Celebrity Solstice Asia Program Canceled
Celebrity Cruises has canceled Celebrity Solstice’s Asia program from this September through April 2023. The cruise line said that the change is due to uncertainty in the region about when international operations will be able to resume.
Instead, Solstice will take over Celebrity Millennium’s planned voyages to the Mexican Riviera. Starting in September, Celebrity Millennium is now scheduled to sail in the Caribbean.
Guests who were scheduled to cruise Millennium to the Mexican Riviera will automatically be moved to Celebrity Solstice, or can request a full refund.
Proposal Could Bring an Oasis-Class Ship to Australia
Could one of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class ships be headed Down Under? Possibly, if a submitted proposal is approved.
A New South Wales Port Authority proposal would allow the world’s largest cruise ships to dock at Eden, a town on Australia’s southeastern coast. The proposal would include more mooring infrastructure and a new passenger walkway.
A $44 million wharf extension was completed in 2019, and can accommodate ships up to 1,066 feet long. A new $6 million welcome center was completed last year.
Eden’s location between Sydney and Melbourne makes it an ideal location for Australia and New Zealand sailings.
MSC Seaside Guests Busted With 54 Kilos of Cocaine
10 Brazilian guests sailing on MSC Seaside have been arrested for attempting to smuggle 54 kilos of cocaine.
Spanish authorities arrested the guests while they were disembarking the ship in Valencia last Sunday, following a transatlantic cruise from Brazil. The drugs, worth over 3 million euros, were found in double bottomed suitcases thanks to a narcotics detection dog.
MSC Seaside is scheduled to spend the summer in the Mediterranean before repositioning to the Caribbean this fall.