Cruise News Today — January 31, 2023 [VIDEO]

Radiance of the Seas Repositions to Galveston

Radiance of the Seas has repositioned to Galveston, Texas to begin its winter schedule of voyages to the Caribbean. The ship departed yesterday for a 10-night sailing that’ll visit ports in Mexico, Colombia, and Panama.

Radiance of the Seas is Royal Caribbean’s third ship to homeport in Texas for this winter season, joining Allure and Adventure of the Seas. The vessel was most recently sailing from New Orleans, and debuted in 2001 as the first in its class.

Holland America Has Best January Booking Week Ever

Carnival Corporation reported good booking news on Monday. Its brand Holland America Line has announced it had its best January booking week ever on the week ending the 20th.

The same week exceeded bookings during the same week in 2019 by over 20 percent.

Alaska voyages proved extremely popular, with cruise and cruisetour bookings for the state 25 percent higher than in the strongest week in January 2019.

On January 17th, Holland America reached its highest single-day bookings for January ever. Guests are also booking cruises further into the future, with over a quarter of the January 17th bookings for cruises in 2024.

STORY: Holland America Records Strongest January Booking Week Ever

Machu Picchu Shut Down Due to Political Unrest

Popular tourism destination Machu Picchu has been shut down as violence and anti-government protests take place in Peru. The closure also includes the international airport.

Because of the unrest, Celebrity Cruises has paused its calls to Peru through at least February 4th, and passengers on luxury ship Seabourn Sojourn were not allowed off during a service call in Peru earlier this month. Lindblad Expeditions, which offers both land and cruise tours has also been forced to cancel offerings in the country.

Normally, Pisco and Lima are the cruise ports that serve as a gateway for passengers to visit Machu Picchu, which is a 15th century Incan ruin.

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