Odyssey of the Seas Coming to Fort Lauderdale in 2020

Odyssey of the Seas

Royal Caribbean is planning to bring one of its most innovative classes of ship to South Florida. The highly anticipated Odyssey of the Seas – will be the first Quantum Ultra Class ship to arrive in North America. The global cruise line’s 27th ship will arrive to her seasonal homeport of Fort Lauderdale, FL in November 2020 to offer 8- and 6-night Caribbean cruises. Odyssey will then continue her inaugural year in Europe for summer 2021. Odyssey of the Seas will be just the second Quantum Ultra Class ship, expanding…

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MSC Cruises to Homeport MSC Armonia in Tampa in 2020

MSC Armonia

MSC Cruises will expand their presence in North America with the opening of a new homeport in 2020. The company’s 2,000 guest MSC Armonia will reposition from Miami to her new home of Port of Tampa Bay starting in November 2020. MSC Armonia will begin sailing from Tampa to the Caribbean, Mexico and The Bahamas year-round, with a full Winter season (Nov. 2020 – April 2021) of 4- to 5-night short cruises followed by a Summer season (May 2021-Nov. 2021) of week-long cruise options. Ken Muskat, EVP and Chief Operating…

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Sky Princess Finishes Sea Trials Ahead of October Debut

Sky Princess

Princess Cruises fourth Royal Class vessel, Sky Princess, successfully completed her sea trials ahead of her October debut. The new cruise ship set out to sea from the construction dock at Fincantieri Shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy and was put through a series of maneuvers to test the propulsion, steering and navigational equipment. After a successful six days of trials, Sky Princess is now back in the shipyard for further exterior and interior finishing to prepare for the maiden Oct. 20, 2019 seven-day Mediterranean & Adriatic cruise from Athens to Barcelona.…

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Cruise Lines Pledge Millions for Bahamas Hurricane Relief

Hurricane Dorian Relief

With news agencies covering the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian impact across the Bahamas, many cruise lines have already committed millions to aid in the relief efforts. Royal Caribbean Royal Caribbean International was one of the first cruise lines to publicly announce their plans to help those in need in the Bahamas. Royal Caribbean posted the following: Royal Caribbean is committing $1 million to Dorian disaster relief, and ITM—our partner in the Holistica joint venture that is developing the Grand Lucayan resort in Freeport—is also donating an additional $100,000. To make…

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Hurricane Dorian Affecting Cruise Schedules

Hurricane Dorian

With the powerful Hurricane Dorian already impacting the islands of the Bahamas, many cruise lines have had to alter their scheduled itineraries to avoid the storm. Guests booked on cruises should have received notifications alerts from their cruise line. For the latest updates, the links below will take you the most current notifications. Carnival Cruise Line https://help.carnival.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/6292 Celebrity Cruises https://www.celebritycruises.com/travel-alert Disney Cruise Line https://disneycruise.disney.go.com/guest-services/advisory/?4 MSC Cruises https://www.msccruisesusa.com/en-us/About-MSC/News/Tropical-storm-Dorian.aspx Norwegian Cruise Line https://www.ncl.com/ Royal Caribbean https://www.royalcaribbean.com/cruise-ships/itinerary-updates Other Links   National Hurricane Center https://www.nhc.noaa.gov PortMiami https://www.miamidade.gov/portmiami/ Port Everglades http://www.porteverglades.net Port Canaveral https://www.portcanaveral.com  …

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