Cruise News Today — August 29, 2022 [VIDEO]

Norwegian Prima Debuts in Iceland

It was a big day for Norwegian Cruise Line on Saturday.

After a construction delay, the cruise company debuted Norwegian Prima with 2,500 guests onboard, as it was christened by godmother Katy Perry. The vessel embarked on a nine-night cruise from Iceland to Amsterdam.

Prima boasts a three-deck go-kart track and a 10-story drop slide that actually has you pulling some serious Gs.

After a series of cruises, Prima will homeport in Miami and Galveston.

The 142,500 gross registered ton ship is the first of six on order from NCL. The second vessel, Norwegian Viva, is currently under construction at Fincantieri shipyard.

STORY: Katy Perry Christens Norwegian Cruise Line’s First Prima-Class Ship in Iceland

Holland America Offering More Destinations From U.S. Ports

More people are wanting to travel abroad without flying, and one cruise line is responding to that. Holland America Line is now offering more international destinations from U.S. homeports.

Holland America Line VP Kacy Cole, said “Over the past year we’ve seen a shift in the way people are vacationing due to the unpredictability of air travel and desire to explore more, and there’s higher interest when it comes to longer voyages from our U.S. homeports.”

Some of examples of these longer itineraries roundtrip from the U.S. include a 128-day Grand World Voyage, a 74-day South America and Antarctica Voyage, and 73-day Grand Africa Voyage, all departing from Port Everglades.

Holland America restarted operations last July.

Bookings Open For Antarctica Itineraries on Former Crystal Ship

And remember that Crystal Cruises expedition ship that only sailed for a month before the line went bankrupt? Silversea Cruises has opened bookings for that ship, which is now called Silver Endeavour.

Starting November 21, the ship will sail 12 voyages to Antarctica, ranging from five to 20 days long.

Silversea purchased the new luxury ship following the closure of Crystal Cruises, whose parent company Genting went bankrupt at the beginning of this year.

If you’re wondering about the other two Crystal ships, Symphony and Serenity —In June, A&K Travel Group purchased them, as well as the rights to Crystal’s name, and plans to relaunch Crystal Cruises in 2023.

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