Cruise News Today — April 24, 2022 [VIDEO]

Two Carnival Ships Shift Florida Ports

After a three-year absence, Carnival Elation is back in Jacksonville. The ship left JAXPORT for Port Canaveral in May 2019, and restarted sailings after the industry shutdown there.

From Jacksonville, the ship will operate four and five-night cruises — mostly to the Bahamas.

And Carnival Freedom moved from Miami to Port Canaveral, replacing Carnival Elation there. From Canaveral, Freedom will operate four and five-night Bahamas and eastern Caribbean voyages.

STORY: Two Carnival Ships Move To New Florida Ports

Seattle Kicks Off 2022 Cruise Season

On Saturday, the Port of Seattle kicked off its 2022 cruise season with Norwegian Bliss. The ship embarked guests at Pier 66 and set sail on a seven-night cruise to Alaska.

This year, the port is expecting 1.2 million revenue cruise passengers and 296 ship calls. In Seattle, the cruise industry provides nearly $900 million dollars in economic benefit, supporting around 5,500 jobs.

STORY: Port Of Seattle To Kick Off Cruise Season This Weekend

Carnival No Longer Requiring Masks at Embarkation

As of Thursday, April 21, Carnival Cruise Line is no longer requiring masks for embarkation and debarkation in a U.S. port. The line is, however, highly recommending them.

And as has already been the case, masks continue to not be a requirement on the ship, except when visiting the medical center.

When going ashore in foreign destinations, passengers must continue to follow local mask guidance.

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