Cruise News Today — July 20, 2023 [VIDEO]

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Carnival Pride Breaks Down

Broke down in Europe.

After unexpected engine trouble with Carnival Pride on Tuesday, Carnival has made the call to take the ship to Keil, Germany to undergo repairs. 

The ship will serve as a floating hotel for the current guest while repairs are made. 

Carnival has informed guests booked on the upcoming Carnival Pride sailing that the 9-night departure from Dover, England on July 21, 2023, has been canceled. 

Guests who have yet to travel will receive a full refund, port fees, taxes, pre-paid onboard expenses, and a 100% future cruise credit. 

Guests already in Europe will be reimbursed for hotel stays and provided a food per diem as they make arrangements to return home. The cruise line will also cover airline change fees.

Launched in 2001, Carnival Pride is one of four Spirit Class ships. 

Facial Technology Rolls Out to More Ports

Carnival has expanded facial recognition technology to expedite embarkation at more U.S. homeports. 

Nine of Carnival’s 14 U.S. homeports use this secure, streamlined technology, including Miami, Port Canaveral, Tampa, Jacksonville, New York, Baltimore, Mobile, Galveston, and Long Beach.

Guests who prefer to opt out of the biometric process can request a manual document check from a customs Officer,

SeaTrials Underway 

And sea trials have started. 

China State Shipbuilding has commenced sea trials for Adora Magic City, the country’s first-ever Chinese-built cruise ship. 

Adora Magic City, a 135,500-ton vessel operated by Adora Cruises Limited, has embarked on a nine-day run from Shanghai for extensive testing and trials. 

These initial sea trials are part of a two-part series that’ll evaluate the ship’s operating systems, maneuverability, and navigation. 

If this ship looks familiar, it is based on Carnival’s Vista platform. 

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