Cruise News Today — February 4, 2023 [VIDEO]

Fire Breaks Out on Viking Orion

A fire broke out aboard Viking Orion while it was docked in Sydney, Australia on Friday. Early reports indicate the cause was electrical, possibly from a corded device in a guest cabin on deck 5.

The ship’s crew extinguished the fire quickly with help from the local fire service, and no injuries were reported. As a precaution, decks 5 and 6 were temporarily evacuated but the rest of the ship continued operations as normal.

The 930-guest ship’s 14-day voyage out of Sydney was not affected by the incident.

Princess Cruises Announces New Sun Princess Details

Princess Cruises has announced new details on its upcoming ship Sun Princess, which will be the largest vessel in the line’s fleet.

A first for Princess, the Horizons Dining Room will be three stories, with each deck having its own dining experiences. The theater on board will be called Princess Arena, featuring an in-the-round design with the capacity for over 1,000 guests.

The popular Alfredo’s Pizzeria venue will include a new open-mouth pizza oven that reaches 968 degrees, and the ship will feature Princess’ largest casino ever.

The 4,000 guest Sun Princess is currently under construction in Italy, and is set to debut in 2024.

STORY: New Princess Cruises Ship to Feature Three-Story Dining Room, Largest Casino in the Fleet

Juneau, Alaska Could Limit Number of Cruise Ships Per Day to 5

On Tuesday night, the Juneau Assembly in Alaska approved a list of policy changes concerning tourism. The objectives include limiting cruise ships to five per day and adding electricity capability to cruise ship docks.

Some Juneau residents want the limit on cruise ships to be even tighter, suggesting a three or four ship limit. However, the city would likely face legal opposition if it tried to enforce that type of cap.

The assembly also voted against dedicating $300,000 for cruise ship dock planning at the secondary downtown port. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings donated the land to the Huna Totem Corporation, which hopes to build a visitor’s center and cruise ship dock there by 2025.

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