Here are the cruise news that caught our attention for the week of May 8 to 15, 2022.
Norwegian Cruise Line: the entire fleet now in operation
Norwegian Spirit resumed service on May 7 with a 12-night cruise to Polynesia and Hawaii. All NCL vessels are now back in operation.
Carnival launches the development a new port on Grand Bahama Island
This new port, built in collaboration with the Government and Port Authority of the Bahamas, will be able to accommodate Carnival’s Excel-class ships, such as the new Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration, starting in 2024.
Celebrity Cruises announces that Simone Biles will be the godmother of Celebrity Beyond.
Gymnast and Olympic champion Simone Biles will be the godmother of Celebrity Beyond. The ceremony will take place on November 4, 2022 in Fort Lauderdale.
Celebrity Cruises introduces No Perks fare
It is now possible to book a Celebrity cruise without paying for inclusions (Brevages, Wi-Fi, Tips). All-inclusive packages are still available, but Celebrity now displays the cruise only fare (without inclusions) on its website and in its promotions.
Holland America: The Oosterdam and the Zaandam are back
The ships Oosterdam and Zaandam are back in service. The Oosterdam will be positioned in the Mediterranean and the Zaandam in Canada and New England. On 12 June, the Westerdam will complete the fleet’s return to service. The Volendam is still chartered by the Dutch government to welcome Ukrainian refugees in Rotterdam.
Princess introduces a new all-inclusive package.
In addition to the Princess Plus package ($50 per day) which includes Wi-Fi, beverages (max of $12 per consumption) and tips, Princess announces the new Premier package ($75 per day).
This new package includes Wi-Fi for 4 devices, a more elaborate drink package (max of $18 per consumption), two meals in specialized restaurants, tips, a set of photos and participation in draws and promotions on board.
The Seabourn Quest has been welcoming passengers back to Europe since 10 May.
Viking welcomes its new ocean ship the Viking Mars. This ship will be inaugurated on May 17 during a ceremony to be held in Italy.