Cruise News Today — April 2, 2023 [VIDEO]

Norwegian Pearl Arrives in Boston

Norwegian Pearl has arrived in Boston to begin her 2023 summer program in the U.S. northeast after spending the winter season in the Caribbean. Through October from Boston, Pearl will offer different itineraries to Bermuda, Canada, and New England.

After completing her northeast schedule, Norwegian Pearl is scheduled to return to Florida for a winter season sailing from PortMiami.

Symphony of the Seas Undergoing First Dry Dock Updates

Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas is in its first-ever dry dock after being in service for five years.

Photos posted by Royal Caribbean’s Chief Meteorologist James Van Fleet show the dry dock underway when the ship is getting general maintenance and minor upgrades. Following the dry dock, Symphony will officially kick off its summer season sailing the Mediterranean on April 16th.

Cruise ships are required to undergo dry dock every five years for general maintenance.

Multiple Cruise Lines Implement Changes at the Start of April

Starting yesterday, multiple cruise lines are implemented changes to their procedures and policies.

Norwegian Cruise Line started returning to e-muster safety drills, while Carnival Cruise Line increased its daily gratuity charge by $1.50 per person per day.

Grand Turk dropped its vaccination requirement for visitors, allowing everyone to go ashore without restrictions, and Carnival’s Behind The Fun tour officially returned fleetwide.

Additionally, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises now require extra credit card verification to prevent fraud, and luxury cruise line Ponant dropped its vaccine requirement.

STORY: 6 Cruise Line Changes Coming April 1st

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