Cruise News Today — February 1, 2023 [VIDEO]

Marella Discovery 2 Cruise Canceled Due to Food and Beverage Issues

British line Marella Cruises has canceled a Central America sailing over provision issues.

In a letter to guests on Marella Discovery 2, the line said “due to an unforeseen technical issue that will impact our ability to deliver our full food and beverage offering, we’re very sorry to tell you that we’ve taken the difficult decision to cancel our next sailing.”

The ship was originally scheduled to depart Jamaica on Tuesday for a seven-night cruise to Colombia, Panama, and Costa Rica.

Marella is chartering planes to get guests home, refunding the cruise and also offering a $370 future cruise credit to passengers. Guests have the option of staying in Jamaica until they were originally scheduled to fly home, or they can leave immediately through the cruise line.

If Marella Discovery 2 looks familiar, it used to be Royal Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas up until 2017.

STORY: Food and Beverage Problems Cancel Cruise

Carnival Breaks Annual St. Jude Fundraising Record

As Carnival Cruise Line’s partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital enters its 13th year, the line has announced that it broke its annual fundraising record in 2022.

The line raised over $3.5 million for St. Jude last year, surpassing its previous annual record in 2018 at $2.8 million. This brings the grand total to $26.2 million so far. Carnival also achieved its highest fourth quarter amount ever, with over $1 million raised in the last three months of 2022.

Cruise Director Lee Mason holds the record for the most money raised in a single sailing, raising over $50,000 with 5,000 guests during the inaugural voyage of Carnival Celebration.

Carnival has a variety of initiatives on its ships to raise money for St. Jude, including the Groove for St. Jude deck party, the Build-A-Bear Workshop at Sea event, and a special cookie package for purchase.

STORY: Carnival Breaks Fundraising Record For St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Couple Ditches Land to Live at Sea Full Time

More cruisers are ditching land life and hopping on cruise ships to live full time.

Seattle residents Angelyn and Richard Burk did just that after discovering the average cost per day to live on a ship was around $90 dollars, while the average cost of a home in Seattle is over $900,000.

In addition to living frugally, the couple has taken advantage of sales and loyalty memberships to be able retire in their 50s. They have been hopping on and off various cruise ships around the world since spring 2021, and say that the at-sea lifestyle is “well within our retirement budget.”

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