Cruise News Update: October 8, 2022

In this week’s cruise update, we have coverage from Carnival Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line and MSC Cruises. The latest developments on new policy changes for misbehaving passengers, protocols and exciting deployments.

Cruise News Update

We are here with all kinds of new cruises last week on major cruise lines. We have a mix of stories today, including MSC Cruises’ largest U.S. rollout with five ships, new entertainment offerings at Carnival’s upcoming carnival celebration, Norwegian Cruise Line leading the way and drops all requirements, Carnival resumes operations below, and Carnival adds a fine in hopes of deterring misbehaving passengers.

Five MSC cruises departing from the United States

We start with MSC Cruises, which is committed to biggest season ever sailed from US homeportswith five amazing ships departing from different US cities during the 2023-2024 winter season.

The first to arrive will be the newest ship in the MSC Cruises fleet, MSC Seascapewhich will debut in Miami on December 11, 2022. MSC Seascape will offer 7-night trips to the Western and Eastern Caribbean from Miami, visiting some of the region’s most popular ports of call.

The Fantasia class MSC Divina will offer 3 to 11 night sailings from Miami during the 2023-2024 winter season. MSC Magnificaa smaller Musica-class ship, will offer shorter 3-4 night itineraries, also departing from Miami.

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MSC Seashoresister ship of MSC Seascape, will be homeported from Port Canaveral from mid-November 2023, offering cruises of 2 to 7 nights. To finish, MSC Meravigliathe first ship in the line’s popular Meraviglia class, will be based in New York from April 2023, offering 5-11 night sailings to Bermuda or the Bahamas, Florida and Mexico.

Together, the five ships can offer getaways to 19,600 guests per cruise based on double occupancy, or nearly 25,000 guests if all five ships were fully booked.

New entertainment debuts during Carnival celebration

Great anticipation has grown for many different features of the upcoming Carnival Celebrationthe cruise line’s second Excel-class ship.

From new neighborhood zone themes and the nostalgic Golden Jubilee venue showcase to exclusive new cocktails and the largest selection of stores in the fleet, Carnival Celebration will have a lot to offer.

Now Carnival Cruise Line announced some shiny new entertainment offerings for the shiny new ship.

Carnival Celebration cruise ship
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New shows from Playlist Production include “The Most Magnificent Circus” – an energetic and diverse story celebrating self-discovery and acceptance. “Color My World” will be an artistic love story blending street jazz, hip-hop, musical theater and classical dance with the best songs from indie rock and pop.

Even more amazing entertainment is scheduled to kick off the Carnival Celebration as the ship settles in for service. In December, “Visual Symphony” – a high-tech visual masterpiece using the ship’s LED screens. In May, “Carnival Rio” will debut on board, which will be a vibrant Brazilian extravagant parade.

There’s so much to look forward to on the new Carnival cruise ship, which will debut in Miami, Florida on Nov. 21 from the newly renovated Terminal F.

Norwegian Cruise Line abandons all protocols

Norwegian Cruise Line announced the end of all COVID-related requirements starting Tuesday, October 4, 2022. The cruise line will now welcome all travelers, regardless of their vaccination status, with no pre-cruise testing required.

This cruise line protocol update is now more in line with global health and safety requirements, as many popular cruise destinations have relaxed their protocols in recent months, including some of the most stringent requirements in testing and vaccination.

Norwegian cruise ship
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For example, Barbados, St. Kitts, and Grand Cayman have all recently relaxed their entry requirements, allowing more travelers to easily visit these destinations without additional testing or documentation. Similarly, Canada scrapped all of its travel protocols as of October 1.

This will be a welcome move for customers keen to set sail at a time when proctored tests are becoming increasingly difficult to find, as many test sites have limited their hours or closed entirely due to less demand. of test results.

Although the cruise line has now relaxed all of its pandemic-related health and safety protocols, any requirements for specific destinations that may remain must be met and will be enforced for affected cruises.

Carnival Cruise Line resumes from Australia

The Carnival Splendor was welcomed into Sydney Harbor with great fanfare on September 30, 2022, ready to begin her first downward crossings since leaving the market during the pandemic lockdown.

The special occasion, which was the conclusion of the ship’s 23-night trans-Pacific repositioning cruise from Alaska, is the first time a cruise ship has arrived in Australia with international passengers since the start of 2020.

Like her was ready to sail on Saturday October 1the cruise line held a special ribbon cutting to welcome guests on board.

Carnival Splendor cruise ship
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The ship left Sydney that evening for a 4-night round trip, with two days at sea and a visit to Moreton Island in Queensland on the itinerary. Carnival Splendor return to Sydney on Wednesday 5 October.

The 113,300 gross ton vessel will now offer several different itineraries to customers, ranging from 3 to 11 nights and visiting a variety of exciting ports of call in Australia, New Zealand and more, depending on the sailing date and of the exact route. .

Carnival Splendor, which entered the Fun Ship fleet in 2008, can accommodate up to 3,012 guests based on double occupancy and up to 3,948 passengers when fully booked. Sydney is the ship’s designated homeport year-round until at least mid-2024.

Carnival adds fine for misbehaving passengers

Over the past few weeks, Carnival Cruise Line has amended and updated its Code of Conduct Policy to clarify what types of behaviors are unacceptable and why it is important to maintain a safe and respectful atmosphere for all guests.

The initial changes and policy clarification were in response to several altercations on board different ships, including an incident on board Carnival Magic departure from New York at the end of June, as well as a second altercation on board Carnival Exhilaration departure from Jacksonville in early July.

Now the the cruise line has quietly added costs to this policywith the possibility of a $500 fine and other associated costs that customers may incur if they violate the code of conduct.

Carnival cruise ship
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Carnival therefore now indicates that any violation of its code of conduct may result in a $500 fine and reimbursement of expenses incurred by Carnival as a result of detention or disembarkation.

There are no specifics on the amount of expenses involved in holding a guest on a cruise or disembarking guests before the cruise ends, but these costs could be substantial.

It is important to note that the fine is not automatic, but “may” be applied to passengers who do not follow the cruise line’s code of conduct with rude behavior, physical violence, violations of the cover fire and other evil deeds.

The cruise line also recently implemented a fleet-wide youth curfew for guests 17 and under if not accompanied by an adult in their travel party. Young passengers must leave public areas of a ship by 1 a.m. This change was implemented in early September 2022.

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