Cruise News Today — October 13, 2022 [VIDEO]

Two Cruise Ships Resume Service After Dry Dock

Two cruise ships are back in service.

After an extensive dry dock in France, Norwegian Escape entered back into guest operations on Wednesday in Italy. The vessel has spent this past season operating voyages around the Mediterranean.

The dry dock was announced by the cruise line in June, following the grounding incident in the Dominican Republic in March. It spent a month being repaired following the incident, and was further fixed this past month.

In November, the ship will head back across the Atlantic and spend the winter sailing in the Caribbean.

Carnival Conquest also returned to service from Miami after two week dry dock in Cadiz, Spain. The ship received some technical and cosmetic enhancements as well as the new red, white, and blue livery.

2022 Flight Delays and Cancellation Data

Here’s another really good reason to fly to your cruise port early.

The 17 biggest airlines in the U.S. canceled over 3 percent of their domestic operations between January and June, compared to just over 1.5 percent during the same time period last year.

Understaffing, technical issues, extreme weather, and an increased demand for travel are contributing to the airline struggles.

In the first half of 2022, almost a quarter of all domestic flights in the U.S. arrived to their destination later than scheduled.

If you want more peace of mind when flying to your cruise, book your flight for a day or two prior to embarkation.

Alaska Breaks Ground on New Cruise Pier

On Monday, Huna Totem Corporation broke ground on a new $80 million project that will bring a second pier to Whittier, Alaska.

The project is a partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, which also produced Wilderness Landing at Icy Strait Point. It will include a new cruise ship terminal, plus opportunities for retail, dining, and a cultural center.

Whittier is located about 60 miles southeast of Anchorage, and is often used as a one-way cruise homeport. Currently, the city hosts ships from Princess and Holland America.

STORY: Alaska Breaks Ground on New Cruise Pier

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