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Celebrity Cruise Ship Rescues Stranded Sailors

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After this week’s tragic bus accident in Mexico involving cruise ship passengers, we could all use some heartwarming news – especially some that involves saving lives.

Captain Kate McCue, the first American female cruise ship captain, is making more headlines this week after her crew’s harrowing rescue.

Photo via Instagram.com/captainkatemccue

While sailing in the Southern Caribbean sea from Antigua to Curaçao on December 16, Captain McCue’s Celebrity Summit responded to a distress call from a nearby sailboat. One of the ship’s tenders was launched to transport the six surviving sailors back to the cruise ship.

As it turns out, the survivors had spent over a month at sea. Amazingly, they had spent the previous 6 days without food. According to a post on CruiseCritic.com by user “need2bespoiled”, the sailors were heading to Guadeloupe from Haiti when they lost their rudder and sails and were taking on water. The same post also claims a few other ships ignored the sailors’ mayday calls and that the sailors planned to jump in the water if not rescued.

After receiving first aid and gifts from crew, the survivors debarked when Summit docked in Curaçao.

And the best part of the entire story? Two of the surviving women were pregnant, bringing the total number saved to eight.

To see a video clip of the rescue, check out Captain McCue’s Instagram page: @captainkatemccue

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Call of Duty… 🔊 . The right place, at the right time, with the right people. . Words cannot describe how the crew came through during this. From donating clothes, time, and even their own money to help out in whatever way they could. In the midst of the holiday season, I can’t imagine a better place to be than surrounded by these truly amazing people! The same goes for our wonderful guests as I have received letter after letter offering anything they might be able to do for those rescued. This is the reason for the season. Celebrate the good around you & take some time to hug your loved ones a little tighter tonight. . #circleoflife #theworldatyourservice #safetyoflifeatsea #mayday #best #crew #love #life #searchandrescue #atsea #stnicholas #christmasmiracle #celebritysummit @celebritycruises #captain #makingways #tidalways #seastheday #attitudeofgratitude #coolmariners #humansatsea #callofduty #onemillionactsofgood

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Launched in 2001, the 2,400-guest Celebrity Summit spends the winter months sailing Eastern and Southern Caribbean voyages out of San Juan, Puerto Rico and Port Everglades, Florida.

Photo via Flickr/Creative Commons

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June Special: Kids Sail Free to the Bahamas

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With summer around the corner, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has a special deal for families traveling with kids. Valid for all June cruises, those 16 and under will sail free if they’re staying in the same stateroom with two paying parents.

With the school year wrapping up and Father’s Day on June 17, it’s the perfect time for a quick escape to the Bahamas. Both of the line’s ships, Grand Classica and Grand Celebration offer a number of activities for guests on their way to the island. There are youth clubs divided by age, swimming pools, multiple dining options, a mini movie theater, mini rock climbing wall, a ball pit, and more.

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There’s also a number of shore excursions that families can take part in once they arrive, including snorkeling, a beach day, cruising the beach in an open-top Jeep, swimming with dolphins, parasailing, kayaking, glass-bottom boat tours, and more.

For more information, visit bahamasparadisecruiseline.com.

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Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Take Annual Photos on Cruise Ship

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The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders have officially wrapped up their 2018 annual photo shoot, and this year a Miami-based cruise ship was the backdrop.

Over 20 of the cheerleaders sailed to the sunny Caribbean this month aboard MSC Cruises’ MSC Seaside, donning a number of clothing styles for the photos while capturing the ship’s iconic design. The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Annual is set to be released at the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Fashion Show this fall.

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The cheerleaders also took part in photo shoot in ports along the way, including St. Maarten, San Juan, and Nassau. During the voyage, the cheerleaders engaged with guests throughout the cruise during a variety of activities, including at the sail away party, hosting youth cheer clinics, posing for photo ops, and doing special performances to entertain guests. To kick off the cruise, they provided a warm Miami Dolphins welcome by taking over the terminal with mascot “TD” to cheer guests into their vacation.

The annual photoshoot onboard MSC Seaside came on the heels of the Dolphins’ first ever Fan Cruise onboard the same ship in March. The voyage included football legend guests of honor including Kim Bokamper, Terry Kirby, Sam Madison, Nat Moore, Joe Rose and Patrick Surtain, for a week of themed activities. The team will be hosting their second cruise in 2019.

The Miami Dolphins and MSC Cruises are in the midst of a three-year partnership, which resulted in the Fan Cruise. It will be hosted annually over the next three years.

Photos: Miami Dolphins

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Carnival Horizon Makes Inaugural Call in Canadian Port

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Carnival Cruise Line’s brand new Vista-class ship Carnival Horizon made her first-ever call in Halifax, Nova Scotia yesterday.

The day was a welcome change for cruise passengers; it was the first port stop after six days at sea crossing the Atlantic Ocean from the Mediterranean. Ship officers as well as local officials held a traditional plaque ceremony in the Library onboard, where a plaque was given to the ship by the Port of Halifax and other tokens were exchanged, including a model of the ship given to the port by Carnival Cruise Line.

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Carnival Horizon is the sister-ship to Carnival Vista, which pioneered a number of new concepts for Carnival including the SkyRide bicycling attraction and the Dreamscape LED sculpture in the atrium. Some of Horizon’s unique new features include a sit-down barbecue smokehouse and brewery as well as a Cat in the Hat themed WaterWorks water park.

Click here for a video of the ship headed into the Port of Halifax.

Click here for our article on all of the free food found aboard Carnival Horizon.

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