In the USA and Europe, more cruise ships and ports returned to service over early September, with major brands launching from New York, Barcelona, Rome and Baltimore.
Royal Caribbean International (RCI) became the first cruise ship to resume sailing form the New York area with the Oasis of the Seas' weeklong cruise returning to Bayonne, New Jersey, on 12 September. The Oasis is sailing seven-day cruises from Cape Liberty to the Bahamas, visiting Nassau and Royal Caribbean's private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay, through October.
RCI's next Oasis-class ship, the Wonder of the Seas, will also launch in the Caribbean and Europe in 2022 instead of China.
Norwegian Cruise Line has redeployed the Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Getaway in the Mediterranean. Six out of NCL's 17 ships are now back in operation.
Carnival became the first cruise line to return to the Port of Baltimore, with the Carnival Pride departing on a seven-day cruise to the Bahamas, visiting Nassau, Freeport and Carnival Corp.'s private island of Half Moon Cay.
The Epic completed a weeklong cruise to ports in Spain and Italy from Barcelona, calling in Livorno (Florence), Civitavecchia (Rome), Naples, Cagliari (Sardinia) and Palma (Mallorca).
The Getaway set sail on 13 September from Civitavecchia on its first cruise since March 2020. Through 25 October, the ship will sail a mix of 10- and 11-day Greek isles itineraries, calling in Dubrovnik, Croatia; Corfu; Santorini; Mykonos; Naples; and Livorno (Florence).
The Oasis of the Seas has completed its first cruise in 18 months. Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean International
In November, a newer ship, the Carnival Legend, will replace Carnival Pride in Baltimore. The Pride will shift to departures from Tampa.
And, Azamara earlier in September completed its first sailing as an independent brand and its first cruise since March 2020, with a weeklong Greek isles sailing on the Azamara Quest that debuted new, immersive programming ashore and onboard. The sailing debuted Azamara's new retail concept with destination-tailored offerings.
Source: Travel Weekly