Cruise News Today — July 12, 2023 [VIDEO]

Contents Show

Royal Caribbean Lawsuit Resurfaces

A lawsuit involving the death of an Indiana toddler on a Royal Caribbean ship back in 2019 is being revived after the case was closed two years ago. 

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed the dismissal of negligence claims against Royal Caribbean. 

The incident occurred in 2019 onboard Freedom of the Seas, when 18-month-old Chloe Weigand fell 150 feet from the pool deck window to the pier, while the ship was docked in San Juan. 

Now Testimony from a former chief security officer suggests that the cruise line was aware of the risk of children falling through open windows.

However, Royal Caribbean argues that the security officer should not be trusted since he is a disgruntled former employee who shares an attorney with the family. 

Chloe’s grandfather, Sam Anello, was previously found responsible for her death and received a three-year probation sentence for negligent homicide in 2021.

Disney Cruise Line Price Hike

And our friend Scott at Disney Cruise Line Blog reported that Disney is raising prices. 

The line has quietly increased prices for adult dining venues across its fleet. 

Effective immediately, new dining reservations for Palo and Palo Steakhouse will incur a $5 increase, while Palo Brunch remains unchanged at $45. 

For Remy and Enchante, he price has been raised by $10, and is now $135. 

Guests with pre-existing reservations made before the price increase will be charged the original price, while new reservations made from today onwards will be subject to the updated pricing. 

The last price adjustment for dining was in April last year, just ahead of Disney Wish’s summer debut. 

Turning Trash into Energy

Royal Caribbean Group is changing how waste management is handled on two upcoming ships, Icon of the Seas and Silver Nova—the goal is to convert trash to energy.  

This is how it works. 

Trash like food scraps, cardboard, and used paper, will be converted into syngas, which can be used by the ships as an energy source after its processed through a system known as Microwave-Assisted Pie-roly-sis and Micro Auto Gasification….as shown here in this very vague graphic. 

Royal Caribbean Group also announced they are expanding its Green Hubs program, successfully diverting 92 percent of its waste from landfills to shoreside recycling plants. 

Watch Cruise News Today

Share this post