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Cruise News Today — September 23, 2021 [VIDEO]

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Celebrity Edge to Head Down Under

Celebrity Cruises has announced that its ship Celebrity Edge will be sailing in a new region for the winter 2023-24 season.

The vessel will head Down Under to operate six to 13-night voyages around Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific.

Highlights of the season will include calls at Kangaroo Island and overnight stays in Cairns, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; and Hobart, Tasmania. 12 different itineraries will be available in total, with departures from Sydney and Auckland.

Bookings will open to the public on October 14.

STORY: Celebrity Edge to Operate Australia & South Pacific Cruises

Princess Extends Australia/New Zealand Pause

Princess Cruises has extended its pause of Australia and New Zealand sailings through mid-January 2022.

As a result of the pause, Coral Princess voyages through January 17 are now canceled, and Royal and Sapphire Princess cruises are canceled through to March. Affected guests can choose between being rebooked on an equivalent cruise with protected fare, receiving 110 percent future cruise credit, or getting a full refund.

STORY: Princess Cruises Cancels More Australia Voyages

Jamaica Tourism Minister Addresses Local Vendors’ Concerns

Jamaica’s tourism minister, Hon Edmund Bartlett, addressed the concerns of local vendors this week, promising them that the cruise industry’s rebound would soon be in full swing.

His comments came after some vendors complained that during Carnival Sunrise‘s recent visit, passengers were taken to jewelry stores and attractions such as Dunn’s River Falls as opposed to the smaller craft-centric markets.

Bartlett urged patience, saying that as the number of ships visiting from various cruise lines increases in the weeks ahead, tourism dollars would be more evenly spread among the many vendors who rely on visiting passengers for their income.

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