Royal Caribbean Confirms Labadee Return Date
Royal Caribbean has confirmed that its ships will begin returning to Labadee, Haiti later this month.
A spokesperson from the line told Cruise Critic on Tuesday that the first vessel will be Harmony of the Seas on January 27. This will be the first time a ship has called to the private destination with passengers in almost two years.
The news came days after the Royal-Caribbean-Careers Twitter account posted several job openings for multiple guest-facing and caretaking positions.
Carnival Cruise Director Leaving Mardi Gras
Carnival cruise director Mike Pack has announced on Facebook that he’ll be leaving the line’s new ship Mardi Gras. The popular CD has accepted a promotion to Fleet Cruise Director, which he will be sharing with another not-yet-announced cruise director.
In the new role, Pack will travel to different ships in the fleet, assisting current CD’s and helping train new ones.
Through mid-July, Chris Williams (the Flying Scotsman) and Lee Mason will serve as cruise directors on Mardi Gras.
Pack was first given the cruise director position on Mardi Gras when the original cruise director, Matt Mitcham, left Carnival during the cruise industry shutdown.
Bookings Open For MSC Seascape
MSC Cruises has opened bookings for its upcoming ship MSC Seascape. The vessel is scheduled to debut in Miami in December, and will operate eastern and western Caribbean itineraries that both include a stop at MSC’s private island Ocean Cay.
Voyagers Club members who book before January 31 will receive 10 percent off the cruise fare, as well as double the Voyagers Club Points.
MSC Seascape will include 11 restaurants, 19 bars and lounges, and six swimming pools, along with the largest MSC Yacht Club in the fleet.
American Cruise Lines Announces 12 New U.S. Small Ships
American Cruise Lines has announced a new endeavor called Project Blue, which will add 12 identical new ships to its fleet.
Each ship will be 241 feet long and accommodate 109 passengers, and feature a hybrid catamaran design that will allow easy access to lakes, rivers, bays, and America’s coastline.
The new vessels will operate exclusively in the United States, and the first two are already being built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Maryland. They will be named American Eagle and American Glory, and are scheduled to debut with east coast itineraries in 2023.