Cruise News Today — October 27, 2022 [VIDEO]

Icon of the Seas Opens For Bookings

Royal Caribbean’s upcoming ship Icon of the Seas is now open for bookings and the demand is certainly there. The first Icon-class vessel isn’t even scheduled to debut until January 2024 and cabins are already being snatched up.

If you want to be on the inaugural sailing, though, you’re going to have to pay a premium. For example, an interior cabin on the first Miami sailing will cost around $1,800 per person. A balcony will set you back over $4,300 per person. And the Royal Loft Suite, which the line calls the most luxurious suite in its entire fleet, costs a cool $30,000 per person.

Better start pinching those pennies.

STORY: Bookings Open For Icon of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Details Ship Staterooms

Port Canaveral Welcomes 4.1 Million Cruise Passengers

4.1 million cruise passengers and 792 ship calls. That’s what Port Canaveral announced on Wednesday while finalizing the fiscal year 2022 numbers.

Multiple cruise lines call at Port Canaveral throughout the year, including European brands.

During the cruise industry shutdown, the central Florida port was one of the many Florida seaports that opened its docks to cruise ships for fuel, provisioning, and vaccinating crew members.

Service Dog Celebrates Over 700 Days Sailing With Holland America

Not only did Holland America complete its 150th anniversary transatlantic crossing aboard Rotterdam on Wednesday, but the line also celebrated another milestone with a special pup.

Joska, a black Labrador Retriever, was on the special voyage, and reached a milestone of her own — over 700 days sailing with Holland America.

A ceremony was held on the ship in New York City, where the service dog was presented with her platinum medallion, 5-star Mariner status in the line’s loyalty program, and a variety of dog-friendly gifts.

Joska’s owners, Connie and Cornelis, have taken nearly 60 cruises with Holland America since 2013. Joska has joined them for over 50 sailings to assist Connie, who is legally blind.

STORY: Service Dog Celebrates Over 700 Cruise Days With One Cruise Line

Grenada’s 2022-2023 Winter Cruise Season Begins

The Grenada Tourism Authority has announced that the country’s 2022-2023 cruising season has officially begun. The season was kicked off with the arrival of Celebrity Summit on October 21st, bringing 1,500 passengers to the port.

202 cruise calls are scheduled for Grenada this season, carrying over 377,000 passengers. This represents an 11 percent increase from the busy 2018-2019 season.

Grenada tourism officials are expecting this winter to be another milestone season for the country.

STORY: Winter Cruising Season Begins in Grenada

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