Cruise News Today — July 18, 2023 [VIDEO]

Virgin Cruise Ship Hits the Dock 

Another hit ship hits the dock. 

Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady, encountered strong currents and made contact with the pier while docking at PortMiami on Sunday. 

A spokesperson for the company said, “Repair crews were onsite with fixes completed before Scarlet’s next voyage later yesterday evening.”

The incident delayed the departure but did not impact the five-day round-trip cruise to Mexico and the Bahamas.

Scarlet Lady joins fellow alum Ruby Princess, MSC Opera, Norwegian Epic, and Carnival Horizon in docking incidents. 

New Menu Rollout on Carnival Cruise Line 

Following the successful rollout onboard Carnival Dream, the line is now rolling out its new menu items across the fleet.

Designed by Chef Emeril and Carnival’s culinary team, Over 60 new dishes were tested and selected, receiving positive feedback, giving the rollout the green light.

Carnival Conquest in Miami will be the first of several ships to showcase the menus, with the Carnival Horizon and four more ships following suit in the coming months. 

Notable menu dishes include Roasted Duck Rolls, Grilled Swordfish, Cornish Game Hen, Salad Entrees, and a mouth-watering cream pie. 

The “Emeril Selects” options designed by the chef include Crab and Shrimp Cake, Beef car-pa-chee-oo, Coffee Glazed Roast Duck, and BBQ Salmon.

Norwegian Bans New Item 

And a new prohibited item has made its way to NCL. 

Norwegian Cruise Line has recently added walkie-talkies to its prohibited items list, presenting a potential inconvenience for passengers who use them for onboard communication. 

Although the company has not publicly specified its reasons for the ban, potential interference with crew radios, and emergency frequencies could be contributing factors.

However, if guests want to talk with each other, they can purchase the chat app for 9.95 per person per day. 

Norwegian’s list of prohibited items also includes large batteries and signal-jamming equipment.

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