Update on Carnival Cruise Line Ships and Latest Developments


As the busiest time of year for cruise passengers around the world approaches, there is definitely enough going on these days. to Carnival Cruise Line. The cruise line had to shoot Horizon Carnival from service, one ship returned from service, and one sailed on its maiden voyage; kids are allowed back to Camp Ocean, and it took a bit longer before Grand Turk once again welcomes the first Carnival cruise ship.

We’re taking a look at what’s happened over the past few weeks and bringing you all the news you need to know about Carnival Cruise Line.

Carnival Horizon heads to the dry dock in Palermo, Italy

It was a surprise to many that Carnival Cruise Line drew Horizon Carnival service a few weeks ago. Citing propulsion problems that caused the ship to lose significant cruising speed, the cruise line quickly took action.

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The cruise line said, “We would like to inform you that Carnival Horizon is experiencing an issue affecting its maximum cruising speed. Our technical team has completed a full assessment of the problem and has determined that the vessel will need to be taken to dry dock to complete the necessary work. “

The ship is currently en route to a dry dock sailing in the Atlantic Ocean, with its final destination being the Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo, Sicily. The ship is expected to be out of service until January 22; yet, Carnival Liberty and Carnival sun, which will resume service earlier than planned, will resume cruises at Horizon.

Two more Carnival cruise ships return to service

Carnival Cruise Line’s slow and steady return to service continued this week as two cruise ships returned to service. Carnival sparkle officially sailed on her maiden voyage from Long Beach in California. Carnival Conquest departed from the cruise capital of the world, PortMiami, Florida.

Conquest of Carnival in PortMiami
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Carnival ConquestHer return to operations took no less than 21 months after completing her last cruise just before the hiatus from operations that saw the entire cruise industry shut down for over a year and a half. The ship offers a range of three and four day Bahamas cruises and will continue to do so until 2022.

Waiting for, Carnival sparkle made her official maiden voyage after the ship underwent a complete refurbishment and total refurbishment of all areas on board. Sparkle will operate 3- and 4-day cruises from Long Beach for the foreseeable future. However, before she left on her maiden voyage, there was a christening ceremony to attend for the new ship in the Carnival fleet.

Dr. Lucille O’Neal Christens Carnival Radiance

This week saw the second christening of a Carnival cruise ship in just a few weeks. After Mardi Gras at Cape Canaveral, it was the turn of Carnival sparkle. The ship received a $ 200 million refurbishment, transforming the ship from Carnival victory at Sparkle of Carnival.

Carnival sparkle name
Carnival Radiance Name (Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)

Dr Lucille O’Neal, mother of Carnival’s Chief Fun Officer Shaquille O’Neal, was honored to act as godmother of the new ship. In a fun ceremony attended by Carnival President Christine Duffy, Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald and Shaquille O’Neal; Dr Lucille O’Neal poured champagne on the ship’s bell, officially naming the ship.

“What a special night it was to celebrate the start of Carnival Radiance with my son by my side in what really felt like a ‘We Are Family’ event,” Lucille said. “It was such a pleasure to be included in these exciting festivities, so I can only imagine how amazing it will be for the guests to sail aboard this spectacular vessel – they will love it.”

The Ocean Camp is back!

Cruise ships may have been sailing for several months now, that doesn’t mean all on-board activity has gone as it did before the pandemic. One of those activities that Carnival ships sorely lacked was Camp Ocean.

Carnival Cruise Line Camp Ocean
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With COVID-19 vaccines now approved for the 5-11 age group, Carnival felt the time had come to open the popular kids club for vaccinated children only. Parents will be happy to know that kids can once again play games, craft projects, team sports, music, trivia and more in a colorful, kid-friendly facility, while the parents have time to relax on the pool deck.

On board Carnival ships, the following children’s clubs are now open: Camp Ocean, for children ages 5 to 11. Circle “C”, which offers a gathering space and activities for ages 12-14, and Club O2, a place to hang out for teens ages 15-17. Unfortunately, Camp Ocean is not available for children under the age of five.

Carnival finally returns to Grand Turk

Although island officials appeared poised for the return of Carnival ships to Grand Turk, preparations took longer than expected to accommodate thousands of cruise ship visitors.

As Cruise Hive reported just a few weeks ago, officials at Grand Turk & Caicos announced that Mardi Gras would visit on December 7, 2021. However, this call was removed from the itineraries, as were calls for other Carnival Corporation cruise ships.

Carnival cruise ships in Grand Turk
Carnival Cruise Ships in Grand Turk (Photo Copyright: Cruise Hive)

The reason? According to brand ambassador John Heald, the island still needed more work before it saw fit to send its ships back there:

“The port has been closed for two years. Lots of checks need to be done including dredging making sure the infrastructure is as you would expect and the beaches etc. are ready for thousands of people to have fun. And we also need to listen and adhere to the Covid policies of all the places we sail and that in itself is an important business. “

The good news is that the first Carnival cruise ship returned to the island on December 15. Carnival Liberty made his visit to the delight of cruise passengers.

In fact, the company recently promised a huge $ 73 million investment for the Island Group, which includes $ 25 million in upgrades to the current cruise center.

The next Carnival cruise ship will return to service

There are currently 17 Carnival cruise ships back in service offering a fun vacation from home ports in the United States. There are still five ships waiting to resume navigation in the United States and two ships from Australia.

Carnival Liberty returns earlier than scheduled to welcome guests who have been booked for cancellation Horizon Carnival departures from Miami. The ship will depart Miami on December 19, 2021. The ship will then officially resume in Port Canaveral on February 11, 2022.

Carnival Cruise Line Ships
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Carnival sun Also enters service earlier than scheduled to accommodate guests of the cancellation Horizon Carnival navigations. The ship will begin from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on December 19, 2021. Carnival sun will also operate cruises from Miami starting December 26, 2021, and then finally begin regular cruises from Charleston on January 13, 2022.

Also Read: Which Carnival Cruise Ships Have Resumed Operations?

Carnival Sensation will resume service from Mobile on March 5, 2022, Carnival ecstasy will resume from Jacksonville on March 7, 2022, and Carnival Paradise will resume cruises from Tampa on March 12, 2022. The entire US fleet will depart before the end of March 2022.

The two Carnival cruise ships based in Australia must stay on hold even longer. Carnival splendor cruises are canceled until April 8, 2022 and Carnival spirit departures are canceled until April 10, 2022.

Carnival Horizon Cruise Ship


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