Cruise News Update: January 14, 2023 (2023)

If you've been busy this past week, we've got you covered with the latest cruise news. Read about key developments including Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Celebrity Cruises and Carnival Cruise Line.

Cruise News Update

There's plenty of cruise news to accompany updates from major cruise lines including Norwegian Cruise Line and Holland America making big changes to inflight entertainment, Carnival Cruise Line bringing back a popular behind-the-scenes tour, embarkation port change for a Celebrity Cruises ship, the world's first 5G cruise ship, and NCL is adjusting itineraries based on its carbon footprint.

In this article…

  • Cruise News Update
    • Norwegian Cruise Line eliminates ports for carbon footprint
    • Return of Carnival Cruise Line's popular tour
    • The world's first 5G cruise
    • Changes at Holland America Line Entertainment
    • Cutbacks at NCL Entertainment
    • Change of departure port for Celebrity Cruises
  • More cruise headlines

Norwegian Cruise Line eliminates ports for carbon footprint

Travel agents and guests have booked several upcoming cruises in Breakaway Plus classNorwegian delightyou will benotified of a change in itineraryincluding a canceled port of call. Many of Bermuda's scheduled voyages to Virginia Beach were canceled without calling at Norfolk, Virginia without an alternate port visit.

Instead, the ship will depart New York City as planned, spend two days at sea en route to Bermuda, take advantage of the planned extended stay in this unique tropical destination, and return directly to New York without further port visits.

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This change affects a variety of 7-night round-trip voyages, including the following departure dates:

  • Departure May: 21st, 28th
  • June departures: 4th, 11th, 18th
  • Departures July: 30
  • Departures August: 6th, 13th

It should be noted thatNorwegian delightThe classic "Bermuda" itineraries remain unchanged as Norfolk was never included as a port of call on these voyages, but the ship will now operate many of the "Bermuda Virginia Beach" voyages without the "Virginia Beach" component.

Norwegian delightShe weighs 167,725 gross tons and can accommodate up to 3,883 guests in double occupancy, with 1,700 crew members providing excellent service en route.

Return of Carnival Cruise Line's popular tour

Carnival Cruise Line coming soonBring back the popular "Behind the Fun" tourtaking guests to crew-only areas on board the ship, including operational areas. The cruise line's brand ambassador, John Heald, recently hinted at the tour's return on social media.

"In early February, a look behind the crew-only door will return."this hero.The exclusive small-group tour is one of the latest features to be suspended since cruising resumed in mid-2021.

Originally, the tour was suspended along with other group events such as VIPP loyalty parties, children's programs and elite events such as the Chef's Table dining experience to minimize crowds and reduce the risk of potential disease transmission.

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After cruising resumed and restrictions eased, staffing issues continued to pose challenges when it came to delivering small-group experiences, and the cruise line focused its efforts on maximizing service to the greatest number of guests. However, as equipment improved, various features were gradually reintroduced.

Now the Behind the Fun tour is set to return in February 2023, albeit differently"early"There was no confirmation of the exact date the tour will be available.

The tour will likely depart on different dates on different ships, with changes and adjustments required to provide the best experience for guests on different ships.

The world's first 5G cruise

Adora Cruises is working towards a future where guests can enjoy cruisingExperience with 5G connectivity and high speed internetat any time.

The Company is implementing a roadmap to achieve this goal that includes expanding network coverage and operating high-speed satellite communications and various digital applications on cruise ships.

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Passengers enjoy worry-free communication at all times with the latest wireless communication technology available on board, including the option to choose between WI-FI6 and 5G cellular packages.

If the shipping company manages to achieve the speeds for which 5G is known, guests can expect up to 1000 Mbit/s, for comparison: SpaceX's maritime Internet achieves speeds of 100 to 300 Mbit/s, which, however, depends on the Number of online users depends, which has little impact on speeds with 5G.

