Hurricane Earl Disrupting Bermuda Cruises
Hurricane Earl is disrupting cruise ship itineraries to Bermuda this week. The storm is expected to pass just to the east of the island as a major hurricane later today, and because of that, Carnival Magic only spent a few hours there, canceling its overnight stay.
A note from the captain said, “Our highly trained and experienced officers will ensure that we remain a safe distance from the storm at all times and will do everything possible to minimize any discomfort.”
The ship departed last night and will have an extra sea day before returning home from its five-night Bermuda cruise.
Carnival Splendor En Route Back to Australia
After a successful Alaska season, Carnival Splendor departed Seattle earlier this week to restart operations in Australia. The 23-day cruise will be making stops in Fiji and Hawaii before arriving in Sydney on September 30.
This past spring, Carnival Cruise Line made the decision to bring both Carnival Spirit and Splendor to North America because at the time, Australia did not have a plan to reopen cruising to international ships.
Carnival Splendor will be the first Carnival ship returning to guest operations in Australian waters in nearly 1,000 days.
Viking Mississippi Sets Sail on Debut River Cruise
Viking’s first Mississippi River ship is officially sailing. Viking Mississippi welcomed her first guests in St. Paul, Minnesota on Saturday. The ship is now on a seven-night southbound cruise to St. Louis, Missouri.
The 386-guest ship was custom-built for the Mississippi, and features all outside-facing staterooms, an infinity plunge pool, and the Explorers’ Lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows.
In October, Viking Mississippi will begin a schedule of seven-night cruises from New Orleans to Memphis and back, as well as roundtrip New Orleans voyages.