Norwegian Prima Arrives in Port Canaveral
Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship Norwegian Prima has arrived at her winter homeport. Norwegian Prima began sailing from Port Canaveral on Sunday, where she’ll be based to operate Caribbean voyages through March.
Prima debuted in Iceland in August, and has since sailed from New York City, Galveston, and Miami.
Port Canaveral will welcome more Norwegian Cruise Line ships this year than ever before, including Norwegian Escape, Getaway, Joy, Gem, and Prima.
Carnival Vista Sailings Canceled
Carnival has canceled a month of sailings aboard Carnival Vista so the ship can go into dry dock.
Guests booked on sailings from January 7 to February 10, 2024 received an email notifying them that their sailing had been canceled. They can either rebook with protected fare on a comparable sailing, or request a full refund.
Carnival did not give a reason for the unexpected dry dock, but it’s likely to fix propulsion issues that have plagued Vista for years. Just this past September, Carnival modified the itineraries of six Vista sailings this fall and winter so that maintenance could be done on the system affecting the maximum cruising speed.
Carnival Vista currently operates western Caribbean voyages from Galveston. Next fall, she’s scheduled to operate six and eight-night cruises from Port Canaveral.
Royal Caribbean Eliminates a Diamond Plus Perk
Royal Caribbean is eliminating one of the perks for its Diamond Plus loyalty guests as of December 16th.
The line will be removing Concierge Lounge access from the Diamond Plus benefits across the fleet, which has been available on select sailings depending on how many guests meet the Diamond Plus level.
To eliminate the inconsistency and confusion, lounge access will now be fully standardized. Both concierge and suite lounge access will now be limited to eligible suite guests and those in the highest tier in the loyalty program — Pinnacle Club.