Carnival Australia Pushes Back Restart Date
Carnival Cruise Line has again pushed back the target restart date for its two Australia-based ships.
Carnival Splendor sailings through and including May 31 have been canceled, along with all Carnival Spirit cruises through and including May 29. Previously, the two vessels were set to resume passenger sailings at the beginning of May.
Those booked on affected sailings can choose between a full refund, or a future cruise credit along with extra onboard credit.
Carnival Spirit is now scheduled to restart on June 5 from Brisbane, and Splendor is scheduled to resume on June 10 from Sydney.
CLIA Releases 2022 Outlook Report
Over 6 million passengers have taken a cruise since the industry resumed operations in July 2021, according to the Cruise Lines International Association’s newly-released 2022 outlook report.
That number is up from the amount of guests who sailed in the entirely of 2020, which was only 5.8 million — an 81 percent drop from the 29.7 million in 2019.
The association also said that over 75 percent of its oceangoing member lines’ capacity has returned to service. That number is projected to be nearly 100 percent by August of this year.
Holland America Details Rotterdam Naming Celebration Cruise
Holland America’s newest ship Rotterdam is set to be named during a ceremony on May 30 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
As part of the celebration, the ship will be sailing a special Rotterdam Naming Celebration cruise roundtrip from Amsterdam on May 29. Special events during the sailing will include a Gala Dinner and guest participation in the blessing of the ship’s bell.
Rotterdam is currently operating Caribbean voyages roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. In May, the ship will head to Europe for the summer season.