The big ships are tired of sitting around waiting on the CDC to give them the green light to sail out of the US again so they are taking matters in thier own hands and moving ships to new homeports.
Royal Caribbean announced they will have a ship to sail out of Nassau and one out of Bermuda this summer.
Adventure of the Seas® heads back to the tropics this summer,
unlocking seven-night getaways from Nassau. Double up on thrills
and even more time to chill with two days at the top-rated
Royal Caribbean® private destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay.
You’ll also get a chance to venture into Maya history during a
visit to Cozumel. And unwind on Grand Bahama Island’s
beautiful white-sand beaches. Island time is now.
Vision of the Seas® is bringing back unforgettable island escapes from Bermuda this June. Soak up the sun on the island's famous pink-sand beaches and keep the vacation vibes going in Bermuda. Chase thrills or chill beachside at our top-rated private destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay.
Celebrity Cruise Line to sail out of St Maarten this summer
Celebrity is the premium brand in the Royal Caribbean family so it just made sense that they too would offer cruise options from a non-US port this summer too.
We’re kicking off our return to service with 7-night sailings aboard the revolutionized Celebrity Millennium® departing from St. Maarten and sailing to Aruba, Barbados, Curaçao, the British Virgin Islands, and beyond.
Crystal Cruise lines will offer Bahamas only sailings this summer
Crystal is a luxury cruise line that doesn't tend to use US homeports as much as the bigger guys but it is still wonderful that they found a way to offer the Cariibean to guests wanting to cruise this summer.
Crystal said it will resume sailing in the Americas on July 3 under an agreement that will base its Crystal Serenity in the Bahamas for a series of Bahamas-only sailings that will include stops previously accessible only by private yacht. Crystal's interim CEO, Jack Anderson, said a total of 16 Bahamas Escapes seven-day cruises are planned from July to October. Passengers can embark every Saturday in Nassau or every Sunday in Bimini for the roundtrip cruises that will then sail to Harbour Island, Great Exuma, San Salvador and Long Island, he said.
All of these cruises on any of the lines listed above will require adult guests to be vaccinated. Any children under the age of 18 who have a negative PCR test result within 120 hours of embarkation. Guests might also have to meet any other requirements posted to travel to the starting point of thier cruise.
Virgin Cruise Line announced that it still plans for a July restart out of Miami and they will require all guests and crew to be vaccindated.
I know you might be thinking do people really book a Cruise around the World? Yes they do! Cruise Lines are seeing a record demand for World Cruises right now. Oceania recently opened booking for it's 2023 World Cruise and it sold out in 24 hours! Getting to see so many amazing places in one trip sounds a little overwhelming but perfect at that same time. The price tag for these cruises can give you sticker shock but when you do the math they really are a good deal. Just think of the cost to fly to most of these places and then add in food and a place to stay and real quick a World Cruise looks like a bargain.
Some cruise lines will offer portions of the World Cruise for booking so you don't have to book the whole thing if you only want to do part of it. If a World Cruise still sounds a bit too long there are also some wonderful longer cruises to consider as a stepping stone to working up to that World Cruise. I did a 30 day cruise a few years ago and at first I was wondering if that would be too long but I quickly learned that the longer the better!
Cruise Lines are also getting more creative with itineraries to keep guests coming back year after year. More overnight stops are also becoming more popular. To give you an idea of what you can expect from some of the more unique itineraries check out these 4 World Cruises scheduled for 2023:
Cruise Line: Oceania Cruises
Date: January 15, 2023
Length: 179 nights
Cheapest Price: $41,599
Homeport: San Francisco
Oceania’s traditional 180-day world cruise is back in 2023. The trip, which sold out in just 24 hours, will visit 96 ports in 33 countries across four continents.
Overnight stays are planned in 20 destinations – including Cape Town and Yangon, where the Insignia is set to be docked for three entire days.
Cruise Line: Princess Cruises
Ship: Coral Princess
Date: June 4, 2023
Length: 107 nights
Cheapest Price: $20,604
The Coral Princess will be the only ship to sail a world cruise from Australia in 2023. The vessel, operated by Princess Cruises, will depart Sydney on June 4, returning to the same port 107 days and 44 ports of call later. The classic itinerary includes visits to 26 countries on six continents, including 20 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Cruise Line: Regent Seven Seas
Ship: Seven Seas Mariner
Date: January 7, 2023
Length: 143 nights
Cheapest Price: $81,119
Homeport: Miami to Barcelona
Luxury brand Regent Seven Seas is offering the most expensive world cruise in 2023. With 143 nights, the journey goes from Miami to Barcelona, visiting 72 ports in-between. The itinerary has a focus on Asia and Africa, with several unusual ports of call, such as Lome (Togo), Takoradi (Ghana) and Mayotte (Comoros)
Cruise Line: Viking Cruises
Ship: Viking Neptune
Date: December 22, 2022
Length: 137 nights
Cheapest Price: $49,995
Homeport: Fort Lauderdale to Greenwich
In 2023, Viking Cruises will offer a world cruise on its brand-new ship, the Viking Neptune. The vessel – currently under construction in Italy – is set to debut just a few weeks before the trip starts. During the 137-night cruise, guests will visit 58 ports around the globe, with a special focus on the Asia-Pacific region, where most of the calls take place.
Those are just a sample of the many options that are available. If you want to learn more just let me know.
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