Construction of the first ship for Adora Cruises is underway at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard and is expected to be delivered to the shipping company by the end of 2023. The cruise ship is being built in partnership with Carnival Corporation.

Changes at Holland America Line Entertainment

Known for its sophisticated atmosphere and cultural offerings, Holland America Line ups the ante with world-class entertainmentSeries of live music updates on boardits fleet of 11 ships. Each change aims to bring a new experience to more guests and provide top-notch music for everyone.

Instead of a foursome on multiple ships, Holland America Line is expanding its partnership with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and bringing these shows to the main stage.

Now a touring company will perform across the fleet, utilizing the ship's World Stage theater to accommodate more guests for elite performances.

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Six of the cruise line's ships will have an all-new live band experience at the Ocean Bar, where a contemporary trio will perform the biggest hit pop arrangements from the 1960s to the present day.

New band Ocean Bar will perform at theHeart dam,Westerdam,Osterdam,Northam,Eurodam, minew amsterdamfrom February, although full deployment is expected to last until early summer.

On Vista class ships:Northam,Westerdam,Osterdam, miHeart dam– the new Rolling Stone Lounge replaces the old B.B. King's Blues Club, offering an expanded repertoire of R&B, rock and pop favorites.

The lounge will have live music six nights a week with shows that vary each night.kingdam,a new statemiRotterdamwill present the greatest hits of classic rock in the Rolling Stone Rock Room.

Cutbacks at NCL Entertainment

Norwegian Cruise Line continues its cuts as some crew members report the line is downCut cast members and other entertainment personnel. In some cases, contracts were terminated early and newly hired workers were ordered not to report to the ship.

NCL informed crew members that it is entering a more stable operational state, including some adjustments to inflight entertainment departments.

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Cruise Line Email:“Having restarted our entire fleet, we have reached the point where we are transitioning from a 'relaunch' mode to a more stable operating state. As part of this transition, Norwegian Cruise Line is adjusting its onboard entertainment operations."

The Norwegian continues:"We regret to inform you that the decision has been made to reduce the crew of our entertainment department on all ships and as a result your scheduled deployment has been terminated and your services are no longer required."

The Kinky Boots show is suspendedNorwegian encorefrom January 15, and employees were sent home before their contracts expired. Others who were on holiday at the time of the announcement have been warned not to return to their designated ships. Norwegian's press office did not respond to a request for confirmation about the entertainment team changes.

The entertainment staff cuts appear to be limited to Norwegian Cruise Line, as no similar changes have been mentioned at Oceania Cruises or Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Change of departure port for Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises contacted guests aboard the cruise on July 31, 2023Celebrity Apexto notify youChange of port of shipment. Instead of departing from Amsterdam as originally planned, the cruise now starts in Rotterdam.

Both port cities are located on the east coast of the Netherlands, about 78 kilometers apart. Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport is convenient to both cities, but guests will need to allow extra travel time to reach Rotterdam for a pickup on time.

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All pre-booked transfers arranged by the cruise line are automatically updated to ensure guests arrive correctly at the ship, and guests using other modes of transport such as ridesharing, trains or independent buses are advised to adjust their plans as needed .

It should be noted that the boarding time remains at 17:00. in Rotterdam, just as originally planned for Amsterdam. The reason for changing the port of shipment is shown as"Change of operating hours in the port of Amsterdam",without further explanation. However, this could be related to other changes in cruise ships in the port of Amsterdam in recent months due to local salinity.

Apart from changing the port of departure, no other changes were made on July 31st.Celebrity Apexis browsing. The 9-night cruise will visit various ports in Norway before returning to the Netherlands, disembarking in Amsterdam on 9 August 2023.

More cruise headlines

It's been just another busy week of industry-wide cruise news. We've got you covered from Cruise Hive, including Royal Caribbean call cancellations due to Bahamas weather conditions, Viking Cruise with details on a 180-day world cruise, P&O Cruises reporting its biggest booking day thanks to Wave Season, a second redemption at sea For a celebrity cruise, MSC World Europe is making history in port across the Arabian Gulf and beyond.


