Hurricane Ian Cruise Update
As Hurricane Ian slowly continues to pound Florida with wind and rain, more cruise lines are having to keep ships away until the all-clear is given.
Disney has decided to extend Disney Wish‘s current cruise two extra days, with a sea day on Friday. It will attempt to dock at Castaway Cay on Saturday before returning to Port Canaveral on Sunday, canceling its September 30th sailing. Wish will resume cruises on Monday.
Another Port Canaveral-based ship, Carnival Liberty, will also stay at sea an extra day with hopes of returning Saturday, it has also canceled its September 30th voyage.
Royal Caribbean ships Independence and Mariner of the Seas, will be later returning, and operate modified two night-cruises this weekend from Port Canaveral.
At the time of broadcast, Jacksonville, Tampa, and Port Canaveral remain closed.
Earlier this week, Hurricane Ian hit Grand Cayman as a Category 1 storm causing damage shoreside, and impacting Carnival Horizon’s call to the island.
Carnival Reveals Celebration Godmother
Carnival Cruise Line has revealed that the godmother of Carnival Celebration will be TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford’s daughter Cassidy Gifford.
Cassidy is a natural choice, as Kathie Lee was godmother to Carnival Celebration’s namesake, the original MS Celebration that was christened in 1987. She was also Carnival’s spokesperson for nearly 20 years, starring in the company’s TV campaigns going back to the 80s.
Carnival Celebration is scheduled to debut this fall, and will be christened on November 20th in PortMiami.
Four Seasons Gets Into Cruising
Another hotel brand is getting into the cruising business. Four Seasons announced on Wednesday that it is launching a cruise line called Four Seasons Yachts, with the first vessel to debut in 2025.
The yacht will be 679 feet long and have 14 decks. All accommodations will be suites starting at 581 square feet, and go all the way up to a four-story funnel suite that comes in at over 9,000 square feet.
The vessel will include an expansive pool deck, a full-service spa, a marina with water toys, and multiple restaurants and bars.
It is currently being designed in Trieste, Italy, and will be built by leading shipbuilder Fincantieri.