Royal Caribbean’s New Approach to Lifeboat Drills

Anyone that has taken a cruise before, knows the least favorite part is the mandatory muster drill. For years, guests have been required to attend these drills en masse, with literally thousands of guests all moving in the same direction at the same time. Thankfully, with the introduction of  the Oasis class ships from Royal Caribbean over a decade ago, guests stopped having to carry their life vests from their cabins to the drills. On newer ships, we’ve also seen a move to having guests attend the drills in indoor…

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Carnival’s 2nd Excel Class Ship Confirmed for Nov 2022

Carnival Mardi Gras Itineraries Staterooms Bookings

Along with today’s news of fleet reductions, Carnival Cruise Line also confirmed that an additional Excel-class, LNG-powered ship will be arriving in November 2022. The yet unnamed, second Excel-class ship has been confirmed from the Meyer Turku shipyard. The sister ship to Mardi Gras will showcase many of her features, including BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea, and sail out of PortMiami as previously announced. Carnival had also previously announced plans for a newly upgraded terminal at PortMiami that will accommodate the second Excel-class vessel. Carnival said it will…

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Carnival Sells Two Ships and Two Enter Long Term Layup

Carnival Cruise Line made it official today that two of their ships Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Inspiration have been sold. Additionally, Carnival Fascination and Carnival Imagination will move to a long term lay-up status, with no specific timeline identified for a return to operation. These moves are part of Carnival Corporation’s recent announcement to reduce its overall capacity and focus on ships with upgraded features. All four of these Fantasy Class ships are some of the oldest in the Carnival fleet with Fantasy originally arriving in 1990, Fascination in 1994,…

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Carnival’s Mardi Gras Construction Update (July 2020)

Carnival's Mardi Gras

Carnvial Cruise Line’s most anticipated and largest cruise ship ever, Mardi Gras has been progressing at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland.   Carnival recently had to cancel a number of sailings due to delays at the shipyard, but have set a new debut for February 2021. Workers have installed nearly 800 feet of suspended track for BOLT, the first rollercoaster at sea, that will encircle upper decks and offer guests an exhilarating ride with dips and drops with breathtaking ocean views 187 feet above the water line. All…

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Carnival Cancels Sailings for Mardi Gras & Other Ships

One of the most anticipated cruise ships coming in 2020, Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras, has now been officially delayed until 2021. The largest ship ever for the cruise line at 183,000 tons, Mardi Gras was originally scheduled to debut in August 2020, but due to delays at the ship yard, the first sailing was pushed back until November 14th. Itineraries out of Port Canaveral for departures from Nov. 14, 2020 to Jan. 30, 2021 have been cancelled, with the first departure now planned for February 6, 2021. Unfortunately, Carnvial…

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