Are cruises about to be Cancelled? ›

Unfortunately, there are still cruises being cancelled in 2022 due to Covid-19 and the uncertainty surrounding it. The pandemic has not ended, and some sailings have been cancelled due to too many Covid-19 cases onboard. The good news is that there are not the mass cancellations we saw in 2020.

Are cruise ships sailing at full capacity? ›

Ships are all back to 100%

With the cruise industry back up and running, you can expect your next cruise ship to be sailing at full capacity.

What happens if I get Covid on my cruise? ›

If you or your travel companions have COVID-19 symptoms or test positive at embarkation, the cruise ship may deny you from boarding. If you are allowed to board, you may be required to isolate or take other precautions, depending on your symptoms and test results.

Would the Titanic be big today? ›

While Titanic holds her own when it comes to length, the ship's width is substantially smaller than modern cruise ships. Titanic's length from one side to the other measured 92.5 feet. Modern cruise ships are typically around 120 feet today, which is about 22% bigger than Titanic.

What happens if a cruise gets Cancelled? ›

When your trip is cancelled, your cruise operator should offer the choice of an alternative or a refund. When a sailing is cancelled and an overnight stay becomes necessary, your cruise operator should offer you accommodation free of charge, if possible. This can be on board the ship, or ashore.

Why are Carnival cruises being cancelled? ›

Carnival Cruise Line brand ambassador John Heald confirmed today that a number of sailings must be cancelled for Carnival Glory in spring 2024, as the ship will be entering dry dock for maintenance. The impacted sailings include all departures from March 24, 2024 through and including the April 28, 2024 sailing.

Are cruise ships sailing at full capacity 2023? ›

Most cruise lines are sailing at full capacity and are motivated to get travelers back onboard. Many lines offer great deals with tremendous cruise fare savings to make this happen. Be on the lookout for value-added amenities such as beverage packages, wifi, gratuities, specialty dining, and/or cabin upgrades.

How do you tell if a cruise is fully booked? ›

Your best bet is to go to one of the on-line sites ( is excellent) and try to make a reservation for your cruise. You'll see the availability (or non-availability) of accommodations in every category, stateroom by stateroom. If your sail date isn't listed, it's a sellout.

What is the capacity of cruise ships now? ›

The average, or medium size of cruise ship measures in with a passenger capacity of about 3,000 guests. For example, most of the major cruise lines in the industry today operate ships that hold anywhere from 2,000 to 4,000 guests and measure in at about 1,000 feet in length.

What documents do you need for a cruise? ›

U.S. citizens on closed-loop cruises will be able to enter or depart the country with proof of citizenship, such as an Enhanced Driver's License (EDL), a government-issued birth certificate (issued by the Vital Records Department in the state where he or she was born) or passport, and if 16 or older, a government ...

Can I go on a cruise if I have a cold? ›

If you indicate that you have been feeling sick, you will be pulled aside for a quick checkup. If the ship's medical personnel determine that you're feverish, contagious or otherwise ill, they have the authority to prevent you from boarding.

Do you have to be vaccinated to go on a cruise CDC? ›

CDC recommends all travelers (passengers and crew) be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines.

Is the iceberg from the Titanic still there? ›

The average lifespan of an iceberg in the North Atlantic typically is two to three years from calving to melting. This means the iceberg that sank the Titanic "likely broke off from Greenland in 1910 or 1911, and was gone forever by the end of 1912 or sometime in 1913."

Can a captain leave a sinking ship? ›

Rod Sullivan, professor of maritime law at the Florida Coastal School of Law, tells Steve Inskeep the captain has no legal obligation to go down with the ship.

