Cruise News Today — April 11, 2022 [VIDEO]

Disney Wish Undergoes Sea Trials

After two years of construction, Disney Wish entered open waters for the first time to begin a series of sea trials. The ship is in the Black Sea and testing everything from propulsion to technical maneuvers, and will eventually conduct speed tests.

After completing trials, the vessel will head back to wet dock in Germany to finalize outfitting before taking on crew in May.

In late spring, Wish will depart on a transatlantic crossing to Florida where she’ll offer short cruises from Port Canaveral starting in July.

First Margaritaville at Sea Voyages Delayed

Citing supply chain issues, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s transition to Margaritavilla at Sea has been delayed by two weeks, canceling several voyages. The relaunch, which was announced last December, was originally scheduled for April 30, but has been pushed back to May 14.

Some of the changes will include the ship’s bars rebranded to the Margaritaville bars, with the Rock bar becoming the 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar. The main dining room will become Fins, and the Admiral’s Steakhouse will be called JWB Prime Steak & Seafood. The sports bar will become LandShark Sports Bar.

Originally a Costa Cruises ship called Costa Classica, the line renamed the ship Grand Classica when it acquired the vessel in 2018. The new name, once relaunched in May will be Margaritaville at Sea Paradise.

The cruise line will continue to operate two night cruises between Palm Beach, Florida and Grand Bahama Island.

STORY: First Margaritaville At Sea Sailings Pushed Back Two Weeks

Pacific Explorer Returning to Sydney

After two years, P&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific Explorer will be returning to Sydney. The vessel is scheduled to sail into Sydney Harbour on April 18.

She has been off the coast of Cyprus with sister ships Pacific Encounter and Adventure during the cruise suspension.

P&O Cruises Australia’s first passenger sailing since the pandemic is scheduled for May 31 — a four-night roundtrip Sydney voyage with a stop in Brisbane.

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