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Cruise Radio News Briefs | Week of October 27, 2019

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Every week we bring you the latest cruise news stories, articles we’ve published, our latest Cruise Radio podcast, and our recent YouTube videos.

1. Carnival Panorama was delivered to Carnival Cruise Line this week at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, marking the line’s 27th ship in the fleet and the third ship in the Vista class. From there, she’ll head straight to Long Beach, California, where she’ll become Carnival’s first brand-new ship to begin sailing from the West Coast in more than 20 years.

2. Carnival Cruise Line announced a major change to their Havana Retreat areas on Vista-class ships: the retreat space will now be for the exclusive use of guests sailing in Havana staterooms for the entire cruise. Previously, the area was only restricted during the day and became a public space after 7 p.m. for anyone who wanted to enjoy the bar, lounge, or pool areas. The change became effective November 1.

3. Carnival Freedom will be leaving the Gulf Coast in 2021 to cruise Alaska. The Conquest-class ship will sail seven-night roundtrip Alaskan cruises from April until September 2021 out of Seattle, leaving every Tuesday. After that she’ll reposition to Fort Lauderdale via a 17-night Panama Canal cruise. All itineraries are not open for booking.

The Carnival Freedom is docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico on June 19, 2014. The 952-foot-long liner accommodates more than 3,000 guests and cruises from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to the Caribbean through January 2015 and then is to be repositioned to Galveston, Texas, for cruises to ports in the western Caribbean, Bahamas and Key West. (Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Lines)

4. TUI Cruises made the news when a couple was kicked off the ship Mein Schiff 5, which they claim was because they made love too loudly in their stateroom with their balcony door open. While the couple is filing a lawsuit against TUI Cruises, the cruise line is simply stating that they were kicked off due to a “security-related” incident.

5. Norwegian Spirit is due to undergo a 40-day, $100 million renovation this coming February, during which the older ship will receive some of Norwegian Cruise Line’s newer and better features such as the adults-only Spice H20 deck area.

Spice H20 is the perfect adults-only retreat. (Rendering courtesy of NCL)

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This Week’s Podcast: Jewel of the Seas Review

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Featured Video: Carnival Freedom Ship Tour

Launchedin 2007, Carnival Freedom is a Conquest-class ship with many of the same Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades that Carnival cruisers know and love. She’ll continue to sail seven-night cruises to the Western Caribbean, with a few 8-day cruises to the Bahamas, until April 2021, when she’ll reposition to Alaska.

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