What is still left of the Titanic? ›

It lies in two main pieces about 2,000 feet (600 m) apart. The bow is still recognisable with many preserved interiors, despite deterioration and damage sustained hitting the sea floor. In contrast, the stern is completely ruined.

What happens if it rains on your cruise? ›

Sorry, but there is no refund on a cruise for rainy days. Even if it pours during your entire trip, if the cruise still happens then you won't be refunded any money. (Trips entirely cancelled due to storms may be entitled to a refund.)

What happens if you book a cruise and don't go? ›

If you miss the ship, you'll have to either meet it in a subsequent port of call or call it a wash and head home. Your cruise line, travel agent or travel insurance provider might be able to help you make the plans; otherwise, you'll have to make arrangements on your own.

What happens to travel insurance when cruise is Cancelled? ›

For starters, policies often will reimburse you for the cost of canceling a cruise due to a last-minute crisis. They also often will cover costs related to an interruption of a cruise (maybe your ship breaks down, requiring you to fly home mid-voyage).

Is Carnival cruise going to recover? ›

Recovery Route

However, the company's recovery plan is clearly in full motion as its fourth-quarter earnings report revealed a 198.29% year-over-year revenue surge. The cruise liner's occupancy is back at 99% of its pre-pandemic level, and its earnings are 2% higher per passenger cruise day on a currency-neutral basis.

Is Carnival Cancelling cruises out of Port Canaveral? ›

Carnival Cruise Line has made the decision to cancel the September 30, 2022 sailing of Carnival Liberty from Port Canaveral, due to the continuing impact of Hurricane Ian and the port's closure. Guests had already been alerted to the possibility of delays with the cruise, but the cancelation is now confirmed.

What ships is Carnival getting rid of? ›

Several ships could be under consideration for removal among the different fleets, but likely candidates due to size, age, and updates include AIDAaura (2003), AIDAdiva (2007), Carnival Elation (1998), Carnival Paradise (1998), Volendam (1999), Zaandam (2000), Grand Princess (1998), and others.

Will cruise prices drop for 2023? ›

Wave season sales will vary by cruise line, but you can expect to find plenty of discounts and freebies when you book your 2023 cruise within the next few months.

Should you cruise in 2023? ›

Cruising in 2023 is mostly back to normal following the pandemic-induced changes implemented across the industry in 2021 and 2022. Pre-cruise testing has been almost entirely abolished, ships are sailing at full capacity, and new ships are being constructed.

Will the cruise lines recover by 2023? ›

After years of uncertainty, the cruise industry will make a strong recovery in 2023, according to a new AAA survey. Over the past few years, the cruise industry suffered significant financial losses due to Covid-19 restrictions.

How do I find out how many cabins are left on a cruise? ›

During the booking process you'll be able to see how many cabins in any category are left. If you're already booked on that cruise and see that there are open higher-category rooms than what you've got booked, contact the line or your travel agent to see if there are any upgrade offers open.

What to avoid when booking a cruise? ›

Top Five Cruise Mistakes to Avoid
  • Misjudge Your Cruise Fare. One of the most important things not to do on a cruise vacation is to neglect the details of your fare, otherwise known as the price of your cruise. ...
  • Ignore Cellular Data. ...
  • Neglect Travel Insurance. ...
  • Under-Pack. ...
  • Pick the Wrong Cruise Line.

Is it better to wait to book a cruise? ›

Six to eight weeks before the cruise departs is the most advantageous time to book last minute because it's within the window for those who booked early to cancel their reservation without penalty. You may be able to score a mid-ship veranda stateroom or a top-deck stateroom because someone else has just opted out.

