In the news this week, new itineraries from Princess, Carnival and return to Grand Cayman.
Princess Cruise Line Will Return to San Diego and Galveston.
In September of 2022, the Diamond Princess will begin sailings from San Diego, CA. Available itineraries will be from five to 16 nights to destinations including Mexico, California and Hawaii. In addition, she will sail one 21 night cruise to South America in November.
Ruby Princess will begin sailing from Galveston, TX in December 2022. She will sail five to 11 night itineraries to the Western Caribbean as well as two 16 night cruises to the Panama Canal. Ruy will sail from Galveston through April 2023.
Carnival Celebration 820 Biscayne
In November the brand new Carnival Celebration, second in the XL Class of ships, will set sail from Miami. She will feature a new area called 820 Biscayne to celebrate the culture, art and food of Miami. This will be in the same place on deck 8 where La Piazza is on Mardi Gras with new eateries and watering holes.
Miami Slice will have pizza 24 hours a day, Bar 820 where you can get Cuban inspired drinks and coffee and Deco Deli for deli sandwiches and an expanded menu. The design will be tropical along with the art deco of Miami. Plus you will still have Rudy's Sea Grill and Cucina Del Capitano.
Return to Grand Cayman
Grand Cayman has been a staple on many Western Caribbean itineraries but has been missing for the last two years due to the pandemic. This week ships will return to Grand Cayman as the Cayman Islands implement Phase 1 of measured return.
The first phase will last through April 17, 2022 and will be at around 40% of capacity compared to the time prior to the pandemic. The current expectation is 14 ships accommodating around 74,208 passengers will make calls on the port. Grand Cayman has been a favorite of many cruise passengers including me so its exciting to see the return to the island.
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