Cruise News Today — February 17, 2022 [VIDEO]

Carnival Cruise Director Leaving the Company

Popular Carnival Cruise Director Jen Baxter announced on Facebook that she’ll be leaving her position after 20 years with the company.

Baxter, who started with Carnival as a social host in summer 2001, will be taking a job with Viking on its river ships.

While she said that she would miss the guests and crew she’s worked with over the years, she added that there was one thing she definitely wouldn’t miss: The Wobble — aka the popular dance done at every sail away part for the past 10 years or more.

Jen was part of the restart team for Carnival Miracle last summer in Alaska.

STORY: Much-Loved Carnival Cruise Director Says Farewell

Sapphire Princess to Sail From LA This Summer

Princess Cruises announced that when Sapphire Princess sails from the West Coast this year, it’ll be the line’s first time spending a summer sailing to Mexico, Hawaii, and California.

Starting June 25, the ship will sail roundtrip from Los Angeles on four to 16-night cruises. Itineraries will include seven-night Mexican Riviera and California Coast cruises, as well as 15 and 16-night Hawaii sailings and shorter West Coast Getaways.

Bookings for those voyages are now open.

STORY: Princess Details First-Ever Summer Season to Mexico & California Coast

Viking Octantis Antarctica Cruises Are Underway

Viking is officially in the expedition cruising business.

The line’s first expedition ship, Viking Octantis, began its first season in Antarctica last month, with its godmother onboard for the first two sailings. The vessel’s godmother is Norwegian explorer Liv Arnesen — she is scheduled to officially name Octantis in New York City this April.

Following a season in Antarctica, Octantis will head to the Great Lakes for the spring and summer.

A second identical ship, Viking Polaris, is scheduled to debut later this year.

STORY: Viking Begins Expedition Cruises to Antarctica

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