Cruise News Today — August 18, 2022 [VIDEO]

More Norwegian Viva Cruises Canceled

In a letter to booked guests, Norwegian Cruise Line revealed that it has canceled six additional sailings on its upcoming ship Norwegian Viva. The line cited global supply chain constraints as the reason for the delay.

Now, instead of debuting on July 3, 2023, the ship is scheduled to sail her maiden voyage on August 26th from Civitavecchia, the port for Rome.

Guests impacted by the change can either move their booking to a comparable itinerary on Norwegian Getaway at a 20 percent discount, or request a full refund. No matter which option they choose, all guests will receive a 10 percent future cruise credit.

Norwegian Viva was delayed once before; the ship’s first two original voyages were also canceled due to supply chain issues.

STORY: Six More Sailings Canceled on Upcoming Norwegian Cruise Line Ship

Port Canaveral Cruise Business Exceeding Expectations

Port Canaveral has announced that cruise business is currently exceeding expectations as ship occupancy is at more than 100 percent.

2022 occupancy had been forecast at 50 percent for the first three months of the year, and 75 percent for the last nine.

In 2023, Port Canaveral expects 5.8 million cruise passengers, which is an increase of 1.7 million. 909 cruise ship calls are on the books, the majority of which are homeport calls (810).

Since July 2022, the port has hosted over 100,000 passengers per week for six weeks in a row. The week of July 29 saw 120,300 passengers, which is a new port record.

The port anticipates that the end of the 2022 fiscal year will see $122 million in revenue, which is well ahead of the $109 million that was previously projected.

Virgin Voyages Receives $550 Million in New Capital

Virgin Voyages has received 550 million dollars in new capital to “support its growth as a cruise brand.” The funding includes financing and capital from existing lenders, as well as from Bain Capital Private Equity and Virgin Group.

After its initial planned 2020 launch was delayed due to the global pandemic, Virgin Voyages officially debuted in August 2021.

The line currently operates two ships, Scarlet Lady out of Miami to the Caribbean and Valiant Lady in the Mediterranean. Two additional ships, Resilient Lady and Brilliant Lady, are currently under construction.

STORY: Virgin Voyages Gets $550 Million in Funding

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