The beginnings of MSC Divina in Port Canaveral
MSC Divina’s departure from Port Canaveral this evening marks the return to service of MSC Cruises’ 11th ship. It also kicks off the line’s first cruises from Central Florida, all featuring the Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.
This follows the American return of MSC Meraviglia from PortMiami in early August.
MSC Divina begins with three-night getaways and will add seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises starting September 19, four-night cruises on September 26, and additional seven-night cruises in mid-October.
The three and four night cruises in September visit Nassau and stay overnight at Ocean Cay. Seven-night cruises go to Ocean Cay, Cozumel, and Costa Maya. In October, seven-night cruises visit Ocean Cay, Nassau, Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman or Ocean Cay, Costa Maya and Cozumel. In November, a 10-night cruise to Ocean Cay, Nassau, Costa Maya and Cozumel.
Travelers 12 years of age and older must be fully immunized in accordance with a Bahamian mandate.
Atlas Ocean Voyages confirms its inaugural season in Antarctica
Atlas Ocean Voyages has confirmed that its inaugural season in Antarctica has been launched. From November to March, World Navigator will conduct nine and 12 night expeditions, round trip to Ushuaia, Argentina.
As previously reported, Atlas has chartered its own private jet to transport travelers to Ushuaia for boarding, shortening travel time and avoiding extended nights and layovers at an international airport. This is part of the brand’s ‘All Inclusive All The Way’ offer. As demanded by Argentine authorities, all crew and passengers will be vaccinated against COVID-19.
“We are pleased to proceed as planned with World Navigator’s inaugural season in Antarctica,” said Alberto Aliberti, President of Atlas Ocean Voyages. ‘… Atlas establishes a security bubble in the United States and safely transports guests directly to World Navigator in Ushuaia. The benefits of our private jet service, combined with our proven safety and health protocols, have been instrumental in the clearance of our Ushuaia operations. ‘
World Navigator’s November 28 trip will offer the chance to see the December 4 solar eclipse, while the February 22 trip includes a crossing into the Antarctic Circle for marine wildlife viewing.
The First Regent ship resumes passenger service
Regent Seven Seas Cruises embarked on their first voyage in just under 18 months with the new ship Seven Seas Splendor departing from Southampton on September 11.
Protocols include 100% vaccination of crew and passengers.
âI am so excited for our guests who have waited patiently, and for our team and members of our team in our global offices who have worked so hard to get to this moment,â said Regent President and CEO , Jason Montague. “The Regent family is finally reunited …”
Montague and new Director of Sales and Marketing Andrea DeMarco are on board, welcoming a number of Seven Seas Society members, including Commodores, who have spent more than 2,000 nights on Regent ships.
Led by Captain Diego Michelozzi, this cruise tours the UK, calling at destinations such as Edinburgh, Belfast and Liverpool. The ship returns to Southampton on September 22, arriving at the new Horizon cruise terminal, before embarking on a 14-night trip to Barcelona. Seven Seas Splendor then spends October and November in the Mediterranean before crossing the Atlantic for a Caribbean season.
Regent’s next ship to resume will be the Seven Seas Explorer on October 15 from Trieste. Seven Seas Mariner is scheduled to start on December 18 and Seven Seas Navigator on January 6, both from Miami. Seven Seas Voyager is back on February 15 in Barcelona.
Santander ready for the return of its first cruise ship
The Spanish port of Santander is ready to receive Cantabria’s first cruise ship since the pandemic closed. On September 18, Phoenix Reisen’s Amera is expected to arrive with 617 mostly German passengers and 460 crew members.
Some 195 passengers are expected to take a panoramic tour of Santander’s main attractions, while 136 will make a dual-destination trip between Santillana del Mar and Santander.
The Port Authority, the government of Cantabria and the City of Santander are working together to ensure the success of the stopover. Authorities plan to present a commemorative medallion to the ship’s captain to celebrate the arrival.