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Carnival Cruise Line Expands Bermuda Voyages

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Carnival Cruise Line has expanded its schedule of Bermuda voyages to offer its largest-ever deployment to the territory during the 2019 to 2020 season, offering more than 40 voyages to the destination, including eight week-long cruises departing from Baltimore and Charleston in 2020.

In all, six Carnival ships—Carnival Breeze, Magic, Pride, Radiance, Sunshine and Sunrise—will offer four- to nine-day Bermuda sailings from five eastern seaboard homeports in 2019-2020.

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The company is the lone cruise operator offering roundtrip New York-based schedules of Carnival Sunrise and Carnival Radiance. The ships currently offer four-day Bermuda cruises from New York

“Guest feedback on our Bermuda program has been nothing short of sensational and we’re delighted to expand our offerings to provide even more guests an opportunity to experience all this tropical island paradise has to offer,” said Fred Stein, Carnival’s vice president of revenue planning and deployment.

Carnival’s seven week-long cruises to Bermuda from Baltimore will depart aboard Carnival Pride, spending three days in Bermuda; a seven-day cruise from Charleston aboard Carnival Sunshine will feature two days in the territory including a visit to the private Bahamian destination of Princess Cays.

Baltimore departure dates include May 31, August 2 and 23, September 6 and 20, and Oct. 4 and 18, 2020. The cruise from Charleston departs Oct. 17, 2020.

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Royal Caribbean Makes Additional Comment on Future of Buffets

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The buffet—as much a staple on cruise ships as anything—will live on in a different form, at least on Royal Caribbean vessels.

A week after Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, intimated that buffets would likely not exist when Royal Caribbean returns to the sea, CruiseRadio.net reports something of an evolution on that stance.

Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited, appeared on Coffee Chat, a weekly talk with travel advisors with host and Senior Vice President of Sales and Trade Support and Service Vicki Freed, and said buffets will change but not go away entirely.

“(Where) everybody reaches in and everybody touches the same tongs, you’re not going to see (that) on land or sea,” Fain said. “(But) it doesn’t mean that you don’t have a buffet. You might have it where all of that is served to you by other people. And there (are) other possibilities. But the point is that it will evolve.”

By way of example, Fain said to consider the Midnight Buffet.

“I don’t think anyone says, ‘Where’s the midnight buffet?’” he said. “You haven’t seen the midnight buffet for years and that was long before we had COVID-19. Tastes change and people change, and cruise lines change to accommodate.”

Fain told TravelWeekly, sister publication to TravelPulse.com, that cruisers will adapt, much as air travelers did in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

“If you remember after (that), all of a sudden you had to do a strip search at the airport. You couldn’t take a bottle of water on the plane,” he said. “A lot of people said, ‘Nobody’s ever going to fly. Who’s going to want to go on an airplane?’ Airplane travel didn’t end. In fact, it grew. But it evolved. So it isn’t the same when you go today. You do go through security checks, and you do go through identity checks and frankly, we’ve become accustomed to it and the technology has helped make it easier.”

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