Cruise News Today — August 4, 2022 [VIDEO]

Carnival Announces Permanent Changes Across The Fleet

On Wednesday evening, Carnival Cruise Line announced a slew of service changes, and most of them will be permanent cutbacks.

After having been closed for several months due to staffing, Cucina del Capitano is once again open for dinner across the entire fleet.

The days of 24/7 pizza are gone on Carnival, as fleet-wide pizzerias will now be closed between 4 and 9 am.

Sea Day Brunch will now end at noon, instead of 1 p.m., and the seven ships which have Ocean Plaza will no longer put out breakfast and lunch selections. 

Room service-wise, you’ll no longer be able to order by filling out a door menu, instead you’ll have to place orders by phone. 

While these changes are permanent, Carnival says the Chocolate Extravaganza buffet offered on the final sea day is being “paused,” and that Afternoon Tea will return, although no date has yet been announced.

STORY: Carnival Makes Changes to Room Service, Sea Day Brunch, and More

New Zealand Reopens to Cruise Ships

After two plus years without cruise ships, New Zealand officially reopened to cruising at midnight on July 31.

The first cruise ship scheduled to arrive to New Zealand is P&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific Explorer. The vessel will set sail from Sydney on August 8 and arrive to Auckland on August 12.

October to April is traditionally the slow cruise season in Oceania, which means that cruising should be ramping up in New Zealand just in time for the busy season.

Anyone 17 and older arriving by air or sea to New Zealand must be vaccinated. Exceptions include those who are citizens or residents.

Princess Skipping More Skagway Calls

Princess cruises has rerouted more ships away from Skagway as the port continues to deal with an impending rockslide at the docking area.

Instead of calling to Skagway, Majestic Princess on August 9 and Royal Princess on August 10 will visit Icy Strait Point. On Discovery Princess, the August 11 stop will instead be to Sitka.

Those ships can’t visit Skagway because the port has closed the primary dock that they use.

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