Cruise News Today — June 23, 2022 [VIDEO]

Two Costa Ships Joining Carnival Fleet in North America

Carnival announced on Wednesday morning that starting next year, it’ll be adding more ships to its North American line up. In a unique partnership called ‘Costa by Carnival,’ the line will operate Costa Venezia out of New York City starting in spring 2023, and Costa Firenze out of Long Beach the following year.

The first ship to sail here under Carnival, Costa Venezia, is a Vista-class ship that was launched in 2019. Both vessels will be staffed by Carnival crew members and keep the original Costa name.

With the addition of these two ships, Carnival Luminosa, Carnival Celebration, and Carnival Jubilee, the line will operate 28 ships by 2024.

STORY: Carnival Cruise Line Adding Two Costa Ships to U.S.-Based Fleet

Crystal Cruises Returning in 2023

Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, bankrupt Crystal Cruises will be returning to service next year with at least two of its original ships.

It was confirmed on Wednesday morning that A&K Travel Group Ltd. acquired both the brand name and the two former ships — Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony — earlier this month. Last week it was reported the both ships were sold at auction for $128 million dollars.

The new owners, A&K Travel Group Ltd., is headed by the founder of Silversea Cruises.

STORY: Rising From The Ashes: Crystal Cruises Making Return in 2023

Australian Couple Embarking on 54 Back-to-Back Cruises

And finally, a story of a true cruise power couple that’s living life to its fullest. After a two and a half year lockdown in Australia, Marty and Jessica Ansen just embarked Coral Princess in Brisbane for what will be 54 back-to-back cruises. This sailing will include 795 sea days and two 100-day world cruises.

The couple, who already have over 30 Princess sailings under their belt, said they haven’t ruled out adding more sailings to extend their time onboard.

The secret: you don’t have to be attached at the hip. They said there are days they only see each other at night in the cabin.

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