Cruise News Today — September 16, 2022 [VIDEO]

Princess Reveals Name of Its Largest Cruise Ship Ever

It was a big evening in south Florida for Princess Cruises, as it announced the name of its first LNG Sphere-class ship: Sun Princess.

Sun Princess will be the largest vessel in the Princess fleet, coming in at 175,500 gross tons and holding over 4,000 guests.

It will be Princess’ third ship to bear the name Sun Princess.

The ship will feature a multi-level covered deck called the Dome, which offers a pool by day and a stage by night. It will also include a brand new class of suites called the Signature Collection, which will offer exclusive access to the Signature Restaurant, Lounge, and Sun Deck.

Sun Princess is set to debut in early 2024 in the Mediterranean. In fall 2024, the ship will begin sailing to the Caribbean from Port Everglades.

STORY: Princess Cruises Reveals Name, Details Upcoming Sphere Class Ship

Multiple Cruise Lines Cancel Bermuda Calls

And another story showing the greed of the pandemic.

Celebrity Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line have canceled multiple visits to Bermuda over the island’s continued COVID-19 testing policy.

The Bermuda government introduced the Travel Authorisation Form in July 2020, which requires that all visitors take a test just before arriving and pay a $40 health passport fee.

Initially, the government claimed that the health passports were done to protect the island’s residents from the virus. But a government senator has revealed that the real reason Bermuda won’t drop the policy is because it has become an essential revenue stream, with an expected income of $22 million in Travel Authorisation Form fees this year.

Cruising Resumes in Melbourne, Australia

Cruising is finally back in Melbourne, as the Australian port welcomed Coral Princess on Thursday — its first cruise ship in over two years.

As she arrived into port, the Princess Cruises vessel displayed a giant banner that said “We love Melbourne.”

Coral Princess is the first of several Carnival Corporation ships that will call there this season.

Grand Princess, Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth, and P&O Australia’s Pacific Explorer will all homeport in Melbourne starting in November. Carnival Splendor, Seabourn Odyssey, and Holland America’s Noordam and Westerdam are all scheduled to call on the port this season as well.

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