Cruise News Today — January 16, 2023 [VIDEO]

MSC Meraviglia and Liberty of the Seas Rescue Refugees Over The Weekend

Two cruise ships rescued a total of 41 distressed refugees on Saturday.

MSC Meraviglia was returning to Port Canaveral at the end of a nine-night voyage when it encountered an overloaded refugee boat with 24 people on board in the Florida straits. All of the refugees were safely brought onto the cruise ship.

And Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas was in the right place at the right time to rescue 17 more refugees on Saturday. The ship was originally supposed to be docked at CocoCay in the Bahamas, but had to skip the port call due to bad weather. With that weather in the Atlantic over the weekend, 41 people were very fortunate.

Holland America Returns to Southeast Asia

Holland America has returned to Southeast Asia, as its ship ms Westerdam is currently sailing in Indonesia on a repositioning cruise from Sydney to Singapore. The ship’s arrival marks the first time a Holland America ship has sailed in the region since 2020.

Following a routine dry dock, Westerdam will kick off a full Asia program early next month, sailing from Singapore and Japan. In late April, the ship will head across the Pacific to Seattle in preparation for a summer season in Alaska.

Explora Journeys Details Dining on Its First Ship

Explora Journeys has announced new details on the restaurants aboard its first ship, Explora I.

The ship will include the Japanese-inspired restaurant Sakura, Marble & Co. Grill European steakhouse, Mediterranean-inspired Med Yacht Club, the Emporium Marketplace buffet, and French restaurant Fil Rouge. The mixology program on the ship will include drinks created to accompany regional menus, and there will be a special focus on non-alcoholic cocktails.

Explora I is set to debut this July in Southampton, England.

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