Cruise News Today — April 15, 2022 [VIDEO]

Royal Caribbean Brings Back Self-Service Buffets

Guests can once again serve themselves in the buffet on Royal Caribbean. Earlier this month, the line ditched the crew-served buffet lines in favor of going back to self-service.

The single-serve, pre-packaged food that Royal introduced during its restart, however, will be staying as a permanent option.

The cruise line had already returned to self-service beverage stations.

Other cruise lines also allowing passengers to serve themselves include Carnival and Disney, as well as Norwegian on some of its ships.

STORY: Self-Service Buffets Return To Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships

Carnival Spirit Departs Jacksonville, Begins Journey to West Coast

After just a short run from Jacksonville, Carnival Spirit departed the city for the final time this season on Thursday.

The ship will arrive in Miami on Sunday, setting sail on a 16-night Panama Canal cruise to Seattle. From Washington, she will begin a summer season of seven-night cruises to Alaska.

In October, the ship will return to Florida, this time operating mostly eastern and southern Caribbean voyages from Miami.

Cruise Lines Prepare For Great Lakes Restart

After two years, cruise ships are finally preparing to return to the Great Lakes. From May to October 2022, nine cruise lines will sail in the northern lakes on ships that carry around 200 to 400 passengers each.

Lines sailing in the Great Lakes this year will include Silversea, Viking, Windstar, and Ponant, among others. They will call on ports in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Canada.

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