Lots of New Carnival Venezia Details Announced
During a presentation introducing Carnival Venezia to the world, Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy revealed new details on the upcoming ship, formerly sailing with sister line Costa Cruises as Costa Venezia.
The vessel will feature a new version of Guy’s Burger Joint that features a pizza burger, new Terrazza cabins in the same location as Havana cabins on other Vista-class ships, and a new show recently introduced on Carnival Celebration called Color My World. And if you’re wondering, yes, the staterooms will have glass shower doors.
Venezia is expected to begin sailing out of New York City in June 2023.
Wonder of the Seas Christened in Port Canaveral
Royal Caribbean officially welcomed Wonder of the Seas to its fleet during a christening ceremony in Port Canaveral on Friday. The world’s largest cruise ship was blessed by wife, mother, and cancer survivor Marie McCrea, who was chosen through Royal Caribbean’s “Search for Wonder Mom” contest on TikTok.
New features of Wonder of the Seas include a Suite Neighborhood just for suite guests, southern restaurant The Mason Jar, and an underwater-themed playground called Wonder Playscape.
Wonder of the Seas debuted this past March, operating year-round eastern and Western Caribbean voyages from Port Canaveral.
Queen Mary to Reopen After Nearly 3 Years
The City of Long Beach has announced that after nearly three years, ocean liner Queen Mary will be reopening to the public on December 15th.
The historic vessel, which is permanently docked in Long Beach, shut down due to the pandemic and then never reopened because it needed critical repairs, including the removal of deteriorating lifeboats, bulkhead improvements, and new bilge pump systems. During its closure, Queen Mary also underwent restoration repairs including painting, lighting replacement, and flooring refurbishments.
Now, repairs are almost completed and the city is celebrating the reopening by offering free guided tours for a limited time. During the tour, visitors will be able to walk through parts of the promenade deck and learn about the ship’s history and repair process.