Cruise News Update: October 18, 2023 [VIDEO]

Here are the top cruise industry news stories for Wednesday, October 18, 2023, and the stock report for Carnival Corporation (CCL), Royal Caribbean Group (RCL), and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH).

Cruise News Updates

NCL pulls out of Israel

Citing safety concerns in the Middle East, Norwegian Cruise Line has canceled all 2023 stops in Israel and made itinerary changes, including the Norwegian Epic’s departure shift from Haifa next month. NCL has joined other lines that have bailed out of the country for the season, including Royal Caribbean and Celestyal Cruises.

Nassau Breaking Records in 2023

By September 2023, the Nassau Cruise Port surpassed its 2022 numbers, welcoming 3,224,210 passengers, an increase of 11,000 from the same time in 2022.

The port projects a record-breaking 4.2 million passengers by year’s end.

CEO Mike Maura Jr. attributed the success to the collective efforts of the Nassau Cruise Port team, the Bahamian government, community, and industry partners in enhancing the Bahamian cruise tourism brand, positioning Nassau as a top destination for global cruisers.

Carnival Miracle to Europe in 2025

2025 Carnival Cruise Line will operate 16 European cruises with Carnival Miracle from Lisbon, Dover, and Rome, visiting countries like Italy, Spain, and Greece.

After its European schedule, the ship will cruise from Tampa through 2026.

Carnival’s 2025-26 plans add cruises from Miami, Tampa, Port Canaveral, and New Orleans, with 100 more trips to their new spot, Celebration Key, totaling 500 itineraries.

Ships such as the Carnival Paradise and Carnival Horizon will also visit Celebration Key, among other destinations.

Yesterday’s closing bell:

  • CCL 12.50, up 1.3%
  • RCL 86.50 flat
  • NCL 15.14 up 1.2%

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