Cruise News Today — February 2, 2022 [VIDEO]

Carnival Spirit Pulled From Australia, Will Now Sail From Florida

Carnival announced on Tuesday that it is pulling the Australia-based Carnival Spirit from Brisbane and redeployed it to Florida.

A statement from Carnival said, “because of the continued uncertainty of when cruising can resume in Australia, we are bringing Carnival Spirit to the U.S.”

Carnival Spirit will sail from Jacksonville, Florida starting March 7 with four and five-night cruises to The Bahamas. Carnival Ecstasy is being redeployed to Mobile, Alabama starting on March 5, which leaves Carnival Sensation port-less. There isn’t a return to service date or port for Sensation at this time.

With Spirit joining the U.S. fleet, there will be 23 ships based in the United States.

STORY: Carnival Pulls Cruise Ship from Australia, Redeploys to Florida

Disney Cruise Line Implements ’90 Day Recovered’ Program

Disney Cruise Line has updated its testing policy for those who have recently recovered from COVID-19.

If guests have tested positive within 11 to 90 days of their sail date, they may qualify to be considered as “90 Day Recovered.” That’s because if you’ve had COVID in that time frame, it’s possible to still show positive on a test result.

If you submit the required documentation and are approved, you don’t have to take a pre-cruise COVID-19 test to sail.

This does not replace Disney’s vaccination policy, which remains in place for all guests ages 5 and older regardless of whether you’ve recently had COVID.

STORY: Disney Modifies Health Protocols

Norwegian Cruise Line Extends FCC Expiration Date

Norwegian Cruise Line has extended the Future Cruise Credits of guests who had sailings canceled related to the pandemic.

Originally guests had to use their future cruise credits by January 31. On Tuesday, Norwegian announced an extension stating that guests now had until December 31 to both book and use their credit.

In January the company took a majority of its ships out of service because of “COVID-related circumstances” but is now slowly restarting. Over the weekend, five of its ships restarted, and another will return to service next week.

STORY: Norwegian Extends Future Cruise Credit Expiration Date

Princess Expands MedallionPay Technology to Cruise Ports

Princess Cruises has expanded its MedallionPay technology to cruise ports.

The line announced that guests will be able to use their Medallion wearable device to pay for souvenirs, food, and shore excursions with select merchants in a number of Caribbean, Mexican, and Alaskan ports. Those who link a credit card with their MedallionPay account and use it in port will receive 7 percent cash back as onboard credit.

MedallionPay is currently available in St. Thomas, Cabo San Lucas, Cozumel, and Puerto Vallarta, with more being added in the near future.

Princess has been offering MedallionPay on its ships since late 2017.

STORY: Princess Cruises Expands Contactless Payment Into Port

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