What is the number 1 cruise ship? ›

Wonder of the Seas

What is the number 1 cruise line? ›

The best cruise lines in the world 2022
  • Norwegian Cruise Line. Score 78.98. MSC Cruises. ...
  • Royal Caribbean International. Score 72.49. Carnival Cruise Line. ...
  • P&O Cruises. Score 76.61. Azamara. ...
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Score 76.63. Star Clippers. ...
  • Grand Circle Cruise Line. Score 89.47. ...
  • Atlas Ocean Voyages. Score 88.78.
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How much does a cruise ship captain make? ›

What Is the Salary of a Cruise Ship Captain? ZipRecruiter reports that the annual pay for 2022 for cruise ship captains is $54,229 per year. It also reports that annual salaries can be as high as $100,000 to as low as $17,500.

Can you go on a cruise without papers? ›

The documentation is required at embarkation and throughout the cruise and is the responsibility of the guest. Our policy states that any guest traveling without proper documentation will be denied boarding the ship and will be under full penalty, and therefore, will not be offered a refund or a replacement cruise.

Do you need 2 forms of ID for cruise? ›

If you are aboard a Caribbean closed-loop cruise, (a cruise that departs and ends at the same U.S. port), you can travel with a state-issued ID (for example: your driver's license) and an original birth certificate. You must have both of these documents in order to be able to travel without a passport.

Can you get off a cruise ship in the Bahamas without a passport? ›

Though most foreign travel requires that you have a valid passport to come back home, cruising makes it easier to enjoy your vacation without worrying about this paperwork. If you are a US citizen, you can take a “closed-loop cruise” (one that begins and ends at the same port) to The Bahamas without a passport.

Will I have to wear a mask on a cruise? ›

Mask wearing – We recommend that guests wear masks on board, but they're only required in the medical centre.

Do you have to pay to see a doctor on a cruise ship? ›

Paying for Medical Care While Cruising

When you get sick or worse and need treatment or emergency services, you will pay for it, typically out of pocket. If you receive treatment or medicine from ship physicians, the cost will be charged to your cabin folio.

Where do you feel the most movement on a cruise ship? ›

The lower you are, and more towards the middle of the ship, you will not feel it as much. Cabins at the front and back of the ship tend to sway the most, so you want to avoid any rooms in these areas.

Can you travel without getting vaccinated? ›

If you do not meet the requirements to be considered fully vaccinated, you will not be able to board your flight to the United States, unless you meet criteria for one of the exceptions.

Can I travel without been vaccinated? ›

If you have not been fully vaccinated, you should continue to follow the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to, such as proof of a negative COVID-19 test on arrival. You should carefully research the requirements of your destination country before travelling.

How long will masks be required on cruise ships? ›

Unvaccinated passengers 12 and up must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test. These requirements end October 4, 2022. Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: All masking requirements end October 4, 2022.

Were there any skeletons found on the Titanic? ›

— People have been diving to the Titanic's wreck for 35 years. No one has found human remains, according to the company that owns the salvage rights.

How many dogs survived the Titanic? ›

Canine survivors

Three small dogs, two Pomeranians and a Pekingese, survived the Titanic disaster cradled in their owners' arms as they climbed into lifeboats.

Where did the bodies from the Titanic go? ›

Around two-thirds of the bodies recovered after the sinking were transported to Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada for burial, whilst a third were buried at sea.

Should you swim away from the sinking ship? ›

Swim away from the boat, so as to avoid the propeller, and although television shows like Mythbusters busted the whole ship pulling you under myth, it has been reported to take place from actual survivors. Now, if you're in the water, no life jacket, no life preserver, no floatation device.

Can the master of a ship refuse to go to a ship in distress? ›

What happens if captain doesn't go down with ship? There is no requirement for a Captain to go down with their ship. The Captain of a ship is ultimately responsible for everything that occurs on the ship. This includes damage control and evacuation of passengers and crew in the event the ship needs to be abandoned.

How much money does a cargo ship captain make? ›

Avg Salary

Ship captains earn an average yearly salary of $81,640. Wages typically start from $37,240 and go up to $159,690.

Why don t they pull the Titanic up? ›

Oceanographers have pointed out that the hostile sea environment has wreaked havoc on the ship's remains after more than a century beneath the surface. Saltwater acidity has been dissolving the vessel, compromising its integrity to the point where much of it would crumble if tampered with.

