Cruise News Today — October 6, 2022 [VIDEO]

Norwegian Prima Arrives in the U.S.

A welcome to North America is in store for Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship Norwegian Prima. The ship arrived into NYC on Wednesday morning ahead of her series of inaugural cruises from Manhattan, Texas, and Miami. 

The first revenue cruise from the U.S. will be this weekend when the ship departs for a four-night Canada and New England cruise.

Later this month, Prima will depart for Texas to host a Kelly Clarkson concert before eventually heading over to Florida for Caribbean sailings. 

Carnival Sunrise Passenger Arrested

A Carnival Cruise Line passenger faces lewd-and-lascivious charges after an inappropriate act on Carnival Sunrise over the weekend. 

Miami-Dade police arrested 51 year old Ernest Richard Bishop Jr. of Kentucky when the ship docked Monday morning after he was caught kissing a five year old girl on the mouth. According to the police report, the girl’s father witnessed Bishop kiss his daughter while the ship was at sea and reported it immediately. Court records show that Bishop was released on a $7,500 bond. 

The ship was sailing a four-night cruise to Cozumel and Key West. 

Panama Canal Gearing Up For Busy Cruise Season

The Panama Canal is gearing up for a busy cruise season. 

The 2022 and 2023 cruise season, which runs from October to May, will see over 200 cruise ships transiting the canal. Cruises lines either do a partial transit in the canal or a full transit between the two oceans. 

Carnival Spirit kicked off the season when the ship wrapped up the Alaska season bound for Miami. 

The canal has two sets of locks, one that will accommodate ships up to 1,000 feet long and the newest set, which can handle cruise ships up to 1,200 feet long. 

Carnival, Princess, Holland America, Norwegian, Celebrity, and Disney all use the canal on an annual basis.

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