Cruise News Update: December 11, 2021


Even though the cruise industry is back in the United States, cruise ships are still on hold for some countries. We have all the latest cruise news in another major update, including itinerary changes and cancellations.

Cruise news update

Are you ready for another smooth week of new cruise development? It has certainly been busy as it is a blow to the cruise industry in Australia, more route changes for Carnival cruise ships, another NCL cruise ship is put back into service, an update on Carnival cruise directors and a Caribbean cruise port not reopening as scheduled.

Australia extends cruise ban

We start with Australia, a country that has remained closed to cruise ships since March 2020 and continues now be closed for two more months. The ban on cruise ships down has been extended until February 17, 2022.

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With ship start-up times reaching 60 days, the cruise is unlikely to return to Australia until May 2022, a time when winter sets in and cruising slows down considerably. This is a significant setback for several cruise lines operating out of the country, including Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, and P&O Cruises.

Australia’s cruise ban had previously been extended until December 17, 2021. Meanwhile, ships remain on hold and cruise lines are extending their suspensions, resulting in even more passengers affected.

Carnival stays on hold even longer

As we talk about Australia’s extension of the cruise ship ban, just a day before the government made the announcement, Carnival Cruise Line announced that two of its ships based under would stay on hold even longer.

Carnival Spirit cruise ship
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Carnival splendor cruises are now canceled until April 8, 2022. The ship previously had canceled departures until early March 2022. Carnival spirit cruises are canceled until April 10, 2022, and the ship had also canceled departures until early March 2022.

The two ships have been on hold since the industry-wide suspensions began in March 2020. However, the cruise line has taken advantage of the free time with Carnival spirit already receives its new red, white and blue livery during the dry dock in Dubai.

Norwegian Dawn is back in service

Departing from Tampa Bay, Florida, Norwegian dawn became the 10th Norwegian Cruise the ship will resume operations on December 8.

Norwegian dawn departed Tampa Bay on an 11 day trip to Key West, Amber Cove, St. Thomas, Curacao and Aruba.

Norwegian Dawn cruise ship
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From December to April 2022, Norwegian dawn will offer customers a wide variety of Caribbean cruises, such as 11-day cruises that include stopovers to the Bahamas and the Southern Caribbean.

Harvest Cay in Belize, the private resort of the cruise company, is included for Norwegian dawn on 7-day cruises from Tampa, which also include stops in Cozumel and Costa Maya. In February 2022, there will be a 14-day cruise that explores the Eastern and Southern Caribbean.

Carnival Update on Cruise Directors

In a social media update posted to Facebook, Carnival Cruise Line Brand Ambassador John Heald provided updates on seven different cruise directors covering five fleet vessels.

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Heald has clarified a full list of cruise directors assigned to ships that will be available in early January. Cruise directors who are currently changing missions or who have just been announced include:

  • Carnival sparkle – Ryan Rose
  • Carnival Conquest – Eversen “Reverend Dr E” Bevelle
  • Carnival Liberty – Dustin Gabriel
  • Carnival sun – Chris “Donkey” Salazar (until January 12, 2022)
  • Carnival sun – Jake Miller (from January 13, 2022)
  • Carnival magic – Andy Mercer (from December 26, 2021 to January 23, 2022)
  • Carnival magic – Simon London (from January 24, 2022)

The cruise line also announced that the current cruise director on Carnival magic, Gary Blair, is stepping down.

Grandeur of the Seas is back in service

For the first time in over twenty months, Size of the seas sailed for the very first time from its new home port of Bridgetown, Barbados. The smallest cruise ship in the Royal Caribbean lineup set out on a 7-night cruise to the southern Caribbean islands.

Size of the seas is just the third Royal Caribbean cruise ship not currently operating from a US home port. Quantum of the Seas departs from Singapore, Explorer of the Seas operates from Puerto Rico, a US territory, and Spectrum of the Seas departs from Hong Kong.

Grandeur of the Seas cruise ship
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The first cruise sailed from Bridgetown to Tobago, Trinidad, Grenada, Martinique, Dominica and Saint Lucia. Size of the seas arrives in Barbados on December 12. The ship will combine 7-day Island Hop cruises with 7-day Southern Caribbean cruises that call at Grenada, Bonaire, Curaçao, Aruba and Trinidad. On January 9, the Royal Caribbean cruise ship will set off on a 14-day cruise to explore a more comprehensive range of Caribbean islands.

Size of the seas will continue to sail from Bridgetown, Barbados, for the following months. It will reposition itself in Galveston, Texas, in May 2022, for a series of 4 and 5 day cruises in the Western Caribbean.

Carnival ship itinerary changes

Itinerary adjustment continues for Carnival Cruise Line, and following changes for three vessels last week, there are now additional route changes.

Carnival pride has five adjusted departures in 2022 from the Port of Tampa, departing January 23, March 20, April 17, November 12, and December 23. The ship’s departure from Italy on October 28 in 2023 has also been changed.

Mardi Gras Carnival in San Juan
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Carnival dream has three departures that have changed from Galveston, TX, which depart on February 6, 2022, April 3, 2022, and April 30, 2023.

Mardi Gras also has a rerouting for its Dec. 18 departure from Port Canaveral, Florida. This is the ship’s second rerouting in December, as Carnival Cruise Line has already changed navigation from December 4. Now you might be wondering why two Mardi Gras departures have changed this month! Well, the answer brings us to the next story.

Grand Turk delays reopening

Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos Islands a not reopened to cruise ships as planned. There are already two cruises for Mardi Gras who will not be visiting Grand Turk, including the departure on December 4-18, 2021. Mardi Gras was supposed to become the first cruise ship to return to Grand Turk on December 7, but of course that never happened. The magic of carnival The December 4 trip from Port Canaveral also eliminated the stopover.

Carnival cruise ships in Grand Turk
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Even though Carnival Cruise Line did not give an exact return date, the reason is that many checks must be carried out, including dredging, to ensure that the infrastructure is up to expectations and that the beaches are ready for thousands of cruise passengers.

The government has also said it is preparing protocols and working with local suppliers to ensure everyone remains protected with the return of cruise ships. The plan is that the first cruise ship should now arrive on the island with guests during the week of December 13. The exact date has not yet been announced.

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