Rough Weather Affecting Multiple Cruise Itineraries
Weather off the coast of Florida is disrupting multiple cruise itineraries this week.
Due to a strong Nor Easter off the coast, Royal Caribbean had to change Liberty of the Seas’ itinerary. Guests were informed of the change as they boarded the ship, with visits to Perfect Day at CocoCay and Nassau canceled and only Labadee left as a port call.
On Tuesday morning, Disney Wish had a challenging time getting into Nassau with strong winds, and was assisted by two tug boats.
It was only one of two ships that made its called into Nassau yesterday, the other was MSC Divina. Winds were gusting over 30 knots on Tuesday. Cruise ships typically have a 30 knot crosswind maximum to dock without the assistance of tug boats.
Ships leaving Port Canaveral also had a bumpy ride on Monday.
Carnival Spirit Rescues 24 People at Sea
Carnival Spirit crew rescued 24 people stranded on a small boat near the Dominican Republic on Tuesday. The ship was sailing near the DR and Puerto Rico en route to Aruba when officers spotted the mariners in distress. All 24 people were brought onboard and were found to be in good condition by the medical staff.
Coast Guard officials were notified and the 24 passengers were transferred to a Coast Guard cutter near La Romana around 3 pm.
Carnival Spirit had a sea day yesterday, and is scheduled to arrive to Aruba today on schedule. It’s currently on an eight-night cruise from Miami that departed April 8th.
Viking’s New Nile River Ship Floated Out in Egypt
Viking’s newest Nile River ship, Viking Aton, reached a major construction milestone last week. During a ceremony at the shipyard in Cairo, the 82-guest vessel was floated out, marking the first time it touched water.
It has now been moved to a nearby outfitting dock for final construction and interior build-out, and is set to begin sailing this August.
Viking Aton joins Viking’s two other Nile River ships, Viking Ra and Osiris, to operate the line’s eight-day Pharaohs and Pyramids cruise. Two additional Egypt-based river ships are scheduled to debut by 2025.
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