Cruise News Today — May 24, 2022

The big three cruise lines are officially all back to sea. 

When Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas left Rome on Monday, it completes its final ship to return to service. Rhapsody was out of service for 26 months and is currently sailing the Med.  

Carnival returned its final ship into service in early May with Carnival Spirit, followed by Norwegian Cruise Line the following week, when Norwegian Spirit entered service from the South Pacific. 

Royal paused operations with everyone else back in March 2020 and Brought its first ship back online that December when Quantum of the Seas sailed cruises-to-nowhere from Asia. 

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Here’s your chance if you ever wanted to buy a cruise ship. 

The 1995 Crystal Symphony and 2003 Crystal Serenity were both posted on an official note-of-sale by The Supreme Court of The Bahamas. 

If you want the ship, bids have to be submitted by June 7, along with a 10 percent deposit of your bid. 

If you’re wondering how much these ships cost to build, Crystal Serenity was 350 million and Symphony was 250 million.


Both ships have been laid up off the coast of Freeport, Bahamas after the parent company Genting Honk Kong went belly up a couple of months ago. 

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And finally, Holland America Line has extended its “Worry-Free Promise” to Dec. 31, this is for all cruises booked by Sept. 30, 2022.  

Under this promise, guests who do not want to travel can cancel up to 30 days before departure for a future cruise credit. 

In addition, the line has added the COVID-19 Protection Program that provides further peace of mind for guests within 30 days of embarkation who may be unable to travel because of a positive test for COVID-19… they can receive the payment in form of a Future Cruise Credit. 

As a side note, coming from someone who is on their 17th sailing since last July, always always ALWAYS book a third party travel insurance policy with proper protection.  

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