One crew member is killed and four others are injured after a lifeboat fell from the Harmony of the Seas, the world’s biggest cruise ship, which was docked in the south of France.
The accident happened during lifeboat drill while the ship docked in the French port of Marseille. The rubber lifeboat detached from the world’s biggest cruise liner and plummeted 35 feet down into the water below. Continue reading here.
Hermine is quickly gaining steam in the Gulf.
They call it ‘the storm that doesn’t want to go away’. At least two cruise lines have been forced to change itineraries because of Tropical Storm Hermine. Continue reading
A woman survives nearly two days without lifejacket in jellyfish-infested water after falling overboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.
The 32-year-old Chinese woman, known only by her surname Fan, is from Shanghai. She was on a five-day cruise from Shanghai to South Korea and Japan, local media reports. Continue reading
The Norwegian Getaway will serve as a floating hotel for 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Norwegian Cruise Line‘s Getaway will take an extended break from its regular Caribbean schedule to serve as a floating hotel in Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, according to a news release.
The Getaway will take 40 days off to head to Brazil. The cruise ship will spend more than two weeks, from August 4 – 22, berthed at the Pier Maua in Rio.
The company Landry & Kling, a decades-old travel agency, chartered the 4,000-passenger vessel on behalf of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee.
The ship will provide supplemental housing primarily for corporate sponsors, as well as members of the International Olympic Federation and the National Organizing Committees, the Rio Host Committee and other guests.
For Landry & Kling, the deal is the largest charter in the company’s history. They have been planning the deal since 2007.
Although this is the ship’s first Olympic appearance, this isn’t the first time the Norwegian Getaway has been hired for a high-profile sports event. Before the cruise ship officially entered service for Norwegian in 2014, it was temporarily renamed the “Bud Light Hotel” and docked at the New York Passenger Ship Terminal, during the week of Super Bowl XLVIII.
Several cruise operators are shuffling itineraries after recent terror attacks and the attempted military coup in Turkey. The cruise ships skip scheduled port stops in Istanbul or Ephesus (Kusadasi). Continue reading.