Cruise News Today Weekly Wrap for December 17

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We give you a weekly round-up of the latest cruise news every weekend. This week features news from Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, and Celebrity Cruises.

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The steel block being set for Star Princess.

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Carnival Vista Rescues Six After Cargo Ship Capsizes

While sailing near the Dominican Republic, the Carnival Vista spotted six survivors from a capsized cargo ship and brought them aboard.

The Coast Guard searched and eventually located four other missing crew members. Carnival Vista continued its planned journey after informing authorities. This was the second such rescue for Carnival’s ships this year, following a similar incident in the North Sea earlier in October.

Nieuw Amsterdam’s Caribbean Cruise Delayed by Bad Weather

Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam Caribbean cruise scheduled for this Saturday has been delayed due to bad weather.

Passengers will now set sail on Monday, December 18, with a shorter itinerary visiting Half Moon Cay and Key West instead of the planned Dominican Republic, St. Thomas, and Grand Turk.

As an apology, the cruise line is offering a 100% future cruise credit, 25% credit on the original fare, $150 onboard credit, and refunds for any impacted tours. Holland America offers $300 per day in onboard credit and hotel recommendations for those needing extra hotel nights.

Royal Caribbean Eyes Comeback in Bahamas

Royal Caribbean is in talks to buy the closed Xanadu Beach Hotel and nearby land for a resort and water park. Plans could also involve the Celebrity Cruises brand, too.

Royal Caribbean has recently announced they are investing to revitalize Freeport Harbour. They’re aiming bigger than their past Grand Lucayan deal that was botched in 2021, and this new project, with its marina and prime location, could be a big step for the cruise giant in the Bahamas.

Carnival and Royal Caribbean just invested millions into improving Grand Bahama shipyard facilty in Freeport, Bahamas.

Princess Cruises Starts Construction for Star Princess

Princess Cruises celebrated the start of construction for their newest ship, Star Princess, with a keel-laying ceremony in Italy. This massive vessel, scheduled for a 2025 debut, will be their biggest yet, boasting an entertainment dome, state-of-the-art theater, and stunning ocean views.

Star Princess will sail from Fort Lauderdale to destinations like the Caribbean, Panama Canal, and Hawaii during its inaugural season.

Sun Princess Unveils New Love-Themed Restaurant

Princess Cruises is setting sail for a sensory feast on the Sun Princess with “Love by Britto,” a new restaurant in 2024. Artist Romero Britto’s vibrant Happy Art infuses the space, while Chef Rudi Sodamin’s seven-course tasting menu indulges with Oysters and Wagyu for $149.

Channeling the “Love Boat” legacy, the Sun Princess offers modern thrills like a roll glider and Cirque Éloize shows, making it a cruise for the heart, the senses, and the adventurous spirit.

Celebrity Cruises Tightens Shore Tour Cancellation Policy

Celebrity Cruises is tightening its shore tour cancellation policy. Starting January 1, you can only get a refund for most excursions if you cancel 48 hours before the ship arrives in port, not before the tour starts.

This allows others to snag spots in filled tours and reduces last-minute changes. More complex tours with flights or overnight stays still require a 30-day cancellation notice.

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