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Cruise News Update: April 30, 2022

Your weekly Update on Cruise News with the most important stories from the previous week. Itinerary adjustments, cancellations, and new deployments for certain ships have all been part of the mix.

Update on Cruise News

You could have missed some big events in the cruise business this week if you’ve been busy, particularly with all the cancellations and ship deployments.

The Island Princess is returning to service, the Crown Princess’ first return voyage to Alaska has been changed, the inaugural sailing for Norwegian Cruise Line’s new upcoming ship has been canceled, a Holland America vessel has canceled Asia cruises, Carnival Cruise Line has a new homeport on the US West Coast, and Royal Caribbean has begun its 2022 Alaska season.

The Island Princess is back in action.

Island Princess resumed operations with a journey between Fort Lauderdale and Los Angeles after a long hiatus of more than two years. The ninth ship in Princess Cruises’ fleet to resume operations after the worldwide suspension is the Coral-class cruise ship. 

The final journey Island Princess took was in April 2020, when it sailed to return crew members to Asia. She embarked on a 14-day Panama Canal voyage on April 27 and will arrive in Los Angeles on May 11.

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Island Princess will return to Fort Lauderdale from Los Angeles, following the same route. She will then relocate to Europe and embark on a 34-night voyage.

Princess Cruises currently has two-thirds of its fleet operating. Only the Coral Princess, Crown Princess, Diamond Princess, Royal Princess, and Sapphire Princess are still on hold out of the fleet’s 15 ships. It won’t be until September of this year when the whole fleet is back up and running.

Norwegian Prima’s First Cruise Has Been Cancelled

The Norwegian Prima’s inaugural trip from Amsterdam, Netherlands, on August 17, 2022, has been canceled by Norwegian Cruise Line, which is presently in the final phases of development.

The cause, according to the cruise operator, is due to supply chain issues. The Norwegian Pima was about to go on an eight-night Northern European tour when she was lost at sea.

Norwegian Prima’s maiden journey with passengers will now leave from Amsterdam on September 3rd. The 10-night trip will finish on September 13 in Copenhagen.

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Norwegian Prima will have a very hectic first season and will not be in Europe for long. The new ship will set sail from Southampton, United Kingdom, on September 23, and will stop in New York City on October 6 before sailing to Galveston, Texas, on October 27.

The cancellation of the much-anticipated Norwegian Prima cruise out of Amsterdam would undoubtedly disappoint customers. As a consequence, visitors will immediately get a full refund to their original payment method.

Norwegian Vacation Line is also giving a 25% discount on a future cruise in addition to the full refund and the return of the future cruise credit. The discount may be used in conjunction with any other current promotions.

Sailings on the Westerdam have been canceled.

The Westerdam’s Asia sailings have been canceled, according to guests. Between September 25, 2022, and February 27, 2023, a total of 11 sailings will be cancelled.

Following a repositioning journey from Seattle, Washington, the ship was planned to resume sailings in the area in October.

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Westerdam will relocate to provide cruises in Australia and New Zealand instead of Asia. Guests will be automatically rebooked later this year or in 2023, depending on the original schedule.

Guests who desire to cruise Australia and New Zealand, South America, or Asia from autumn 2022 to spring 2023 will get a $200 onboard credit, as well as the new sailings aboard Westerdam whenever they are available.

The cancellations in Asia will have no impact on Westerdam’s return to Seattle on June 12, 2022. She will be the last ship in the Holland America fleet to return to service this summer, and one of six ships heading to Alaska.

Itinerary Change for Crown Princess

The sailing date for the Crown Princess to Alaska on May 7 has been modified. In a letter to passengers, the cruise company said that planned engine maintenance has necessitated multiple modifications to the cruise line’s scheduled ports of call. 

Crown Princess will not be able to operate at maximum speed during the forthcoming cruise due to planned maintenance. While Princess assures that the loss of speed has no impact on the safety of passengers and crew, the repair is unexpected. This will be the ship’s first trip in over two years.

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On Thursday, May 12, the Crown Princess will not be stopping in Ketchikan. Instead, Princess Cruises has scheduled a visit to Icy Strait Point on Wednesday, May 11 from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m.

The ship will also arrive at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, May 9, instead of noon, at the first port of call, Juneau. Due to several adjustments, the arrival time in Skagway is one hour earlier, at 6:00 AM instead of 7:00 AM. 

At this moment, the cause for the planned engine repair is unknown. While ships certainly need regular maintenance to keep them functioning efficiently, it seems odd that this repair would take place on the first trip after two years of inactivity. Guests who book this cruise will get a $100 refundable credit to their onboard account.

Carnival Cruise Line Launches San Francisco Cruises

For the first time in Carnival Cruise Line’s 50-year existence, the company extended its west coast operations and started sailing from San Francisco. On April 28, passengers boarded the Carnival Miracle in the Port of San Francisco to begin a season of 19 voyages that would take place throughout the spring and summer.

The Spirit-class cruise ship sailed to Baja Mexico for a four-day voyage. The ship will stop in Ensenada, Mexico, before spending two days at sea. The first in a series of 11 ten-day cruises to Alaska will follow the first voyage.

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Carnival Miracle will also be travelling to Baja Mexico on four- and five-day cruises. The ship’s stay in San Francisco will conclude on September 15, 2022, with a 15-day Carnival Journeys trip to Hawaii.

On the West Coast of the United States, it’s not only San Francisco that’s receiving all the attention this year. With three ships traversing the area, this is the cruise line’s busiest season ever in Alaska. A total of 49 flights will leave from San Francisco and Seattle.

The Alaska Season of Royal Caribbean has begun.

This summer, the Radiance of the Seas will be the first Royal Caribbean cruise ship to visit Alaska. In the next weeks, three more people will join the Radiance-class cruise ship.

The inaugural cruise, which departs from Vancouver on April 29, will take passengers to Ketchikan, Sitka, and Skagway. The cruise will travel through the breathtaking beauty of the Inside Passage, including a stop at Tracy Arm Fjord.

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The Radiance of the Seas, with her 2,100 guests, is no stranger to Alaska, having spent numerous seasons there. Radiance of the Seas will be docked in New Orleans after her season in Alaska, and will sail a series of four- to nine-night voyages to the Western Caribbean from there.

Additional Cruise News

There are plenty more, including a Carnival price increase starting May 1, Disney Cruise Line announcing summer 2023 deployments, the first charcoal sauna at sea revealed for the new Prima-class ships, The Golden Jubilee venue revealed for the new Carnival Celebration cruise ship, a shortened itinerary for the Carnival Breeze, the fourth Virgin Voyages vessel to be named Brilliant Lady, and a big leaders announcement.

Update on Cruise News

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