Here are the top cruise industry news stories for Monday, November 13, 2023, and the stock report for Carnival Corporation (CCL), Royal Caribbean Group (RCL), and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH).
Cruise News Updates for Today
Rhapsody of the Seas Returns to Service
Back to service after five weeks.
Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas returned to service following being out of service for over a month.
The ship docked in Haifa on October 9 and hasn’t had revenue cruises since.
Last month, Royal Caribbean worked with the State Department to evacuate Americans from Israel and relocate them to Cyprus.
The ship is now doing a transatlantic crossing from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale.
Next Virgin Voyages Ship Starts Sea Trials
Virgin Voyages’ fourth cruise ship, the Brilliant Lady, is one step closer to Completion.
The ship started her first round of sea trials over the weekend.
When Brilliant Lady returns, she will return to the wet dock, make performance adjustments, and head back out of a second round of trials, after which she’ll be deemed seaworthy.
The ship was initially set to enter service in December but was delayed due to shipyard issues.
The line says it will sail sometime in 2024.
Margaritaville at Sea to Launch Three-Night Weekend Cruises
Margaritaville at Sea is launching new three-night weekend cruises titled “Saturdays at Sea” starting in August.
Departing every Friday and returning on Monday, these cruises will feature a full day at sea on Saturday before arriving in Freeport, Bahamas, on Sunday and then back to Palm Beach on Monday morning.
The Margaritaville cruise brand, a collaboration between the former Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line and the Margaritaville resort brand, launched last year.
Originally the Costa Classica and built-in 1991, the current ship was rechristened as Margaritaville at Sea Paradise with the late Jimmy Buffet.
The line also purchased the former Costa Atlantica in October and changed the name to Margaritaville at Sea Islander.
There has yet to be a word when and where it will enter service.
Carnival’s Lee Mason Bags Cruise Director of the Year Award
And Congratulations to Carnival’s Lee Mason, who took this year’s honor of Cruise Director of the Year from Porthole Cruise Magazine for the second year.
Lee, who hails from the UK, said, “What an unexpected honor to have won this award for the second consecutive year. Thank you to all of our amazing guests that made this possible.”
Mason holds the record for raising the most donations for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital per single sailing.
During the inaugural voyage of the Carnival Celebration, he and 5,000 guests raised over $50,000 for the hospital.
This beat his previous record set on Carnival Splendor in 2018 of $40,000.
Congrats, Lee. Well deserved, bud.
Cruise Line Stock Report
- CCL 12.76, up 3.6%
- RCL 94.91, up 2.4%
- NCL 13.18, up 3.2%