests. However, the change is vital for these guests and linked to testing fees for unvaccinated young guests.

The testing fee for unvaccinated children ages 5 to 11 has been lowered to $60. Previously, the charge for customers age 5 and older was $150. All charges will be billed to the customer’s Sail & Sign account.

For unvaccinated guests ages 12 and older, the fee will continue to be $150 per person. For children aged 2 to 4, free tests will now be offered. Previously, for guests 2-4 years old, the fee was $60.

Carnival cruise ship in Miami
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Guests who have requested a vaccination exemption or are traveling with a child aged 11 or younger have also received a letter detailing the changes. The letter also includes important requirements for testing and shore excursions on crossings until December 31, 2022.

Carnival Cruise Line is still following guidelines in accordance with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This means that unvaccinated passengers aged two and over will need to take a PCR test before the cruise, as well as an antigen test at the terminal when boarding.

There will also be the requirement for an antigen test 24 hours prior to disembarkations on cruises longer than four days.

It’s always important to make sure to keep checking the cruise line’s Have Fun. Be careful. protocols, especially if you have an upcoming cruise.

Carnival magic to the rescue

Carnival Magic responded to a distress call off the coast of Florida early in the morning of Saturday April 9, relaying messages to rescue a man stranded in a broken down sailboat. The ship acted quickly and the man was safely rescued by the US Coast Guard.

The man ran aground about 69 miles off Port Canaveral with his sailboat out of commission. The nature of the boat’s malfunction was not immediately noted, but no injuries or unsafe conditions were reported.

Carnival Magic cruise ship
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Carnival Magic picked up the man’s distress call around 1 a.m. Saturday morning, as the cruise ship was en route to Port Canaveral at the end of its cruise. The crew responded and immediately notified the US Coast Guard.

A Jayhawk from the USCG Air Station in Clearwater, Florida was dispatched to rescue the man. The rescue was successfully completed and the cruise ship returned to port without delay to its scheduled arrival.

The 128,048 gross ton Dream class Carnival Magic was finishing a 6 night sailing in the Eastern Caribbean when the distress call was received. The cruise ship, which is based in Port Canaveral, departed on April 3, with stops at Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk and Puerto Plata, and was returning to Port Canaveral at that time.

Mardi Gras seaside passenger

And finally, we are very sad to announce that a the man has gone too far Mardi Gras cruise ship in the early hours of Saturday. The flagship, operated by Carnival Cruise Line, was returning to its homeport of Port Canaveral in Florida when the fall overboard occurred.

Carnival Mardi Gras cruise ship
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The cruise line confirmed to Cruise Hive that the male guest had jumped. The ship was arriving at the end of a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise. The ship has already returned home and is now at Port Canaveral Terminal 3. Our thoughts are with this man’s family and friends during this very difficult time.

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It’s been just another busy week in the cruise industry, we’ve got all the full coverage including cancellations for the new Margaritaville at Sea cruise line, extended protocols until June 30 for Royal Caribbean US cruises, the Cayman Islands to lift cruise ship capacity restrictions, sea ​​traveler put back into service in Europe, Disney Cruise Line release the protocols for European cruises and more.

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