Cruise News Update: June 4, 2022 (2022)

Get caught up on all the latest cruise news from the past week with a mixture of developments, including coverage of the soon-to-be Tropical Storm Alex and its impact on the cruise industry.

Cruise News Update

It was just another busy week of cruise news with some unexpected developments when it comes to weather, such as a waterspout that occurred at a cruise line private island, and then another waterspout in Nassau, Bahamas.

We’ve got coverage on the developing Tropical Storm Alex and any possible impact on cruises, along with news on a new ship, repairs to Carnival Freedom, and Royal Caribbean policy updates.

In This Article…

  • Cruise News Update
    • Potential Tropical Storm Impacts Cruises
    • First Cruise Ship Restarts in Australia
    • Busy Week for Waterspouts
    • Repairs Progressing for Carnival Cruise Ship
    • New Rotterdam Cruise Ship Christened
    • Royal Caribbean Policy Updates
  • More Cruise Headlines

Potential Tropical Storm Impacts Cruises

We start with important news as a potential Tropical Storm begins to impact the cruise industry as it heads across South Florida. According to the National Hurricane Center (NOAA), the soon be named Tropical Storm Alex currently has maximum sustained winds of 40 MPH and the center is located about 35 miles Northeast of Naples, Florida.

With the storm moving over multiple major cruise ports such as PortMiami, Port Canaveral, Port of Tampa and Port Everglades, cruise lines are needing to adjust itineraries to make sure guests and crew onboard are kept safe.

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Royal Caribbean’sSymphony of the Seaswill not dock in Miami for debarkation as planned on Saturday, June 4; guests will remain onboard until Sunday. The next cruise, which will be shortened by one day, will depart at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Mariner of the Seasleft Bermuda early on Friday, June 3, to avoid the worst weather and to change its route to return to Port Canaveral safely and on schedule on Sunday, June 5.

Harmony of the Seashas also changed routes through The Bahamas to avoid the worst of the storm’s impact, but is scheduled to arrive on time back in Port Canaveral on Sunday, June 5.

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Royal Caribbean has also sent out an update for guests booked onAdventure of the Seas’June 4 sailing that the ship will not be heading to Bermuda as scheduled. The vessel will instead be sailing to Canada to avoid the storm.

Carnival Cruise Line’sCarnival Sunrisearrived in Miami several hours early on Saturday morning for an expedited embarkation ahead of the worsening weather.

There could be further changes as the storms continue to cause heavy rainfall across South Florida. Those traveling to any of those cruise ports should expect travel delays. The storm is heading for Bermuda, where a Tropical Storm watch has been issued.

First Cruise Ship Restarts in Australia

After suffering disappointment after disappointment over the last two years, P&O Australia finally has something to smile about after its flagship cruise liner set sail from Sydney Harbour on May 31. Pacific Explorerbecame the first cruise ship in 26 months to set sail from an Australian port carrying paying guests.

While it gave the crew and officers a chance to get re-acquainted with the vessel, it also served as an important test case for the onboard COVID-19 prevention implementations.

Besides a vaccine mandate for all guests 12 years and older and crew members, guests will also need to show a negative COVID-19 test which can be a self-administered Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) within 24 hrs of boarding or a PCR test within 72 hours of boarding. Masks are necessary only where social distancing is impossible and inside cruise terminals.

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Pacific Explorer’sfirst cruise marks the return of cruising down-under. The cruise industry, worth over 1 billion dollars Australian before the pandemic, will be making that return staggered, giving local authorities and the cruise lines the chance to make the recovery a success.

Pacific Explorer will set sail on the first full-length cruise from Australia on June 14. The ten-night Great Barrier Reef Discovery will sail from Sydney and visit Airlie Beach, Cairns, Willis Island, and Moreton Island.

On June 16, Princess Cruises’Coral Princesswill return to Australia with a three-night Australia Seacation from Brisbane to Brisbane. The Princess cruise ship will homeport at the 2020-constructed, but never used, Brisbane International Cruise Terminal.

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From August 27, the second P&O Australia ship,Pacific Encounter,will begin operations, sailing from Brisbane on a seven-night Barrier Reef Discovery, with calls to Airlie Beach, Cairns, and Willis Island, Australia.Pacific Adventure, the third P&O Australia cruise ship will not sail before October 22.

