Cruise News Today — December 21, 2022 [VIDEO]

Construction Begins on New Bahamas Cruise Port

Construction has officially started on a new cruise port destination on the Bahamian island of Long Island. The ground was broken yesterday on Calypso Cove, a $250 million resort and cruise port located 190 miles southeast of Nassau, Bahamas.

It will consist of a 200-bedroom hotel, mega yacht marina, lagoon, casinos, golf course, a water park, a zip line, and more. The cruise pier will be able to handle two ships at once, with the destination able to welcome up to 13,000 cruise guests per day.

Around 300 people are expected to be employed for the development, which is estimated to take two years to complete. The project is being headed up by independent developer AZUL Destinations.

Royal Caribbean Details 2024 Summer Caribbean Schedule

Royal Caribbean has announced details on its 2024 Caribbean schedule.

Wonder of the Seas will continue operating seven-night voyages from Port Canaveral, while Harmony of the Seas will mark its first full year sailing from Texas. For the first time, Symphony of the Seas will homeport in Cape Liberty, offering seven-night Bahamas sailings.

The line’s largest upcoming ship Icon of the Seas will operate eastern and Western Caribbean voyages from Miami.

STORY: Royal Caribbean Releases Its Year-Round and Summer 2024 Caribbean Schedule

Coral Princess Alters Itinerary For Hull Cleaning

Guests sailing Princess Cruises’ Coral Princess in New Zealand had were made aware of an expected itinerary change during the current voyage.

A letter delivered to guests said “Coral Princess must complete unplanned additional hull cleaning in advance of our calls into New Zealand. As a result, we must regretfully cancel our scenic cruising in Fiordland National Park on Friday, 23 December, and our call to Dunedin on Saturday, 24 December.”

Though the line did not give reason for the hull cleaning, in certain areas on the world ships have to undergo hall scrubbing to avoid bringing invasive species to harbors and protected parks. Earlier this year, Celebrity Eclipse had to cancel an Alaska sailing because of barnacle growth.

Coral Princess is spending the season sailing Australia and New Zealand.

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