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Mardi Gras Arrives in Grand Turk

Carnival’s newest ship Mardi Gras has finally made its inaugural call to Grand Turk. On Thursday, Mardi Gras arrived to the pier at 7 am, and stayed for a full port day through 4 pm.

The visit was part of the ship’s current six-night itinerary, which also called at Nassau and Amber Cove.

The vessel was originally scheduled to be the first cruise ship to return to the island on December 7, but that call, along with some others to Grand Turk, were canceled.

The first ship to visit Grand Turk after the shutdown ended up being Carnival Freedom, which docked there on December 15.

And if you’re wondering, yes, Jack’s Shack is open.

STORY: Carnival’s Mardi Gras Makes Inaugural Call to Grand Turk

Royal Caribbean Reveals Summer 2023 Europe Schedule

Royal Caribbean will be operating nine ships in Europe in summer 2023, as the line revealed its schedule for the season this week.

Ships sailing in the Adriatic, Mediterranean, northern Europe, and more include Odyssey, Symphony, Serenade, Explorer, Brilliance, Rhapsody, Anthem, Voyager, and Jewel of the Seas.

Guests can choose from sailings five to 12 nights long on 35 different itineraries. Highlights include 12-night Holy Land sailings, as well as seven-night cruises with ports that are new to Royal like Skiathos and Thessaloniki, Greece.

Bookings are now open.

STORY: Royal Caribbean Details Summer 2023 Europe Schedule

Two Cruise Lines Prepare to Resume Hawaii Cruises

Two cruise lines have signed port agreements with the Hawaii Department of Transportation in order for ships to start calling there again. The new port agreements formalize health and safety protocols for cruise line operations in the region and include guests using the state’s ‘Safe Travels’ digital platform to upload proof of vaccination.

Carnival Miracle will be the first major cruise ship to call in Hawaii since March 2020.

Norwegian’s Pride of America was homeporting there year-round prior to the industry shutdown. It’ll resume Hawaii voyages in early March.

STORY: Carnival and Norwegian Sign Agreements to Restart Hawaii Cruises

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