Cruise News Recap | Week of May 22, 2022

Carnival Freedom Fire

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1. Carnival Cruise Line has announced that Carnival Sunshine will no longer homeport in Charleston after 2024. The line will not be renewing its contract with the South Carolina Ports Authority.

2. Two Crystal Cruises ships — Crystal Symphony and Serenity are up for auction after spending three months docked in the Bahamas.

3. The CDC has raised its COVID-19 warning level for travelers to the Bahamas to “high.” This is the top tier in terms of the risk level.

4. The funnel on Carnival Freedom caught fire while the ship was docked in Grand Turk on Thursday. The fire was put out and there were no injuries reported.

5. Carnival Corporation is reportedly preparing to sell one of its cruise brands to the Public Investment Fund.

Carnival Freedom Fire
(Photo used with permission by Joel Perez)

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