Cruise News Today — January 23, 2022 [VIDEO]

Carnival Horizon Returns to Sea

Carnival Horizon returned to cruising out of PortMiami yesterday afternoon after a month-long propulsion repair. 

Azipod issues have plagued Carnival’s Vista-class ships over the years. 

An emergency repair had to also be done aboard Vista in the summer of 19. 

Horizon is currently on a six-night western Caribbean sailing. 

Carnival has 19 of its 22 U.S.-based ships in operation, sailing from eight homeports on the Atlantic, Gulf and West coast ports. 

More Cruise Lines Require Booster Shot 

Three more cruise lines have added the booster vaccination as a requirement to sail. 

Previously we reported that Cunard Line for Queen Mary 2 and P&O Caribbean voyages made the policy mandator in January. 

Other lines who’ve recently joined the cruise booster club are UnCruise Adventures as of Feb 5, TUI Cruises as of February 23, and Azamara as of March 1st.

At the time of broadcast, no major North American cruise line is requiring the additional booster vaccination to sail. 

Cruise Bookings Strong, Prices Down

Despite the omicron variant impacting short-term cruise bookings, consumers are still bullish long-term. 

A recent study conducted by iCruise revealed that bookings in November came close to rivaling 2019’s numbers. 

And if you’ve tried to buy a last-minute sailing, you may have noticed the low prices… cruise expert Stewart Chiron explains why. 

Right now some cruise lines have bookings for as low as 10 dollars per day, but how long will they last? 

Dependent on how long the Omicron variant plays out, most major cruise lines expect to have their entire fleets sailing at full capacity by the second half of 2022.

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