Cruise Clippings: Week of October 14, 2013

photo: Viking River Cruises

Earlier this week a six-year-old-boy drowned aboard Carnival Victory. “Carnival Cruise Lines does not have lifeguards on duty at our pools,” the cruise line said in a statement. “As with many land-based hotels and resorts with swimming pools, cruise ships provide conspicuous signage to alert passengers that a lifeguard is not on duty. The maximum depth of the pool is 4 feet, 6 inches, and parental supervision is required for children under 13. In this case, there was a parent present at the time of the incident.” Our thoughts and prayers are with the child’s family.

Norwegian Breakaway is going to make its inaugural call in Port Canaveral on Tuesday, October 22. Norwegian Breakaway will spend the winter season cruising weekly from New York City, sailing a seven-day Bahamas & Florida itinerary, with calls in Port Canaveral, Nassau, Bahamas and Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s private island.

This week on Cruise Radio listener Sonya Sherow gave us her review of Galveston-based Carnival Magic. Hear her review of the ship and the Western Caribbean itinerary, Cruise Guy is here with cruise news. Hear the broadcast here.

American Cruise Lines has added a new itinerary on the Mississippi River. New for 2014, the line’s authentic paddlewheeler Queen of the Mississippi will be operating new St. Louis to New Orleans cruises. This new itinerary allows guests to experience a greater portion of the Mississippi River, by sailing through six states, in only eight days. The new cruises are being offered exclusively by American Cruise Lines.

Regal Princess will make her debut next year earlier than originally announced, and Princess Cruises has added two new sailings to her maiden schedule. The ship’s first voyage, which was previously scheduled for June 2, will now be May 20, 2014. Passengers can select from two new week-long Mediterranean cruises traveling between Venice and Athens.

Norwegian Cruise Line and the Miami Dolphins announced today that the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders will christen Miami’s ultimate ship, Norwegian Getaway, as the official Godmothers.  The Christening Ceremony will take place on February 7, 2014 on board Norwegian Getaway. The vessel will sail year-round Caribbean cruises from Miami starting winter 2014.

Disney Cruise Line scored passing marks on the 2013 cruise ship environmental report card, the other cruise lines, not so much. The markings are based on three environmental criteria: Sewage Treatment, Air Pollution Reduction, and Water Quality Compliance. You can see all the cruise line report cards here.

Viking River Cruises upped their ever popular longship order for 2014 from 12 to 14. After next years launch Viking will have launched 30 ships in a year period.

Carnival Cruise Lines has appointed Rear Adm. Roy A. Nash, who recently retired from the U.S. Coast Guard, to the company’s Safety & Reliability Review Board. The line announced the development of the board in April 2013 and Nash becomes the fifth external member of the board, joining experts with extensive leadership, operational and maintenance experience within the U.S. Navy and airline industry.

Last week we on the Weekend Travel Show we broadcast from Holland America’s ms Eurodam. Hear our broadcast as we talk to the chef, captain, a passenger and our tour guide in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Hear the broadcast here.

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