From startups to brands resuming service for the first time in two years, more cruise lines are welcoming guests back onboard their ships.
Cruise Industry News looked at some of the recent key service moves that took place recently:
Ambassador Cruise Line
First sailing: In service since April 20, 2022
Sailing Region: UK and Northern Europe
Ambassador Cruise Line welcomed guests for its first cruise on April 20.
Focusing on the over-50 market, the new cruise line is now sailing a series of no-fly cruises aboard its first cruise ship, the 1991-built Ambience.
Sailing from Tilbury, the vessel offers a traditional cruising experience during itineraries that mostly visit Northern and Western Europe ports.
First sailing: In service since May 9, 2022
Ship: Ocean Majesty
Sailing Region: Northern Europe
Hansa Touristik recently embarked on its first post-pandemic cruise.
Operating the 1966-built Ocean Majesty, the brand is now offering Northern Europe itineraries catering to the German market.
With a seasonal program that runs through October, the brand is also offering itineraries to the Azores, the Mediterranean and the Greek Islands in 2022.
First sailing: In service since May 12, 2022
Ship: Crown Iris
Sailing Region: Israel and the Eastern Mediterranean
After a three-year gap, the Crown Iris resumed service for Mano Cruises on May 12.
Sailing from Haifa, the 1,462-guest vessel is now offering a series of cruises to the Eastern Mediterranean and the Greek Islands focusing on the Israeli market.
The season is set to run through November and also includes itineraries to Italy, Croatia and Cyprus.
Margaritaville at Sea
First sailing: In service since May 14, 2022
Ship: Margaritaville at Sea Paradise
Sailing Region: U.S. and the Bahamas
Margaritaville at Sea debuted on May 14, offering two-night cruises to the Grand Bahama Island.
The new brand is operating the former Grand Classica, which was recently transformed in the Bahamas.
Now named Margaritaville at Sea Paradise, the 1991-built vessel sails from West Palm Beach every other day, taking Margaritaville’s product and identity to the high seas.
First sailing: In service since May 15, 2022
Sailing Region: Turkey and the Greek Islands
Well known in the industry as a charter and hotel accommodation partner, Miray recently launched a cruise operation at the Eastern Mediterranean.
Using the 1992-guest Gemini, the company is sailing from Turkey, offering short three- and four-day cruises to the Greek Islands.
Visiting destinations that include Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes, and Athens, Miray Cruises’ inaugural season will run through October 20.
First sailing: May 31, 2022
Ship: Pacific Explorer
Sailing Region: Australia domestic cruising
P&O Cruises Australia will become the major first cruise line to resume service in Australia.
On May 31, the Pacific Explorer is set to welcome guests back in Sydney, launching a series of domestic itineraries in the country.
The company’s restart will mark the return to service of all Carnival Corporation brands.
Resorts World Cruises
First sailing: June 15, 2022
Ship: Genting Dream
Sailing Region: Singapore and Southeast Asia
The new Resorts World Cruises brand is set to welcome its first guests on June 15.
Succeeding Dream Cruises, the Asia-based company will debut with short cruises to nowhere from Singapore onboard the 2016-built Genting Dream.
In September, the newly-formed operator intends to add in longer cruises with port calls.