Norwegian Viva Experiences Construction Delays
Previously we reported that Norwegian Prima was being delayed because of supply chain issues.
Now its second new build, which is also still under construction and due out next year, has been pushed back. Citing construction delays, Viva‘s first two sailings in June 2024 have been canceled, setting its new inaugural on July 3 of next year.
In positive news, Norwegian Prima is currently undergoing sea trials in the Adriatic Sea. Both ships are being built at a Fincantieri shipyard.
Disney Wish Arrives in Florida
Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship Disney Wish arrived her new home of Port Canaveral earlier this morning. Around 5 am, the vessel made its way to central Florida as excited onlookers lined the bank of the Jetty Park and boat ramp.
For the past week, Disney Wish has been sailing to Florida from Europe with a brief stop at private island Castaway Cay yesterday.
Wish will sail three and four night Bahamas cruises from Port Canaveral starting mid-July.
Carnival Corporation Bringing Sports Betting to 50 U.S.-Based Ships
If you want to bet on the big game, you’ll soon be able to aboard U.S. based Carnival Corporation vessels. On Friday, the line inked a partnership with MGM to bring sports betting onboard 50 ships that sail from the United States.
The mobile betting and cash machines will be added to Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, and Princess Cruises ships in the coming months.
Two Crystal Cruise Ships Auctioned Off
The two former Crystal Cruise ships that were arrested in Freeport, Bahamas have been auctioned off.
The luxury cruise line that was formerly owned by Genting Hong Kong had both of its ship sold last week for a cool $128 million.
The 1999-built Crystal Symphony went for $25 million. The 2003-built Crystal Serenity went for $103 million.
The buyer(s) of the vessels is not directly tied to a cruise line. However, when companies are trying to do things under the radar, they will sometimes use third-party businesses to complete the transaction to avoid the news getting out before they announce it themselves.
Crystal’s expedition ship that was launched last fall, Crystal Endeavor, has reportedly also been sold, to Silversea Cruises. The luxury line is looking to further expand its presence in the expedition cruising market.