Cruise News Today — May 5, 2023 [VIDEO]

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Royal Caribbean Shares CocoCay Passenger Numbers

2.5 million. That’s how many guests will be visiting Perfect Day at CocoCay this year.

Royal Caribbean shared some data on its private island in the Bahamas during an earnings call on Thursday, including that the private island is seeing around 11,000 passengers per day, and welcomed 250,000 guests from January through March of this year. For reference, In 2022, the island saw 2 million cruise passengers.

Half of Royal Caribbean’s fleet now calls to CocoCay on Caribbean and Bahamas itineraries, and its upcoming ships Icon and Utopia of the Seas will also visit next year. The cruise line will also be opening a new adults-only area on the island called Hideaway Beach later this year, which will add additional capacity.

STORY: Royal Caribbean’s Perfect Day at CocoCay Prepares For 2.5 Million Passengers in 2023

Royal Caribbean Cancels Several Skagway Stops

Royal Caribbean has canceled many of its stops in Skagway, Alaska this summer on Quantum of the Seas. The pier where the ships dock was damaged last year by rockslides, and isn’t yet ready for two large vessels to visit at the same time.

A variety of voyages from May to September have been impacted. Those sailings will instead visit Icy Strait Point or Ketchikan.

In addition to Quantum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean has three other ships sailing Alaska this year — Radiance, Brilliance, and Ovation of the Seas.

STORY: Royal Caribbean Adjusts Alaska Cruise Itineraries After Rock Slide Leads to Port Cancellations

Carnival Luminosa Embarks on First U.S. Voyage

After joining the Carnival fleet late year, Carnival Luminosa has embarked on her first voyage from the U.S.

The ship departed Seattle on Thursday afternoon for her first Alaska cruise, which will stop at Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and Victoria. Luminosa spent the first part of the year sailing in Australia.

Carnival Luminosa is one of three Carnival Cruise Line ships sailing in Alaska this season, alongside Carnival Miracle and Spirit. In mid-September, the ship will offer a 30-night transpacific voyage back to Australia.

STORY: Carnival Luminosa Makes North American Debut Following 22-Night Cruise

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