Cruise News Today — October 17, 2022 [VIDEO]

Carnival Cracks Down on Chair Hogs

If you’re thinking about waking up early to commandeer a deck chair without sitting in it right away, you’d better think twice.

Carnival Cruise Line has updated its chair saving policy to read, “Shipboard team members monitor sun lounge usage and if they observe a seat that contains a towel or personal belongings but appears to be unoccupied, a notification is placed on the chair indicating the current time.”

It went on to say, “If the chair remains unoccupied for 40 minutes, the contents are removed and held for the guest’s safekeeping.”

Carnival has had a deck chair policy in place since 2012, but it’s only been loosely enforced.

STORY: Carnival Cruise Line Cracks Down on Deck Chair Hogs

Holland America Ship Departs on 150th Anniversary Voyage

Holland America Line’s Rotterdam VII departed the city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on Saturday on its historic 150th Anniversary Transatlantic Crossing.

The 15-day journey recreates Holland America Line’s maiden voyage of Rotterdam I that departed the city 150 years ago. The crossing follows the path of that first sailing to New York, with calls at Le Havre, France and Plymouth, England.

Many notable people made voyages on Holland America Line, including Albert Einstein.

STORY: Holland America Ship Departs on 150th Anniversary Transatlantic Crossing

Valiant Lady Heads to America

Virgin Voyages is gearing up to have its second ship sailing from North America. Valiant Lady has depart on a 14-night transatlantic cruise from Barcelona bound to PortMiami.

From Miami, it’ll sail eastern Caribbean Antilles cruises with stops in Amber Cove, St. Croix, San Juan, and Bimini.

Valiant Lady is the second ship with Virgin Voyages, debuting this past March. Two more vessels, Resilient Lady and Brilliant Lady, will debut next year. The 110,000 gross registered ton ships carry 2,700 guests each.

STORY: Second Virgin Voyages Cruise Ship Headed to U.S. For The First Time

Carnival Ecstasy’s Final Sailing Raises $40,000 For St. Jude

Congratulations to all guests that sailed on Carnival Ecstasy’s final sailing. The voyage raised a record for donations for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, totaling over $40,000.

It’s a close tie to October 2018, when Cruise Director Lee Mason raised $40,000.

STORY: Carnival Ecstasy Retires After 31 Years With Carnival Cruise Line

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