Cruise News Today – June 21, 2023 [VIDEO]

Sixth Oasis-class ship bound for Florida

Another new build is coming to Florida. 

Royal Caribbean’s sixth Oasis-class ship, Utopia of the Seas, will sail from Port Canaveral when she enters service next year. 

Powered by LNG, she will offer short three and four-night cruises from Central Florida; every sailing will call to private island Perfect Day at CocoCay. 

She will be the only Royal Caribbean Oasis-class ship to debut without holding the world’s largest cruise ship title, as Icon of the Seas will carry that one. 

Utopia will have 21 dining options, with 10 of them being complimentary. 

Reservations for Utopia will open on Friday, and she’ll be the final build in the Oasis-class series. 

Gastro outbreak strikes again on New England ship 

Norovirus is making the rounds again. 

Viking Cruises Viking Neptune recently experienced a bout with a gastrointestinal outbreak among its guests and crew. 

As confirmed by the CDC, approximately 13% of the 838 guests, or 110 individuals, reported symptoms including abdominal cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea, as did about 2% of the 455 crew members. 

The cruise ship, which has a capacity of 930 guests, just wrapped a voyage from Iceland to New Jersey with stops in Greenland and Canada.

NCL Spirit Repositions to Asia, Cancels Alaska 2024

We now know why NCL canceled dozens of sailings on Norwegian Spirit. 

The company inked a long-term deal with Taiwan’s major tour operator Lion Travel and will reposition the Norwegian Spirit to Asia in 2024. 

After signing the agreement in Taiwan, Norwegian executives announced the ship would operate 26 voyages under a charter agreement, with destinations in Japan and South Korea. 

This new move resulted in the cancellation of the ship’s previously planned itineraries, which included sailing from Alaska in the summer of 2024 and spending the winter of 2024-25 in Australia.

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