Cruise News Today — May 17, 2023 [VIDEO]

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Carnival Venezia to Homeport in Port Canaveral in Winter 2024-25

Carnival Cruise Line has announced that Carnival Venezia won’t be staying year round in New York after all. For the 2024 to 2025 winter season, the vessel will homeport in Port Canaveral, offering seven-night eastern and western Caribbean voyages.

The ship will also operate two 14-day Carnival Journeys sailings to the southern Caribbean, with destinations including St. Thomas, Dominica, Aruba, Curaçao, and Barbados.

Carnival Venezia is part of the line’s new ‘Carnival Fun Italian Style’ offering, which includes many cruise line favorite venues with an Italian flare. The ship is scheduled to begin sailing from New York City on June 15th.

STORY: Carnival Venezia to Spend Winter 2024-25 in Port Canaveral

Starlink Feedback Positive So Far Aboard Koningsdam

Holland America’s ship Koningsdam is now sailing in Alaska equipped with SpaceX’s Starlink internet, and feedback is positive so far. The satellite technology was installed during a dry dock in April, and the ship has since operated an 18-day cruise to Hawaii and begun its Alaska schedule from Vancouver.

Guests report that emails and social media are performing well, and crew members are saying that their internet calls to friends and family back home are stronger with Starlink.

More Holland America ships are scheduled to get Starlink later this year, with plans for the internet service to eventually go fleet wide.

STORY: Cruisers Thrilled as SpaceX’s Starlink Debuts on Alaska Sailings

Odyssey of the Seas’ Current Sailing Skips Two Ports

Guests on Odyssey of the Seas’ current sailing did not get the itinerary they expected, as the ship had to skip ports in Israel due to local unrest. The vessel is on a 12-night Holy Land voyage, with scheduled ports in Greece, Italy, Turkey, and Israel.

Due to political issues in Israel, the ship had to skip Ashdod, the port for Jerusalem, and leave shortly after arriving in Haifa, which is the port for Tel Aviv and Nazareth. Odyssey instead visited the Greek islands of Santorini and Crete.

Guests were offered onboard credit to make up for the missed ports. The rest of the itinerary remained unchanged.

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