Busy Week for Waterspouts

It was a busy week with waterspouts near cruise ships this past week, and one of them slightly caused some issues at a cruise line private island.

Disney Dreampassengers got a rare sighting on Sunday, May 29, 2022, during their visit to Castaway Cay, when a waterspout was sighted just offshore.

The waterspout was spotted just south ofCastaway Cay, near where Disney Cruise Line docks at the private island destination. Amazing video from passengers on the island shows the waterspout nearDisney Dream, and it remained intact for several minutes but did not move onshore.

Some guests did report the need to shelter on the island until lightning had passed the area. Because of the risk of a lightning strike, guests were not permitted to reboard the ship (via metal gangways) until the lightning had ended, but the delay was not significant.

A waterspout was also spotted in Nassau Harbor in The Bahamas on June 2. The funnel was sucking up water and caught some small pieces of debris, which can be seen in a video posted to social media.

Waterspout turned potential tornado in Nassau harbour today (Jun 2) at 1:33pm. It then proceeded onto Paradise Island. Unknown video source. #wxbahamas #bahamaswx@JamesVanFleet⁩ ⁦@InterceptStorm⁩ ⁦@kbente242⁩ ⁦@NWSMiami⁩ ⁦@NWSKeyWestpic.twitter.com/LyQfVl39YA

— Robert Meister (@RobertMeister20) June 2, 2022

The funnel was spinning deep in Nassau Harbor, near the Sidney Poitier Bridge that connects the larger New Providence Island to the smaller Paradise Island to the north.

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Observers reported that the waterspout did move onto Paradise Island, home to the famousAtlantis resort. No damage was noted from the waterspout, and while it did have the potential to turn into a tornado as it moved onto land, it did not appear to have the strength to do so and instead rapidly dissipated.

Two cruise ships were docked in Nassau at the time of the waterspout. Royal Caribbean’sOasis of the Seasand Carnival Cruise Line’sCarnival Conquest.

Repairs Progressing for Carnival Cruise Ship

Repairs are still in progress on the Carnival Freedom after a fire broke out onboard while docked in Grand Turk on May 26. The fire caused damage to the iconic red, white and blue funnel and thankfully there were no crew or passengers injured.

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Since the fire, the May 23, 28, June 2 and 6 cruises have been canceled as the ship is currently undergoing repairs at the Grand Bahama shipyard in Freeport, Bahamas. In fact, work had already started before the Carnival Freedom departed Grand Turk for the dry dock.

Currently, the Carnival cruise ship is scheduled to return to service on June 11 with a five-night Eastern Caribbean itinerary from Port Canaveral, However, guests should check for any official updates as this could change.

New Rotterdam Cruise Ship Christened

Holland America Line’s newest cruise ship, theMS Rotterdam, was officially named on May 30 during a traditional ceremony in its namesake city Rotterdam. The city has played an important role in the cruise line’s history, as it was here that the cruise line was founded in 1873.

Her Royal Highness, Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, performed the ceremonial ringing of the ship’s bell as she wished the crew and passengers sailing on her a safe journey. The blessing of the ship’s bell is a Holland America Line tradition when welcoming a new ship to the fleet.

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TheRotterdamis the seventh vessel sailing under that name for Holland America. On October 15, 1872,Rotterdam I— the first Holland America Line ship — embarked on its maiden voyage from Rotterdam to New York.

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The ceremony was attended by senior executives of Carnival Corporation and several dutch dignitaries. Following the ceremony, a gala luncheon was held onboard for guests.

The newest Pinnacle-class cruise ship for Holland America Line will spend the summer in Northern Europe, sailing from its homeport, Amsterdam. From there, she will sail a series of seven- and 14-day Norway cruises and voyages to Scandinavia, Iceland, and the Northern Isles.

Royal Caribbean Policy Updates

Over the years, many people have found many different ways to search for and book the best available cabins onboard Royal Caribbean’s cruise ships. One of these options is to book a cabin through a much cheaper non-refundable cruise deposit.

Guests can book cabins many months or even years ahead of the actual voyage and just wait until they have decided to take the cruise or not. If not, they can still cancel the journey and receive a future cruise credit minus a $100 charge. However, Royal Caribbean has put a firm stop to this somewhat questionable practice.

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Starting June 1, 2022, anon-refundable depositwill be just that; Non-refundable. Guests will no longer receive a future cruise credit. Instead, as is the case with airlines, hotels, etc., the full deposit will be withheld by the cruise line if a guest decides to cancel the voyage.

