Cruise News Today — January 20, 2023 [VIDEO]

MSC Seascape Experiencing Engine Issue

Guests sailing the brand-new MSC Seascape are getting an unexpected refund over technical issues.

Earlier this week, the ship started experiencing propulsion problems over a software update which impacted the maximum cruising speed. The issue caused the ship to arrive late into Grand Cayman on Thursday, and the vessel is now skipping Ocho Rios, Jamaica today.

After an unsuccessful reboot by engineers, the vessel is now heading to private island Ocean Cay on Saturday before returning to Miami. As a reference, Ocean Cay is approximately 60 miles off Florida’s Coast.

For the inconvenience, MSC is giving guests on board a 50 perfect refund on the cruise fare paid.

At the time of broadcast, it’s unclear whether the propulsion issue will impact the next cruise or if it’ll be repaired in Miami.

STORY: Propulsion Issues Plague Brand New Cruise Ship, Partial Refund Issued

Carnival Elation Going Into Dry Dock This Weekend

Carnival Cruise Line’s ship Carnival Elation is set to enter dry dock in Freeport, Bahamas tomorrow. The ship will be in dry dock for two weeks to undergo routine maintenance, which will be completed on February 10th.

Carnival Elation’s last dry dock was in March 2020, when it received Bonsai Sushi Express, the JavaBlue Café, Alchemy Bar, and 30 new cabins on deck nine.

The ship currently operates four and five-night voyages from Jacksonville.

Port Saint John Anticipating Record Cruise Season

Port Saint John is anticipating a record season as it celebrates 35 years of welcoming cruise ships this year.

During the 2023 season, which will run from May 7th to November 7th, the Canadian port is expecting 86 cruise calls carrying around 200,000 passengers total. The schedule includes six triple ship days and eight inaugural ship calls, plus a visit from one of the largest cruise ships in the world, Oasis of the Seas.

Cruising brings in over 68 million dollars annually to the Saint John and New Brunswick economies.

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