This Week in Cruise Recovery: Russia Port Cancellations, Wonder of the Seas Sails and More

Cruise lines continue to cancel port calls in Russia and replace those visits with others in the Baltic region, given the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Princess and Holland America Line were among those doing so last week. Earlier in the week, Travel Agent had provided details of cancellation of St. Petersburg calls by Viking and Norwegian Cruise Line. Later, that story was updated to include new information about shifts in port calls by MSC, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Sea Cloud Cruises and others.

Carnival Cruise Line, which is planning a big 50th anniversary bash at PortMiami this coming Saturday, revised several ship deployments.

Lindblad Expeditions plans to bring its newest polar vessel, the 126-guest National Geographic Resolution, to Svalbard, Norway, on two newly added departures in April, thus venturing to the Arctic earlier in the season than ever before.

This week, the world’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean International's new Wonder of the Seas (see photo of the ship above), sailed a first revenue voyage from Port Everglades, FL .Travel Agent is aboard the ship and will offer insight about new spaces in an upcoming story. 

More Developments

Norwegian Cruise Line introduced its new "Meet the Winemaker” series in Europe. The new program allows guests to engage with winemakers and other experts through seminars and activities; those include wine tastings, wine-paired dinners,interactive culinary demonstrations and meet-and-greets.

In the continuing effort to broaden inclusivity within the cruise vacation marketplace, Hurtigruten announced that it had formed a “Black Traveler Advisory Board." The advisory board was created to provide the company with the intelligence and tools needed to better reach, engage with and position its expedition products to the Black traveler. 

In addition, The Travel Corporation’s non-profit foundation, TreadRight, has announced its newest partnership with nonprofit Rainbow Railroad that's focused on bringing LGBTQI+ individuals around the world to safety. The Travel Corporation is the parent of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises.

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