Cruise News Today — March 17, 2023 [VIDEO]

Carnival Welcomes 100 Millionth Cruise Guest

Carnival Cruise Line celebrated a massive achievement this week after the line embarked its 100 millionth guest since the line was founded in 1972.

Passengers embarking Carnival Sunrise Thursday morning were welcomed by Carnival president Christine Duffy to celebrate the event. Two lucky passengers from Ohio, Debbie and David Clifford, were recognized as the 100 millionth guests.

Carnival is the first cruise line in the world to reach 100 million guests.

Carnival Cruise Line started with one ship, Mardi Gras, back on March 11, 1972.

STORY: Carnival Cruise Line Celebrates 100 Million Guests Since Its First Sailing

Mariner of the Seas Cruise Canceled Due to Extended Dry Dock

Royal Caribbean has canceled the April 1st sailing of Mariner of the Seas. In a letter to booked guests, the line said that the ship’s routine dry dock will take longer than previously scheduled and that the April 1st cruise has been canceled.

Impacted guests have the option to rebook on another Royal Caribbean cruise or request a full refund. Both come with a 50 percent future cruise credit.

Mariner of the Seas’ next scheduled cruise is now a four-night western Caribbean itinerary on April 6th.

STORY: Royal Caribbean Cancels April Cruise Due to Extended Dry Dock

Carnival Corporation Sells Seabourn Odyssey

Carnival Corporation has sold another ship.

Luxury line Seabourn announced Thursday that it’s selling the Seabourn Odyssey to Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines. Following the sale, Seabourn will continue to operate through next August under a charter agreement.

Seabourn’s president implied that the sale is related to the line’s shifted focus on the expedition market. The line’s first luxury expedition ship, Seabourn Venture, debuted last year. Its second is set to launch this year.

This is Carnival’s 25th ship it has offloaded since the cruise industry shutdown.

STORY: Carnival Corp. Sells Seabourn Cruise Ship, Will Continue to Operate Vessel Into 2024

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