Carnival Doubling Number of Sailings From Norfolk
Carnival Cruise Line is doubling the number of sailings it will offer from Norfolk, Virginia next year. The line will be extending its season to a six-month period from May through October, which it says is the first step towards a proposed year-round program from the port starting in 2025.
The new 2023 cruises are now open for booking aboard Carnival Magic, and will include four to 10-day voyages to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda, and Canada/New England.
In June 2023, Carnival Venezia will begin offering year-round service from New York City. This will allow Carnival Magic to spend the spring and summer season entirely in Norfolk, which it was previously scheduled to split between New York and Virginia.
Port of Halifax Completes Strong 2022 Cruise Season
The Port of Halifax completed its 2022 cruise season on November 5th, which the port authority said was a strong rebuilding year. The port welcomed about 234,000 guests on 148 cruise calls. 15 of those calls were inaugural ship visits.
The final ship to visit this season was Oceania Cruises’ Insignia, which just concluded a repositioning voyage from Montreal to Miami.
Halifax’s cruise season typically starts in May and runs through October. 180 cruise ship calls are expected for the 2023 season.
Holland America Launches ‘Refer a Friend’ Program
Holland America has launched a new ‘Refer a Friend’ program, which it says will run indefinitely. The program rewards members of its Mariner Society loyalty program for introducing new guests to the brand.
The referred guest receives 50 dollars in onboard credit, while the loyalty member earns a 50 dollar future cruise credit for each new guest.
Past guests must have a Mariner ID to utilize the program. Every person who cruises with Holland America is automatically enrolled in the Mariner Society.