Cruise News Today — September 9, 2022 [VIDEO]

Costa Ship Officially Becomes Carnival Luminosa

Costa Luminosa is now officially Carnival Luminosa.

The vessel was handed over this morning at a shipyard in Palermo, Italy, where the ship’s Costa Cruises captain gave control of the vessel to Luminosa’s new Carnival captain.

Carnival Luminosa is a Spirit-class ship, making her a sister to Carnival Spirit, Pride, Legend, and Miracle. Following renovations to become part of her new fleet, she will feature Carnival guest favorites including Alchemy Bar, Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, Serenity Retreat, RedFrog Rum Bar, and more.

The ship will begin a season of voyages from Brisbane, Australia starting November 6th. In May, Luminosa will reposition to Seattle to spend the summer sailing Alaska cruises.

STORY: Carnival Cruise Line Officially Welcomes Latest Addition to Its Fleet

The Port of Galveston Partners With Waze

One cruise port is teaming up with popular smartphone app. The Port of Galveston and Waze are working together to provide real time information for congestion and waits at the cruise terminals.

It’ll also give the port access to adjust heavy traffic spots and delays in the area.

In 2022, the Gulf Coast port is scheduled to see 330 cruise ships and over a million passengers embarking and debarking.

Holland America Details 2023 Grand Africa Voyage

To deliver on offering more international sailings from the U.S., Holland America has announced that its Grand Africa Voyage will be returning in 2023, with a 73-day voyage aboard Zuiderdam roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale.

The months-long cruise will begin on October 10th, 2023, and visit 26 ports in 22 countries. It will include four overnight calls, a daylight transit of the Suez Canal, two full days in Cape Town, South Africa, and a wide range of safari and wildlife tour options.

Two shorter segments, to and from Cape Town and Fort Lauderdale, will also be available.

STORY: Cruise Line Offering 73-Day Africa Voyage Roundtrip From Fort Lauderdale

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