Here are some Cruise News and Notes for the week of November 16, 2019

Carnival Switches from Coke to Pepsi Products

Effective January, 2020, Carnival Cruise Line will change from Coke products to Pepsi products on all ships leaving from U.S. ports. In addition to Pepsi and other PepsiCo brand soft drinks, with the change, guest will also have access to certain Starbucks ready to drink coffee, Bubly sparkling water, Pure Leaf, Naked Juice, Gatorade and Propel products.

Carnival Legend Heads to Europe in 2021

This week Carnival announced the Carnival Legend will be heading to Europe in 2021, sailing a diverse schedule of ports that will include Russia, the Greek isles, Iceland, Norway and the Baltic. In all, Carnival Legend will be visiting 58 different ports in 21 countries. Carnival Legend will head to Barcelona from Tampa on a 15-day transatlantic on March 26, 2021. Her European season will conclude with a 14-day transatlantic leaving October 31 from Barcelona to Baltimore. For more information, visit here or contact your travel adviser.

Second Pier Opens in St. Kitts

A second pier at Port Zante in St. Kitts has just opened. This island, part of the duo island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis, is home to 55,000 residents and with the opening of the second port, St. Kitts will now be able to host up to three of the world’s largest cruise ships simultaneously. St. Kitts is home to Brimstone Hill Fortress and Timothy’s Hill, the scenic outlook where visitors can view the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea simultaneously among other attractions. Nevis, a short ferry ride away, is birthplace to President Alexander Hamilton.

Plans to Expand Long Beach Cruise Terminal Approved

The Long Beach Planning Commission has approved plans to expand the Long Beach Cruise Terminal. The plans will include the addition of 657 new parking stalls and reconfiguration of traffic lanes among other changes that will allow larger, newer ships, such as the Carnival Panorama, to make Long Beach their home port.

MSC Grandiosa Christened

MSC Grandiosa was officially christened in Hamburg, Germany this week. The ship was the center of in immersive light show for several days before being officially christened by godmother Sophia Loren . Grandiosa is the fifteenth ship in MSC’s fleet and will begin sailing seven night Mediterranean cruises beginning November 23, 2019.

Carnival Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Sailing from Tampa

The Carnival Legend was the site of Carnival’s 25th anniversary sailing from the Port of Tampa. The now retired Tropicale first sailed from Tampa in 1994 and carried about 28,000 passengers a year. Today, nearly 240,000 guests sail out of Tampa on one of two ships that call Tampa home. Carnival Legend joined Carnival Paradise last month when she moved to her new home port.

Carnival Corp. Commits to Assist in Recovery Efforts of Grand Bahama Hospital

Although no longer in the headlines, recovery efforts in the Bahamas continue as the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco are still in need of help post Hurricane Dorian. This week Carnival Corporation signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of the Bahamas to fund and support flood damage repairs and basic restoration efforts at Rand Memorial Hospital, the primary hospital in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. The goal is to restore a functional hospital by the end of March, 2020.

Carnival Kitchen Debuting on the New Carnival Panorama

Debuting on the Carnival Panorama when it begins sailing from Long Beach in December, 2019, Carnival Kitchen will be a hands-on culinary experience that will be led by the cruise line’s talented chefs. Guests will be able to participate in more than 15 classes and workshops including a cake workshop, a pasta making class, pizza making and pie baking classes among others. Sessions will be held in the morning, afternoon and evenings, primarily on sea days, in the specially designed kitchen space on deck 4 aft. Fees will range from $30 to $59 and some classes will include dinner. Learn more here.

That wraps it up for this week’s cruise news and notes. Tune in each week for updates on some of the latest items of interest in the cruise industry!

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Karen Gibson
Karen Gibson

Although she did not go on her first cruise until later in life, Karen became immediately addicted. If she's not planning a cruise, she is dreaming of her next one. She loves cruising so much that along with her son they opened Cruise Crazy Store which is filled with cruise themed items perfect for cruise-aholics and in 2018 started Cruise Crazy Travel, a travel agency that specializes in setting up cruises.

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