Welcome to the Cruise Radio News Brief for the Week of January 5, 2020, where we bring you the latest cruise news, our weekly podcast, and recent YouTube videos.
1. Holland America Line is canceling a cruise on Nieuw Statendam next month. Due to some issues with the ship’s azipod propulsion system, the ship will need to take a quick dry dock at Grand Bahama Shipyard to repair her issues. Cruisers booked on this canceled sailing will receive a 100% Future Cruise Credit and may move to any other 2020 winter or spring 7-day Caribbean or Mexican cruise in an equivalent stateroom category.
2. Royal Caribbean canceled five cruises for Liberty of the Seas. As of February 14, 2021, the following five cruises are canceled to allow the ship to stay in its scheduled dry dock for a bit longer. Instead, cruisers are encouraged to book a sailing on Jewel of the Seas during Liberty’s time in dry dock.
3. The port of San Juan, Puerto Rico, remained open to cruisers despite the 6.5-magnitude earthquake this week. Because the ships dock in area opposite to the area with the most sustained damage, the port still has restaurants, activities, and public spaces open to all.
4. Carnival Foundation plus five of its global cruise line brands along with the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation collectively pledged over $1.25 million to support disaster recovery efforts toward the raging bushfires causing widespread devastation throughout Australia.
5. Carnival Corporation will be adding a total of 16 new ships to its fleet across its various brands. From the new Iona which will join the P&O Cruises line to Enchanted Princess for Princess Cruises, the global fleet will continue to grow over the next few years.
Featured Article: Carnival Pride Photo Gallery and Tour
Though celebrating her 18th birthday this year, Carnival Pride is in great shape thanks to a refurbishment in early 2019. As a Spirit-class ship, she has a unique floor plan while featuring newer popular Carnival venues like Bonsai Sushi and Alchemy Bar.
This Week’s Podcast: Symphony of the Seas Review
This week we hear a review of Symphony of the Seas. This was a seven-night cruise that visited St. Maarten, San Juan, and Perfect Day at Coco Cay.
Featured Video: Carnival Pride Ship Tour
Entering service in 2002, Carnival Pride is one of Carnival’s older ships and the second sister in the Spirit class. With a unique floor plan and modern Carnival amenities, Pride currently sails out of Baltimore, Maryland, and will reposition to Tampa, Florida, in 2021.