Two Carnival Cruise Ships Begin Transoceanic Voyages
Two Carnival cruise ships began transoceanic voyages yesterday. Carnival Luminosa embarked on a 23-day transpacific voyage from Brisbane, Australia, and is now en route to Seattle for a season in Alaska. Destinations along the way will include New Caledonia, Fiji, Tahiti, and Hawaii.
Carnival Pride embarked on a 13-day transatlantic voyage from Tampa to Barcelona to prepare for a summer season in Europe. Port calls will include Ponta Delgada, Malaga, and Valencia.
Prior to beginning passenger sailings, Carnival Pride will undergo a refurbishment that includes a new livery, a rebranded steakhouse, and the addition of the Heroes Tribute Bar & Lounge.
St. Maarten Hosts Five Cruise Ships in One Day
Nearly 20,000 cruise guests visited St. Maarten in one day this week, as the port welcomed five cruise ships on Tuesday alone.
Harmony of the Seas, Celebrity Constellation, MSC Seaside, Carnival Magic, and Norwegian Epic all docked in Philipsburg, which is the country’s capital.
Most ships were on seven and eight-night eastern Caribbean itineraries, while MSC Seaside was operating a seven-night southern Caribbean voyage and Constellation is on a special 10-night Easter sailing.
Explora Journeys’ First Cruise Ship Completes Sea Trials
Explora Journeys’ first ship Explora I has successfully completed sea trials, marking another milestone closer to the luxury cruise line’s debut this July.
The vessel is now undergoing final preparations before her christening on July 8th and the start of her maiden voyage on July 17th from Southampton, England.
Explora I has 14 decks and features six restaurants, 12 bars and lounges, and four swimming pools. It’s the first of six vessels planned for Explora Journeys, which is a new luxury cruise venture by MSC Cruises’ parent company MSC Group.