Nobody wants to hear about delays but it has been reported over the last few weeks that multiple cruise lines are facing severe delays in the construction of their new ships. The most recent of which is the Carnival Jubilee set to be the largest ship in their lineup, will unfortunately be seeing its maiden voyage slip from an October, 2023 sailing to a merrier Christmas, 2023 debut.
Many cruise lines shipyards are reporting delays including Virgin Voyages, Cunard, Norwegian, Atlas Ocean Voyages, P&O Cruises, Oceanwide Expeditions, Swan Hellenic, Viking and Ambassador Cruise Line. Most of the delays can be attributed to the 2020 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns causing supply chain disruptions in the shipyards forcing some small delays for some such as Carnival’s Jubilee, and Cunard’s Queen Anne by a few months, while others like Norwegians, and Cunard’s new ships are being pushed back nearly a full year.
This can be a bit of a problem for some cruise goers as cruise lines are forced to move bookings around or even find alternative sailings in the case of Carnival’s Jubilee skipping England and instead be sailing straight for the US. “This is disappointing news, but with the notification from the shipyard, we are advising our guests as quickly as we can,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, in a statement. “We appreciate their understanding as we work to deliver another spectacular ship that will provide a vacation experience our guests deserve and will absolutely love.”
While these delays are unfortunate there are plenty of good cruise ships sailing right now. So give us your thoughts on these delays by leaving a comment.