4 Injured on Storm-Battered Anthem Of The Seas: Nelson Calls for Investigation

Section_of_Anthem_of_the_SeasU.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Orlando, has called for the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Four people were injured on Royal Caribbean’s Anthem Of The Seas after hurricane-force winds and waves battered the huge vessel off the South Carolina coast.

The ship, with more than 4,500 guests and 1,600 crew members, was on its way from Cape Liberty in New Jersey to Port Canaveral for a port-of-call stop, before it was to head to the Bahamas when it ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean over the weekend.

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Giant Anthem of the Seas Damaged by 30 Foot Waves

ANTHEM_OF_THE_SEAS_0310One of the world’s newest and biggest cruise ships was caught in a powerful winter storm that damaged the ship and left passengers confined to their cabins.

The giant Royal Caribbean’s Anthem Of The Seas was heading to Port Canaveral, Florida from its home port of Cape Liberty, New Jersey when it encountered the storm off the coast of Cape Hatteras in North Carolina on Saturday.  Continue reading

Holland America’s Koningsdam Finishes Sea Trials

800px-Celebration-1Holland America’s Florida-bound cruise ship Koningsdam has successfully wrapped up sea trials in Italy that began January 2.

Holland America Line’s new 2,650-passenger cruise ship, Koningsdam, returned to Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard on January 16 after it had successfully completed two sets of sea trials off the Italian coast. Continue reading

Haiti: 2nd Cruise Ship Canceled in Labadee Due to Ongoing Protests

800px-Freedom_of_the_Seas_(ship,_2007)_001Royal Caribbean announced that it is canceling another port stop for one of its cruise ships at the cruise line’s private destination in Labadee, Haiti, because of protesters. All shore-side crew were evacuated.

The Navigator of the Seas was scheduled to stop at Labadee on Thursday, but the cruise operator canceled the port call after encountering a flotilla of protesters in small boats. Continue reading

Port Canaveral Honored With Best North American Port Award

disney_magic_overhaul_at_port_canaveral_6Port Canaveral has been named the Best North American Homeport in last year’s Cruise Critic U.S. Editors’ Picks Awards. The Port was honored to be named the Best North American Cruise Port by the editors of CruiseCritic.com, the world’s leading cruise reviews site and online cruise community. Read more on the topic here.