Cruise News Today — August 17, 2022 [VIDEO]

Carnival Reports Nearly Double Bookings After Lifting Vaccine Mandate

Following the news that it is dropping its vaccine mandate, Carnival Cruise Line reported that booking activity on Monday was nearly double the amount for the equivalent day in 2019.

Starting September 6, unvaccinated guests are welcome to sail without an exemption on voages 15 nights or shorter. On the same date, Carnival is dropping its pre-cruise testing requirement for vaccinated passengers.

In a statement, Carnival president Christine Duffy said “Mid-August is typically not a busy month for cruise bookings, but it’s clear that pent-up demand for Carnival has not been satisfied and guests are responding very favorably to our updated protocols.”

STORY: Why Carnival Cruise Line Bookings Just Doubled and What it Means for Your Next Sailing

The San Juan Cruise Port Will Be Getting a Major Renovation

Global Ports Holding has signed a 30-year concession with the Puerto Rico Ports Authority to redevelop the San Juan Cruise Port and operate it.

When the project is completed, San Juan will become the third largest cruise port in Global Ports Holding’s global network.

The project will be completed in two main phases, with the first phase including pier repairs and upgrades to the terminal buildings and walkways. The second phase will include construction of the new pier and homeport terminal that will be capable of handling the world’s largest cruise ships.

Princess Cruises Partners With NASCAR Team Trackhouse Racing

Princess Cruises has partnered with Trackhouse Racing for the next two NASCAR races of the season, as well as the upcoming Cup Series Playoffs.

Princess will be the primary sponsor of Daniel Suárez’s Chevrolet Camaro at the Watkins Glen International race on August 21, and at Homestead-Miami Speedway on October 23. The new partnership will also include Suárez’s teammate Ross Chastain.

Trackhouse Racing is in its second season in the Cup Series, and Suárez and Chastain have visited victory lane three times so far this year.

Princess says that “in the coming weeks Princess Cruises and Trackhouse Racing will unveil a program that will enable NASCAR fans to travel its ships around the world.”

STORY: Princess Cruises Partners With NASCAR Racing Team

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