Cruise ships prepare to resume cruise
(8:55 a.m. EDT) – With exciting news from the CDC that cruise ships may begin to sail from U.S. ports starting in mid-July, we expect plenty of movement over the next few weeks.
It’s already happening in Europe, as the lines prepare for a May 20 reboot from the UK and a May 30 reboot in Israel, which we look at below.
Here’s your weekly roundup of where cruise ships are located across the world.
The Odyssey of the Seas arrives in Haifa
Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, the Odyssey of the Seas, arrived in Haifa, Israel last week with a water cannon salute on arrival in port.
The second ship of the Quantum Ultra Class will be based in Israel for the summer – the very first royal ship to be based there – for vaccinated residents of Israel only.
The 4,198 passengers will sail at half capacity and depart on their inaugural cruise on May 30. The ship’s first passenger will sail on June 2, and it will take 30 round-trip cruises to the Greek Islands and Cyprus.
Odyssey arrived early to load supplies ahead of the first crossings and will leave Haifa today “to train and restock,” according to Royal.
Galveston hosts two carnival ships
Meanwhile, in the United States, Galveston has hosted its first Carnival ships for over a year, but not yet for taking on passengers.
Two of the line’s newest ships, Carnival Vista and Carnival Breeze, called at the Port of Texas on Tuesday.
“They plan to stay here, outfitting and working on the ships. So they’ll be there when it’s time to start the cruise, and we hope it will be quick,” said Rodger Rees, CEO of Galveston harbor. , speaking to ABC Eyewitness News.
New CDC guidelines give cruise lines two paths. Those who pledge to have vaccine requirements, with 95% of passengers vaccinated and 98% of crew, may be able to restart in mid-July. Those who decide not to do so will have to take test cruises. It is not yet known which route the Carnival Cruise Line will take.
Carnival president visits carnival ship for first time in a year
In Florida, Carnival President Christine Duffy made her first visit in over a year to a carnival ship.
She traveled to the Carnival Sunshine in Miami on Tuesday to meet with the captain and senior officers.
“The ship tours are one of the favorite parts of my job and it was really wonderful to see and interact with the team at Carnival Sunshine who were great hosts,” said Duffy. “Hopefully this is the first of many ship visits and a clear indication that we are on the path to restarting operations.”
Let’s hope so.