Port Canaveral Reaches Single-Day Cruise Passenger Record
It was a busy weekend for one central Florida cruise port. Port Canaveral reached a single day passenger record of 57,000 cruisers. The figure was a collective number between guests debarking and embarking.
Ships in port were Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras and Magic, Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas and Jewel of the Seas, Norwegian Escape, and Disney Fantasy.
In November, Port Canaveral saw over 145,000 cruise guests during Thanksgiving week.
This year, the port is scheduled for 13 ships to homeport, with over five million cruisers.
NCLH Ordered to Pay Nearly $110 Million to Havana Docks Corp.
The U.S. District Court in Miami awarded nearly $110 million in a lawsuit against Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings that used cruise docks in Havana, Cuba between 2016 and 2019. The suit against NCLH came from of Havana Docks Corporation, which ran the port.
An act passed in 1996 allows American national who held concessions in Cuba before Fidel Castro took their property to file suit in U.S. court. Fidel confiscated and took control of Cuba’s port in the 1960s.
The judge stated that companies using Havana facilities were operating prohibited tourism and committing trafficking acts. NCLH is just one of the many companies that Havana Docks filed suit against. Carnival Corporation was slapped with a similar lawsuit in 2020 and won an appeal, stating they were operating with government permits.
Viking Orion Denied Entry Into Australia Waters Due to Marine Growth on the Hull
Another ship could not enter a harbor because of growth on its hull.
This time it was Viking Cruises’ ocean ship Viking Orion. The vessel was denied entry into Australian waters until it had its hull cleaned.
A statement on Sunday from Viking said, “A limited amount of standard marine growth is being cleaned from the ship’s hull – a standard cleaning procedure for nautical vessels.”
Invasive species, also known as biofoul, can destroy local ecosystems including coral and marine life. This was the third ship over the past month to be denied entry because of marine growth.