Royal Caribbean Beach Club Plans Continue to Receive Pushback
Pushback continues for Royal Caribbean’s beach club project in Nassau.
Environmental activists claim that the Paradise Island site will be destroyed by Royal Caribbean’s planned capacity at around 3,000 people.
Environmental group Save the Bays says that it believes the site for the Royal Beach Club “cannot survive intact and faces full transformation, and total decimation, of its physical assets.”
Royal Caribbean says that it is planning for an average of 2,500 to 2,750 guests per day, and that the club’s 17 acres will easily be able to handle and spread people out.
The cruise line’s 40 acre private Bahamian island, CocoCay, can accommodate up to 10,000 passengers at one time.
Once permits have been obtained, Royal Caribbean is expecting to start the construction company bidding process for the club in late 2023 or early 2024.
Viking Takes Delivery of New Ocean Ship
Viking took delivery of its latest ocean ship, Viking Saturn, Wednesday morning at the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy.
The vessel is set to depart on its inaugural seven-night Mediterranean voyage on Tuesday, May 2nd. It will be christened in New York City on June 6th by godmother Ann Ziff, a philanthropist and chairman of the Metropolitan Opera.
This summer, Viking Saturn will operate two brand-new itineraries for the line: an Iceland, Greenland, and Canada route from New York to Reykjavik, and an Iceland and Norway sailing from Reykjavik to Bergen.
Viking’s ocean ships are all nearly identical, coming in at 47,800 gross tons and holding 930 guests.
Carnival Brings Back Free Cruise Raffle For Veterans
Carnival Cruise Line is bringing back a pre-pandemic perk for veterans who sail on its ships.
Once again, veterans who attend the Veterans Gathering on board can enter a raffle for a free cruise, which will go into a drawing across all ships in the fleet. At the end of each month, Carnival’s brand ambassador John Heald will announce the winner on his Facebook page.
The Veterans Gathering is held once on every Carnival cruise. All guests are welcome to attend, regardless of whether or not they have been involved with the military.