Also, Royal Caribbean International has notified guests of a change in expiration to its Future Cruise Credits (FCCs), many of which were issued during the global suspension of cruise operations.

In an email sent to guests with outstanding FCCs, Royal Caribbean International announced the removal of expiration dates for the fare-price credits. The bonus amount above fare credits, however, will still expire on the original expiration date.

Many of the FCCs are set to expire in the next few months, when many guests have not yet been able to redeem their credits. With the expiration date now removed, loyal travelers have more options to redeem their FCCs when they are better able to book a cruise vacation.

More Cruise Headlines

Those were just a few of the headlines from the past week, we’ve got all the coverage including, the CDC elevating its travel notice for some popular cruise destinations, Carnival Cruise Line progress on crew shortages, Mardi Gras rescues 16 stranded people, new Menu Mate menu rolls out across the Carnival fleet, Spectrum of the Seas to begin sailing to ports out of Singapore, Virgin Voyages giving away 1,000 cruises, and plenty more news right here.

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FAQs

Are cruises likely to be Cancelled 2022? ›

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 cruises going to happen in 2022? ›

It's likely that at least in 2022, most Caribbean itineraries will include a stop and/or an overnight at a private island, and in the case of Virgin Voyages, at its private beach club.

What caused the fire on the Carnival cruise ship? ›

One of two openings to a funnel on the 2,980-berth Carnival Freedom (built 2007) became engulfed in fire on 26 May as the ship shared a pier with the 6,600-berth Carnival Mardi Gras (built 2020).

Is it safe to go on cruise ships now? ›

The virus can spread easily between people in close quarters, such as on cruise ships. The chance of being infected with COVID-19 on cruise ships is very high, even if you're fully vaccinated. Follow individual public health measures such as wearing a mask and physical distancing, even if it's not required.

Are cruise ships back to full capacity? ›

Cruise Lines Capacity Is Coming Back

This has been a question seemingly every experienced cruiser has asked. In the summer and fall, that answer was "not at all," and later "not as much as usual," but the numbers of passengers onboard has slowly moved back to normal, even reaching it on some sailings.

Do you need a Covid test to board a cruise ship? ›

If your cruise line does not have a testing requirement, get tested for current infection with a viral test (no more than 3 days) before boarding a cruise ship, regardless of your vaccination status. Get your test results before you board your cruise.

Do you still need COVID vaccine to cruise? ›

Beginning September 1, 2022, passengers younger than 5 years old will no longer need to be vaccinated. Boosters also are no longer required for passengers of any age, except on longer voyages, including those to Antarctica. Beginning October 1, 2022, pre-cruise testing is no longer required, including at embarkation.

Is Royal Caribbean sailing at reduced capacity? ›

The days of Royal Caribbean cruise ships sailing at reduced capacity are limited. It's no secret that the cruise industry is moving back towards normalcy with getting more ships back into service and more passengers onboard.

What are the biggest issues facing the cruise industry today? ›

Crewing Challenges

“CLIA estimates that the cruise sector needs 73,000 new people per year to accommodate current growth. The figures are amazing and COVID compounded the challenge as people that were on board or in an established crew pool found new jobs during the shutdown or might be hesitant to return to sea.

Has a Carnival cruise ship ever sank? ›

Has a Carnival cruise ship ever sank? No, but it came close. Ten years ago, the Costa Concordia, which was owned by a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation, slammed into a reef and capsized off the Tuscan island of Giglio, killing killed 32 passengers and crewmembers.

When was the last time a cruise ship went down? ›

Costa Concordia disaster, the capsizing of an Italian cruise ship on January 13, 2012, after it struck rocks off the coast of Giglio Island in the Tyrrhenian Sea. More than 4,200 people were rescued, though 32 people died.

What happened to the Carnival cruise ship that caught fire? ›

The fire that damaged the funnel on Carnival Freedom occurred on May 26 when the ship was docked in Grand Turk; the fire was localized to the vessel's funnel area. Workers quickly extinguished it, and nobody was injured during the incident, according to the line.

Are people wearing masks on cruise ships? ›

Unlike with some other cruise lines, travelers boarding a Cunard Luxury Cruise Line cruise will be required to wear their masks during embarkation and disembarkation and when at certain ports. Thankfully, travelers will not need to wear a mask at any other point during their cruise, with masks option on board.

