The return to service for Princess continues into 2022 with three ships returning in February, March and April. From the Caribbean to the West Coast, take your pick,
This week Royal Caribbean began its return of the Key Program starting on October 2, 2021. The rollout will take place over the next few months fleetwide beginning with the Symphony of the Seas. So what is the Key Program?
Recently I returned from an eight night Southern Caribbean Cruise on Carnival Horizon and had a fantastic time. There is so much to do on the Horizon but I wanted to share with you the five must do's.
As we continue to begin cruising again during this pandemic, changes in protocols and requirements are bound to happen and happen quickly.
As we move towards the end of summer and into the fall, we are seeing more and more ships returning to service. A huge sign that cruising is back. Royal Caribbean announced the plan for the next few months to bring ships back into service.
The month of July started off big for the cruise industry with the restart from Florida ports with two Carnival ships sailing with passengers. Well, the month will end with two brand new ships sailing for the first time ever with passengers.
The excitement of boarding a cruise ship is finally back and you might be getting ready for that next cruise. I know I cannot wait until September when I board the Carnival Horizon. Today I share some of the tips I have to make your embarkation day easier.
Today Carnival Cruise Line announced the plans moving forward in September and October with the return of seven ships. They also provided an update on protocols for September and October.
For the month of September, the following ships will begin sailing.
For the the month of October.
These 7 ships will join the Vista, Horizon and Breeze already sailing and the Mardi Gras that sails on July 31, 2021. By the end of October, half of the Carnival Fleet will have returned to passenger operations.
Carnival will continue to sail with 95% of passengers vaccinated with 5% being allowed to request an exception based on availability and other reasons. For those who are not vaccinated, and are able to sail, you will be required to purchase vacation protection as well as pay the $150 for testing at the port. Please see Carnival.com for additional protocols.
But, if you prefer, Carnival is allowing passengers to move their cruise with no penalty.
This weekend marked the return to cruising for Carnival Cruise Line.
On Monday, Holland America announced their return to cruising from San Diego and Fort Lauderdale. Two ships will sail from San Diego for itineraries on the Mexican Rivera and Hawaii. And for the Caribbean Season, they will sail four ships including the brand new Rotterdam.
With the return to cruising, there will be some repositioning of ships at least temporarily. Carnival announced they are replacing the Carnival Elation in Port Canaveral with the Carnival Magic through October 7, 2021.
She will sail 4 & 5 Night Bahamas itineraries from Port Canaveral The cool part about this, the 5 night will include a stop in Bimini in the Bahamas. The stop in Bimini is new for Carnival so it will be interesting if this becomes a regular port or just temporary.
4 Night Itinerary
Departs on Thursdays and returns on Monday
Ports of Call
Half Moon Cay
And two Days at Sea
5 Night Itineraries
Magic will offer two different 5 night itineraries one departing on Monday and returning on Saturday and one departing on Monday and returning on Thursday
Ports of Call for Saturday departures
Half Moon Cay
And a Day at Sea
Ports of Call for Monday Departures
And two Days at Sea
Magic will sail these 4 & 5 Night itineraries from August 7, 2021 through October 7, 2021 after which she will go back to her 6 & 8 night Eastern Caribbean itineraries. The Carnival Elation will take over starting October 11, 2021.
The Magic just recently received the new hull paint job to match the brand new Mardi Gras and from what I understand got a facelift in the Casino, new carpet and tile. Magic is part of the Dream Class of ships joining Dream and Breeze. Features include Guys Pig and Anchor, the Red Frog Pub, the Lanai, a walkway around the entire outside of the ship and much more. Be sure to check out my tour video from a couple years ago. Carnival Magic Ship Tour.
If you are interested in cruising on the Magic, click on my contact page and drop me a line. Or contact me at the info below.
Cruising is finally back and my cruise plans are set for September. I will be sailing a 4 night Bahamas cruise on the Mariner of the Seas from Royal Caribbean in a balcony stateroom. I have never had a balcony on Royal Caribbean so that will be exciting.
For some, flying is a weekly activity and for some, its a once a year or less. For those who fly infrequently, these hacks are for you. Not to say the experienced flyers won't learn something.
MSC today announced their return to service from US Ports on two ships starting in August. The MSC Divina from Port Canaveral and the MSC Meraviglia from Miami.
Carnival will restart cruise operations here in the US with the Carnival Vista and Breeze from Galveston, TX and the Carnival Horizon from Miami. Today Carnival announced rules surrounding the Vista and Breeze sailings for July.