Cruise News Today — August 15, 2022 [VIDEO]

Royal Caribbean Offering Free Cruise After Overselling Voyage

An inventory error in Royal Caribbean’s booking system turned out to to be good fortune for flexible passengers.

The August 25th sailing of Rhapsody of the Seas, a seven-night Greek Isles sailing, was overbooked by a substantial number of passengers, to the point where Royal Caribbean sweetened the pot to get guests on another voyage.

Passengers are being offered a full cash refund on the August sailing, and on top of that, placement on another Royal Caribbean sailing this year or next on Rhapsody.

Currently, the ship is sailing under reduced capacity as its limited by local regulations, which could have been a catalyst of the technical error. Rhapsody of the Seas is currently sailing from Haifa, Israel to the Greek Isles.

New Zealand Finally Resumes Cruises

For the first time since 2020, New Zealand has welcome cruise ships to its shores.

The government opened the country’s ports up to ships at midnight on July 31, and the first ship back arrived on Friday, as P&O Cruises’ Pacific Explorer arrived from Sydney. That vessel is now on a 12 night sailing to Fiji.

Norwegian, Seabourn, Holland America, Princess, Viking, and Silversea are a few of the lines that sail from Auckland, New Zealand.

Barcelona Seeing Strong Cruise Passenger Comeback

The port of Barcelona is seeing a strong comeback.

The first seven months of the year saw just over 1 million cruisers come through the port. 585,607 embarked or disembarked at Barcelona, while 434,527 were in transit, meaning it was a port stop.

However, they aren’t quite caught up to 2019; the same period in 2019 saw just over 1.6 million cruisers, leaving a 600,000-person gap.

Barcelona has eight cruise terminals, and before the shutdown saw 830 ship calls.

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