Cruise News Today — July 10, 2023 [VIDEO]

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Ruby Princess Ship Leaves for Alaska 

After undergoing repairs and inspections, Princess Cruises’ Ruby Princess was given the green light to depart for Alaska on Sunday. 

The ship left the Port of San Francisco just before four o’clock local time yesterday, bound for Ketchikan, Alaska. 

The ship had been docked in San Francisco at Pier 27 following a collision with the dock on early Thursday morning. 

The scheduled initially 10-day sailing has been shortened to a 7-day cruise, with the ship expected to return to San Francisco on Sunday, July 16.

Ship Delayed Over Fire Hazard

The launch of MSC’s luxury ship, Explora I, has been delayed due to faulty fire-resistant panels, causing concerns across the industry as other ships using the same panels have also been affected. 

The supplier, Paroc, lost safety certification for one type of panel and later notified shipbuilder Fincantieri that a second type had also lost certification.

The faulty panels have been identified on 45 other ships.

At the time of broadcast, MSC has not provided further details aside from delayed inaugural sailing. 

Cruise Ship Catches Fire in Caribbean 

And speaking of fire. 

A fire broke out onboard Marella Cruises’ Marella Discovery, while sailing in the Caribbean between Amber Cove and Grand Turk, cancelling its current cruise and the next one. 

The fire was contained to one engine and was promptly extinguished, causing no injuries to passengers or crew. The vessel returned to Amber Cove for damage assessment and essential inspections.

Marella is currently waiting for class-approved surveyors to reinstate the firefighting system. 

The company decided it would not reach Port Canaveral on time and chose to cancel the ongoing and next cruises. 

The company is working on getting guests back to the UK. 

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