Cruise News Today — April 18, 2023 [VIDEO]

Skagway Port Schedule Threatened By Large Rock

Last summer, the hill above Skagway’s main dock experienced rockslides that forced lines to cancel many of their calls there.

Mitigation efforts have been put into place to protect the dock since then, but a large rock still poses a threat to part of the dock close to town.

The other end of the dock can accommodate two ships if one of them is small, but this year’s schedule calls for many days with two large ships. To solve the problem, many cruise lines are planning to shorten their port times so they can trade off with another ship partway through the day. The arrangement may be necessary 50 times this year.

So far, cruise lines have not officially made any port time changes, but if you have a cruise stopping in Skagway this season, keep an eye on the schedule.

STORY: Rock Looming Over Cruise Dock Will Likely Disrupt Skagway Ship Schedule

Princess Details Caribbean Itineraries For Sun Princess

On Monday, Princess Cruises announced U.S.-based itineraries for its largest LNG ship to date, the upcoming Sun Princess.

Following an inaugural season in the Mediterranean, Sun Princess will reposition to the Caribbean next October where it’ll operate five-night cruises to Amber Cove and Grand Turk, two-different seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailings, and a western itinerary.

Sun Princess is currently under construction at Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. The 175,500-ton vessel was floated out in early March, and is currently in wet dock having its interior spaces outfitted. Port schedules for some ships are likely to be altered in Skagway, Alaska this year due to a rock looming over the dock.

STORY: Mega Ship Sun Princess’ U.S. Debut Date, Caribbean Itineraries Announced

Carnival Brings Back Paper Fun Times

Carnival Cruise Line has brought back the paper Fun Times… sort of. The line’s brand ambassador John Heald said on Facebook last week that the sheet detailing the day’s activities will now be automatically delivered on embarkation day.

If guests want to keep receiving a paper copy each day, they can make that request with their cabin steward.

Holland America Celebrating 150th Anniversary in Rotterdam

Today is Holland America Line’s big day.

The company is celebrating its 150th anniversary today here in the city of Rotterdam. The line was founded 150 years ago today back in 1873.

The day will be filled with festivities including converting the harbor to how it looked in the late 1800s, with an event at Hotel New York, Holland America Line’s first headquarters from 1901 – 1977. It will be attended by the ship’s Godmother HRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, and wrap up with a gala celebration.

The ms Rotterdam is the seventh ship to carry the name, and the third in the line’s successful Pinnacle class, following Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam.

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