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Cruise News Today — January 4, 2022 [VIDEO]

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Carnival President Participates in Times Square NYE

Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy assisted with raising the ball that dropped on New Year’s Eve in Times Square. A video shows Duffy and president of Countdown Entertainment Jeffrey Straus rehearsing the countdown that would light up the ball and send it upwards shortly after dark.

This year, Carnival Cruise Line was one of the main sponsors of the New Year’s Eve celebrations in New York City’s famous square.

32 New Cruise Ships to Debut This Year

32 new cruise ships are set to debut in 2022, with 25 still being built and seven that were completed last year and expected to enter service this year. In total, the lineup will add over 68,000 new berths to the cruise market.

Highlights include the largest cruise ship in the world, Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas, as well as Disney Wish — Disney’s first newbuild in over 10 years.

2022 will also be a big year for expedition ships, as multiple luxury lines enter the expedition market including Seabourn and Viking.

Disney Fantasy Guests Not Permitted Ashore in St. Thomas

Last Thursday, Disney Fantasy guests were not permitted ashore in St. Thomas due to an increase in cases on the island and a small number of cases on the ship. Fantasy left St. Thomas around 9:30 am and spent the day at sea.

Because of the missed port, passengers were given a $200 onboard credit per cabin, and a 20 percent discount on a future cruise if taken within the next two years.

The ship was on a seven-night eastern Caribbean cruise that ended on Sunday.

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