Is the pool still full on the Titanic? ›

Yes, and when divers found the wreck after 70 years, they were amazed to find that the swimming pool was still full of water!

Who owns the Titanic wreck? ›

Based in part on these assurances, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia awarded RMST salvor-in-possession status and exclusive rights over any items salvaged from Titanic to RMST on June 4, 1994.

Are all cruises running? ›

North American cruise operators started service in June 2021. And while all the major cruise lines are now back at sea, the return to cruising has taken a phased approach, with ships returning to service one at a time and some cruise lines keeping vessels idle until well into 2022.

Will a hurricane cancel a cruise? ›

Most likely a hurricane will not impact your cruise, but you might incur an itinerary change if a hurricane is in the path of a port of call on your cruise itinerary.

Will a cruise be Cancelled due to hurricane? ›

Cruises are very rarely cancelled due to hurricanes, but they can have itinerary changes and could be made shorter, or longer in duration. In most cases, if a cruise is set to sail near a hurricane, it will simply be diverted to visit different ports of call, or you may skip a port altogether and have an extra sea day.

Are cruise ships being affected by Covid? ›

Cruise ships and COVID-19

Although operators have taken steps to improve infection control, cruise ships continue to experience COVID-19 outbreaks, affecting passengers and seafarers. The confined setting on board and combination of multiple households enables COVID-19 to spread faster than it is able to elsewhere.

How many ships are sailing right now? ›

On land it's easy to forget that at any given moment there are around 50,000 merchant ships crisscrossing the oceans – carrying as many as 5-6 million containers stuffed with goods.

Is Royal Caribbean running at full capacity? ›

Is Royal Caribbean limiting capacity 2022? RCI-Royal Caribbean cruise ships to be back to full capacity by summer 2022. The cruise shipping industry is slowly moving back towards normal numbers by getting more ships back into service and more guests onboard. Full capacity is expected to return this summer.

How many cruise ships are currently operating? ›

Key Statistics: Currently, there are 314 cruise ships operating worldwide, with a combined capacity of 537,000 passengers. Cruise industry revenue grew to 37 billion in the US. There are 2,219 cruise ports, according to cruisemapper.

What months should you avoid cruises? ›

Hurricane Season

Storms in August and October have a moderate risk of developing into hurricanes while September has the highest risk of all. For these reasons, September is the worst month of the year to take a cruise.

What is the safest place on a cruise ship? ›

Lower Decks

This is because this part of the ship, its lowest and most central area, is the most stable during rough sea conditions.

What happens if it rains during a cruise? ›

Sorry, but there is no refund on a cruise for rainy days. Even if it pours during your entire trip, if the cruise still happens then you won't be refunded any money. (Trips entirely cancelled due to storms may be entitled to a refund.)

What month do most hurricanes hit the Caribbean? ›

Hurricane activity typically peaks from late August to early October, which is why this period is sometimes called hurricane season.

What's the worst month for hurricanes? ›

The peak of the Atlantic hurricane season is September 10, with most activity occurring between mid-August and mid-October. For the eastern Pacific basin, the analyses are based on data from the 50-year period from 1971 to 2020 (starting when there was reliable satellite imagery) but also normalized to 100 years.

Where do cruise ships go during hurricane? ›

Hurricanes may cause ships to miss ports as they seek calmer seas, and in some cases, itineraries are changed more drastically. You may find your eastern Caribbean cruise to the Bahamas, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten is changed to a western Caribbean cruise to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, or the opposite.

Is it safe to go on a cruise? ›

The risk of a COVID-19 outbreak is higher when a lot of people share a common space, like a cruise ship. Most cruise lines have dropped vaccination and testing requirements. Consider your risk level based on your health status before booking a cruise, and take precautions while on board to avoid getting sick.


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