Disney Brings Back In-Person Muster Drills
In a note to travel agents, Disney Cruise Line has revealed that it’s bringing back in-person muster drills.
It’s been reported that the change is because passengers were not complying with the digital muster process that’s been in place since cruising resumed last year.
In-person drills have already resumed on Disney Dream, Fantasy, and Wish. They’re scheduled to return on Disney Wonder on November 16th and Disney Magic on November 20th.
Carnival Opens Reservations For Carnival Venezia From NYC
Carnival Cruise Line has opened reservations for Carnival Venezia, which will sail from New York City starting this June.
In summer 2023, the ship will offer four to eight-day voyages to the Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, and New England. Starting in September, it will offer eight to 12-day cruises to the eastern and southern Caribbean and Bahamas.
Carnival Venezia was built in 2019 as Costa Venezia for Carnival Cruise Line’s sister brand Costa Cruises. She will soon undergo extensive renovations to receive popular Carnival venues including WaterWorks, the Serenity sundeck, Seafood Shack, and more.
MSC World Europa Christened in Doha, Qatar
MSC Cruises hosted the naming ceremony for its largest ship ever, MSC World Europa, on Sunday night in Doha, Qatar. Attendees enjoyed a drone show, performances by local artists, video mapping on the ship’s hull, and a fireworks display.
MSC World Europa is the first in the World class, which will also include U.S.-based MSC World America.
World Europa will spend the winter in the Middle East before heading to the Mediterranean for the 2023 summer season.
Majestic Princess Returns to Australia With COVID Outbreak
Majestic Princess returned to Sydney over the weekend with over 800 COVID cases on board following a 12-day voyage to New Zealand. This is the biggest known shipboard outbreak since Ruby Princess arrived back to Sydney from a New Zealand cruise in March 2020, right at the start of the pandemic.
New South Wales Health designated Majestic Princess’ risk level as “tier three,” which is the highest in its cruise ship classification and means over 10 percent of everyone on board tested positive. The ship holds 3,300 guests and 1,300 crew.
Princess Cruises assisted with private transport and accommodations for those who tested positive to continue isolation after disembarking. The ship’s next voyage, an eight-night to Tasmania, set sail Saturday night with a delay due to socially distanced disembarkation and deep cleaning of the ship.
Australia and New Zealand are two of the last places in the world to continue requiring COVID-19 vaccination and testing for cruise passengers.