Which cruise line is the safest? ›

Viking Ocean Cruises – When it comes to passing CDC inspections, Viking Ocean Cruises takes the top honor. With five ships, every Viking cruise ship scored well on their latest inspections. Three ships — Viking Sea, Viking Sky, and Viking Star — scored a perfect 100.

How do you stay safe from Covid on a cruise? ›

Drinking and dining outdoors when possible. Choosing to get vaccinated for COVID-19 and staying up to date with boosters at least two weeks in advance of the cruise. Washing your hands frequently with soap and water or using hand sanitizer regularly.

Is Royal Caribbean at 100 capacity? ›

Ships sailing at full capacity have already happened on select voyages: "We have ships now sailing at 100% and we've had ships sailing at 100% now for several weeks out of the Caribbean, into the Caribbean market and a short product."

Is Carnival cruising at 100 capacity? ›

The brand is expected to operate at 110 percent occupancy for the all-important summer season, according to Arnold Donald, president and CEO of Carnival Corporation. “Carnival Cruise Line, our largest brand, achieved consistently positive adjusted EBITDA beginning in March.

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

Your best bet is to go to one of the on-line sites (cruise.com 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.

Are cruise ships at capacity? ›

According to Scrivanich, cruise lines are currently sailing between 70% and 100% capacity, depending on the destination.

What is considered fully vaccinated? ›

If you have received both doses of an accepted 2-dose vaccine series, regardless of how long it has been between doses, you are considered fully vaccinated.

What is a PCR test for travel? ›

What is a PCR test? The PCR test detects whether you are carrying the SARS-CoV-2 virus that is responsible for COVID-19 disease from the earliest stages of infection, making it the most reliable test for national and international travel or simply for getting together with other people without risk.

Do you need a passport to go on a cruise? ›

Do I need a passport? We recommend that everyone taking a cruise from the United States have a passport book. Though some “closed-loop” cruises may not require a U.S. passport, we recommend bringing yours in case of an emergency, such as an unexpected medical air evacuation or the ship docking at an alternate port.

Does carnival require birth certificate? ›

Also acceptable for cruise travel (for cruises that begin and end in a U.S port), U.S. citizens can show proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate issued by a government agency and accompanied by government-issued photo identification.

Will I need Covid vaccine to travel to USA? ›

The White House announced that vaccines will be required for international travelers coming into the United States, with an effective date of November 8, 2021. For purposes of entry into the United States, vaccines accepted will include FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines.

What capacity are Royal Caribbean ships sailing? ›

How big are Royal Caribbean cruise ships?
SHIP NAMEGUEST CAPACITY (Total)LENGTH (FEET)
Adventure of the Seas ®3,8071,020'
Mariner of the Seas ®4,0001,020'
Navigator of the Seas ®4,0001,020'
Oasis of the Seas ®6,7801,187'
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Is Allure of the Seas sailing at full capacity now? ›

At full capacity (prior to COVID restrictions) Allure of the Seas has the ability to carry 6,780 total passengers and 2,100 crew members. There are 2,703 total cabins, broken down into 43 category types.

Is Anthem of the Seas at full capacity? ›

Anthem of the Seas is a Quantum-class cruise ship owned by Royal Caribbean International (RCI) and the second ship of her class.
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Anthem of the Seas.
History
Speed22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
Capacity4,180 passengers (double occupancy) 4,905 passengers (maximum occupancy)
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What will cruising be like in 2022? ›

What to Expect from Summer 2022 Cruises
  • New Ships May Be Delayed.
  • Crew Shortages Could Lead to Changes or Canceled Sailings.
  • Not Everything You Want Might Be Onboard.
  • Requirements Might Change Overnight.
  • Ships Will Likely Still Be Under Capacity.
  • Full Fleets Will Be Back in Service.
  • Deals And Incentives Will Still Be Around.
17 May 2022

How is the cruise industry doing 2022? ›

Cruise Restart Now Reaching 90% of the Fleet

With more ships resuming service every month, the cruise restart reached new levels in the first half of 2022. According to the latest edition of the Cruise Ships in Service Report by Cruise Industry News, nearly 90 percent of the cruise fleet is now back in revenue service.

