Carnival Loosens Port Restrictions
Carnival Cruise Line has loosened its port restrictions for unvaccinated guests.
Previously, unvaccinated guests 12 and older who were sailing with an exemption from Carnival could only go ashore if they were on an excursion through the cruise line. Now, they can go ashore on their own without restrictions, except in select ports.
In San Juan, Bonaire, Grand Cayman, St. Kitts, and Tortola, unvaccinated guests 12 and older must stay on the ship. In Grand Turk, 16 and older must stay onboard, and in Cartagena, 18 and older has to remain on the ship.
Vaccine exemptions are only granted once a cruise is paid in full, and they’re not guaranteed.
MSC Relaunches Formal Nights
Just weeks after its entire fleet resumed service, MSC Cruises has relaunched formal nights aboard its ships. The special Gala Nights include special dining, photo ops, unique entertainment, and parties around the ship.
MSC is also bringing its themed parties back, including the White Party, Sunshine Party, and Retro Party. As well, onboard water parks have increased capacity, kids’ clubs have extended their hours, and sports tournaments have returned.
Viking Saturn Floated Out in Italy
Viking’s ninth ocean ship, Viking Saturn, was floated out at the shipyard on Thursday. Following a two-day process to set the ship afloat, it will then be moved to a nearby outfitting dock for final construction.
Viking Saturn is scheduled to debut this coming April, and spend her inaugural season in the Mediterranean and northern Europe.
Viking’s eighth ocean ship, Viking Neptune, is scheduled to launch later this year.