Carnival, Royal Caribbean Cruises Increase Passenger Screening After Coronavirus Outbreak

Several cruise lines have implemented new travel restrictions this week and boosted their passenger screening procedures.

Cruise operators issued travel advisories to ensure that their guests are not affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Cruise lines are not letting people sail if they have traveled in China amid the outbreak of the new coronavirus that started there.

The coronavirus appeared in Wuhan, China, in December last year. Due to the virus, almost 20 people died and 600 were infected.

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Five Ships Spotted in Port Canaveral Before New Year’s Eve

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Port Canaveral is among the busiest cruise ports in the world with 4.5 million cruise passengers annually.

Five cruise ships have been spotted docking at the same time in Port Canaveral a day before New Year’s Eve. The cruise ships are Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas, Disney Cruise Line’s Dream, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Bliss, Carnival Cruise Line’s Liberty, and Royal’s Mariner of the Seas.

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Second Norwegian Ship Based at Port Canaveral for Winter Season

The Norwegian Breakaway arrived at Port Canaveral on Saturday, starting a five-month seasonal service as a Port Canaveral-based ship.

The Breakaway is the second Norwegian Cruise Line ship that joins the Port Canaveral lineup as the Norwegian Sun also will be based here for more than seven months from fall 2019 to spring 2020.

The Norwegian Breakaway will replace the slightly older and larger Norwegian Epic at Port Canaveral. The Epic has been based at Port Canaveral for three consecutive fall/winter sailing seasons. Both Norwegian ships will sail a total of 67 voyages from Port Canaveral.

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Disney Cruise Line Announces Spring 2021 Cruise Itineraries

In its newly released itinerary announcement, Disney Cruise Line said it will have three ships based in Florida in early-2021, two at Port Canaveral and one – based in Miami.

A fourth ship, the 2,713-passenger Disney Wonder, will have three home-ports during the January to May 2021— Galveston, New Orleans, and San Diego.

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Tropical Storm Dorian Forces Cruise Lines to Modify Itineraries

Major cruise line operators have changed the itineraries of some cruises to avoid Hurricane Dorian.

Cruise ships sailing from Port Canaveral have changed their itineraries to avoid the tropical storm.

Dorian has forced cruise lines to shift their ships out of the storm path, while at the same time shutting down operations at private islands. In addition to voyages changed into longer trips, Royal Caribbean also closed down CocoCay, the theme-park like island in the Bahamas with a water slide that rises 148.5 feet above the mostly flat island. CocoCay won’t be taking any cruise ships though Tuesday, September 3.

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