Two Ships Leaving The Carnival Fleet
Carnival Cruise Line has announced that two more Fantasy-class ships are leaving the fleet — Carnival Ecstasy and Sensation.
As previously announced, Carnival Spirit will replace Ecstasy in Jacksonville, but it turns out that’s a temporary move for sailings from March 7 to April 9.
After that, the next two cruises from Jacksonville have been canceled, with Carnival saying it will move a different ship into Jacksonville beginning April 23.
Meanwhile, Carnival Ecstasy will reposition to Mobile for cruises from March 5 to October 10 as planned. But sailings from October 15, 2022 to September 30, 2023 have been canceled, with Carnival saying it will announce a new operating plan for Mobile in the near future.
Carnival Ecstasy was launched in 1991, and Sensation debuted in 1993. There’s no word if the ships have been sold for scrap. The four Fantasy-class ships that were sold in 2020 have all been scrapped.
Disney Wish Inaugural Cruise Delayed
Disney Cruise Line has delayed the inaugural sailing of Disney Wish by six weeks due to pandemic-related shipyard delays.
The ship was originally supposed to sail its inaugural voyage on June 9. Those who were booked on the inaugural will be automatically moved to the new date of July 14, and receive a 50 percent discount.
Other impacted guests who were scheduled to sail in June and early July will be able to choose between rescheduling for a 50 percent discount, or getting a full refund.
Disney Wish is scheduled to be floated out at the shipyard next week.
Carnival Cruise Line Expanding VeriFLY Program
After a successful pilot program for Mardi Gras’ passengers, Carnival is expanding its use of the VeriFLY vaccination verification app to other ships.
Starting this weekend, it’ll be available to guests sailing on two more ships from Port Canaveral, as Carnival Elation and Magic are added into the roll-out. The app allows guests to upload proof of vaccination and testing information ahead of embarkation, speeding up the boarding process.
Carnival plans to implement the program across its fleet.
MSC Cruises Announces Winter 2022-2023 Schedule
MSC Cruises has announced its winter 2022-2023 schedule, which includes 21 ships visiting 85 countries.
Highlights include the line’s newest ship in the Caribbean — MSC Seascape — which will set sail from Miami for the first time on December 11 to operate seven-night cruises.
MSC Meraviglia, Divina, and Seaside will also sail in the Caribbean, operating 3-10 night cruises from Port Canaveral, Miami, and Martinique, respectively.
Another new ship, MSC World Europa, will launch just in time for winter in December. It will spend the season sailing seven-night cruises in the Middle East.