Cruise News Today — February 12, 2022 [VIDEO]

Carnival Celebration Floated Out

Carnival Cruise Line’s second Excel-class ship, Carnival Celebration, was floated out of the shipyard in Finland on Friday.

The vessel is scheduled to debut at the culmination of Carnival’s 50th birthday celebration in November. It will be the line’s second 180,000 gross ton mega-ship after Mardi Gras, which debuted last summer. 

On November 21, Celebration will embark on its first cruise from Miami to the Caribbean following a 14-night transatlantic voyage.

STORY: Carnival Cruise Line’s Second Mega Ship Floated Out

Disney Wish Floated Out

On Friday, Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship was also floated out at the shipyard.

Disney Wish marked the next stage of construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard, where she will now move to a wet dock for further interior work.

The ship was originally scheduled to debut on June 9, but will now set sail on her maiden voyage on July 14 from Port Canaveral.

STORY: Disney Wish Floated Out at the Shipyard in Germany

Cruise Lines Relax Masking Rules

More cruise lines are removing or relaxing their mask mandates. 

Earlier this week, we announced that Royal Caribbean and Norwegian are relaxing their policies, and you can now add Celebrity Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and Oceania Cruises to the growing list.

The news comes the same week as the CDC gives cruise lines an option to opt into another COVID program, as well as Las Vegas removing its mask mandate for Super Bowl weekend…where nearly 400,000 people will descend on the city to bet on tomorrow’s big game. 

To put that into cruise perspective, 400,000 people is the equivalent of 65 vaccinated Oasis-class ships sailing at one time.

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