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  1. The Discovery 2 will be docked at Mahogany Bay along with the Carnival Legend as per their website: https://www.mahoganybaycc.com/port-schedule.aspx. Looks like the other 4 ships will be fighting it out over the 1 berth at Coxen Hole, that is if some don't change their itineraries. Should be a bit crowded as one of them is the Harmony of the seas!
  2. Many years ago the ship I was on stopped at Suez for a port call. It was not a very nice experience then and I doubt if it has changed since then. Even the Egyptians told us that we should not go ashore there, especially at night! Also IIRC a lot of Egypt is on the 'unnecessary travel to be avoided list' of the UK government.
  3. Agreed! We will just have to wait and see where they will call at for 'New York City'. After all some cruise companies say they are calling at London when they actually go to Southampton, Dover or Harwich!
  4. The 50/50 partnership is limited to TUI Cruises (Mein Schiff 1-...) the former RCCL and Celebrity ships now with Marella Cruises are wholly owned by TUI companies. I wouldn't think any tie up between RCCL and TUI had any role in Marella scheduling calls at Amber Cove and Grand Turk cruise ports as they were developed and are partly or wholly owned by Carnival Corporation & PLC.
  5. I would hope that as they say New York City it will hopefully be the Manhattan Terminal which would be much easier for a tourist call independent of Marella excursions. Brooklyn is still in NYC but the surrounding area was not very nice (at least it wasn't a few years ago but may have improved?). Bayonne is in New Jersey and appears to be almost exclusively Royal Caribbean ships (including Celebrity and Azamara); handy for Newark Airport but not a lot else!
  6. She has just finished a short maintenance period in Malta and the next cruise will start on the 10th.
  7. I understand that all the islands mentioned in the itineraries are classed as 'adjacent islands' and count as closed loop. Hopefully nothing has changed! On a previous cruise the main benefit of a closed loop cruise for non-US passengers was that there wasn't a US Immigration inspection when we called at San Juan half way through the cruise after calling at Grand Turk and Samana; just when we returned to the Florida at the end of the cruise after also calling in the Bahamas.
  8. The visa requirements section on Gov.uk is pretty good and commercially unbiased. I understand India and Oman operate e-Visa schemes which you can get online. When looking at visa websites ensure you are on the genuine websites as there are many commercial websites who offer help and charge fees far in excess of the official fee.
  9. Coast Guard inspections as well! A number of times I've seen embarkation delayed as crew have had to spend several hours doing drills and tests instead of being able to get the ship ready. Hopefully the cruises will be counted as 'closed loop' by US Immigration so people will only have to do the immigration check when they disembark in Port Canaveral.
  10. Maybe because TUI Cruises is a 50/50 operation with Royal Caribbean? The 2 new ones planned with 4500+ guests are apparently costing US$1 billion each!
  11. The terminal operators Venezia Terminal Passeggeri S.p.A. have the Celebration and Discovery listed as calling at their facilities on their website: VTP.it . By time they agree on proposals and pass a law for diverting the ships and put the infrastructure into place it will be a few years before they can ban the ships from the Giudecca Canal. This has been dragging on for years already.
  12. Blue World have said the capacity of the ship will only be 425 hence not a lot of lifeboats. As a comparison the 'S' class ships carry about 1350 lower berth with about 300 more total capacity.
  13. The new ban on US ships going to Cuba has led to RCCL having to move some ships around. If TUI were getting another ship from Royal Caribbean for Marella my guess would be the Grandeur Of the Seas as she is the oldest Vision class still sailing with RCCL and a near sister of the Discovery 1 and 2. I would suspect that the slightly older Majesty of the Seas would transfer to Pullmantur, if anywhere, as they operate her 2 sisters the Monarch and Sovereign. They have announced they are getting another ship to replace their Zenith which has been sold to Peace Boat. One name not mentioned is the stand alone Empress of the Seas which is the smallest ship in the RCCL fleet. She was brought back from Pullmantur to do the Cuba cruises so could now be heading out of RCCL, either back to Pullmantur or another operator.
  14. Don't think its the Veendam as the extra deck on the back isn't visible. So possibly Maasdam or Pacific Aria/Ryndam?
  15. Is it me or does the new rendering for Blue World Voyages possible ship conversion look like one of the HAL 'S' Class? News on Cruise Industry News website: https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/21290-blue-world-voyages-releases-new-vessel-rendering.html. Reducing capacity to only 450 guests! I think the last renderings they issued looked like the 'Gemini' or former Crown Jewel.
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