How is the cruise industry doing today? ›

Pre-pandemic, the cruise sector contributed $154 billion to the global economy, according to CLIA -- that number dipped nearly 60%, to $63.4 billion for 2020, and led to the loss of half of cruise-supported jobs around the world (totaling 576,000).

Do you still need Covid vaccine to cruise? ›

Beginning September 1, 2022, passengers younger than 5 years old will no longer need to be vaccinated. Boosters also are no longer required for passengers of any age, except on longer voyages, including those to Antarctica. Beginning October 1, 2022, pre-cruise testing is no longer required, including at embarkation.

Are P&O cruises Cancelled for 2022? ›

Cruises on Azura are cancelled up until December 2021. Cruises on Arcadia are cancelled up until March 2022. Cruises on Aurora are cancelled up until April 2022. Britannia and Iona sailings are unaffected; these ships will be sailing a series of summer 2021 staycations.

Will Princess cruises be Cancelled in 2022? ›

As a result, Royal Princess and Sapphire Princess seasons through to March 2022 are being cancelled. For guests booked on these cancelled cruises, we are offering three options to choose from: Option 1: Princess will offer to move guests to an equivalent cruise (see list below).

Are Viking cruises being Cancelled for 2022? ›

Viking Cruises has cancelled all 2022 departures on its Kiev, Black Sea & Bucharest itinerary in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The line said it was also evaluating 2022 itineraries that call in Russia with the view to modifying them where necessary.

What is considered fully vaccinated? ›

If you have received both doses of an accepted 2-dose vaccine series, regardless of how long it has been between doses, you are considered fully vaccinated.

Do you need a passport to go on a cruise? ›

Do I need a passport? We recommend that everyone taking a cruise from the United States have a passport book. Though some “closed-loop” cruises may not require a U.S. passport, we recommend bringing yours in case of an emergency, such as an unexpected medical air evacuation or the ship docking at an alternate port.

Does carnival require birth certificate? ›

Also acceptable for cruise travel (for cruises that begin and end in a U.S port), U.S. citizens can show proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate issued by a government agency and accompanied by government-issued photo identification.

What is the latest news from P&O cruises? ›

P&O Cruises to launch first ever escape room at sea

Available exclusively on P&O Cruises newest ship Arvia which launches in December 2022, Mission Control is a unique immersive experience, combining an escape game with multimedia simulation and a live-action story.

Why has P and O Cancelled cruises? ›

Confirming the cancellation of seven cruises, P&O Cruises said: “The current and extraordinary impact of Covid-19 in the UK, in the wider hospitality, service and airline industry as a whole has resulted in a temporary disruption to crew members available to join our ships.

What has happened to P&O cruises? ›

P&O Cruises was divested from P&O in 2000, becoming a subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises. In 2003 the company merged with Carnival Corporation. P&O Ferries, owned by DP World, has faced criticism for the way it sacked 800 workers yesterday (18 March).

Why are cruise lines Cancelling cruises? ›

(Updated 1:37 p.m. EST) -- The omicron COVID-19 surge has caused several cruise lines, including Fred. Olsen, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean International, and Windstar -- to cancel upcoming cruises on several vessels.

What cruise line Cancelled 11 cruises? ›

In a statement Princess Cruises said: “With rising occupancy levels on the ships that have already returned to service and our commitment to guarantee the Princess experience is exceptional, Princess has made the difficult decision to cancel a limited number of voyages.”

Which Carnival cruises are Cancelled? ›

These new cancelations impact sailings aboard both Carnival Miracle and Carnival Radiance. According to an email sent to booked guests, the canceled sailings include Carnival Radiance from the October 17, 2022 departure through the ship's October 28, 2022 voyage.

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

Vaccine Requirement

Viking requires that all guests be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to travel. For added protection, we strongly recommend that guests who are eligible for a booster receive one before departing. All crew are required to be up-to-date with their immunization.

Is it safe to take a European river cruise? ›

Although security procedures on river cruise ships aren't as formal as you might see on the much larger ocean vessels, all cruise lines have security procedures in place to protect passengers. In Europe, some ports, such as Amsterdam, are adding security as well.

Are masks required on Viking Ocean Cruises? ›

Face masks are optional while moving about the ship. Please note: Viking's Medical Team continually monitors conditions and may deem face masks to be necessary while moving about the ship, based on conditions at the time of travel.

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